Trappy's Blog (34)

Costa Concordia

We went and filmed the repair works of the stranded Costa Concordia.

Added by trappy on May 17, 2013 at 10:38am — 8 Comments

Quadrotor extreme long range

Taking my TBS DISCOVERY for a long range flight across my backyard alpine wonderland. How do you manage extreme long range with quadrotors? With some careful pre-flight planning and a battery-swap-team on the mountain!


Added by trappy on October 4, 2012 at 5:30pm — 14 Comments

TBS in Thailand: Bangkok

The final episode in Thailand. Before flying back to Europe RiSCyD and Prefect found a nice spot on top of a hotel to do some city flying. The best vertical building proximity flying so far in my opinion ... what do you guys think?

Added by trappy on September 16, 2012 at 5:09pm — 11 Comments

New TBS Wing - Development sessions in Thailand

So we packed a bunch of prototype planes and went to Thailand to do a bit of flying. Much like our Road Trip series but a bit shorter, we'll be showing the ins and outs of modern airplane design - and the fun that can be had while being completely serious :)

Prototypes weigh around 450 - 600g, up to 40" wingspan. Please keep that in mind when watching some of…


Added by trappy on August 30, 2012 at 6:30pm — 27 Comments

The High Tech Line

What is the High Tech Line? Wingsuit base jumpers call the tracks they fly down "lines". The High Tech Line is what you see here ... lines that are flown with high tech equipment. Little lower, little better glide angle ... and a little less dangerous :)

Added by trappy on July 30, 2012 at 6:05pm — 7 Comments

Quad Copter Mountain Sufing

Since we've got our own quad platform mountain we're slowly starting to progress further into mountains. The neat thing about quads: You can really "interact" with people. Great fun :)

Added by trappy on July 15, 2012 at 8:32am — 8 Comments

Unedited FPV Proximity

A lot of people wanted to know what these proximity passes they see in our videos look like unedited, from top to bottom. So we went through the archives and dug up some we haven't shown yet, and made a quick video. Hope you like it:

Added by trappy on June 8, 2012 at 10:47am — 14 Comments

Video: Beautiful Day

Spent some time in the Alps with a friend. Lots of hiking and lots of flying.

Added by trappy on May 13, 2012 at 10:42pm — 21 Comments

San Francisco [TBS@USA Grand Finale]

The final episode of the TBS Road Trip takes us to San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, Russian Hill, Alcatraz and various other sights around San Francisco.

The journey ends with a big bang, two intense weeks filled with crazy flying, an armed robbery. tons of junk food and very little sleep. Hope we can do this as soon as possible in a similar…


Added by trappy on May 6, 2012 at 1:30pm — 18 Comments

The Grand Canyon

Here it is, the Grand Canyon. This one shows one of the worst encounters with officials regarding our UAV projects to date. Nevertheless, it's one of the most beautiful places to fly at. To stay out of trouble, fly into the Grand Canyon from outside the National Park fences.

Added by trappy on April 24, 2012 at 4:50pm — 33 Comments

UAVs and Wingsuit Basejumpers

Something a little different from the TBS Headquarters :) Hope you guys enjoy!

Added by trappy on April 13, 2012 at 10:00am — 23 Comments

Las Vegas (TBS @ USA Road Trip 11/13)

In this episode we take our custom-built prototype quadcopter down the strip, meet some interesting - and less interesting - people and generally have a great time. Here's the video:

For those of you unaware, there is an airport right next to the strip. There is also a lot of RF emissions. This is why we played it safe and did not fly the Zephyrs down the…


Added by trappy on April 5, 2012 at 2:23am — 26 Comments

Red Rock (TBS @ USA Road Trip 10/13)

This was actually the first flights performed in the USA. We travel outside to a safe place and test and adjust our equipment, performing measurements and checking how the gear has survived air travel. Obviously it's a good opportunity to play around a bit among red rocks as well ... enjoy :)

Added by trappy on March 26, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

California Coast (TBS @ USA Road Trip 9/13)

Flying in various sites of Highway 1 on our way from San Francisco to Las Vegas.

Added by trappy on March 14, 2012 at 10:00am — 13 Comments

Lake Powell (TBS @ USA Road Trip)

This one was one of my favorite places to fly in the USA. Lake Powell really is amazing, the people there are friendly and welcoming, and the scenery is out of this world.

Added by trappy on March 8, 2012 at 3:34pm — 7 Comments

The Ghost Town

By the time we reached the ghost town Gold Hill near Reno, our equipment was pretty heavily beat up from all the travelling. Please excuse the waves in the picture, our props have beaten themselves through heavy gravel and forests to reach this place, they deserve a little bit of vibration :)

Added by trappy on March 3, 2012 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Monument Valley (TBS @ USA Road Trip)

Part 6 of the series takes us to Monument Valley in Utah. We had the coolest guide ever. Quickly explained him the concept, where he needs to take us so we can take shots, and then off we went in an old rusty bumpy vehicle. Great fun, great scenery and I think none of the "random tourists" that were there with us will ever forget the views ...

Added by trappy on February 26, 2012 at 7:30pm — 9 Comments

Short Stop in Salt Lake City

Driving through the west part of the US and making a short stop in Salt Lake City before heading back towards Reno.

Added by trappy on February 22, 2012 at 5:32pm — 14 Comments

Hoover Dam FPV

Flying over the Hoover Dam with a custom-made Quadcopter. Entertaining the tourists until the po-po takes over. All in good fun, though, especially since we asked for permission.

Added by trappy on February 17, 2012 at 11:08pm — 4 Comments

Death Valley (TBS @ USA Road Trip Chapter 3)

Flying in Death Valley with the Zephyr and a HobbyKing RadJet. (verbal permission from a ranger on site! normally R/C is banned in Death Valley be sure you get permission!). Death Valley is an amazing place for FPV. The salt flats and surrounding area are pretty challenging RF-wise. We managed to reach 5km, then the video link started to deteriorate. R/C was still within a…


Added by trappy on February 15, 2012 at 10:30am — 18 Comments

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