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IMPORTANT UPDATE 3-11-2014: Reports are coming in that some buyers of the initial stock are experiencing cracks in the body shell and flyaways. We therefore CANNOT RECOMMEND you purchase this model until all the issues have been sorted.
1-5-2014: Flying3D makers of this Quadcopter are by all accounts having a really busy time at the Hobby EXPO Beijing. We have been promised the first pictures and updates. We will post them here as soon as we receive them.
Update 16-4-2014 Just had an email from Ryuki from Flying3D :We will exhibit this FPV system at Hobby EXPO Beijing at 30 April – 2 May, Hall two C27.
Another new kid on the block the FX8 Quadcopter from Flying3D. The first version does NOT come with a Gimbal but the next release will have one as an optional extra. I believe the packaging will be changed to avoid any confrontation with DJI Innovations who use the strap-line ‘The Spirit of Flight’. I’ve had some mails from the company and they are working on the lack of spare parts issue. Whilst it’s great to see new entrants to the market with affordable high spec models they will all need to ensure they offer a full package with easily available parts and a backup service if anything goes wrong. I must admit I do like the look of this Quadcopter and at approximately £220 it seems great value for money. A few of these FX8’s have already been shipped and I’m waiting to see some videos and reviews posted. I asked the company why they had called it X8 a term more familiar with Quadcopters with 8 propellers and they replied that 8 was considered the Lucky number in Chinese. Well I sincerely hope they get ‘Lucky’ with this model they seem a nice bunch of people. All competition is good for the Drones for Sale market as I will set the bar higher driving quality up and driving prices down. By the end of 2014 I expect we will see excellent Quadcopters with a decent Gimbal and a camera to rival GoPro at well under £500. Quadcopters have been around for years but rapid advances in computing power and technology will delivery new models with features beyond our imagination. Exciting times!
Here is the specification for the FX8
Brand Name: Flying3D
Item Name:6 Axis GPS FPV Quadcopter Item NO.: X8
- Flight time: Approx 15 minutes
- Lithium Battery: 11.1V 3S 2200MAH
- Control Distance: 1000M
- Motor Type : KV900
- Flight Control Board : GPS – FPV – IOC – Compass – Altimeter, Accelerometer, Barometer
- Propeller Type : 9″ Carbon
- Receiver : 8 Channel 2.4G / 5.8G
- Transmitter : 8 Channel 2.4G / 5.8G
- RC Quadcopter Dimentions:251mm*251mm*224mm Package Dimentions: 340mm*360mm*130mm
- Weight of the Drone : 880g
- Weight of the FX8 and Gimbal: 1200g
- Weight of Whole Set:2300g
- Level : Beginner to intermediate Age:18+
- 1 x X8 6 Axis GPS FPV Remote Control Quadcopter
- 1 x 2.4G 8CH Remote Control Transmitter
- 1 x 11.1V 3S 2200MAH Battery
The Flying X8 Quadcopter Flight Manual Congratulations on purchasing your Flying X8 Quadcopter. We suggest you read this manual so you can completely understand the functionally of the X8 and the operation of the remote control transmitter. If you have any questions or anything you are unsure of then please mail us at email@example.com for clarification. Please read our flying tip sheet at the end of this manual. Disclaimer Please read the instructions carefully before using this product, you are deemed to have read this manual at least once before using this product. This product is not suitable for minors under 18 years old. This product is Multi Rotor Quadcopter with a Remote Control System. The System can control the Quadcopter’s attitude with highly targeted and high precision position control. Under the normal power and power supply circumstances, this Quadcopter can provide you an excellent flight experience and flight performance. However, even though the safety of the flight control system has been optimized and upgraded, we still suggest you to remove the propellers during debugging or upgrading. Also, please make sure you fly the Quadcopter away from crowds, flammable items and anything it could damage. Enjoy your flying time and please fly responsibly and with respect to others privacy. Our company will not undertake the responsibility for any loss, personal injury, accident caused by any of the below reasons: 1.The damages caused by using the product under any drink, drugs, drug anesthesia, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and other physical or mental condition. 2. The personal injury and the property damage, etc. that is caused by the users willful intention or compensations caused any accident that leads to mental damage. 3. Assembly or manipulation by not following the correct guidance of the product’s manual. 4. The defective operation damages caused by modification in any way. 5. The damages caused by the user’s operation and bad judgment. 6. The damages caused by the Quadcopter’s natural wear and tear corrosion and aging processes. 7. The crashes Quadcopter damages that were caused by not landing the Quadcopter after being given abnormal warnings. 