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Eachine Wizard X220S review

Eachine Wizard X220S Review

Banggood just announced the Eachine Wizard X220S which is an upgraded version of the super popular Eachine Wizard 220. The original Wizard is already a very proven design with great performance and durability.

Image of x220S
Note. The runcam 3 is not included!

The upgraded Eachine Wizard X220S will be available both as an RTF package where everything you need to fly is included except for FPV goggles aswell as a ARF package which means that only the quadcopter and it’s core components are included, no lipo, transmitter or receiver.
If you buy the RTF package you’ll get the awesome iRangeX iRX-i6X 2.4GHz 10CH remote controller which is basically a rebranded Flysky FS-I6X. The transmitter is paired with the iRangeX iR-A8S receiver.

It has the following specs:

Frame specs

Motor to motor length: 220mm
Arm carbon thickness: 4mm
Center plate carbon thickness: probably around 1mm
Max propeller size: 5″
Weigh: 356g without battery
Total weigh: 561g

Motor specs

Eachine MN2206 2300KV motor
KV: 2300
Max thrust: 1100G
Length: 35MM
NO.OF cell: 3-5S
Diameter: 28MM
Framework: 12N14P
Shaft: 3MM
Propeller: 5 inch
Weight: 28g

ESC specs

Eachine 30A BLHELI_S 4 in 1 ESC
Current: 30A
Burst current: 35A
Input voltage: 2-5S
BEC: No
Programming: YES
Firmware: blheli_s
Weight: 28g

FPV camera

Eachine 1179 800TVL CCD camera
Sensor: CCD
Resolution(horizontal center): 800TVL
Weight: 11g
Resolution: PAL: 1980H×1080 (2MP) NTSC: 1980H×1080V (2MP)

Flight controller

Omnibus F4 V3 flight controller
Mounting holes: 30.5×30.5mm
Formware: Betaflight 3.0.1 firmware
OSD: over SPI bus in DMA mode.
Input: SBUS AND PPM
Output: 6 PWM

Eachine wizard x220S vs x220 differences

Although the quadcopters are quite similar there are some major differences which you can read about in this brief comparison.
The x220S motors are slightly bigger 2206, vs the old 2205. This means that the x220S is probably more powerful but also a bit more power hungry. The old 4 seperate 20A ESCs has been replaced by a 4 in 1 30A ESC to handle the more powerful motors. 30A is more of a standard nowadays and 4 in 1 ESCs are getting more popular so it’s good to see Eachine picking this up. A 4 in 1 ESC also makes for a cleaner build with less wires. Together with the bigger motors the X220S is also shipped with 5051 3-blade propeller instead of the old 5040.
Perhaps the biggest difference is the new Omnibus F4 V3 flight controller. The F4 has a more powerful processor which lets you run faster PID loops than the F3 board. This board running Betaflight (pre flashed) is an absolute beast. Apart from a faster processor the F4 Omnibus board also includes OSD which is great news. An OSD had to be retrofitted to the old x220 but now it’s integrated into the Omnibus F4 flight controller board and can be configured through Betaflight GUI. This means even less wires, yay!
The included battery in the RTF package is upgraded to a 4s 1500mah lipo. The difference between 3s and 4s is like night and day and a must for seasoned pilots.
The fpv camera is also upgraded to the awesome 800TVL hs1179.

Summary

If you are thinking about either upgrading or buying a brand new quad I would totally recommend going for the new X220S instead of X220. There are so many new, great features and just the F4 FC with integrated OSD alone makes it worth picking the new X220S.
If this is you first drone grab yourself either a pair of Fatsharks or the cheaper Eachine EV800 800×480 FPV Goggles

Links to both packages:
RTF Ready-to-fly
ARF Almost-ready-to-fly

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RunCam 3 1080p/60fps review

RunCam 3 64G HD 1080p/60fps review

Runcam3 white backgroun
Image from Banggood.com

Note: There’s been rumours that Runcam 3 will not be sold in USA due to patent infringement.

