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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. For flight controllers: Choose the Quadrino Controller (Arduino based) if you like open source hardware, have arduino programming experience and want the ability to change the source code in the future. Chose the DJI controllers if you want a quick and easy setup, with minimal tinkering and excellent flight characteristics.(
  2. 3300mAh 3s=S or 4S battery (

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: We changed the fee structure to $20 per build (you have up to 3 people building one multirotor) This will cover essentials like, tools, solder, heat shrink, drinks and allows us to have an addtional Ctrl.Me staff member help out.

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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  • David V

    Great time! Almost got my rig done at the class. Only took 30 minutes more at home. Flys great!

    1 · November 4, 2013

    • David V

      Probably need that ground school you were talking about. But everything is still attached and unsalted.

      1 · November 4, 2013

    • crablouis

      Ground school certainly won't hurt... until I get a replacement radio receiver for my dunked one. d'oh!

      1 · November 4, 2013

  • Simon N.

    We finally have spektrum radios/transmitters in stock for the ones who need them.

    November 1, 2013

  • Simon N.

    Happy Halloween. Ctrl.Me presents the Skeledrone:

    1 · October 31, 2013

  • Robert G.

    I'm interesting in going to an LA Robotics Club meeting to get acquainted with the group but I'd rather not drop a lot of money on the wrong quad copter to start off with as I'm not overly familiar with the technology. Should I attend this meeting to get initiated without purchasing hardware or is the monthly meeting a better venue for getting started?

    1 · October 26, 2013

    • Simon N.

      This would be a great meeting for getting familiar with all the basics and you can always purchase hardware during or after the meetup. You are also free to stop by our office any time during the week if you would like to make a decision ahead if time.

      October 26, 2013

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