FPV flying (radio control planes and helicopters) has been exploding lately. I've wanted to get into it for a while now, but it's pretty expensive to get started. Regardless, I finally talked myself into buying a small quad helicopter so I can do some FPV flight. I bought this: http://www.getfpv.com/multi-rotor-frame ... opter.html so that I can do some of this:
A lot of guys get these big setups that can fly thousands of feet in the air, and that's why the FAA is about to crack down on them hard. I'm just looking to have some fun like you see in the video above, in local parks or wooded areas. Can't wait until I can start practicing.
There have also been numerous close calls with idiots flying their drones way too close to real planes and helicopters. Some of these drones are pretty big and a strike into critical engine or control areas could cause enough damage to bring a plane down. Even though the vast majority of people flying drones are using them responsibly, it only takes a few idiots to ruin it for everyone.
I'll be flying mine at lower altitudes (less than 400 feet) and way away from any airports. I'm going to bring a spotter with me when I fly and avoid flying anywhere where other people are around.
I still need to figure out where to run a couple of wires for the FPV setup, but it's 98% complete. I got it up in a hover for about 30 seconds in my living room. Seems very stable so far.
Frame and all of my parts
I'm trying to decide If I should install my Spektrum telemetry setup so I can monitor battery voltage and GPS remotely. There is room on the top of the quad for both items. It would add about 32 grams to the overall weight, which isn't much. However, every gram counts on a quad this small.
The only other thing that I will be adding are LED light bars on each corner. I'll be making these with 1/4" aluminum square tube and stick-on LED strips. I already included connectors for these on the power distribution board. This will help with orientation (for LOS flying as well as to help my spotter see it) and hopefully will make it easier to locate if it goes down.
Well, it looks like I am going to be forced to sell most of my spare KA parts. Full turbo kit, wheels, etc., will all be up for sale in the next few weeks. But, this is my new favorite hobby so I am going to try and keep my quad rotors and start making lots of videos.
Here's my first video using a micro FPV quad called the Nano QX FPV. The video quality isn't the greatest for several reasons. But this was my first attempt at video editing ever and I'm still fairly happy with how it turned out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPVUsI2FNQg
Pretty cool. Sad to hear you putting the turbo setup for sale. I started playing with jet skis about a year ago. Luckily I can keep boat hobby's. But jumping waves is freaking fun. Maybe in 3 years I will get a stand up and start doing back flips.