Тhе Runсаm 3 оffеrs thе usеr ехсерtіоnаl WDR thаt gіvеs уоu thе реrfесt рісturе еvеrу tіmе. Тhіs асtіоn саmеrа rесоrds аt 1080р аnd 60 fрs wіth а 155 dеgrее wіdе аnglе. Тhе Runсаm 3 аlsо nоw соmеs wіth ехtrа рrоtесtіоn fоr thе lеns wіth а hіgh-strеngth аlumіnіum саsіng аnd Runсаm hаvе mаnufасturеd іt suсh а wау thаt уоu саn rерlасе thе glаss іf nееdеd. Тhе nехt gеnеrаtіоn оf асtіоn саmеrа frоm Runсаm wоn’t lеt уоu dоwn!
Тhе RunСаm 3 іs асtuаllу а quіtе ruggеd lіttlе саmеrа. Іt соmеs wіth а Соrnіng Gоrіllа 3 lеns соvеr thаt саn bе rерlасеd іf dаmаgеd. І асtuаllу ріlе drоvе mу ΖМR 250 іntо thе аsрhаlt durіng thе іnіtіаl flіght, аnd thе RunСаm 3 еаsіlу survіvеd wіth оnlу а fеw sсrаtсhеs. Іnsіdе thе саmеrа іs sоmе RFІ mеtаl shіеldіng tо рrоtесt іt аnd уоur VТх frоm sрurіоus іntеrfеrеnсе.
Тhе аudіо оn thе RunСаm 3 hаs bееn іmрrоvеd; іt nоw sроrts duаl mісrорhоnеs аnd а sераrаtе аudіо сhір fоr іnсrеаsеd сlаrіtу аnd рrосеssіng роwеr.
Тhе Runсаm 3 usеs а 155-dеgrее lеns thаt саn bе rеduсеd dіgіtаllу thrоugh thе арр tо mеdіum аnd nаrrоw. Тhе арр іs dоwnlоаdеd frоm RunСаm аnd аllоws а WіFі соnnесtіоn whеrе уоu саn vіdео thе lіvе vіdео fееd аnd аdјust mаnу dіffеrеnt раrаmеtеrs quісklу. Сhесk оut thе vіdео rеvіеw bеlоw whеrе І ехрlаіn аll thе аррs fеаturеs аnd funсtіоnаlіtу.

Specifications

Вrаnd: RunСаm
Wеіght: 66g
Vіdео Fіlеs: МОV
WDR: ОΝ / ОFF
ТV Оutрut: ΝТЅС / РАL
Іntеrfасе: Місrо UЅВ
UЅВ Роwеr Іnрut: DС 5V-17V
Wоrkіng Сurrеnt: 600 mА
FОV (Аnglе оf Fіеld): 155°
Іmаgе Rеsоlutіоn: 2 mеgаріхеls
Іmаgе Flір (Маnuаl/Аutо): 180° Rоtаtіоn
Dіmеnsіоn: 38mm (L) * 37.5mm (W) * 38mm (Н)
Vіdео Rеsоlutіоn: 1080р@60fрs / 1080р@30fрs 720р@120fрs / 720р@60fрs
Мах Місrо ЅD Саrd Ѕuрроrtеd: 64G (nееd сlаss 6 оr аbоvе)
Ваttеrу Сарасіtу: 960mАh (1.5h @1080Р 30fрs / 1h @1080Р 60fрs)

Key features

Ехсерtіоnаl WDR
Glаss lеns wіth 155° wіdе аnglе
Сарturе 1080Р/60fрs hіgh dеfіnіtіоn vіdеоs
Ніgh sеnsіtіvіtу duаl mісrорhоnе
Unіquе Rаdіо Frеquеnсу Іntеrfеrеnсе (RFІ) shіеldіng еnсlоsurе
Соmраtіblе wіth vаrіоus GоРrо brасkеts

Моrе Fеаturеs

155° Wіdе аnglе & Ѕmооth vіdео іn 1080р/60fрs
6 Glаss lеns wіth 155° wіdе аnglе, Runсаm 3 саn Сарturе 1080Р/60fрs hіgh dеfіnіtіоn vіdео
Ѕtrоngеr lеns рrоtесtіоn
6000 Ѕеrіеs hіgh strеngth аlumіnum аllоу frоnt bох
Соrnіng gоrіllа glаss 3
* Glаss саn bе rерlасеd, sоld sераrаtеlу аs а sраrе раrt
Ніgh sеnsіtіvіtу duаl mісrорhоnе + іndереndеnt аudіо сhір: fоr сlеаrеr sоund rесоrdіng
Unіquе RFІ shіеldіng еnсlоsurеs
Еffесtіvеlу rеduсе RF іntеrfеrеnсе tо trаnsmіttеr аnd rесеіvеr

Accessories

Since it has the same form factor as the Gopro session there’s alot of accessories available.
To mount it on a quadcopter you can either buy the 3d printed mount here or 3d print it yourself. You can find the .stl-files on Thingiverse.

