The level of detail of many of the models
entered in the static competition reflects the
passion for building that many hobbyists have.
The fully aerobatic JR Ninja
400MR quadcopter hints at one
way that multirotor aircraft may
continue to evolve in 2015.
Photos by the author
new M480L 800mm quadcopter and M690L 900mm
hexacopter on display. These robust-looking, foldable
frames both feature moisture-resistant canopies
and retractable landing gear. They are designed to
carry gimbal-stabilized camera gear. Control is via the
APS-M Multicopter Control Unit, Align’s proprietary
Another multirotor product that caught my eye
was Hobbico’s ORA. This 370mm quadcopter
promises fully autonomous operation and can be
easily programmed via the Android-powered touch-screen interface of the included Journey 10-channel
transceiver. Flight durations of up to 30 minutes are
promised, and that’s believable given the capacity of the
included 7,000 mAh LiPo battery.
Another exciting multirotor product on display was the JR
Ninja 400MR. This 400mm quadcopter is but one example of
a new breed of 3-D aerobatics-capable multirotors.
Three Ninjas were flown several times in the indoor flying
venue, demonstrating this aircraft’s unique abilities. The
capacity to instantaneously reverse the motor’s rotation serves
as the anchor technology behind the aerobatics-capable class
of multirotors. The Ninjas performed flips, spins, and other
tumbling maneuvers that were exciting to watch!
It was no surprise to see a proliferation of multirotor-specific
storage and transport solutions on display at the Expo. Go
Professional Cases (GPC), one of AMA
Expo 2015’s primary sponsors, is one of the
better-known purveyors of cases.
The company’s family of multirotor storage
products is expanding, and if the perfect product for your
equipment isn’t available, GPC offers custom solutions. I
have been using a GPC case to haul my gimbal-equipped
DJI Phantom for nearly two years and it does a superb job of
protecting my equipment.
25 Model Aviation APRIL 2015 www.ModelAviation.com