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horizon fpv challengeThe folks at Horizon Hobby have put out a cool video featuring the new Blade Nano QX FPV quadcopter. In the video below you’ll see “The Steve”, Horizon’s version of The Stig, going to head to head against “The Red Giant” on a very cool quadcopter course that even includes a bowling section. Yes, the video shows bowling with rc quadcopters! The video is short and worth a watch so check it out to see what kind of fun you can have with FPV quads.

The Blade Nano QX FPV with Fat Shark Teleporter V4 5.8GHz headset shown in the video is available right now with a street price of $419. To get more details hit up This Link over on the Horizon Hobby website.

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Cars Fly Too You KnowHitting the Wall Street Journal a little while ago, GoPro is developing a line of multirotors for 2015. Nothing says a good idea like the camera guy making the ideal platform for their product, but has the train already left the station?

GoPro has the right idea with their 2015 ventures, but it will come down to implementation. There is a lot of competition already, so they have to make it right the first time. Their best bet, in my opinion, would be to partner with a known and practiced multirotor platform and create an all in one package without trying to reinvent the wheel, as many are trying to do.

That brings up an all to familiar point to those of your repeat-readers of my column. Yes, camera platforms/multirotor vehicles are definitely not going anywhere soon, but I fear for not only the hobby, but for the market in general. Similar to my rant regarding micro-quads, market saturation in my LHS and now the internet is becoming a brutal reality. Thunder Tiger, Align, DJI, Blade, and Walkera are just the major brands with product out and available for all to purchase already. This doesn’t include Chinese clones, frame kits, and the numerous quadcopters being crowdfunded on Kickstarter and other internet funding sites.

Which leads into my next point, that novice pilots make me nervous. I am not referencing the average hobby enthusiast who wants to learn to fly and makes mistakes, but the never been in a hobby shop, knows nothing about safety, Joe Entrepreneur who is picking up, buying, or building various multirotor platforms. The scary part is that they assume they know all there is to know about building and piloting (anyone remember Bub?), and the technology changes so much even I cannot always keep up. In just the last 24 hours, a ‘professional pilot’ clipped a photographer’s nose with a propeller while flying as the photographer was there to work on a piece about a New York TGI Friday’s promotion involving multirotors. What’s worse, is the reaction from the pilot was close to showing signs of arrogance (and I quote, “If people get hurt, they’re going to come regardless. People get hurt in airplanes, they still fly. There is a risk involved — anything flying, there is risk.”) Understandably, yes technically there is risk in all things, but that doesn’t mean I want someone’s quadcopter to give my nose a kiss when I am at a restaurant, or anywhere else for that matter.

As a hobby shop employee, an AMA member, and looking at being a helicopter safety officer for my local flying club, please show restraint and always be as safe as possible when flying/driving your RC vehicle outside of designated tracks, airfields, etc. There is a lot of potential danger when driving or flying: from dealing with local passerbys, to passing vehicles, to any other obstacle that may get in your way. Be Aware, and stay safe.

Alright enough of my ranting! I swear I am getting the Ares Ethos FPV/HD review done, and my FPV 250 class racer is built and ready for an article as well. As always, feel free to shoot me an email with questions at kevin (at) bigsquidrc (dot) com, and I will answer and possibly write your very own article! Until next time, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

Parrot Bebop Drone and SkyController BundleHave you ever wondered what the difference was between a $89 camera equipped quadcopter and a $900 model? Quite a bit actually. For example, the Parrot Bebop is an upper mid-range quadcopter/drone that generates its own Wi-Fi hotspot to instantly share video or images. The Bebop also features a Parrot P7 dual-core CPU, a quad-core GPU, and has 8 GB of flash memory. All of those are fixed to a magnesium shelf that helps dissipate heat and acts as an electromagnetic shield. And… the Bebop runs on Linux, with SDK coming soon to make it easy for the developer crowd. Throw in all the “normal” stuff a GPS equipped quad can do, and you can say the Parrot Bebop is loaded with features.