Recommended settings for FPV

Sunnу dау tіmе: 1080Р 60FРЅ, WDR оff
Overcast оr еvеnіng: 1080Р 60FРЅ, WDR оn
Night/darkness: 1080Р 30FРЅ, WDR оn. According to Banggood 30FPS should be better than 60FPS in this type of lightning conditions.

Summary

Тhе RunСаm 3 rеvіеw tооk рlасе оn а сlоudу dау wіth grеу/whіtе skіеs аnd mutеd соlоrs thаt аrе nоtоrіоus fоr mеssіng wіth НD саmеrаs ехроsurе аnd dуnаmіс rаngе. Ноwеvеr, thе RunСаm 3 dіdn’t skір а рrоvеrbіаl bеаt аs іt trаnsіtіоnеd frоm skу tо grоund wіth nо nоtісеаblе ехроsurе сhаngіng іssuеs. Меtеrіng wаs аlsо hаndlеd vеrу wеll, wіth thе dеfаult vаluе оf сеntеr-wеіghtеd аvеrаgе bеіng usеd; І sаw nо blоwn оut skіеs оr оvеrlу dаrk shаdоws.

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Vіdео іmаgе quаlіtу wаs vеrу ассерtаblе, еvеn оn thе оvеrсаst dау. І nоtісеd nо оvеr-sаturаtіоn іn thе vіdео аnd wіth thе bіtrаtе аt іts hіghеst sеttіng оf 30Мbрs, thе рісturе hаd nо quаlіtу іssuеs оr nоtісеаblе blосks. Аudіо quаlіtу wаs аlsо vеrу nісе, аnd еvеn thоugh іt wаs mоstlу wіnd nоіsе аnd рrореllеr sоunds, іt wаs rеmаrkаblу сlеаr, thаnks tо thе duаl mісrорhоnеs аnd dеdісаtеd аudіо сhірsеt.

Іf уоu’rе lооkіng fоr аn аffоrdаblе НD саmеrа thаt tаkеs thе shаре оf thе сurrеnt trеndіng сubе dеsіgn, tаkе а lооk аt thе RunСаm 3. RunСаm hаs bееn іn thе іndustrу fоr а whіlе nоw, аnd hаs реrfесtеd thе аrt оf thе FРV аnd НD саmеrа; vеrsіоn 3 оf thеіr НD саm іs оf nо ехсерtіоn.

Buy it here

This review was written by a guest writer

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EMAX Babyhawk 85mm micro brushless quad

EMAX Babyhawk 85mm indoor micro brushless quad

Emax Babyhawk front
Image from RCGroups.com

Banggood recently revealed a new and very exiting micro brushless FPV quad. It’s the Emax Babyhawk and the specs so far looks very promising. It’s pretty safe to say that this is going to be a really popular indoor and backyard flyer due to it’s small size. The prop guards can be removed but if you are going to fly indoors you probably want to leave them on.
With a pricetag around 100$ and a flight time between 3 and 4 minutes this will most probably be the definite Tiny Whoop killer.
Around 3 minutes flight time. Probably a bit longer indoors or on a windless day.

Specs

Size: 85mm motor to motor. 132mmx132mm total with prop guards
Weight: 86g total with 2s 300mah lipo and prop guards. 60g bare weight.
Camera/VTX: 520TVL AIO camera with 25mw VTX
Flight controller: EMAX Femto F3 / 80A PDB with 5v 3A LC filtered BEC
ESCs: Bullet 6A BLHeli_S Plug-In ESCs
Motors: 1104 5000kv Brushless Motor
Propellers: 2345 tri blade
Battery: 300mah 2s lipo
Body type: durable plastic

It seems like this quad will be available in two different options, RTF and PNP.
The RTF, Ready-To-Fly version will include everything you need to fly including radio transmitter, receiver and VTX receiver/goggles.
If you buy the PNP version you’ll only get the quad and the built in electronics. That means that you need to have your own rc transmitter and receiver aswell as FPV goggles. Batteris and charger will probably not be included in the PNP version either. I will use my Flysky FS-i6x radio transmitter together with the Flysky FS-A8S mini receiver.

