I’m going to the Hobbyking UK fly-in, anyone else coming?

Update: Thank you all for a great event! And even bigger thank you to everyone that drove out just to meet me. Thank you.

I had a great time talking to you guys and flying your stuff. The UK is a fantastic country. People are very friendly. However the roads are terrifying in the countryside. Feels like your in a rally with all the tall hedges and only room for 1 car.

However I did survive and I got to ride in the YAK-52, which was absolutely amazing. Thanks to Nigel the pilot that took me up and let me pilot the plane for a couple of minutes before doing all the crazy aerobatics. Good thing I didn’t eat before.

Thanks to Hobbyking for a great event with good entertainment and free food! Hope to go again next year.

I’ll be going to the Hobbyking Fly-in on the 6th of September. I’ll be bringing the new Tricopter V3. Anyone that wants to try itΒ is very welcome to fly it. Anyone here going?


More info on the event can be found here

75 thoughts on “I’m going to the Hobbyking UK fly-in, anyone else coming?

      • Not really, i took a quick look and for what i could see it looks that the season is over for the most of it. Do you have any events in mind? I havenΒ΄t got so much experince with events, but there seems to be a diffrence between Swedish events and American events. What is local for you? Or how far could you travel? And if you sometime have your way around Stockholm, youΒ΄re always welcome my club πŸ™‚

  1. So sorry, I would love to meet up, but it’s my granddaughters fifth birthday!

    I was in Stockholm for a week last month, but knew you were busy, so didn’t make contact.

    Now I realise how busy you have been!!! I will be ordering your tricopter just as soon as you have it available.

    Come to Wales soon!!!

      • Thank you, I will try. Next time it will be GΓΆteborg, my lovely GΓΆteborg. Stockholm is wonderful, but it’s not the same!!!

        I met Josh in the south of France recently, and he flew my plane. It was a fun day. I told him it was stupid not to insist that US immigration let you stay, but you know what they can be like!!! I tried to work in Sweden and my employers had to make up a big story about how essential I was to them. Eventually they gave in. It takes effort. Immigration people are stupid in every country, they can’t tell good from bad.

        Josh’s loss is our gain, but for a moment I thought you had lost momentum when you went quiet in the summer. How wrong I was. You are definitely back with a bang. Well done!!!!!!!!!

        Yours could be the best business model of all the UTube videographers although Trappy is a step ahead at present. But I’m betting on you, David!!!

  2. I will be going, I live locally to the event, so see you there, Went to the first event last year, loads of open space so should be a blast, I will be showing off a Hobbyking P40 with sound system nearly finished sorting retracts and fitting sound system, nothing like a dead line to concentrate the mind, hope it sounds ok this is trial and error stuff for me, hope to maden P40 Tuesday!
    Hope the weather holds out.


  3. Hi everyone
    To those who want to come to the Hobbyking festival of flight, I have just visited them as I live locally and can pick up my own goodies, and I asked about weather participants need an ‘A’ or ‘B’ certificate and the answer was only proof of insurance was required i.e. BFMA proof of membership(your card with number) or other insurance. On another note on the day their will be rules in place for everyone’s safety etc. but mostly the day is for everyone to have a good day time. Lastly but not least, while I was there I got a sneak preview of one of the new products being unveiled on the day amongst others, which they have kept secret, no not the Lanc, P40 or DC3 but I’m not going to spoil the surprise, some of us are in for a treat. all I’m going to say is I hope they keep a good stock of spare parts! πŸ™‚

  4. Just for information, the insurance company that does the insurance for BFMA sells direct too!, and you can get the same cover for about Β£15.

    I buy a lot more. For example, cover in case I crash into myself (quite likely) or my wife or grandchildren. That not normally included, sadly.

    I also have cover against damage or theft suffered by my equipment of aircraft. Theft from my shed or van, for example, or somebody driving over my plane. Yes, it happens!!

    They also cover boiler explosions, which doesn’t apply, but it’s nice to deal directly with the broker rather than through a club or via BFMA intermediary.

    AND it’s the same company!!!

