The Walkera Ufo 5 is perfect for beginners

what i did not like about the walkera 5 is this:

The appearance i mean not bad but still not a uav it's a cookie cooker image.

Now that i got that out of my system let's move on. If you have not read my previous blog i suggest you do.

I recently sold my gaui 330x original version but i needed something to fly not too pricey and spare parts ready available. until i find a u-3d- ufo with funpilot too buy at a 30 percent savings. I decided to buy the walkera ufo 5 about 169.00 plus shipping. I was pleasantly surprised with this quadcopter it's easy to fly, very stable and excellent for beginners and i mean excellent. Unlike the advertising pros who trick consumer in to buying something that is marketed for beginner and is not ,leaving the consumer's pocket feeling a bit lighter.

The pros: Very easy to fly and stable, a good design, spare parts are easy to find,affordable and can be flown indoor , outside on calm days and it is pretty durable. The cons: Medium power ,the motor are brushed.

Oh and getting back to the appearance of the copter well i made a few changes and very soon i am doing the propeller mod. I had to make it look like a real quadcopter I thought the original appearance of the copter looked a little cheesy.

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Comment by Steve on July 21, 2010 at 11:00pm
Sorry, I bought one before I built an MK okto and it is crap. I flew it fine, a friend then flew it and crashed it. despite replacing the props and a couple motors it still doesn't fly right. The whole ship is so fragile and nothing is off the shelf for replacement. Something good for beginners should take a beating and be easy to repair.
Comment by Taylor Cox on July 21, 2010 at 11:28pm
@Steve....Yea..but you can't compare a MK okto to this cheap quadcopter? How many thousands did you spend on your okto???
Comment by Steve on July 21, 2010 at 11:37pm
Yes the okto is way expensive. But compare the gaui 330x to this? The qaui has a frame designed to break on impact and uses stock motors/props. Even the frame could easily be replaced with some tubing. I just was referring to beginner use. I was a beginner then and it broke and is now $200 gone. Beginners will crash. Make it easy to repair.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on July 21, 2010 at 11:47pm
Decent multirotor solutions will never be cheap. If your hoisting expensive cameras in the air you will want to buy decent motors and speed controllers etc. This and the Gaui are fine to get your eye in but not an end solution. A free flight sim like FMS will save you thousands in incidents if you practice. Flying is all about keeping current and forcing yourself to fly circuits and complete exercises. The old saying, the harder I try the luckier I get!!
Comment by Charles John on July 22, 2010 at 3:12am
Thanks for comments, I agree with Taylor there no compare the two and i did not compare it too the 330x. and let me make my self clear what i am suggesting is that if a beginner want to try a copter this is perfect for casual flying and pratice it's perfect. It's not that expensive and easy to repair. Steve it sound like the circuit board was busted or gyro. It's a stepping stone on the way up to a gaui 330x(s) or the German made quads. But to recommend a gaui 330x or x-3d-bl ufo for a beginner trying the hobby out for the first time or coming back i would not. For example the whole circuit board for the walkera ufo 5 run about 65.00 compare to the 259.00 for the gaui 330x(s) gyro.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on July 22, 2010 at 3:26am
I would never recommend a rotary anything to a beginner, you can do it but its a pain. An Easystar and standard flying to start with is the way forward (or a home made airframe)

Its another subject that keeps popping up.

UAS are complex things but the entry into flight need not be, a paper dart is a start. We really ought to have a from paper dart to UAS buy strategy that allows people to buy things bit by bit and gain experience on the way.

One of the reasons I love being a pilot is that its a job that you can't take shortcuts with. Its not in an office where you can hide some shoddy work under a pile of other paperwork.

There are no shortcuts, you need to get the training done and in a logical manner, otherwise it costs a fortune!
Comment by Charles John on July 22, 2010 at 4:20am
I agree with you on some points. I think fly an actual vehicle is the best way to learn, some may like simulators but when it said and done it's the real flying experience that make a difference. I have always flown quads or coaxial helicopter. When you fly them it's so enjoyable and when you crash and your going to crash a hobbyist must consider the repair and maintenance cost. There are some good starter copter that I like: eflite msr, mcx, cx and walkera and esky make a really good coaxial copter.
Comment by Earl on July 22, 2010 at 7:42am
The absolute easiest and most stable quad I ever flew is the Parrot. Great machine with 2 cameras. $299
Will be available in Sept.
You need an iphone or ipod Touch as a controller tho.
Comment by Xander on July 22, 2010 at 7:59am
Looks like the Parrot can be controlled by Android too now. That certainly opens up a lot more options. You can even get a netbook to run Android.
Comment by Charles John on July 22, 2010 at 9:21am
To early to tell but if i was a betting man i would bet that it will be a bust. Reason 1. spare parts availability 2. No traditional transmitter or receiver for that matter. 3 Proven quality and performance. This is exactly what i'm talking about the company put a lot of money in advertising. You got the sexy girls virtual fighting cool music but once the smoke clears it will be another waste of money at 300.00 and shipping cost extra.


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