I think he’s up there, um and i’m – really glad that you’re here today, because i’ve been focusing a little more on racing, and i built this – your build 533 switch hike. Pro flies great right, that’s why? This is a way better quad than i am a pilot, but i wanted to know that my gear wasn’t holding me back and i am kind of plateauing yep, so i’ve been working. These these uh courses and i’ll get to a point where i’ll kind of hit a certain speed and just can’t seem to get any faster. I’M, hoping i’ve been watching a lot of your racing here recently and it seems like maybe you are hitting a plateau, but my uh, i guess goal – would be to help you and all the people, the viewers watching uh, to see how i kind of pick apart. A course like this, this is not a standardized course by any by any means i haven’t practiced it at all and we’re gon na come out here pick apart. This entire course try and hit our best time, then kind of think about where we can improve and then go out there and uh execute so that’s kind of what we’re gon na do uh throughout this entire day, and hopefully we can get you to a new. A new level, maybe in racing and hopefully kind of see how i do it every single time i go out and fly i’m joshua, bardwell and you’re gon na learn something today.
I’M gon na learn something today: Music, Applause, Music. All right, evan show us what you’ve uh made okay um. So i guess i’ve done. I set up a lot of tracks on my day, one of my biggest things that i focus on practicing is not getting used to a track. Like i wan na, i feel like once. You start like going off muscle memory, it’s, not even like useful. At that point, so i always try and fly like get to a certain point where i plateau and it’s like alright time to change the track because i’m not learning anything. But i can learn a lot by like learning learning a new track adapting very quickly, and that is what counts on race day, because that’s, when you’re like all right. First pack, i’m going to learn the track i’m going to get super used to it. Because i practiced learning new tracks so much and then now the rest is focusing on getting faster, more consistent when everybody else is having to learn the track. It’S it’s interesting to hear you say that, because like if you’re going to go into the global qualifier, you wouldn’t go into that cold, you would have practiced it in the simulator or you would have set up a track like this and you would have practiced it. Correct, but when you’re at like global qualifier only means so much when you go to an actual race like the multi, gp, champs or drl or whatever it may be, you it’s all about they’re going to give you new track the day of right and you’re going To have to just learn it so there’s different kinds of race events, some you’ll be able to prep and others you’ll need to be able to pick it up on the day of.
But i think what you’re saying is that constantly challenging yourself to to be able to fly cold is is a way to improve totally yeah. You don’t want to ever be like oh yeah. I said this time on a course that i’ve flown for 300 batteries and i haven’t memorized. I can flatten my sleep like that’s, not helping anybody, but if you’re, if you’re going out all right and you don’t even have to move the gates like we’re flying global qualifier and all we did was just change the way we flew it yeah and now we Have a completely new track: you just you’re kind of just flying it backwards, although not quite but yeah yeah, it’s, it’s it’s, slightly different um, but there’s. Still some of the same elements they’re still getting some of that good practice, but it’s, not muscle memory that you’re relying on it’s, actually improving your skill so like, for example, for deer i’ve been i’m in the middle of training for drl right now, and so i Have approximately like 15 batteries, uh total and what i’ll do is i’ll charge them all up? I have 15 batteries charged and then i’ll fly all 15 and then, after that, 15 i’ll usually have hit a plateau of like i don’t. If i practice 15 more, i would get maybe a tenth of a second faster and that’s not worth my time so i’ll just change the track and then focus on that because on the on race day at drl, it is so important to be consistent on that New track and be more comfortable than everybody else all right through here return to the right.
You swung a little wide here, i’m just going to talk it through through here now coming through here. It would be good to enter this facing a little to the right to make that tighter, instead of going straight through here i’m, not sure what the best line is there whether to swing wide and then here. If you didn’t, go straight through but shaved it. It would be better, but you know don’t get a flight all right and then fast as you can, through this straight without ridiculously overshooting yep. Okay, i feel like that could be a lot tighter that feels reasonably smooth, but not that fast, Music, all right so uh getting it down into the 25 26 range. I feel like those are laps where that’s, where it’s gon na settle a little bit. If i do like five more packs, i’ll consistently get it down to 25 27, except when i screw up yeah and that’s the point where we can start talking about like technique or mistakes that i’m making. What do you think? What are you seeing yeah so the first thing i was trying to think of something i could compare it to and it’s like it’s, not offensive in any way, but like so my sister’s learning how to drive right now: okay, okay and the biggest thing she struggles With is like, you know how, like you’re, supposed to slow down into a turn, and you accelerate through the turn like that’s, like the perfect way to like enter where the car with the car you slow into the corner.
