If you’re looking for passion, look no further than the unique, sometimes crazy, mind of Matt Stuhrenberg. At his core he’s a gamer, a videographer, and a creator. When he’s not gaming or creating new content for his show, The Matt Show, Matt can be found in a field with a drone and a smile. About three years ago, Matt’s enthusiasm for airplanes led him to the world of drones. Fascinated with the mechanics of flying objects and how they work, he soon purchased the Phantom 4 quadcopter drone. Through the trials and tribulations, Matt began to slowly refine his piloting skills. After learning how to pilot the drone with proficiency, he then moved on to another aspect of drone piloting, drone filming. He was able to reach new heights and acquire new skills that would further benefit him in both his hobby and his professional career.
After landing a job at a production studio in Nashville, Matt was truly able to combine his love for dones and love for videography. However, after using his current drone for more advanced and specified projects, he came to the realization that he needed to upgrade. While the Phantom 4 is an excellent drone for amateurs and hobbyists, there are features that hinder the performance just enough to limit its uses. The stability of the Phantom 4’s propellers are severely affected by any gust of wind. This creates difficulty when filming almost anything outdoors or anything at high speeds. Another flaw of the Phantom is the landing gear. While it properly helps the drone with taking off and landing, it can disrupt the footage being captured. Because the landing gear is fixed, not retractable, it can tend to limit the field of view of the camera. The accessibility of the Phantom is another drawback of the drone. There is not much that can be repaired, or upgraded, to improve the functions of the drone. The user has to send it to California to have any trustworthy repairs completed.
After months of research, comparisons, contrasts, and difficult decisions, Matt was ready to upgrade his drone. After the headaches of buying a prebuilt, factory setup, he decided to build his own. Concerned with stability for filming, and general piloting, he decided to move from a quadcopter to a690 Tarot hexacopter. The difference between six and four propellers is exponential. The two added propellers, along with a wider frame size, will give the drone the ability to perform in the wind and stay in control at high speeds. This will also give the drone a fail-safe system in the case of a busted propeller. Meaning if one propeller is to fail, the drone will have five others to help it safely land. Another feature of the hexacopter is the retractable landing gear. This will allow for a better field of view when using the camera and will not hinder the camera’s mobility.
The final major reason for upgrading his drone is the ability to dream of, build, and fly his own creation. As with legos, videography, and other interests in his life, Matt has always enjoyed seeing his dreams become reality. And now, they can fly. By building his own drone, Matt will give himself complete control over every aspect of what goes into his build. And when a problem arises, there will no longer be a need to pack it up and send it to California for repairs. Follow along here On the Avenue to see Matt’s build and to learn more about the exciting world in the mind of Matt.