  5. Hola recien lo degsarco, lo provare para luego decir como me fue, pero les adelanto que esto de los softwares es muy importante para el desarrollo de los universitarios y no la porqueria de esos ingenieros que ensef1an a lo antiguo, es decir solo teoria

  6. Breakout boards are an asoulbte must for prototyping stuff like this. Good work, I can’t wait to see where you go with this. I would like to at somepoint try to design a ESC. Eventually I would like to build up a powerdistro board with integrated speed controllers for the miniquad. The idea being you could just “piggyback” a kkboard (or similar) on to it and you are good to go.

  7. Hey,

    Will I be negatively judged if I braught my phantom? My hex is not repairable by Saturday and I am having CG issues with Mr Skywalker 1900.

    Ps, David if you need a lift to Heathrow Sunday morning let me know, I’m heading back to work 1st thing.

    Thanks guys!!

  8. Hi David, really excited to see you’re going to this event. I’ve got a project going for my final year of school and I could choose whatever I wanted to do, so I decided to go with “how can multirotor design be optimized for aerial filming”. I’m now at a stage with a flying tricopter and have tested some vibration dampening systems but nothing too complex.

    My question is would you be willing to take a few minutes to have a chat about my current design and my ideas for improvement as it will enhance my project to show that I have gained knowledge directly from someone who has had so much involvement with tricopter design and development.

    Unfortunately I will not be able to fly as I don’t have insurance, but I will bring what I have in case.

    Sorry for the essay!!
    Thank you

  9. Yep, I’m definitely coming and I’m bringing my home grown v-tail inspired by a simplecopter design. I’ll be building a 2nd one tomorrow… Amazing what you can do with some wood, corrugated plastic, super glue and zip ties!

  10. Great to meet you David, thank you for letting me have a go with the new tricopter! It flies great, I’d certainly recommend buying it if any of you are considering it, tonnes of power, really light and amazing flight time of almost 20 minutes with gopro.


    • Hey! Yes I was! It was a great day, really nice meeting so many people also interested in multirotors, not a particularly common hobby. Definitely gaining in popularity though

  11. David,
    it was great meeting you and I’m glad you liked flying my little scratch built v-tail quad.

    My 3 year old son, Calvin also loved meeting you and showing you his whole collection of little airplanes πŸ™‚

    Keep in touch,


      • Hi,

        next year we’ll be back and maybe he’ll be flying his own RC plane by then πŸ™‚
        Never early enough to involve your family in what is a great community hobby.

        I’ve decided to make simple plans for my scratch built v-tail. The thing is so much fun to fly and so easy to build that it would be stupid not to share it.


        • Hi Christian,

          Too right, my little one is 4 and he loves to watch the planes. We take him to the field all the time, even if it just for an hour on a Sunday.

          I am doing the same for my wooden T-Copter, simple and so much fun, has 1400kv motors so really has a kick.

          Be good to see…


        • Thanks for letting me fly your mini v-tail πŸ™‚ It was absolutely fantastic. It was nice meeting your son as well. Very well behaved little guy that loved his planes πŸ˜€
          Hope to see you guys again

  12. Hi David

    It was total shock to see you at the show yesterday, I had no idea that you’d even be there, guess I need to visit you website more often!

    Anyway, thanks for the wave as I left the multicopter area, I was the tall guy with the deadcat who was checking out your awesome signed tricopter. I was going to say hi and have a chat but felt you must’ve been inundated with people and didn’t want to crowd.

    I have to say it wasn’t me who noticed you at first, it was my partner, she nudged me whilst I had my FPV goggles on and exclaimed ‘Hey!! Thats David!’ Think you have a budding fan there. πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for all the inspiration!


  13. It was great meeting all of you at the event!
    It was a nice day. I’m glad it wasn’t full sunshine all day or I would be a crisp now πŸ˜€

    A big thank you to everyone that took the time to speak with me. You made my day


      • Its still going strong even though I’ve snapped it in half trying to flip it!
        Thank you so much for dialling in for me I learned so much from you that day.

        You really inspired Niko he’s built a tricopter and were just holing out for the KK2 setup video!

        Lets do some screen printing and FPV in the new year once the wether picks up. You’ve got my email and you’re welcome and there’s a place to stay,
        There going to be selling building my studio is in the end of the next year πŸ™

        p.s keep the beard it suits you!

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