Basic FPV Safety

FPV might be the most fun part of the RC hobby, but the FAA is trying to regulate it because of a few experienced pilots and the people who have “the cool new flying camera gadget” flying their quadcopters (mostly DJI Phantoms, which DJI has advertised as flying gadgets) dangerously (over people, over restricted airspace, etc.). These aircraft are NOT gadgets! They have spinning rotors that can cause a lot of damage!

So, I decided to write a list of things to do when flying FPV to keep people safe (and the FAA happy!).

1. Don’t Fly over People: Common sense!!! Yet, many seem to do it. What if, for example, you had some kind of in-flight failure as you flew over people (and innocent puppies!) and your quad copter fell and crashed onto those people’s heads? It could severely hurt them, not to mention the legal nightmare.

2. Try Not To Fly Over Houses and Cars: Your FPV aircraft could damage a house or car if it crashes into it. Even though it’s not likely that a MICRO aircraft, like the ones discussed on umFlight, could damage the house, let alone hurt someone inside, but it could. I guess that you COULD fly over your own house as the house is yours… If you do end up flying over a house, stay calm: it’s not likely that anything will happen. However, get it away from the house or car in a timely manner.

3. Don’t Spy on People: First of all, you don’t spy on people. Secondly, one of the reasons why people are afraid of “drones” is because of the cameras as they are afraid that they’ll used for spying. Just don’t do it, please.

4. Don’t Fly (Too) High: This isn’t much of an issue with ultra micros because of their usually-limited range, but don’t fly over 400 feet within 5-10 miles of an airport. The FAA also doesn’t want you to fly over 400 feet above ground level anywhere else. Flying this high, mostly around airports, can put your RC plane/quadcopter in the path of a larger full-scale plane.

5. Don’t Fly Over Restricted Airspace: It is currently illegal to fly over many areas such as the White House. It’s ILLEGAL, so don’t do it!

Conclusion:

Well, that is all I can think of today. I just want to note that, from now on, I’m not guaranteeing new posts at a specific time on Sundays anymore, but they’ll still be published on Sundays as usual.

Thanks for reading, and be sure to leave a comment if you have any other things to add. Enjoy, comment, and please subscribe to umFlight below this post if you enjoyed this post!

5 Great First UM Planes

If you are looking for a first RC plane, then I have a list of planes which are best suited to be your first ultra-micro RC plane.
Note that this list ONLY includes good first ULTRA MICRO planes. Planes bigger than ultra micros are not included in this list.

1. Hobbyzone Champ: In the hobby, this great plane is highly regarded as the king of easy to fly ultra micros (my review).

2. Hobbyzone Duet: This is the plane that I started with after switching from helis to planes. A great plane, but with some issues like no real rudder (differential thrust, which means that, to accomplish a turn, the motor on one side speeds up and the other slows down) and being more sensitive to wind that the Champ in my opinion. (I don’t have a review… yet)

3. Hobbyzone Sport Cub S: For newbies who want more of a challenge than the Champ/Duet. It is definitely a great second plane, but a first time flyer could fly it. (my review)

4. UMX Radian BNF: This one is a powered glider that is slightly bigger and faster compared to the others listed. However, it is a fairly forgiving plane, and several people have reported learning to fly with this one. Probably one of the more challenging on this list. You do, however, need to purchase a transmitter separately. The DX6 and DX6i will both serve you well, as will any other transmitter from Spektrum. (my review)

5. Parkzone Night Vapor: this one’s very forgiving. You can learn to fly RC planes in your living room! The one drawback is that it’s more fragile than the other planes on this list. (I don’t have a review… yet)

All of the above planes come in RTF versions (include everything you need to fly in the box). The exception is the UMX Radian, which only comes in a BNF version. If you own a Spektrum transmitter, then t saves you a few bucks. If not, you’ll need to buy one with your Radian.

Don’t worry, Spektrum transmitters are a good investment. Just don’t buy the Spektrum DX4, DX4e, or DX5. They are MUCH more basic than the DX6i and above.

Also, the Hobbyzone Duet is the only plane that doesn’t come in a BNF version.

I have flown (and own or have owned) all of these planes. I’ll have to post a review for the Duet and Night Vapor in the near future. I’ll update this post to include links to the Night Vapor and Duet reviews once they’re up.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you next Sunday!

Do you have another plane to add to this list? Post its name in a comment and include a brief disruption of it!

The Ultimate 1S AS3X and SAFE UM Plane List

Earlier today, I was looking for a list on this. I could not find one, so I decide to make a list of UM AS3X planes. This list, for your convenience, also includes planes with SAFE.

I have posted before about what AS3X is. To sum it up, AS3X uses a 3 axis gyro to compensate for anything (wind) that takes the plane off of its course. This makes AS3X aircraft more resistant to wind.

SAFE is AS3X with an accelerometer (self leveling), flight modes, and a Panic Switch/Button. Read more about SAFE in my post about SAFE and AS3X.

Please note that this list only includes 1S planes (planes that use a 1S li-po batteries).

Also, Parkzone will not continue to make new ultra micro’s. All new Horizon Hobby ultra micro planes will be sold under the E-Flite brand.

The List of AS3X (UM) Planes:

E-Flite Carbon Cub SS EDIT: The E-Flite Carbon Cub SS is an AS3X plane, but it is not 1S. My mistake.

E-Flite UMX Radian

E-flite UMX F4U Corsair

Parkzone UM P-51D with AS3X

NEW (11-10-14): E-Flite UMX B-17

UM Planes with SAFE (and AS3X):

Hobbyzone Sport Cub S

 

Thanks for reading! Look for a new post this Sunday; Sunday’s only a few days away! I can only tell you that it’s a review on a great plane that is listed above!