8. The damages caused by flying the Quadcopter in an abnormal state i.e. filled with water, oil, soil, sand and other unknown substances and not assembly completely, or the main components have obvious defects or faults. 9. The damages caused by flying the Quadcopter when there is magnetic field interference, radio interference, and government’s no-fly zone or by a drivers backlight, blocked by a barrier, blurred vision, fog and other condition that is not suitable for controlled flight. 10. The damages caused by flying in adverse weather condition, such as rain strong wind, snow, hail and other inclement weather. 11. The damages caused when the Quadcopter has suffered a collision, overturning, fire, explosion, lightning, storms, tornadoes, storms, floods, tsunamis, subsidence, ice trapped, avalanche, hailstorm, debris flow, landslide, earthquake, etc. 12. The losses caused by using the Quadcopter to obtain any infringement data, either audio or video, or by invading privacy. 13. The damages that were caused by improper use of the battery protection circuit, battery pack, Quadcopter and matching chargers. 14. Any losses caused outside the scope of our Company’s responsibility. Always Follow the Safety Guide Don’t fly at night or in bad weather, in rain or thunderstorms as this can cause erratic operation or loss of control. It’s irresponsible and dangerous so don’t do it. Make sure the moving direction of all motors is in accordance with the operating instructions. If incorrect please adjust the direction first. The shutdown sequence must be to first disconnect the Quadcopter battery then to switch off the transmitter, if the transmitter is switched off while the receiver is still powered, it may lead to uncontrolled movement or the engine starting and this can lead to an accident. Please be sure to always follow this sequence otherwise you may cause unwanted issues. Always remember that the 2.4G RC system could affect a plane or the car in your vicinity when you power up the transmitter. Never operate outdoors when it’s raining or rain is forecast or fly when visibility is limited. Should any type of moisture (water or snow) enter the components of the system, erratic operation and loss of control may occur. Do not operate in the following places: • Near other sites where other radio controlled activity may occur. • In the vicinity of people or public highways. • On any water mass where passenger boats may be present. • Near high tension power lines or communication broadcasting antennas as interference could cause loss of control. • Improper installation of your Radio Control System in your Quadcopter could result in serious injury. Do not operate this R/C system when you are tired, not feeling well or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Your judgment is impaired and could result in a dangerous situation That may cause serious injury to yourself as well as others. Do not touch the engine, motor, speed control or any part of the Quadcopter that will generate heat while the Quadcopter is operating or immediately after its use. These parts may be very hot and can cause serious burns. Please make sure you thoroughly check the Quadcopter before every flight. Any problem in radio control system or improper installation may cause loss of control. Simple distance test methods: Please stop the operation if any exceptional movement occurs. Please check the Quadcopter’s memory to make sure the matching is right. Turn on the power; please ensure the throttle is in the neutral position at its lowest position every time the transmitter is turned on. When making adjustments to the Quadcopter make sure the engine is turned off or the motors are disconnected otherwise you may unexpectedly lose control and create a dangerous precedent. Introduction to the Flying X4 Quadcopter Contents 1. Introduction to the Quadcopter and its functionality, and all the parts 2. Introduction of the transmitter and the button of the transmitter 3. How to mount the propeller and the landing stand 4. Compass calibration and other calibrations 5. Flying mode, flying function introduction 6. How to control the Flying X8 Quadcopter including changing modes, using the one key return and the AOC (headless) function 7. How to start and launch the Quadcopter 8. How to turn off the Flying X8 Quadcopter 9. The low battery alarm and auto low battery return functions 10. The OSD 11. The transmitter 12. The specification of the Quadcopter, battery and transmitter Appendix: Flying tips for the X8 Quadcopter 1. Introduction of the Quadcopter’s functionality Function Overview 1. Flight control integration design, concentrated with a gyroscope, balance meter and pressure meter 2. 3 flight modes, 5 flying functions (attitude, height, GPS, returning, AOC) 3. High precision GPS support, high precision fixed-point, constant speed, and with good resistance to wind. 4. High precision high, climbing at a constant speed, automatic landing, and with good resistance to wind 5. Effectively enhance the flight safety and reduce drop probability by self-course reversal and hover when losing control. 