Ep. 53 – Paul Nurkkala


This week the guys find out that when they’re talking Canada – they’re really stirring the ol’ listener pot!  Lot’s of listener feedback about the big election a-doin’s in Canada this week.

Check out the 80s playlist that YOU helped pick out!  https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/totally-no-better-than-average/idpl.c3be96be2c6144c097e4e274f68b31f0

Some friends of the show call to congratulate Jeff and Jacob on making it a whole year. Jeffery and Carl – the 5th Grade Zombie Slayer guys (from way back in Ep. 26) are a couple of solid dudes and their web series is finally getting rolling online.  Check out their Facebook page and catch up on all of the episodes! https://www.facebook.com/TalesOfA5thGradeZombieSlayer/

Our guest this week is a drone racer. Not just a drone racer thought… He’s a drone builder, a FPV (first person view) flyer, author of an awesome flight logging app, and a super passionate guy about the multirotor hobby in general; Paul Nurkkala.

Paul came on to talk about the sport of FPV racing and to talk about what it takes to get setup with a ready-to-race multirotor.  It’s not cheap, but it’s not nearly as expensive as you might imagine.

The most amazing this is that he’s only really been flying these racing drones for about 8 months now!  Jacob thought he was an above-average quadcopter pilot, but then he watches Paul’s videos.  Now he’s ashamed that those words ever left his mouth.

Not only does Paul race these little buggers, he also races them first person (which is a fancy way of saying, he straps on big ol’ goggles and experiences the flight as if he were perched on the front of his drone! The videos on YouTube are intense, we can only imagine what its got to be like live and in person!

The guys also touch on some of the recent legal aspects of quadcopters, drones, and multirotors (whatever you choose to call them).  From the FCC proposing licensing requirements to not being a jerk when you’re flying and what can be done to build awareness of the laws and general safety of owning and operating one of these.

Paul gave some great links if you want to investigate getting started in the hobby. Check out some of these if you want to end up down a deep, dark, and expensive rabbit hole!

If you want to check out Paul’s drones, or get in touch with him to learn more about the hobby check out these links:

Jacob loves his Stanley 25 & 10 compartment organizers: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005QWYF and a bonus; a cheap pocket hanger for your gadgets: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YMEHDOG

Jeff loves his Omaker Intelligent 6.6A USB Car Charger: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OZ5OIFE

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