And then you accelerate through the corner and exit the corner. Now what i’m? Seeing with you is like you’ll, come into one of these corners, especially like the ladder for example, and it seems like you, get really slow into it and you’ll get through it, but you’re not accelerating through the turn. It seems. Like you just come out, you get all the way through the turn you get on the straightaway and then you add power. So what you’re? What we’re trying to do is we’re going to slow into the turn you’re doing it great your entrances into these ladders, and things like that are fantastic, you’re, really breaking into it, which is great, but then you’re just really you’re, just not adding any throttle coming through Them and you’re kind of putting your way through the turn you get through it and then you’re giving throttle. So what i’m? Seeing that we can uh that’s something we can easily improve upon and you’re going to swing a little bit wider. When you do this, which yeah i wan na i’m, trying not to i’m trying to stay smooth and tight through the turn and not apply throttle and swing wide, but then also, i don’t like to apply throttle when i haven’t seen the next gate yeah. So one of the biggest things you’re going to start to notice – and i say this pretty much to anybody who ever asked me for tips – is as you get faster.
The one thing that will definitely change is you will see gates less and less the less. You see gates the faster you’re going to go because then it just comes down to. Basically, all we’re flying around here are flags all these there’s three flags. A gate is made up of three flags and the way i think about it is so you’re entering into one of these split s’s and say the top bar or a dive gate. For example, a dive gate is not a gate. A it’s, a single bar hung like that and as long as you pre turn – and you just aim to get around that bar and keep it tight, it doesn’t matter what the rest of the gate is doing. Okay, so the – and so that means i’m, not even looking at that gate. All i care about is that bar and these gates right here in this, like 180 section. All i care about are those two flags that are standing vertical i’m, not caring about how tall it is and that it just at least mentally that takes away the oh. I need to make it through this gate. All i’m saying is: i need to get around these three flags, these three poles yeah, and that really helps me improve because at the end of the day, we’re going to be below five feet long once you get the altitude control right, then you’re just flying around Flags the whole time so um that is def like you were saying, you’re wanting to see the gate and that’s really difficult and that’s something you have to kind of get away from is like i need to just focus.
I know they get when i go around this pole. I know the gate’s going to be there. I don’t need to look for the gate. I just need to get around this pole and go and the gate will be there, no matter what so i’m thinking about. My exit line from the ladder, for example, and not as much about finding the next, the next uh apex, if you will so when you come around when you’re turning around that ladder, you’re gon na, be obviously shooting off to the left. To get to that next gate, the only pull we care about is that left standing, pull the one that’s vertical, so we’re going to get around that ladder find that pull, and we want to shoot it as quick as an angle as we can right by that Pole – and we just want to get there – i thought, like you, always want to be telling yourself like get around all right, get to that gate. Get that we don’t want to be looking at it. We never want to be looking at the gate. We want to be getting through it and focusing on the next one. So i guess i’ll do a pack and kind of talk about like i’ll, try and improve my times, yeah and then we’ll go from there. Okay, so i’m gon na try to talk about the way i’m gon na try to decipher this is so i’m gon na come through this first gate, let’s see and we’re going to talk about this first element.
First, we want to take a biggest thing, is like distance, traveled, so i’m going to do a hard cut. The second i get through that gate and look for this flag, so i’m going to come down the straightaway do a hard cut, cutting off distance immediately and then i’m going to come around and i’m kind of aiming for that corner. Almost really is i’m going to come around and all i’m just going to do aim around this corner and kind of wrap around, and then look for this next flag immediately. It’S, all about cutting distance off like that so come around here, find the corner you’re swinging a little wide around that flag, you’re not coming or that gate you’re not coming straight down on top of that yeah because then it’s, what it’s? What it’s doing is um? It allows me to wrap up a little bit better through here yeah, and so, if i were to cut it like really hard. Yes, this would be faster but it’s, just not as consistent so we’re going to talk about consistent lines first and then like as you get really fast like you can kind of do a yeah, something like that, as you can see, it’s less consistent, so corner and Find this next flag immediately, because we have all the power in the world to carve through these right, so we’re gon na do a hard cut and then it’s a and then what i kind of like to do is we have all this these flags? We do as much power as we want, but then we can use this one down here.