6. Intelligent landing test, the power output will stop once landing–provide a perfect landing. 7. Low voltage protection, low voltage automatic landing, significantly prolong the service life of the battery 8. Automatically course control, in spite the Quadcopters heading (Headless) 9. Calibrating and starting flying with no need to contact the computer 10. USB hub available, no driver required. 11. Flying log recording and playback, massive SD card ensured long data record 12. Automatically firmware upgrading online. 13. System one key recovery 14. Flying area restriction the height and distance can be auto controlled. Flying X8 Quadcopter Parts: 1. The propellers 2. The motors 3. The landing stand 4. The GPS module 5. The battery compartment 6. The LED lights 7. The gimbal mounting interface 2. Introduction to the remote control transmitter and the switches and buttons on the transmitter The 2.4GHz radio band has a completely different behavior than previously used lower frequency bands. Keep always your Quadcopter in sight as any large object can block the RF signal and lead to loss of control and danger. The 2.4GHz RF signal propagates in straight lines and cannot get around objects in its path. Never grip the transmitter antenna when operating a Quadcopter as this degrades significantly the RF signal quality and strength and may cause loss of control and danger This radio system works in the frequency range of 2.405 to 2.475GHz. This band has been divided into142 independent channels. Each radio system uses 16 different channels and 160 different types of hopping algorithm. By using various switch-on times, hopping schemes and channel frequencies, the system can guarantee a jamming free radio transmission. This radio system uses a high gain and high quality multi directional antenna. It covers the whole frequency band. Associated with a high sensitivity receiver, this radio system guarantees a jamming free long range radio transmission. Each transmitter has a unique ID. When binding with a receiver, the receiver saves that unique ID and can only accept from that unique transmitter. This avoids picking another transmitter signal and dramatically increases interference immunity and safety. This radio system uses low power electronic components and a very sensitive receiver chip. The Modulation uses intermittent signal transmission thus reducing even more power consumption. Comparatively, this radio system uses only a tenth of the power of a standard FM system. AFHDS2A system has the automatic identification function, which can switch automatically current mode between single-way communication mode and two-way communication mode according to customer needs. The two-way communication mode with data return function can help users understand current working status better and make the fight more enjoyable. AFHDS2A has built-in multiple channel coding and error-correction, which improve the stability of the communication, reduce the error ratio and extend the reliable transmission distance. 3. Mounting the propeller and the landing stand (see images in Manual) 4. Compass calibration: By measuring the earth’s magnetic field to calculate the Quadcopter’ course a different environment will cause the change of the magnetic field. So you must calibrate the electronic compass the first time you use it or after any crash. If you don’t it may cause a malfunction in flying and could lead to an accident. Once any of the following circumstances happen, must always recalibrate the electronic compass • When used and installed to the Quadcopter for the first time. • More than 10 km from the last calibration • If a crash occurs. Calibration Process 1. Turn on the transmitter, keep the throttle at the lowest neutral position and then connect the system power supply 2. Quickly switch on mode switch A (see switch SwA) until the green LED is continuously rapidly flashing. 3. Put the Quadcopter in a horizontal position and apply a uniform and continuous rotation in one direction until the green LED stops flashing. 3. Turn the Quadcopter upside down; keep the vehicle vertical and apply a uniform and continuous rotation in one direction until the green LED stops flashing. Put the Quadcopter Horizontal, rotate at a constant speed for 3 circles Put the Quadcopter vertical, rotate at a constants peed for 3 circles LED flash status when horizontally calibrating ————- ————— The Leds continuously flash vertically calibrating. —————— If a cycling phenomenon occurs after correctly installing the electrical compass calibration and GPS installation, please ensure you calibrate the electrical compass again. 5. Flying mode, flying function introduction
- State mode
- Height mode
- GPS mode
- The transmitter input linearity control
- Stern rudder speed Max 160°/s
- Lever command Push lever to middle can keep fuselage Horizontal
- push lever Max can keep fuselage in 45°tilt
- Push lever to middle to lock position automatically.
