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Learn To Fly FPV

First you will need to choose a transmitter (controller) that you will want to use during flying. There are a few entry level transmitters the best one is the one you like the most. I will list 3 of them below and you can choose by ordering the one you want. These transmitters all use the FrSky protocol and have module bays to be able to use TBS Crossfire and others in the future if you choose. This is the setup I run so this is what I will be covering in this article. It is also most widely used for the FPV Community and has the best support in my opinion.

FrSky X-Lite / Pro is a gaming style transmitter which is small and has a sleek feel like an XBOX controller in the palm of your hand. If you are use to video games you may feel comfortable with this transmitter. This transmitter lists anywhere from $150-$200 and is a great entry level transmitter.

Snhobbies -FrSky X-Lite

Taranis Q X7 is my favorite option because of the price. This transmitter is available for less than $150 and has a larger feel in your hands. This is closer to the older transmitters you would see the guys that fly planes use. This model has 6 switches supports up to 16 channels, 60 model memory and more. Honestly if you started with this transmitter you wouldn’t really need to buy another one for a long while. It’s also available in a wide variety of colors I use the green one myself.

Taranis Q X7 – Banggood Link

Taranis X9D Plus is the final option I will include in this article. This is similar to the Q X7 in terms of looks. It comes with a more robust craftsmanship and it can accommodate up to 32 channels. This transmitter has a much higher price than the previous mentioned and usually goes for around the $300 mark.

Taranis X9D Plus – FrSky Rc Link

So once you have your transmitter in hand you will be able to plug it into your PC directly via USB and configure it with a simulator of your choice to start learning how to fly FPV! This is the first step to a steep learning curve but if you are up for the challenges then you will definitely be rewarded! This sport is for adrenaline junkies and people that enjoy extreme sports. When you are flying through the sky you not only feel a rush of freedom you also get a suburb view!

Once you have ordered your radio and you are ready to fly the simulator. Check for the next post on how to start learning the simulator of your choice!

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Spedix ES 30HV – ESC – Individual

At the time of writing this article this is my go to ESC. I haven’t personally had any issues with these and they support BLHeli_S DSHOT600 and they work with any motor I have tried. With price as the main reason I use these you can get them for around $12 USD which makes these a bargain for the price.

When installing these ESC’s I normally put them on the arms and wrap a layer of electrical tape between the carbon and ESC for extra protection. I then wrap the ESC in electrical tape to protect it from water or any outside issue they may have. Thus far I have never blown or had to replace one of these ESCs yet and I have been using these for well over 2 years.

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JBF4 v2 – Flight Controller

While I like the CLRacing F4S FC for my main rigs, there has been some added love for Joshua Bardwell the declared “FPVKNOWITALL” FC!

This FC is NOT perfect! However it is one of the widely used flight controllers by new people based on the current state of the FPV Community!

This 30×30 mounting board is based on the previous CLRacingF4S board, Joshua Bardwell designed this layout to be more “practical” and “efficient” for new people in the community and he has also written a manual specifically for this board. This board performs well for new people and I still use this board myself in a couple builds I have. The nice thing about this board is the ability to have a single board mount if you use individual ESCs. This version also supports the RDQ 4in1 ESC which I will not support since I do not use 4in1 ESCs for 30×30 mounts. I prefer using individual ESCs for cost measures and they seem to outlast the 4in1 ESCs.

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CLRacingF4S – Flight Controller

This is one of the best F4 flight controllers on the market in my opinion. These have been reliable and fairly cheap all in one solution for me as a beginner. Also this is the original board that the JBF4 was based off of. The nice thing about this board is the layout for ease of use for soldering all your components in a clean looking environment. CLRACING_F4S_AIKON_2Download As you can see the ESC wires are clearly marked for individual ESC use. There is a connector for use with a 4in1 ESC as well. If you are going to use the 4in1 ESC you will want to look at the pinout connection before connecting your ESC to it to ensure the proper pins are connected properly. Board orientation is the flag on the CLRacing logo, it’s pointing up so that is the front and you can see the solder pads for CAM, CAM CONTROL, CAM POWER, SAT for ESC Telemetry, SBUS for FrSky which can also be used for CRSF (TBS Crossfire) as an RX the the back of the board has TX1 for the other port for crossfire. Alternatively you can also use the TX4 and RX 4 pads for CRSF however i usually use that for TBS SmartAudio protocol.

