Hi! My name is Paul. I’ve been slowly getting involved in RC sports for the last year and a half when I bought my first Hubsan X4 (it’s obviously been through some revisions over the years).
I’ve been hooked since, and I have been excitedly watching the hobby come into popularity in the last few years.
Here’s me and my current build, my ZMR 250, codename, The Green Machine
Here’s The Green Machine up close:
* A couple months ago, tested.com did a profile on Adam Savage’s custom gear for his DJI inspire 1. In the interview, he mentioned a little flight-logging notebook that he kept for all of his flights. This inspired me to go out and search for a tool that I could use similarly, but wouldn’t cost me a lot of time when I’m out in the field to fly.
View that video here:
I searched around for something out there that already exists that would do RC flight logging, and I found a few apps that would perform these functions. However, many of these apps were outdated, hard to use, and just as time-consuming (if not more) than just using a pen and paper — not meeting my original requirement: save time to fly while still grabbing the data.
So, like any good developer, I went out and made one.
And, as you can expect, the principles behind the application are:
- ease of use (simple design, easy to navigate, fast to add models/batteries/etc
- speed (using automations and data to quickly pre-populate fields so you can get back to flying
- automations (automatically pull weather data, location data, model information, stopwatch for battery timing, etc) — just choose model, scan battery, make notes, and get back to flying
Cool! But.. It’s still a work in progress. I tend to get very buried in not releasing projects and getting users into the app to play around, and as a result, I made myself stick to an MVP for the application, and promised myself that I would release when that MVP was completed. I in no way intend to stop working on the application as it stands, and I hope that you will engage with me in the process of making this a community-driven application, built by the users for the users.
To encourage further feedback, I’ve created a subreddit as my primary platform for sharing updates, receiving feedback, and taking polls on what you think should be the new features. Please go there and subscribe if you’re the least bit interested in where this goes next.
Here’s a list of planned/potential features that have been talked about or toy-ed around with:
- upload Taranis/Naze32 logs and generate maps and throttle logs, etc
- Share flights on social networks/upload pictures with the flights/”upload” videos
- “Find Pilots Near Me”
- Mark myself as “I’m out flying right now”
- Events/Races, with locations
- Web-version of the application to make data management a little bit easier
- Full, API with libraries for pulling my information down to do with as I please
- Many Branding/User experience updates: Moodboard
- Whatever else the community generates!
Thanks again guys for all of your support! I can’t wait to hear from you and what you think about the app!