Over the last year or two I’ve taken time off building and flying quadcopters. Life and other things has been taking up my brain, so some hobbies took a back seat. Up at the lab, an event was coming up that would bring in some other pilots from New Hampshire and do a race day.Read More
As any quadcopter / drone pilot knows, the more batteries you have on hand, the longer you can stay out doing what you love – flying! Unfortunately, this comes at a price, and no I don’t mean the cost of the batteries. Those puppies need to be recharged before you can get up in theRead More
A quicky post here. I took about a year and a half off drone racing, and I’m just getting back into it for a bit. What has happened during that time is that the community has moved onto to faster, smaller drones. At the moment all I have is my 250mm QAV250 clone, so keepingRead More
There’s a nice article on the AOPA site that has some choice interview bits with me and a nice video about the NAFPV2015 event. AOPA.ORG : Racing like Superman (Note, I didn’t pick the title).
For the next 4 days I’ll be in Stephentown, New York at the North American FPV Meet flyin, racin, and campin. For the most part I’ll be livetweeting on the USDRA Drone Racing twitter feed (please follow!) which will also be posting to the USDRA facebook page (please like!). This’ll be an interesting test ofRead More
Well, their ‘Innovation and Tech’ buzz site at least. But, cool, huh? Dave Shevett is chairman of the US Drone Racing Association, an unaffiliated group based in New England. One day, he stumbled across an FPV drone-racing video online and was hooked. Not long after, he formed the USDRA. The group is small, but hasRead More
Had a great time on Sunday at the USDRA Race event. Flew my batteries dry (and flew several other folks’ batteries as well). No serious crashes (though we did break an astonishing number of props. This pic is the ‘cup o shame’. All the broken props 🙂 We’re definitely doing it again. I did comeRead More
Yay! We’re having our first race! Sunday, July 5th. Folks should bring their racing drones and join the fun! Check out the EventBrite signup page. It’s free! Wondering what drone racing is? Check out this awesome video from ABC News in Australia.
This is part 2 of 2. To see part 1, click here. In part 1, I described the new sport of FPV Drone Racing. In this posting, I’ll tell what it’s like to try and take those Youtube videos and star-eyed ideas and make them real – IE, build and fly my own drone. Once I understoodRead More
It started innocently enough. A video linked on youtube showing some “pilots” gathered in the woods. An obviously well organized group, with safety crews, a well marked course, and referees. The pilots were several guys sitting in camping chairs, with goofy looking goggles on, or staring intently into small video screens. Then the racing started, andRead More
I’ve been working with Jekyll on the US Drone Racing Association site. It seemed like a nice idea. Check all your content into Github, then, when ready to do work with it, check it out, make your edits, run a local test site (that part is really nice), and when finished, check it back in.Read More