* FPV ready
* True piloting experience with precision joysticks and pads
* Instantly share 1080P video
* Live streaming on smartphone or tablet
* Stabilized 14 megapixel camera with fisheye lens
* Wi-Fi MIMO range up to 300 meters
* 180° vision controlled by the pilot
* Embedded GPS with Flight Map control

The Bebop Drone is priced at $499, or is street priced at $899 when bundled with the SkyController. These are expected to ship the first week of December, to get yours on pre-order simply hit up This Link over on the Horizon Hobby website.

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Ares Spectre X QuadcopterFor all you cross-bashers that get your kicks not only with surface products, but also in the air, Ares RC has announced a new micro sized quadcopter called the Spectre X. Like many Ares products, it comes RTF (ready to fly) with everything you need right in the box. The Spectre X also comes with a high quality 680×480 video camera that allows you to shoot video as well as stills.

* 6-axis control for steady flight
* Optional FPV package for watching and recording video via a smartphone
* Comes in two bright fluorescent trim schemes for great visibility
* Flight software designed specifically for videography & photography to eliminate sudden movements
* Includes 2GB SD card
* Length w/ rotor blades: 5.5″
* Rotor diameter: 2.2″
* Weight: 2.2 oz
* Battery: 1S 3.7v 700mAh LiPO
* 4-channel 2.4GHz transmitter

The Spectre X is street priced at $89 and you can Click Right Here to learn more over on the official Ares website.

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Hitec Q-Cop 450 QuadcopterYou probably know Hitec for their world class servos, but they also sell a lot of air gear. Now, for the first time ever, they have introduced a quadcopter, the Q-Cop 450. The Q-Cop isn’t a low end unit, it is a high performance quad aimed at the mid-range of the market. Some of its cool features include-

* Brushless power and ultra-efficient propellers
* Comes with 3S 11.1V 5300mAh LiPO battery
* Up to 33 mph cruising speed
* Up to 25 minutes of flight time
* GPS directional control
* Return-to-home feature
* WiFi connection with 1000′ range
* Mobile device app for both iOS and Android
* Built in HD camera
* Shoots 16 megapixel stills and up to 1080p at 30fps video

The Q-Cop 450 has a street price of $799, a part number of #13613, and you can hit up This Link for more details over on Hitec’s official website.

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Video Proto-X FPVIf you’ve been living in a cave the last few years you might not have heard that FPV is all the rage in the air community. Recently Hobbico announced an FPV version of their extremely popular Proto-X Quadcopter. The Proto-X FPV allows you to fly via watching a video feed on its transmitter, plus you can record and download the video from your flight. Check out the video below to learn more about the features of the Proto-X FPV and to see exactly what video shot from the Proto-X FPV looks like.

The Proto-X FPV is priced at $229 and you can get one on pre-order at This Link over on the Tower Hobbies website.

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Blade 350 QX3The crew over at Blade have set out to make it easy for anyone to shoot spectacular aerial video with their new 350 QX3. With simple controls, GPS features, and a 3-axis stabilized camera, even new flyers can take quality footage with the 350 QX3.

* 10-15 minute flight times
* Improved GPS performance from mast-mounted antenna
* 5.8GHz Wi-Fi link for iOS and Android devices
* Return home, smart flight, and AP flight modes
* Width: 18.3″
* Length: 18.3″
* Height: 7.5″
* Weight: 33.7 oz

The unit comes three different ways. You can get it BNF with SAFE technology which has a part number of #BLH8180 and is street priced at $449, or you can get it RTF with a part number of #BLH8100 at $499, or you can get the high-zoot AP combo RTF that has a part number of #BLH8160 and is priced at a cool $999. To get yours before anyone else on your block hit up This Link to pre-order over on the official Horizon Hobby website.

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TTRobotix HRP Distributing Thunder TigerIf you are a hobby shop wanting to pick up the TTRobotix line of Multi-Rotor products, it is now being distributed here in the states by HRP. The folks at HRP Distributing have a dedicated TTRobotix customer service staff on hand and will use their 3 warehouses to ship to over 1000 hobby shops nationwide.

The TTRobotix line-up is headlined by the Ghost 1. This unit will be available in late 2014 and comes with an enlarged frame with retractable landing gear. An intelligent power display is used to show battery life and has an anti-spark design. The RTF version comes with a GPS enabled flight system, a 6S LiPo battery, radio, and a 3D gimbal. This unit is priced at $1300.