- Push lever in Max can keep 4m/s speed
- The throttle lever Controls the motor speed directly Push lever to the middle to lock height. Push forward to ascend. Pull backwards, to descend.
- Position lock NO NO YES
- Lifting speed unlimited Max 4m/s
- Self-course reversal support support support
- Flying pace Unlimited Max 5m/s
6. Flying Modes In the stated mode, the Quadcopter will control the flight attitude automatically. The transmitter lever can control the attitude accordingly, such as pushing forward, the Quadcopter fuselage, pushing to middle the Quadcopter can keep fuselage Horizontal. The Quadcopter will enter into the hover state automatically at the runaway site, while, if the signal received again, users can control the Quadcopter again. Height mode Under this mode, the Quadcopter will not only keep steady automatically, but also lock the flying height, when the throttle lever in the middle, the height will be locked as stated. When the stick is push forward, the Quadcopter ascends; when the stick is pushed back the Quadcopter will descend. The Quadcopter will enter into the hover state automatically when losing signal, when the signal is received again the user can control the Quadcopter again. GPS The Flying X8 Quadcopter provides users with a more simple and easy flying experience, when the stick is pushed to the middle, the position of the Quadcopter will be locked automatically and maintain high-precision hovering. It can perform a stable hover in light wind as it has been designed for effective wind-resistance. In this mode, the lever can control the flying speed accordingly. With the stick in Max can it can reach 5m/s speed. For the satellite GPS, you must ensure that the satellite has been found, otherwise the Quadcopter will not be able to hover. AOC (automatic course control) By using CH6, you can turn on the AOC function, the course of the aircraft can be controlled by this function. The forward direction of the aircraft has nothing to do with its actual course. This is often known as “Headless” flying. Controls • The throttle stick controls the Quadrocopter’s elevation. • Push the stick forward and the Quadcopter will ascend • Pull the stick backwards and the Quadcopter will descend. • The Quadcopter will automatically hover and hold its altitude if the sticks are centered. • Pushing the throttle stick above the centered (neutral) position will result in the Quadcopter taking off. • We suggest that you push the throttle stick slowly to prevent the Quadcopter from sudden and unexpected ascent. • The throttle stick also acts as the yaw and controls the Quadcopter’s rudder. • Push the stick left and the RC Drone will rotate Counter clock-wise. • Push the stick right and the Remote Control Quadcopter will rotate Clock-wise. • If the stick is centered, the RC Quadcopter will always fly in the same direction. • The command stick controls the rotating angular velocity of the Quadcopter. Increasing movement of the command stick results in faster Quadcopter rotation velocity. • The pitch stick controls the Quadcopter’s front & back tilt. • Push the stick forward and the RC Quadcopter will tilt and fly forward. • Pull the stick backwards and the Quadcopter will tilt and fly backwards. • The Quadcopter will keep level and straight if the stick is centered. • Increasing movement of the command stick will result in a larger tilt angle and quicker flight velocity. • The pitch stick controls the Remote Control Quadcopter’s front & back tilt. • Push the stick up and the Dronewill tilt and fly forward. • Pull the stick down and themulti-rotorwill tilt and fly backward. The Quadcopter will keep level and straight if the stick is centered. • Increasing movement of the command stick will result in a larger tilt angle and faster flight velocity. 