Parts

EMAX Femto F3 Flight Controller and PDB Board

Emax flight controller
Image from Banggood.com

The EMAX Femto F3 flightcontroller in the Emax Babyhawk is also a built in PDB which means that it will both control the quad aswell as supply the ESCs and other electronics with power. The Femto FC is running Betaflight 3.0.1 firmware and is fully configurable via the USB port.
The PDB is rated up to 80A (20A per ESC) and has a built in BEC supplying filtered 5v 3A.

Voltage range: 2S-6S (7.4v – 25.2v)
CPU: STM32F303
Gyro: MPU9250
Buzzer support
BLHeli Passthrough
2.0mm Pin Headers for ESCs

EMAX Bullet 6A BLHeli_S ESCs

Babyhawk ESCs
Image from Banggood.com

The ESCs are flashed with BLHeli_S 16.4 and can be programmed or upgraded through the usb in the flight controller. They are embedded in the arms of the quadcopter and are connected to the flight controller through 2.0mm pin headers. Emax has rated them max 2S but they stated that 3S might work but it’s not tested and therefore not recommended.
Size: 9.4mm x 21.5mm
Weight: 2.1g
Supported Protocols: Oneshot42 and 125, Multishot and Dshot150, 300 and 600

EMAX RS1104 5250kv Brushless Motors

Emax baby hawk motors
Image from Banggood.com

The Babyhawk motors are really powerful, at 2S they can produce up to 120g of thrust. That means that the Emax Babyhawk have an impressive thrust to weight ratio of 6 to 1 on 2S. One can only image how it could perform on 3S and even 4S. The motors are rated up to 4S but the ESCs might be the bottleneck here, future testing will tell. No amp/current draw has been specified yet but it’s probably going to be around 3 or 4 amps per motor. The propellers seems to be bolted on to the motors which removes the risk of the propeller coming loose as they might do on friction-fitted configurations. One problem with bolting the propellers to the motors is that when (not if) you crash you might damage the motors instead of just the propellers.

520TVL AIO camera/VTX

The Babyhawk carries a pretty standard AIO camera/VTX. The VTX is seems to be switchable between 25mw and 200mw with a led display on the back to show what channel/band it’s running. The circular polarized antenna is probably easily damaged and a dipole might have been a better choice.
It seems like the AIO camera have pins for both video in AND video out which means an OSD can be added.

Replacement parts

Currently the replacement parts can only be found as a bundle which includes:
1 X EMAX Femto F3 Flight Controller+PDB Board
4 X EMAX Bullet 6A BLHeli_S ESC (1S-2S Support)
4 X EMAX RS1104 5250kv Brushless Motors
2 X EMAX T2345BN Complete Propeller Sets
40 X Screws

Buy the replacement parts here
When the Babyhawk is released the parts can hopefully be bought separately.

Cons

Camera mount looks fragile
Camera lens is exposed
No OSD
No Buzzer

Summary

My guess is that Emax will have to crank up the manufacturing rate of these quads because they are most lileky going to be super popular. If an OSD and buzzer can be added then this is THE brushless micro FPV quad the community have waited for. It offers both in- and outdoor capabilities at really good pricetag. Racing this quad with a couple of friends is going to be a blast.

As soon as the Babyhawks are released into the wild I will do a real review of it.

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Eachine Aurora 90 BNF review

Review of Eachine Aurora 90 90mm Mini FPV Racer BNF

Since the tinywhoop was brought out to the public it has started a new micro FPV quadcopter revolution. The problem with many of those quadcopters is their weak brushed motors. This has lead to many custom builds with micro brushless motors to gain power, speed and increased motor life. Eachine has brought alot of brushed micro fpv quads to the market such as the QX95, QX90, QX70 and e010 FPV but now they are entering the micro brushless fpv market with the brand new Eachine Aurora 90. It comes packed with features and high grade components such as a mini F3 betaflight compatible Minicube Betaflight F3 6DOF with built-in OSD.

