So You Want to Fly an FPV Racing Mini Quadcopter?

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This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series, which profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on using drones, UAVs and remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography, that Kike learns about during his travels.

Chances are that over the last few months you have come across the increasingly popular videos of people flying mini-copters that evoke scenes of Star Wars . If this reference doesn’t ring a bell, I suggest checking out the epic Return of the Jedi speeder bike race and you will know what I am talking about.

It is likely that some of the mini-copter videos that are creating so much buzz were produced by a fellow Spaniard who goes by the name of Charpu, a nickname for Carlos Puertolas, and whom I interviewed for this post. Charpu, now animation director at Dreamworks, came to the United States to pursue his passion for animation.

Quadcopters are something that always intrigued me,” says Charpu. “ I used to be a skater. Now I am 34. I wanted to find an outlet for my constant search for thrills, but without the danger. So flying quadcopters was a perfect fit.”

So what is all this buzz about mini drones about? The term mini drone, or mini quadcopter, is related to the size. The smaller frame of mini drones has helped their popularity. They have the ability to go through small spaces, fly through windows and gaps, and go around trees.

“The 250s are the first ones that became popular,” says Charpu.” That is, 250mm from motor to motor. Things have evolved though, and you can go up to a frame of 300mm and it will —> Read More