7. How to start and launch the Quadcopter Connect the battery Power on the transmitter, set all buttons in the original positions Wait until transmitter connects with a satellite and the Quadcopter (check in the osd) Pull the throttle like this to launch the motor Start the flight 8. How to stop the Quadcopter • Disconnect the battery • Power off the transmitter 9. Low Battery Alarm When the battery voltage is lower than the preset voltage the red LED will be intermittently rapidly flashing, please bring the Quadcopter down to land in order to avoid any accident. —————— —————— Low voltage automatically landing When battery voltage is lower than the landing voltage, the Quadcopter will automatically try to return back to the home point. If the low voltage drops the red LED will blink quickly and continuously The Auto Return Procedure When you trigger the auto return by configuring the Switch B in position 3 or by low voltage or unexpected disconnection in GPS mode (if not will hover in same position), the auto return will start as follow: • Wait 3s • Lift up to 20m • Straight back to home point • Hover for 10s • Auto landing at home point. 10. Introduction the OSD Push up or down the button on the transmitter to enter the OSD panel. You can find all your flying information here (Longitude, altitude, battery voltage, speed satellite etc.) Important: When you find the satellite details in the OSD, please make sure you have connected with more than one satellite before using the GPS mode or recording the home point. The Home point will record as soon as you have connected to one satellite. 11. Introduction to the Transmitter menu For your safety, the 4 switches on the transmitter must be in their off position and the throttle stick must be the lowest position when turning the transmitter on. If not, a warning screen will be displayed until all switches are in the right position. The main menu is separated into two main sections, system setup and functions setup. The system menu allows you to set up the transmitter and manage up to 20 Quadcopters. The function menu is used to set up each Quadcopter separately. To enter the main menu, long press the “OK” key. Use the “Up” and “Down” Key to select the desired section and press “OK”. Then, use the “Up” And “Down” Key to select the desired submenu and press again“OK”. Most of the following screen work is in accordance with this simple scheme: 1. Use the“OK”key to select the parameter to modify. 2. Use the “Up” and “Down “key to modify the value of the selected parameter. 3. Press the “Cancel” key to exit and save the new parameters. 4. Press the “Cancel” key to exit without saving the new parameters. To return to the previous screen, press the “Cancel” key. You can repeat that operation until the main screen shows. System settings RX Battery Low voltage setting: Set the minimum voltage value. The battery is empty when the actual battery voltage value is lower than this value. Alarm voltage: set the alarm voltage. An audible alarm rings and the receiver battery icon in the top tray blinks when the actual battery voltage value is lower than this value. High voltage: set the maximum voltage value. The battery is in full charge state when the actual battery voltage is equal to this value. Firmware update Prior to activating this function, connect the USB cable between the back interface of the transmitter and a PC computer. A confirmation will be asked since all functions will be halted. Turn off any receivers before entering this mode. To exit this mode, simply turn the transmitter off and on. Factory reset This function will restore all of the transmitter settings to their factory default. All system and modes settings will be lost. Since this function will delete saved setting a confirmation will be asked. Functions settings Reverse settings: This function allows you to reverse a channel. Set all channels according to your Quadcopter mechanics. End point settings:This function sets the lower and upper extents of all channels. Select the channel number with the “OK” key and the lower or upper extent by moving the corresponding stick or variation to the desired direction. Select each extent value according to your Quadcopter mechanics. Display settings:This screen displays the status of all the 6 channels as they are transmitted to the Quadcopter. It includes all the mode settings and algorithms if the student mode is not activated. Sub-trim Menu:This function allows you to adjust the middle point of each servo. This is especially useful when this middle point cannot be mechanically fine adjusted.