The TTRobotix Super Hornet is slightly larger than the Ghost 1 and will be their first multi-rotor to hit the market. The Super Hornet also uses an enlarged frame to allow more room for mounting cameras or other items, and it also comes with retractable landing gear. Its four carbon fiber arms can be folded for easy transport, while a state-of-the-art Dragon flight system with GPS gives the Super Hornet altitude hold, return to home, and “follow me” functions. The Super Hornet ARF comes in at $999.

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Revealed this evening with the minds behind Mythbusters, DJI  Innovations has announced the next step in Aerial Photography: the Inspire 1. Featuring a full 4K camera, moving arms for unobstructed shots, and a full 3D Gimbal, this multirotor has many photography and videography uses. It was cool to see Jamie and Adam talk about drones and aerial photography, and I cannot wait to see the camera in action! See the reveal conference stream, a features video, and some images after the jump!

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Looking for that indoor quadcopter with FPV, or your first FPV Racer? Look no further than the Blade Nano QX FPV! Equipped with a micro 5.8Ghz Camera and Horizon Exclusive Teleporter V4 FatShark goggles, you can take to the air and fly from the cockpit of your mini quadcopter! This bright colored quad touts the following features:

  • SAFE® technology makes RC flight easy
  • Spektrum™ ultra micro FPV camera installed
  • Fat Shark Teleporter V4 5.8GHz headset with digital head tracking
  • SpiroNET circular polarized antenna system
  • Small enough to fly in any room or office
  • Tough, lightweight airframe with blade guards
  • Potent brushed motors that provide smooth and powerful lift
  • Ultra micro 4-in-1 DSMX® receiver/ESCs/mixer/SAFE sensor unit
  • Replacement rotor blades, included
  • E-flite® 1S 3.7V 150mAh 45C Li-Po flight battery, included
  • Compact USB 1S Li-Po flight battery charger, included
  • 4-channel 2.4GHz transmitter with Spektrum™ DSMX technology
  • Rechargeable 760mAh 2S 7.4V Li-Po headset battery and AC charger
  • Zippered headset bag and lens cleaning cloth

The Nano QX FPV will be available as an all inclusive RTF (Part #: BLH7200) and will sell for $420, as well as a no goggles, no controller BNF option (BLH7280) for $150. These quads are expected on hobby store shelves right after Thanksgiving, so keep an eye out for those on your favorite person’s Christmas list!

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Kyosho Quattro XThe latest entry into the nano sized quadcopter class comes from Kyosho. The Quattro X comes with all the highly sought after features that nano quad flyers are looking for, plus Kyosho quality.

* Worlds smallest quadcopter
* 6-axis gyro for ultra stable flight
* Removable rotor guard
* Fast flip button
* LED lights
* Can be charged from transmitter

The part number for red is #54050RD, they are street priced at $39, and they are available right now. For more details Hit Up This Link over on the official Kyosho America website.

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Estes Proto X FPV QuadcopterThe folks over at Estes have a new version of the incredibly popular Proto X quadcopter, the Micro HD FPV. The big news is its larger size, now 4.5″, and its high def first person video. A 1280 x 720P camera transmits a video feed back the transmitter where you can fly the Proto-X in the first person view. Some of the other highlights include-

* 4.5″ screen on transmitter
* 3-axis gyro & 3 accelerometers
* 6-channel 2.4GHz radio system
* Pre-built and ready to fly
* Micro memory card & reader
* Multiple flight modes and LED lighting

The part number is #ESTE4716, it has a street price of $229, and they should hit hobby shops in mid December. To make sure you get one in your stocking for Christmas you can order at This Link over on the Tower Hobbies website. They also have a little more info there.

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Kodo Unboxing

The quadcopters from Dromida just keep coming, and just off the truck and on the shelves of local hobby shops is the Kodo, a new flipping, camera touting, bug-looking quadcopter. This quad can flip, take pictures and video, and can be picked up for only $60. I know we gave at least one away at iHobby, but now I get my own to mess around with for a bit. The review will be on its way in a couple of weeks, but for now here are some pictures from the unboxing.