2018-02-03 & 2018-01-06 USA & UteRC Indoor Flying

At the invitation of the Utah State Aeromodelers, members of USA and the UteRC clubs gathered for indoor flying sessions on Feb. 3rd and Jan. 6th. The highlight on Jan. 6th was Mario Valencia bringing the new Star Wars quads from PropelRC.com.

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Mario's Star Wars T-65 X-Wing fighter is a very stable quad.


The Star Wars 74-Z Speeder Bike with a Stormtrooper in the saddle is also a very stable quad.


Darth Vader's Tie Fighter Advanced X1. While these are flight stabilized RC quads from PropelRC.com, they are credible models of the futuristic vehicles from Star Wars.


The T-65 X-Wing fighter hovering in flight, the sides appear blue from the LED headlights on the model.


Speeder Bike defying gravity. This space bike is amazing to watch with its unapparent clear plastic propellers making it appear supported by some unknown force.

These Star Wars models are very well designed with many features including an IR gun that can down an opponent's craft if hit with the gun's IR beam. The IR beam reduces the throttle on the downed craft so it drops gently out of the battle without damage. There is enough bandwidth that a dog fight can be staged between two squadrons of 12 vehicles!

They are powered by an 800 mAh LiPo in a proprietary module that is part of the body of the quad. All feature 2.4 GHz RC technology with proprietary controllers matching the craft they come with. The batteries provide long flight times even with the large brushed motors, running lights, IR guns, IR sensors, and stabilization. They have a top speed of 35 mph, but can be flown in a living room as well as outdoors.

Unbelievably, these models come in light and sound equipped packaging! The LiPo powered and rechargeable packaging (yes, packaging!) can be used as a lighted display case playing the Star Wars theme if you wish. The controllers provide audio comments from Yoda as well as the Star Wars theme. See the reviews of each of these by Dustin Dunnill beginning with the Speeder Bike at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9abUdLukr4


Jan Hyde's Inductrix FPV quad high in the rafters.


Keith Hiatt's Night Vapor.


Jon Bertrand's QX quad like the Energizer Bunny just keeps going and going week after week.



Keith Hiatt's wall-climbing quad in action.

2018-02-03 USA & UteRC Indoor Flying

Feb. 3rd saw a record crowd turn out to fly guads, Vapors, and drones after a long 4 weeks without stick time.



Doug Dorton's DJI Mavik Spark drone at moderate height in the church gym. The Spark has a vertically gimbaled camera looking forward with a moderate amount of tilt to compensate for roll of the drone.


Doug's Mavik Spark hovering for a landing. There are now 3 Mavik models, details at: https://www.dji.com/products/compare-consumer-drones.


Monty Young's Ares Ethos drone hovering, details at: http://ares-rc.com/ethosfpv/


Steve Wilson's Parrot Bebop drone ready to fly, complete details at: https://www.parrot.com/us/drones.


Steve's Parrot Bebop, black and spooky. Steve mentions he does not so much "fly" the drone like a quad as he just repositions it in space and orientation.


Doug flies his Mavik Spark while Steve Wilson observes.



Late in the session, some participants continued to adjust, repair, and fly even though most of the other flyers had packed up for the day.

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