Sean brought an updated Aerotestra Hugo by.  Improvements include:

  • external power switch
  • now flying APM 2.5!
  • APM 2.5 integrated carrier

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Comment by Chris Anderson on January 6, 2013 at 12:13am


Comment by R. D. Starwalt on January 6, 2013 at 7:59am

Very nice!

Power switch.... where have I seen that before?  ;)


Comment by Muhammad Al-Rawi on January 6, 2013 at 8:35am

That looks fantastic! 

Comment by Randy on January 6, 2013 at 9:13am

Indeed very nice.  I like the monocoque body.  I think nearly all copters are going to go this way within a couple of years.  All our current copters with all the little bits you put together to get them flying are going to look very a model T compared to a toyota.

Comment by Dany Thivierge on January 6, 2013 at 9:37am

Randy I really dig your Ford model T analogy!  You are right, we are seeing the next evolution of frames, just take the DJI Phantoms, I already pre-sold a ton of them, just because they look cool!  This frame is very nice and sturdy, I will be looking to see if I can stock some of them in the shop for sure. 

Mark, thanks for keeping us posted! 

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on January 6, 2013 at 9:38am


Check out the tail boom on a SAB Goblin helicopter.  That's the future.  Expensive to replace, but a more modern design for sure.

Comment by c j g on January 6, 2013 at 11:23am

... a little disappointing as well. One big advantage is the rainproof of the frame and motors. Seeing this open solution for apm/gps is not really cool. OK you could easily add a dome, but this would kill the sleek look ... v2.0?

Comment by Gary McCray on January 6, 2013 at 12:31pm

Beautiful frame.

You and Aquacopter are definitely heading in the right direction and I like the panel access on yours better.

I take it Kydex construction like theirs as well.

I know your working on your website, but a little info like size, weight, motor size and max loaded weight might be good.

Vacuum forming has great potential for these things.

Comment by John Arne Birkeland on January 6, 2013 at 12:45pm

Looking great! One question, Is there any anti-spark feature on the power switch? The reason I ask is that you can get a lot of spark when connecting batteries, and sparks builds soot and ruins the switch over time. With normal battery connectors this isn't normally a problem, since the spark only affect the tip of the connector where it first connects.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on January 6, 2013 at 1:24pm

As boards mature its going to be all about looks and simplicity.


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