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Quadcopter and Multirotor 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 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. (
  • 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. (
  • 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. (

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. (
  2. 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. (

Kits and parts can be purchased online at 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, 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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  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't seem to find the place.. Can someone please call me at[masked] .

    June 9, 2013

  • Johanna


    Can I reschedule for the next event? I have something come up.


    June 9, 2013

  • Exp|0it

    I threw out my back and I am laying here on ice packs in pain, wont be able to make it.

    June 9, 2013

  • crablouis

    Hi Simon. Can we arrange to purchase a full component set in advance and receive them at the build class? I'm thinking of the F550 ARF Kit, Quadrino Controller, 3300mAh 3s battery, and the Turnigy 9x (as listed in the class description). My primary goal is getting to FPV with real time photo capture, for industrial security applications. Secondary goal, fun.


    May 31, 2013

    • Simon N.

      You can purchase whatever we have in stock on the day of the class, but I recommend buying the parts ahead of time. FPV is awesome!

      June 4, 2013

    • crablouis

      Ctrl.Me order number 8 !

      June 4, 2013

  • Exp|0it

    If we do not have a kit can we attend just to watch and learn?

    June 2, 2013

    • Simon N.

      You are welcome to attend even if you do not have a kit. I will open up a separate meetup event for that.

      June 4, 2013

  • Nicholas J.

    God I hope I make it to this! I've got all the parts just laying around... calling to me.

    June 3, 2013

  • crablouis

    Yay airborne remote telepresence!

    May 31, 2013

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