FliteTest Podcast 013 - Drones vs UAV

by FliteTest | February 10, 2014 | (29) Posted in Podcasts

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In this podcast we talk about "drone" terminology and other recent FliteTest forum posts. The FliteTest forums are a really unique sub-culture that has developed around FliteTest content, popular topics are scratch building, RC planes, FPV flying, multi-rotors. Just really anything we talk about on the show or in the podcast.

Segements in today's episode:

1. FliteTest Forums Discussions

To Drone or Not to Drone Discussion

For Those Who Cannot Afford RC Gear

Updated Kracken 2.1!

2. What’s New In RC

3. What’s New In FT

4. Lighting Round Q&A


BackyardRC on February 10, 2014
Lucky number 13 :)
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UltraPigeon on February 10, 2014
can you please approve my article its been over a week thanks

great podcast
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RcPikiDu on February 22, 2014
Yes my article is also not approved, but it has been only 2 days...
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ghostrider03z on February 10, 2014
Now this is a podcast I want to hear.
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earthsciteach on February 10, 2014
Thank you for the nice shout-out guys. Andre (Colorex) and I were just having a discussion of how much we love this little community that we have built. I was working on the design of a plane and my ACAD skills are rusty. Andre offered to take a look at what I was trying to do. I emailed him a sketch of a wing with a few parameters (he lives in Ecuador) and he turned it around and had it back to my within minutes. Seeing what he did set me off and running to finish the fuse and tail feathers. Now I have to make templates, A LOT of templates!
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austinfurey on February 10, 2014
LONG over due. :)

You guys are all seriously awesome. Hope to use this podcast format again soon. :)
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colorex on February 10, 2014
That's cute :D
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flyboymaxwell on February 10, 2014
for the Go Discover they are called "Wing Fences"
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Chefinator on February 10, 2014
Liked it!!

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SteevyT on February 10, 2014
It might be a little too advanced for a first plane, but for a daughter (or woman in general) how about a Lockheed Model 10 Electra? Amelia Earhart's plane for her attempt at flying around the world. Seems like it would break away from being stereotypical hearts and butterflies, and it would have some historical significance.
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Epitaph on February 12, 2014
She is probably my biggest heroine!! Probably the reason I got into flying in the first place when I was little!! Love the idea!!
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johanjonker on February 11, 2014
One of of the better podcast again... thanks guys..
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iErik on February 11, 2014
Thanks for playing my question, looking forward to a Taranis episode ;)
- Erik
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cpo on February 11, 2014
Great show. In the Lightening Round, you mentioned that the RTFQuads camera gimbal would be a good place to get into a gimbal at a low price point. It so happens that I am giving one of these away this weekend. Paul from Ready to Fly Quads as graciously donated this and we are giving it away in a raffle style drawing. Entries have been open for about a week, and there is one week left before we draw winners. Giving away other stuff too, but that's not relevant to this podcast comment. Anyway, if you want a shot at a free gimbal, anyone can enter. It's free. I am not selling anything. Just giving stuff away. You can enter and get more details at http://everythingcpo.com/giveaway-2014/. Hurry though...it ends soon. Thanks Flite Test guys for all you do for the hobby! -cpo
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andre on February 11, 2014
I enjoyed this one. You could tell the team was excited/hyper. Poor Alex ;)
Was listening to it while working on a wing update for my FPV plane.
(Paused to watch the Viggen video).

On the UAV/Drone thing when I starter looking at what plane to build for FPV I decided I wanted to avoid a drone/uav styled plane. No real issue but why encourage the problem.

Keep up the great work. Thanks for the entertainment.
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CrashRecovery on February 11, 2014
Great to hear my question. I have been fortunate enough not to have to explain the drone question. Most of my friends are military and know the difference. The others know that I have the information to back what I am talking about and don't question it. The few people I have run into while flying my multi rotor simply ask what it is. I usually land it and explain what it is. So far not one person has been nasty about flying my R/C stuff. In fact they ask me to fly more so they can watch..... Only thing I have to watch out for in the park I fly at is the random bird that does not like what I am flying.
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sailorJohn on February 11, 2014
Ok, if you get into a discussion with experienced ( old) balsa builders there are "modelers" that building is their thing, but for the rest of us ,we have found that we (I) can not build as well and as straight as a good ARF. That said, the cost the materials ( balsa or kit, covering, hardware, and multiple glues ) will be 2-3 times the cost of a completed ARF. That's why I find working with foam board a rewarding winter pastime and more fun to fly than a Model that took all winter to build and can disappear in the first flight.
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Boomerang Pilot on February 11, 2014
Hi! Thanks for choosing my question! Sorry for my dramatic pause at the end which led to some confusion and excess knob twiddling, but I just added a bug 'thank you' for the amazing resource you guys supply for the rest of us to feed upon! Keep up the brilliant work! Bill - See more at: http://flitetest.com/articles/flitetest-podcast-013-drones-vs-uav#sthash.hnfvov6r.dpuf
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frogs84ss on February 11, 2014
Thanks guys I love what you do.
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tunacan32 on February 11, 2014
RC airplanes are real!!!!

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Epitaph on February 12, 2014
Some design that would look good fir girls?? I know I would love to have a flying Rainbow Dash or Fluttershy from My Little Pony!! Maybe an alicorn Twilight or even a Wonderbolt!!
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onemoreflite (John Michaels) on February 12, 2014
Best Podcast to date! Everyone is finally over the "podcast jitters" and is totally comfortable as if they are just sitting around talking shop, love it!
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rcspaceflight on February 12, 2014
I think some people use bonfires as a man made thermal. Probably only try that outdoors, not indoors.
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lagreca on February 14, 2014
Since when does a drone even have to fly? I would consider my iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner to be a drone...
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kagenotora on February 17, 2014
the wing from captain america is not a fantasy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:YB49-2_300.jpg
my pick for a fantasy aircraft would be a protoss carrier with it's interceptors! (from starcraf)
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JamesWhomsley on March 29, 2014
I just thought I would post this National Geographic video about conservation drones. Like david said, these conservationists are using these aircraft as a "tool" to aid in important peaceful work. I think things like this will cause the word drone to become more of a generic term. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHLSuiEt5Lw
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victour20010 on April 18, 2014
Regarding the LazerToyz EPP chuck glider where they made mention that it was used in the Hot Air Balloon episode; I believe it may have been one of the following models:




I may look into getting one of these. It might be good to throw around on nice weather days.
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FliteTest Podcast 013 - Drones vs UAV