It’S, like an air brake, so we can kind of slow ourselves down yeah, so you’re, cutting that one tight and and going straighter as opposed to swinging wide and making a smoother turn. Well, i guess in like, if i were to go really fast, i would cut out a little bit wider and let it air break. And then you come out at an angle, but you, if you come in as fast as you can fly that arc you’re going to overshoot the ladder. So if you come super fast, there you’re going to be more like more likely, yeah more likely. Yes and then it’s just coming down to pre turning um, but so then i’m going to come out here, i’m going to be looking i’m, not going to try and come through the gate directly out to the field i’m going to be trying to come through this Gate at this angle, right here, every time that’s pointing me right where i want to go so i’m gon na do the ladder and i might swing a little bit wider, but i’m pointed right this way and then what the next thing is. This is like a momentum game at this point, so you can’t. There are two options for the split s you can go above it and split s through here and then at this point you have to think i’m coming down here, coming pretty much to a complete. Stop and then coming through the gate which i don’t want to do so what i’m going to do is i’m going to come around the ladder exit.
The way i want i’m going to swing a little bit wide, but then i carry all that momentum because you can kind of apex. It almost just swing a little wide and then just carry all that momentum through there and it’s so efficient and so fast yeah. I can see that that’s faster and the same here just find that corner wrap around and then this all these are pretty much just wrist versus reward that’s. All it is because the tighter you can you can shave that the uh, the faster you go, but then the more likely you are to crash i’m like practically stopping and turning into it. Now what these are. This is kind of like um, the faster you go. The easier they get almost because you have that inertia. So what i would do here is you kind of flick out and then you you’re able to turn in, but once you have that speed, it kind of carries you through the turn. So here carries you through it: jb 28.2, nice see i’m overturning. When i do that Music wide to the right and then swinging like you would a car there, you go so now you kept up that air speed a lot better there like that yeah davey. 24.96 Applause from here swing wide Music. That was good yeah. You had a 24 9 and you were barely going. No wait, no shut up yep for real seriously. I don’t that’s, i kind of don’t.
Believe you all right, it says 25. I mean, i believe i mean i believe you that’s the faster than any of my other laps and you were barely going. I wasn’t, even i was barely going so much left to give how i don’t know. How is that possible that doesn’t seem possible? I know all the time right now is in these two little 180s, like the one the beginning. In the end, i think, if you maybe, and right now, you’re really focusing on keeping it slow and like tight. I think, if you’re able to add a little bit power point that nose down a little bit more and just carry more speed through there and like through this through this 180 here yeah through that 180 there and then that 180 down there. I think that would allow you to exit with more speed, which would get you to that next gate faster or this next flag faster, which would cut off a good amount of time, and since we have it in two different spots on the track. Yeah, if you do that in both spots, then you’ll you’ll cut off a significant amount of time so trying to stay as tight as possible, isn’t good. If it it may be better to go faster and swing not always best to stay as tight as possible. Correct you’re saying i shouldn’t just be trying to replicate your lines just slower. I mean it’s true, though, because the optimal line for someone who’s flying at 85 percent throttle is different than the optimal line for someone who’s flying it 55 correct, correct yeah.
That is exactly true. You can swing a little bit wider, but carry some more speed and you will go faster all right, damn it. I got that one that one’s on damn it yeah that one’s hard yeah. You want to try bumping your up tilt up a little bit sure like because, if you’re hitting the tops of gates, then that’ll that’ll that should help all right, yeah, okay, let’s see that looks. Is that a little yeah that’s? So now the the props are touching. The bottom of the frame, yeah 13.44 – all right, all right catching the announce all the sudden. This race is over all i’d be worried about is the straight away, just be careful on the straightaway. What do you mean like just hit the ground yeah? I feel it. Applause there you go oh see now. No, hang on i’m, going i’m cornering differently. It’Ll help you right here a lot there you go yeah. It makes it not as likely to slow down when you slow down. If that makes sense, oh no once you get used to it, i think it’ll be really helpful. Baby 30.12 yeah see how it’s pulling you through those all right, easy here, yeah too wide too wide. Nope Applause see that’s that’s, where i’m losing time for sure it seems like you’re, just kind of you, don’t you’re kind of stalling out. Almost you don’t have enough speed 25.92. That last one was a 25.
