Saturday, January 14, 2017

Welcome to the RC Haven of WhoopTang

Greetings,

My name is Anthony, but you can call me "WhoopTang".  Where did I come up with this name? As you may or may not know, there is a micro quadcopter that has been trademarked under the name "TinyWhoop", which is where the "Whoop" originates from, and is a play on words for the music band name Wu Tang.

I am writing you from beautiful Monterey County, California. The goal of this blog is to document my progress in becoming a FPV Pilot, as I honestly enjoy creating, and editing video's, and consider the footage and editing performed to be "artwork".  I tend to watch my video's over and over, and greatly enjoy my creations, and thought others might enjoy tagging along, and seeing it too, as honestly, a quadcopter in Acro mode is one of the toughest things I've ever learned to control.  I would literally describe it as a "rewiring of the brain" in combination with muscle memory, however, if you push through it, it is in my opinion incredibly rewarding.  I strongly emphasize that if your interested in getting into this hobby, to spend some time in a simulator first.  Before my first flight ever, I spent 20 hours playing Liftoff, which was enough to become confident at the controls in acro mode to be able to fly my 250 sized quadcopter.  Other key thing is, make sure you get a quality camera, as some of the ones that come with BNF or ARF are absolute junk, that if they get pointed towards the sun, the ground turns pure black, so if you can't afford a quality one, fly with the sun overhead, not at sunrise, or sunset, or be prepared to lose all visibility and potentially crash into something (like high voltage power lines).

Now that we have that straightened out, I am a very frugal shopper, thus I research, and weigh the pros and cons of every purchase I make for this hobby, with the key being to get the best bang for the buck, while not sacrificing too much quality, as in this hobby you need to be able to trust your gear.  As such in most of my posts, there will be links to gear, when available through Amazon, I will post the same product, if not an equivalent / or better product.  I am an Amazon Affiliate, thus if you happen to buy anything via Amazon, within a certain time-frame after clicking my a link, I will get commission (eventually), which will help fund towards maintaining this hobby, and providing a better experience for my audience.  As such there will typically be better prices for a lot of these products, so it is your choice on whether or not to buy anything via Amazon, but doing so does help me.  Places I have had a good experience with for various gear (besides Amazon):

China / International Based
BangGood
HobbyKing
Ebay

USA Based
GetFPV
Ebay
Tower Hobbies
AMainHobbies
GotHeliRC
ReadyMadeRC

Tax Law states that if you make less than $400 a year (last time I researched, and unsure whether that is considered "profit"), it is a hobby.  As of writing I've made $0, and I don't foresee making more than that for quite a while.  I have however completed the Part 107 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Online Course (ALC-451) offered by the FAA.  I am also studying the Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautic Knowledge, to better familiarize myself with general Aviation, and take the appropriate test to be able to fly small Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Commercial Purposes.  I've also spent $5 and registered with the FAA, and have tagged my aircraft appropriately. 

Thank you for visiting, and Happy and Safe Flying! -WhoopTang

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