Wingtote, manufacturer of quality RC related carry bags and totes, has entered the Multi-Rotor market with these new custom-made carry bags which allow you to leave the propellers and camera attached. These exclusive super sneak peak photos aren’t even on Wingtote’s own website yet. These Drone Totes hold virtually every 300mm to 380mm sized single quadcopter. With a street prices of about $149 make them a great value.
(Above) Photo show the DJI Phantom 3 Professional with three extra batteries.
Key features include: Minor cutting allows every drone to fit tight and snug as if it were a custom case. Plenty of blank foam room to cut additional holes for your specific needs. Large padded end pockets. Front document pocket. Small internal pocket for extra blades. Hard shell sides and top. Original prototypes have been field tested for nearly a year. Currently the tote has been used with the following Quadcopters.
Blade 350QX and QX3, Blade Chroma, DJI Phantom and Phantom 2, DJI Phantom 3 Advanced & Professional, Hubsan X4 and X4 Pro, and the Ehang Ghost.
When it comes to minimizing vibration, quadcopters are exactly like RC airplanes in that, balancing the propellers greatly reduces vibration. In a quadcopter and other Multi-rotor craft, this improves performance, reduces motor and framework stress and wear, and improves the quality of your video, if you are using an aerial camera with your quadcopter.
To properly balance the prop blades you need to setup your Du-Bro Tru-Spin Balancer in an offset configuration so the propeller can be mounted as shown in the video. This allows it to spin freely without touching the top of your workbench. Next you have to attach your propeller to the proper size balancing shaft also available from Du-Bro. These shafts are available in 5 and 6 mm sizes to fit most quadcopter propellers.
Attach the propeller and place the shaft on top of the balancer and let the blades turn freely without touching them. The heavy blade will move to the bottom. You can then balance the propeller be either removing a small amount from the heavy tip blade by sanding away material on the back side of the blade, or you can add weight to the light blade. You can do this by apply a light coat of CA glue or epoxy and letting it cure. For very slight balance adjustments, you can also spray clear modeling paint on the lighter blade. Three or four light mist coats, drying between applications, will bring the blades back into balance.
Your propeller will be perfectly balanced when it can be placed in any position and it stays there. A safety note here is that if you have a very much out of balance it is better to replace it with a new one than to remove a lot of material which could weaken it.
Moving at the Speed of Sound and Beyond The speed at which drones and multirotors are moving in development and application is really quite astonishing. I am amazed by the new designs and features that the drone marketplace keeps developing. What will they be like, and what will they be doing, in five to 15 years? That is the very question we asked many leaders in the industry. We talked to designers, manufacturers, operators and policymakers who work with drones in every segment of the industry. They gave us their thoughts on what the future holds for drones in their field of expertise.
This is a great video explaining FPV Racing and how it is done. These guys are definitely having some fun on this race course. The cool thing is these local groups are popping up all over the country and there is probably one located close to you. Enjoy the video that was submitted to us by Conner Jay who is an associate producer with Discovery Digital Networks.
As Conner said, “I am hoping you might be willing to share some positive coverage of drones and the exciting world of FPV Drone Racing. With so much coverage into the legalities of unmanned ariel, we looked to explore the fun and exciting side with some unique views of what FPV Drone Ariels looks and feels like. Please take a look at a short video we produced with some fantastic enthusiasts and operators around the Bay Area, and I hope you might be willing to share on your page if you enjoy the piece.”
We definitely enjoyed the piece Conner, well done.