92. I just read in oh nice, 24.72 24.72 yeah, yay we’re. Getting fat, it was just if we’re crashing on the straightaways that’s an easy fix, that’s an easy fix. Let the motors cool off yeah the best way to cool down these motors fun fact is that so these the shafts are hollow. So if you blow on the prop nut through and like through the shaft that’s, what i do it’s bad yeah, you sure you’re, not just no. I swear to god! No because like when i’ve been to prop, like you know, motors get hot um and i’ll just sit there, and but my newest tip is uh. Have a fan, like you know, like a little box fan, you lay it down like if it has a stand, so it can still suck in air. You set the quad on top of it between your packs and it’ll cool it down. I’M. Pretty amazed the motors aren’t smoking, oh no, their height is they’ll, keep going they’re hot as heck. I have belief so i remember they were like. So do you want the highest temperature rated wire or not the highest, so it’s like probably the highest and uh? They seem to take a lot of uh abuse, heat, wise Applause, Music, good, safe Music, Music Applause, oh nice, Music, beautiful, oh son, 23.8. I knew that was gon na be a fast one, almost tanked it. I took. I take my goggles off in the straight just press, the lap button, and i was i heard you touched grass and i was just ready to turn my head.
I always if there’s videos you can see me clinch my right eye. I was like. Oh no. Thank you evan, of course appreciate that the advice of course, of course, i think um the stuff that i’m going to try and keep in mind going forward. Is i mean i, i know it sounds. I know it’s such basic advice, but to think about the line lining up like the gates, one two, three, not just thinking about getting through this gate – and i know that consciously, but i i definitely have been like like these two gates out here. I was thinking about i’m gon na smoothly spiral through them right, but then i hit that one and i’m coming straight out of it and i’m really not thinking. So i really wasn’t extrapolating that through the course as a whole. Exactly you know, and then the other thing is – and this is great is – is swinging wider, so that you can carry more speed through the gate, can be a net net positive and you can see the gate longer. The tightest line is not necessarily the best line and that’s also to show that, like if you go and watch min chan or like some of these top pilots well that’s that’s. Exactly because you watch minchan, and he is so tight, yeah and he’s, not looking at any of it, you think that the way to do it is to and swinging wide is a really common beginner mistake so, like i was so focused on stay tight.
Don’T swing wide that i was going much slower than i really actually could have been yeah exactly and that’s, just like you were saying earlier, like the lines are different when you’re at 100 throttle the whole time versus when you’re at 50 throttle. So, just because min chan is flying directly at the gate, pre turning perfectly and watching it. Flash by doesn’t mean that it would be faster for you to go at 50 throttle swing past it by 15 feet coming to complete, stop and then re accelerate. When, in reality, you could stay at 50, throttle the whole time, swing 20 feet to the right and arc in and exit that gate at 50 miles an hour instead of exiting at 30 miles an hour and that’s, just something that uh over time like. Yes, you can start to make your way towards the minchan style, but a lot of people miss out on the fact that there’s a difference in lines between the best and a like lower level, lower tier pilot yeah. I think one thing one other thing: i’m. Definitely going to work on is hitting these gates hitting them at as shallow an angle as i can, because, like a lot of these ones, if you can consistently hit it at a shallow angle versus going you’re going to go a lot lot faster. That also just comes down to like a risk versus reward thing so like when you get down into a race, maybe the first heat of the race yeah i can.
I can afford to swing a little bit wider, because maybe these people will be nervous, but then once you get to like a final and it’s like well, i i’m already here the low sign yet is fourth, then sure i’m going to cut a little bit tighter And cut through there um but yeah if you can even swing wider, but just shoot through the gate at an angle, it doesn’t mean you have to like, like slither your way through it, like some of the guys are doing kind of, like kind of like it. Yeah, exactly if you swing wide, but then, if you’re going through it at that angle, pointed at that next date, then exactly more than anything. That would help if nothing else, yeah yeah all right. Well, thank you. Evan appreciate it yeah um! You can build this exact quadcopter, uh it’s, a damn good, quadcopter and uh definitely know that it won’t, be your gear holding you back that’s for sure. Confidence in your gear is important. Yeah happy flying guys, good luck in your next race. Thank you very much. Good luck to you. Thank you. You guys i don’t know where i am, and i i don’t know what’s going to happen, but if i don’t make it out of this, i just want to know that you subscribed to my channel or maybe join my patreon or or click one click.