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Quadcopter and Multi-rotor Intro Build Class (Limited Space)

This class is a hands-on introduction to multirotors and we will be assembling and flying your quadcopter or hexacopter of choice. Please visit http://ctrl.me/Quadcopters-101 for brief intro to quadcopters.

The goal of this class is to familiarize you with multirotors and build your first quadcopter or hexacopter. Past attendees have averaged 1.5 class to finish their project, but a few individuals have managed to fly their quadcopter at the end of their first class.

Things we will cover:

  • Basic Principles
  • Individual Component Function
  • Complete Assembly
  • Controller Configuration
  • Testing and Troubleshooting


We will be focused on the following kits, but feel free to bring other kits you already have and we will be happy to help if we are able to. These kits are fundamentally very similar.


  • F330 ARF Kit, Great starter quadcopter that is powerful enough to carry a small camera and GPS. (http://ctrl.me/DJI-F330-ARF-Kit)
  • F450 ARF Kit, This quadcopter is a little larger than the F330, which results in higher payload carrying capabilities. You can easily mount a GPS and a GoPro or similar size camera to this model. Can also be used for FPV. (http://ctrl.me/DJI-F450-ARF-Kit)
  • F550 ARF Kit, Hexacopter with enough power to carry a small DSLR, GPS and even FPV equipment. Recommended for individuals who aim to use their multirotor for serious aerial photography. (http://ctrl.me/DJI-F550-ARF-KIT)

You will in addition also need a controller, battery, charger and transmitter/receiver combo.

We recommend the following additional parts as a good place to start.

  1. Quadrino Controller, Inexpensive controller based upon the Arduino. It will require a little more setup and adjusting than the DJI Controllers, but is also almost half the price. (http://ctrl.me/Quadrino-V1E)
  2. 3300mAh 3s battery (http://ctrl.me/RC-Quadcopter-LiPo-Battery/3300mAh-3S-battery)
  3. Turnigy 9x, Not the most accurate transmitter on the market, but by far the best value. We do not recommend that you spend $200-$500 on a transmitter unless you are sure this hobby is for you. (http://ctrl.me/Turnigy-9x)

Kits and parts can be purchased online at www.ctrl.me and all LA Robotics Members receive 10% off Multirotor Kits with the coupon: Meetup

Please make sure that you choose "PICKUP" if you wish to use the coupon and contact me if you run into any issues or have any questions.

There is absolutely no requirement that you purchase kits and parts from www.ctrl.me, but we do appreciate your support.

Signup Fee: The nominal $2 fee goes to LA Robotics Club and due to limited space, simply a way to ensure that people are committed to attending the class.

Tools: We have all the tools necessary, but please bring your own soldering iron if you have one. Let's build some quadcopters!

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  • Xavier M.

    Wish I could make this one. Perhaps the next.

    August 19, 2013

  • Kevin F.

    Good group!

    May 26, 2013

  • crablouis

    Another time!

    May 24, 2013

  • Simon N.

    I will add a meetup for people who just want to come see the quads at the end of the class!

    May 22, 2013

    • crablouis

      It's brilliant to add a meetup for those who just want to see the cool quads. Nice! Bummed I can't make any of this, this time. Another time!

      May 24, 2013

  • DEREK G.

    Simon can i email you or you email me. i have specific question on gps, gimbal, monitor/goggles.
    thanks,
    [masked]

    May 23, 2013

  • Ben

    can you attend to learn even if you don't yet have the materials?

    May 20, 2013

    • Simon N.

      Yes, but not sure if would be very fun as this is really hands on.

      May 22, 2013

  • Peter B.

    Also, I don't care about the $2 fee. I'll consider it a donation :)

    May 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Simon, I am assuming we can purchase all of these materials and you will have them for us at the meetup. Is that correct?

    May 22, 2013

    • Simon N.

      That is correct, but send me a message so I know what you would like and can set it aside.

      May 22, 2013

  • Peter B.

    Completely forgot I had a Memorial Day BBQ. Hope everyone has fun.

    May 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gonna make this one.

    1 · May 20, 2013

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