CLRacing F4S Manual Link

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Parts of an FPV Drone!

FPV Drone is quite a simple system. In this article we are explaining the components of an FPV RC Drone. This is what is commonly used in racing drones and freestyle drones.

Drone Frame – Usually made out of carbon fiber the drone frame has the durability to sustain crashes without breaking in most circumstances.

Flight Controller – the computer that holds the software for flight control and receives the inputs from the controller / transmitter and translates the outputs to the ESCs and motors.

ESC – Electronic Speed Controllers receive the signal from the flight Controller to tell the motors how to spin as the flight Controller receives inputs from the pilot using the transmitter / controller.

Motors – Spin the propellers and keep you in the air. On drone / quadcopter there are typically 4 or more motors.

Receiver – computer component that sends the inputs to the flight controller from the transmitter / controller.

VTX – Video Transmitter that sends the video signal to the goggles or screens so the pilots can see where they are flying.

Camera – FPV camera is a low latency camera that is used by the VTX to transmit video to the pilots goggles or screen.

These are the 6 parts to an FPV Racing Drone. It is a fairly simple system. Stay tuned for more articles on how to build your first FPV RC Racing Drone!

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Become RPAS Pilot Certified before June 1st 2019!!

So you fly drones or planes in a hobby and you heard the news that anything over 250g you need to complete a basic knowledge test to fly legally in Canada after June 1st?? That is correct and this article is meant to be a guide for you to easily pass the test and become certified. The new terms they are using for drones is called RPAS (Remotely Piloted Air Systems).

Where do I study for this test??

The Government of Canada has setup a pretty detailed page about what the requirements are for the test as a study guide.
This can be found here: https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/aviation/publications/tp-15263.html

There are 8 sections in the test that includes everything from theory of flight to meterology. Now while this may not be specific to drones this knowledge is required to be able to pilot anything in Canada including a drone.

Additional resources for studying for this test can be found here: http://www.tc.gc.ca/en/transport-canada/corporate/acts-regulations/regulations/sor-96-433.html
Review Part IX for RPAS.

Once you are confident that you have enough knowledge to pass the test you may pay the $10 fee and get started here:
https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/aviation/drone-safety/get-drone-pilot-certificate/exam-basic.html
This link is for the Basic Exam. At the moment you can only obtain this certificate online by completing the test with a passing result. Advanced test can only be obtained once you have completed the online Advanced Exam as well as complete a flight review from an approved flight school. So for these purposes I am covering the Basic Exam in this article so you can be ready to fly in approved zones as a basic operator.

Once you have passed the Basic Exam and wish to register your drone you must pay the $5 fee and register your drone here:
https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/aviation/drone-safety/register-drone.html

Good luck and happy flying!
Remember to always be responsible when operating a drone or any RPAS!




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Why I Recommend AirbladeUAVs’ Intrepid V2 5″ Frame

For starters I am Canadian and this frame was developed and designed right here in the heart of Vancouver Canada! If that isn’t awesome in itself I don’t know what is.

The beautiful thing about this frame is the lightweight design you can get on this 5″ build. Features like using a micro fpv cam instead of full-size can save you weight on this build. I can’t express enough that everything on this frame as a place and you won’t find yourself trying to cram everything into a small form factor wth no room.

Intrepid V2 5″ also supports double stacks at both 30×30 or 20×20. I love this idea so that you can have proper spacing between components without boards touching and shorting each other out. I typically would have the 4in1 ESC and FC stack on the front and then put my VTX with 20×20 mount on the back.

Dedicated 30° HD camera location for your HD recording needs!

This frame was designed for long range in mind. If you love long range than you’ll love surfing the tree tops with this frame. Not to mention the dedicated 3D printed TPU mounts that are available and designed specifically for this frame. Makes mounting antennas a breeze!

AirBlade Intrepid V2 3K Carbon Fiber Frame Kit – 5 inch and 7 inch