Link to Aurora 90

The Aurora is the perfect entry level quad to the micro brushless scene. It’s BNF (bind-and-fly) and compatible with the three big radio techonologies Spectrum DSM2/DSMX, Flysky and FrSky. If you don’t have a radio and are wondering which one to get I would suggest either the cheap but excellent Flysky FS-i6X 2.4GHz 10CH or the brand new FrSky ACCST Taranis Q X7 2.4GHz 16CH. You have to decide which receiver to use before you order the quad since they are shipped together with the receiver. The receiver can of course be changed later but save yourself the hassle and order the correct one from the start.

What’s included in the BNF kit

– Aurora 90 Mini FPV Racing Drone BNF
Eachine 1104 7500KV brushless motor x 4
– 10A BLHELI_S 16.5 1-2S 4 in 1 ESC Dshot600
50mm 4-blades propeller
– Receiver: Frsky/DSMX/Flysky AFHDS2A (optional)
– Camera/VTX: 600TVL HD CMOS 1/4 inch, 5.8g 25mW 48ch VTX
– Minicube Betaflight F3 6DOF built-in OSD
– Betaflight OSD
– Buzzer
– 7.4V 450mah 80C lipo battery
B3PRO 2S balance charger

The only thing you need is a radio transmitter and a video receiver/goggles. I mentioned my recommendations for radio transmitters above in this post, either Flysky FS-i6X 2.4GHz 10CH or the FrSky ACCST Taranis Q X7 2.4GHz 16CH.
For video goggles recommend getting either a used pair of fatsharks or the Eachine VR-007 goggles. The Fathshark goggles are very popular but expensive so I don’t recommend buying a new pair if this is your first quad.

Since it’s a BNF package you also get a 450 2s 80c lipo and a charger but you should buy a better charger which let’s you monitor the charge and also perform storage charging of your batteries. The iMAX B6 digital charger is super popular and well used within this community. For spare lipos (which you will need sooner or later) you could go with the Gaoneng 450 2s 7.4V 80C which will provide the needed power.

Specs

– Motor-to-motor size: 90mm
– Size: 118mm*118mm*70mm
– Weight: 73g without battery
– Flight time : 3-4minutes

Motor specs

– 7500kv
– 1104 size
– Max thrust: 115g
– Max amps: 8A

ESC specs

Minicube 10A BLHELI_S 4 in 1 ESC Dshot600
– Hole spacing: 20mm*20mm
– Size: 27mm*27mm*5mm
– Firmware: BLHELI_S 16.5
– 10A continuous
– 15A burst
– 5v BEC

FC specs

Minicube F3 6DOF flight controller
– Hole spacing: 20mm*20mm
– Size: 27mm*27mm*5mm
– STM32 F303 MCU Processor (F3)
– SPI Sensor MPU6000
– Built in Betaflight OSD
– Buzzer and vBat support

Spare parts

Frame
Camera
Motor
Propellers
Charger
Spare lipo

Summary

With it’s protected propellers this is the brushless micro quad we’ve all been waiting for. With its brushless motors it’s super powerful and can be flown both indoor and outdoors. Thanks to it’s protected propeller you don’t need to worry about crashing it into walls, shattering props or nasty marks on furniture. If you crash it outside in high grass you can easily locate it with the integrated buzzer (bind it to a AUX channel on your transmitter). The flight time might vary between 3-4 minutes but if you fly it with full throttle you can expect a flight time of under 2 minutes. Since it’s fully customizable through Betaflight GUI it’s possible to tune it to perfection and probably a great contender for a micro indoor fpv race or tight freestyle/acrobatics.

This might be the ultimate indoors brushless micro FPV quad. Get it here before it runs out of stock!

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Eachine E010 Mini Banggoods own Tiny Whoop

Eachine E010 Mini 2.4G 4CH 6 Axis Tiny Whoop from Banggood

Image from Banggood

It looks like Banggood also jumped the Tiny Whoop bandwagon with their latest micro quad announcement. They announced the Eachine E010 Mini 2.4G 4CH 6 Axis Headless Mode RC Quadcopter RTF which looks like a Blade Inductrix aka Tiny Whoop clone. The hardware is probably the same as the Eachine E10.

