What is Hovership?
Hovership started out as a blog to share multicopter builds and flight videos. We now design, manufacture and sell parts and accessories for building radio controlled aircraft. In addition to our product offerings we provide services for capturing aerial photos and videos.
New to All This?
If you feel totally lost and confused – don’t worry, we can explain! Let’s start with some basic terminology:
- Hovership – That is us, a company that offers products, services and helpful information. Hovership is not a term for the type of aircraft we sell. See below.
- Multicopter / Multi-rotor / Quadcopter / Drone / UAV
- Multicopters and multi-rotors are the term for any helicopter that uses multiple motors and propellers to achieve flight.
- Quadcopter (also quadrocopter or simply quad) is the classification of how many motors and propellers are used in the aircraft (quad: four). Common configurations are: tricopter, quadcopter, hexacopter, octocopter. Within those there are even more variations to the layout of the motors. All have different flight characteristics and benefits. However, a quadcopter remains the most common for it’s simplicity and versatility.
- Drone is a bit of a dirty word in the hobby aircraft industry. The public view of the word immediately imagines drones used by governments for surveillance and combat. However, there are many companies building “drones” that are helping to better shape the opinion of this word.
- UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) is a more traditional term than drone. There are a couple main capabilities that separate a UAV/drone from a common RC (radio controlled) helicopter or plane. First is the ability to set an auto-pilot or pre-programmed flight course via GPS guidance. This can also include features like position hold and emergency return to home (RTH). Second is the use of a wireless video downlink to view the surroundings from the perspective of the aircraft.
- FPV (first person view) – As mentioned above, FPV is the use of a wireless video downlink to pilot the aircraft from a camera onboard. Using a camera and transmitter onboard and a receiver and video goggles or monitor, the pilot gets a real-time view from the aircraft’s perspective.
How do I build one? Are they hard to fly?
If you want to take the route of low-cost and DIY, you generally need to have some basic understanding of electronics and know how to solder. We will offer guides that can walk you through the process of building our products and selecting the components needed for the build.
If you go the route of purchasing something ready to fly (RTF) you can literally be flying as soon as you take it out of the box. However, if something breaks, you won’t know how to fix it yourself without doing some research.
If you have no experience flying any RC aircraft, it is best to start small. There are lots of low cost nano quadcopters that will give you some experience using a radio controller to maneuver the aircraft. Also, these tiny copters are usually a blast to fly!
A few recommended RTF nano quads:
- Hubsan X4
- Estes Proto X
- Walkera QR Ladybird