Author: Ben Evans

Ben is the Founder and Senior Editor of Drone Sumo Magazine. He has been interested in tech and drones for as long as he can remember. He is originally from England but now lives in Japan. He can be contacted at Ben.evans@dronesumo.com.

Legend has it that he sleeps on a bed of propellers and that he learned to fly drones before he could talk. All we really knew for sure was that he goes by the name of SuprDlux, so we asked the Samurai Drone Pilot, aka Leader of the FPV ARMY for an interview to find out about life on the front lines of the FPV battlefields and beyond. Check out SuprDlux’s most recent freestyle edit featuring Ummagawd: https://youtu.be/6igs2bNKqeM How did you first get into FPV? I was a lowly IT kid sitting at my desk and it popped up in…

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https://youtu.be/BOaBna6vWaE French pilot Farouk FPV treats us to some freshly squeezed Juicy goodness, albeit in a rather violent fashion. Farouk is known for his Juicy style – or more specifically, Juicy Sbang Sbang – in which he incorporates lots of flicks and inversions, managing to attain impressive distance and hang time resulting in a gravity-defying display. Absolutely Juicy Sbang Sbang approved. Farouk FPV: YouTube Instagram Sponsors: HGLRC, T-Motor, Vega, Caddx, HQ Props

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https://youtu.be/1VlszS7Jm_I Shaggy FPV’s mountain biking highlights from his work with Audi Nines showcases the vast possibilities of FPV drone filming. Fast-paced action sports such as freeride mountain biking are especially benefiting from the advancements of FPV drones and pilots. We are now treated to awe-inspiring action shots – such as these – of athletes in close proximity and from angles that just weren’t possible previously. More info: I had the opportunity to spend 5 days at the Audi Nines MTB event, where the best bikers in the world hang out and push the limits of what’s possible. With a freeride,…

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https://youtu.be/NcBjx_eyvxc Ellis van Jason’s “Madeira | Cinematic FPV” video presents some epic shots of Madeira in a 4K cinematic edit – featuring beautiful views and buttery-smooth lines. Ellis is one of the top cinematic pilots out there, putting out awe-inspiring clips and videos. Everything from the editing to the colour grading is amazing, resulting in a highly polished final product. If you’re looking for cinematic FPV inspiration, you need look no further. Ellis van Jason YouTube Instagram

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Johnny FPV (aka Johnny Schaer) has further cemented his name as one of the most sought-after cinematic pilots in FPV, adding the rapper Juice WRLD to the impressive list of names he has worked with. The artist’s latest music video “Conversations” features a drone – piloted by Johnny FPV – chasing motocross riders while they perform tricks. Various aerial shots filmed by Johnny are also featured in the music video. Here is Juice WRLD’s music video featuring Johnny FPV’s clips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcQ71ubUXAE Johnny FPV has also previously worked with Red Bull, Netflix, Nike, iPhone, Mercedes, Ford and BMW.

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Update: For those looking for more information on the release date and availability of Flowstate: The FPV Documentary, we reached out to SOG productions (the film production behind the documentary) for more information. Find out more here.  The FPV documentary Flowstate is entering the final stages of production as reported by Stroke of Genius, the production company behind the film. While there is still no official release date just yet, we can assume it will be sometime this year at least. Here is the official trailer for the documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TMUfvTD2qs And the summary that accompanies the trailer: Dive into the world…

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https://youtu.be/yCz1vJieiXo If you fly Cinematic FPV – or even record your freestyle rips in high-definition – you’ve likely, at some point, thought of the viability of mounting a high-end 4K video camera to your drone to capture the best possible footage. There are a few obstacles that likely put you off going through with the concept though, such as the $3500+ price tag of these cameras, your drone’s ability to carry heavier equipment, and lastly, your confidence in your own abilities to fly it without smashing the camera, and therefore your bank balance. Luckily, we have a few pilots who…

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https://youtu.be/SR7BMFqdA6o Le-ti-lik – probably Serbia’s finest FPV pilot – skilfully rips a concrete nitrogen plant bando, all while using DJI’s digital FPV goggles. For those new to FPV, allow us to explain why the use of DJI goggles is particularly impressive. Whilst DJI goggles allow the pilot to view in digital high-definition, giving a much clearer view of the action, the latency can be some milliseconds slower than regular analogue goggles. This may not sound like much, but when you’re diving through a small gap at high speeds, those few milliseconds can mean the difference between pulling off a spectacular…

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Great news for pilots who yearn to expand their flying skills and knowledge because the FPV bible FPV Flight Dynamics: Mastering Acro Mode on High-Performance Drones is now available from Rotor Riot, and at a lower price than Amazon (at time of writing). If you don’t know about the book yet, it’s written by Christian M. Mollica (aka “Vespula”) – an FAA licenced UAV pilot who has been designing, building and flying high-performance FPV multirotor drones for more than five years. Christian goes into great detail explaining the tricks, techniques and manoeuvres to master racing, freestyle and cinematic FPV flying. Not only…

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If like me you’ve spent many hours on FPV sims clearing gaps, flipping, rolling and finding new lines over and over yet wishing there was something to chase as to practice your cinematic skills, then wish no more. SyncFPV has made a FREE PC mod for the ever-popular skating game Skater XL. The mod has surprisingly realistic physics, and Sync has included the ability to adjust various rates and settings to get the drone just to your liking, including throttle, yaw, pitch and roll adjustments. If you’re not aware, Sync FPV is not just a pc modder, but also a…

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Pizza Hut in Isreal is trialling pizza delivery by drone this summer, as early as June. Well kind of, anyway. It’s not quite practical to have multiple drones flying fast food to numerous residential addresses simultaneously, so what they have decided to do is have landing zones approved by the government set out around the city, in a fifty square-mile radius I believe. So you make an order, the driver stays in position or makes his way to one of the zones, and the pizzas get flown out from the store. Apparently, the drone won’t land until the driver is…

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The San Juan-based data storage and analytics provider Red Cat Holdings has completed its acquisition of Rotor Riot, LLC – a leader in the consumer-focused FPV drone industry and a well-known name in the community. Rotor Riot enjoys a large following on its various social media platforms as well as a multiple championship-winning professional drone racing team. Aside from the social media and YouTube platforms, Rotor Riot sells high-performance done parts and merchandise on its main site www.rotorriot.com. Rotor Riot’s revenue grew significantly in 2019 after it announced an official partnership with drone manufacturer DJI. The acquisition of Rotor Riot is a…

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