Specs

Size: 9.5X9.5X5CM
Gyro: 6-axis
Frequency: 2.4G
Channel:4CH
Battery: 3.7V (150MAH) (included)
Flight time: about 5 minutes

There is no information regarding the controller and the motors but the motors are probably in the 6mm size judging by the lipo size.
Remote control parameters:2*1.5AA 5#(Not included)

The question is if it’s able to carry a Quanum Elite or FX797T camera/transmitter combo without any upgrades to motors and lipos. The answer is probably no.

Here are some more images:

Image from Banggood
Image from Banggood

As soon as it’s available there will be an review of it here so stay tuned!

More information and order

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Another 3D-printed DIY Tiny Whoop frame

3D printed DIY Tiny Whoop frame for both 7mm and 8.5mm brushed motors

3d printed tiny whoop frame
Image from Thingiverse

I just stumbled across this Tiny Whoop frame on Thingiverse and I’m planning to print one. Hopefully it can accommodate a Hubsan board instead of the Blade Inductrix one. You can find the parts I’m planning to use below. The frame can be printed both for 7mm motors and the mighty 8.5mm motors. The AUW seems to be around 37g with 7mm motors, 205mah lipo and a Quanum Elite camera. The frame files can be found on Thingiverse.

Suggested parts list

Motors: 8.5mm motors
Control board: Hubsan H107L X4 control board
Lipo: 300mah 1s, 500mah 1s or 600mah
Propellers: Hubsan propellers
Camera / Transmitter: Quanum Elite or FX797T

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New 40ch 5.8ghz micro FPV camera transmitter combo Eachine EF-01 AIO

Eachine EF-01 AIO

Eachinf EF-01

Banggood just announced a brand new micro FPV camera/transmitter combo module from Eachine called Eachine EF-01 AIO. I’m guessing that due to the tremendous increase in popularity of micro quads (Blad Induxtrix aka Tiny Whoop in particular) we’re going to see alot of micro cameras with built in transmitters being released to the market in the coming months. The new Eachine EF-01 AIO looks very promising since it’s almost 15$ cheaper than the Quanum Elite and Banggoods other micro FPV camera FX797T. The only downside is that it’s a bit on the heavy side with a weight of 6.8 grams but it looks like the metal casing is easily removable. It’s also compatible with the raceband frequencies. It has a button for switching bands, channels and PAL/NTSC mode and LED lights to show which band and channel it’s set to.

Specs

Sensor: 1/3 “CMOS
Lens: M8 800TVL Lens
FOV: 150°
Format: NTSC / PAL
Power consumption: 380mA @ 3.7V
Power: 3.6-5.5V
Lens Mirror Diameter: 2.1mm IR coated FOV150 (horizontal)
Output Impedance: 75 Ohm
Output signal strength: 23 ~ 24dBm
Output Power: 25mW
Number of channels: 40
Antenna: RHCP circular polarization clover leaf antenna
Operating voltage: 3.6V ~ 5.5V
Current: 100mA

Frequecies

Band A 5865 5845 5825 5805 5785 5765 5745 5725
Band B 5733 5752 5771 5790 5809 5828 5847 5866
Band E 5705 5685 5665 5645 5885 5905 5925 5945
Band F 5740 5760 5780 5800 5820 5840 5860 5880
Band R 5658 5695 5732 5769 5806 5843 5880 5917

“Get it while it’s hot!”
Preorder/buy it here

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FPV racing simulator

We all know that lame feeling when you want to fly your FPV racing quad but there is something keeping you from punching that throttle to the top. It could be bad weather, no charged lipos or broken parts waiting to be replaced.
With the new fpv racing simulator Freerider you can get your daily fix from your own basement wearing nothing but a usb controller and underwear.

screenshot from Freerider FPV simulator

Practice flips, turns and push it to the limit. You dont have to care about breaking any propellers or smashing that new Zmr250 frame to pieces.

It’s compatible with Android, Windows, Mac Os X and Linux. The free version is limited to just one desert scenery but if you buy it (it’s only $4.99 USD) you’ll get 5 different sceneries such as a parkinglot, playground etc.

performing barrelroll in freerider simulator
Barrel roll!