DJI Phantom 2 + Zenmuse H3-2D Gimbal

phantom2zenmuseDJI have been keeping quiet about the vanilla version of the Phantom 2; maybe because they have simply been concentrating on marketing the Phantom 2 Vision so hard?

Unfortunately us “serious” users are really not interested in the Vision partly due to the single axis gimbal and mainly because it uses 5.8ghz control and relies on WIFI for the video down-link.

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Quad-Copters With Redundancy?

quad-redundancyWhile Quad-Copters remain one of the most popular and best value for money configurations when it comes to multi-copter builds they are also the most susceptible to “single point of failure” because currently no main-stream multi-copter flight controllers allow a quad-copter to fly on less than four propellers.

The redundancy features of a multi-copter aren’t such an issue for your hobbyist who is likely to be flying over a large empty field so the risk of injury or damage to property is very slim. However when it comes to commercial applications these craft will need proven fail-safes and redundancy to prevent members of the public being injured or their property being damaged.

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EFPV Antenna Tracker – Working Prototype

efpv_logoWe recently met the lads from Everything FPV at a local meet where we interviewed them about their new concept antenna tracker and now the EFPV lads have done it: Their concept antenna tracker system has become a proven product, there is no cast iron release date but we will definitely be listening with bated breath.

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XuGong Folding Quad-Copter

Every FPV pilot has dreamed of a setup they can literally throw in a bag and take to exotic & exciting locations without putting their back out lugging flight cases around or dangling a fragile quad-copter from their back-pack; but the reality is most smaller craft (albeit planes or multi-rotors) tend to be a little skittish and not generally suited to recording decent aerial footage.

ImmersionRC has come to the table with a possible solution: The XuGong folding quad-copter which is in essence a traditional X configuration quad-copter but each arm is hinged in the middle allowing it to fold back on its self so all of the motors can retreat to the centre of the craft for convenient transport.

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Phantom Vision Brushless Gimbal

The recent release of the DJI Phantom Vision had caused a bit of a stir amongst the serious hobbyists and FPV pilots: while its a great solution for someone looking to take their first steps into aerial photography or FPV its not really ticking all of the boxes for the more serious users who demand a brushless gimbal and due to the WIFI downlink for video (DJI have elected to use a 5.8Ghz RC system) means using traditional 2.4Ghz RC system could limit the range of the WIFI and there is no simple way to get a live video output for goggles or a larger screen.

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FrSky Taranis Quick Start Guide

PDF Guide by Aloft Hobbies

Check out this fantastic guide that has been carefully written by the guys from Aloft Hobbies, it will help take the mystery out of the Taranis and get you to grips with even its most advanced features:

 aloft_262[2]“Welcome to Taranis.” You’ve likely already powered up your Taranis and probably are a little bit overwhelmed by all the screens and programming features. This quick start guide is meant to provide new users of the Taranis, like yourself, with an introduction to the display screen views and methods for navigating them using the menu buttons.

PDFDownload Link: http://www.alofthobbies.com/files/Taranis_Quick_Start_Guide.pdf

DJI Naza-M Idiots Guide

 So everyone has told you how amazing the DJI Naza is and how simple it is to configure but you’re struggling to get your multi-copter setup and flying and its driving you mental!

Ok I’m sorry to break this to you but they are right, it is genuinely really easy and hopefully this little guide will help you work out the little piece of the puzzle you have been missing.

Now we’re done with the formalities let’s get down to business and get you flying!

PDFDownload Link: http://www.ifpv.co.uk/pdf/Naza_idiots_guide.pdf

ImmersionRC EzAntenna Idiots Guide

IMMERSION-RC-EZ-ANTENNA-TRACKE-2[1] This guide will help you get your head around the mystical antenna tracker system from ImmersionRC. Its name suggests it should be easy to configure and use but in-fact many people have found it to be a bit of a head-ache, thankfully though once you do get it setup it is actually pretty simple to use

PDFDownload Link: http://www.ifpv.co.uk/pdf/EZAntenna_Idiots_Guide.pdf