Racing Gates & Flags

I saw an Instagram post from Johan the other day of a bunch of air gates on a pristine grass field.

I immediately messaged him and he said he’d be there for a while, so I hopped in the car and headed right over. I spent the next 2 hours ripping it up on the course.

It was so much more fun than my usual sessions comprised of cruising around, doing flips and roll. I knew I needed to get my own equipment to set up a course since Johan and his gear wouldn’t always be there. I shopped around, asked the folks over at the Mini Quad Club, and eventually settled on this killer combo deal at

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$100 for 2 flags and 2 gates!


Late Night Car Park

I met up with a few guys late one Saturday night. It was a couple of the Tri-Valley crew along with a few guys that drove up from San Jose, at least 8 or 10 of us. We were at this tucked away office parking garage that Mike found a few weeks ago.

Flying in the garage was interesting. I think the ceilings were maybe 8 feet, so your typica safety net of blipping the throttle wasn’t an option. You really had to be precise in how you fly. With lots of flying, crashing, laughing and yelling, we kept it going until about 1:30am. Thankfully there was no trouble from security or the police. 

I can’t wait to do it again.

Fatshark Battery Upgrade

Fatshark Battery Upgrade

A few weeks back I saw a post on Facebook where a used a pair of Li-ion batteries, commonly used in cape hardware, to make a higher capacity replacement for his Fatshark lipo. He even included Amazon links for the necessary parts, so I quickly added them to my wishlist.

Fast forward a few weeks and my Fatshark battery begins dying, so I ordered the parts and had them two days later. The total was about $26 and was enough to make two packs.

After rewatching his video it only took a few minutes to assemble the replacement pack. With 3000mah, this should last considerably longer than the 750mah Fatshark battery.

Flying Solo

Quite often, myself and two other guys meet up to fly on our lunch breaks during the week. On this day, one of them was out of the country on business and the other just couldn’t get away from the office, so I had the field all to myself.

During my 2nd pack, I clipped a gate, took a tumble, and managed to rip the SMA connector off of my video transmitter. Not noticing this initially, I set the quad upright, took off, and finished the rest of the pack. It wasn’t until I landed that I noticed the missing TBS Triumph antenna.

Not only was the transmitter unharmed but running for an extended time without an antenna, but it apparently still broadcasts a perfectly clear signal within a reasonable range. In fact, it was clear enough that I continued flying, going through another 5 or 6 packs.