Jason Howell
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At 7:59pm on November 5, 2013, Marc Baptista said…

Jason, wow & thanks for that spirited, and exhaustive + detailed info. 

I WILL take your advice. If you know of a cheap unit that I could assemble - to get the learning bugs ironed out - that advice would be handy...  in the future I'd like to get a gopro hooked up to a quad for quasi-work related stuff..  For now, I'd just like an easy 'toe in the water' introduction. I'm good with my hands, not so with electronics, but a quick study. Again, many thanks for your advice and support. I am in Australia, and be contacted at marcbaptista@gmail.com 

At 9:22pm on November 5, 2013, Jason Howell said…

My pleasure. Like I said though, I'm a beginner myself. I fly more than I crash but it's still a crapshoot every time. I started out too expensive and it really cost me a lot more than just the kit. If I can help anyone avoid the same hole I fell in, great. Lesson useful.

While I was building the Y6 kit (huge mistake) from 3DR I bought the Blade MQX just so I could learn how to handle the remote and fly a quad. I have crashed it every way possible; including a full submersion incident in a friends outdoor fountain. I still fly it to build skills on maneuvers that I wouldn't dream of attempting with an expensive copter in the air. I wish I had moved from that to a 350QX or Phantom instead of the Y6. With exception of the little bugaboo about how the Phantom will randomly go on suicide missions if someone turns on a wifi device near it, it's a really nice copter. If I had known about the flaw in the Phantoms radio (before watching it self-annihilate), it would have been a good learning experience to have flown it with the factory provided remote and then changed the receiver to fly it with my Spektrum remote so I could feel the difference between a properly tuned/configured remote and one with default settings. Anyway, between the MQX and the Phantom I have been able to really focus on learning to fly and learning to recover from mistakes without having to also recover from my own build errors.

Let me know how it goes.

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