Hoodman Drone Controller Support Belt
A great way to hold your transmitter without fatigue
You would think that a transmitter would not be able to cause fatigue while using
it because many of us just don’t use it for that long. But when you’re shooting all
day, that transmitter can get heavy and wear on your arms (or neck if you’re using
a neck strap). But attach that transmitter to your hips by way of a belt and you will
be surprised at how comfortable it is. In addition, I found that it added smoothness
and stability to my drone flying. ;e Hoodman Drone Controller Support Belt is a
great idea for any drone pilot. It is available for three di;erent types of transmitters;
you only need a di;erent adapter to lock in the transmitter. Once locked in, the
transmitter is solid and secure on the belt.
I tested out the holder for the Yuneec ST26 controller, which is used on the
Typhoon H and Tornado 920 Plus. ;is is a rather larger controller as compared to
the others, and the added support from the belt makes it a little easier to work all
the switches and buttons. ;e belt makes this controller a stable platform, and this
translates to easier flying and better control. In addition, when needing to relax for a
bit you can take your hands o; without the fear of losing control of the drone.
When used in conjunction with the Hoodman Drone Aviator Hood, it is easy to set
this rig up and make all the adjustments needed for a perfect fit. ;e transmitter can
be attached to the belt in many di;erent positions to make it comfortable and an easy
fit for most people. ;e belt is a Velcro design and can wrap around any-size torso.
;ree knobs adjust the height, level, and angle of the transmitter screen, and the
hood is lined up right there for the pilot to look into. With the transmitter locked in, I
found that my flying was much improved and very smooth. I now take this out on all
my drone shoots. It costs $129.99 (aviator hood, $44.99–$139.99).—John Reid
Xuron Drone Tool Kit
Ideal for field wiring repairs, this kit includes the
Model 2175 Maxi-Shear Flush Cutter, for soft wire and
materials up to 12 AWG; the Model 2193 Hard Wire
Cutter, for hard wire up to 1 mm diameter; and the
Model 501 Adjustable Wire Stripper, with a thumb-adjustable cam that can accommodate wires from
10 to 26 AWG. Packed in a handy canvas pouch, all
the tools are made out of high-carbon steel and are
blackened to prevent glare; they have cushioned
rubber hand grips and a Light-Touch return spring.
The Drone Tool Kit costs $55.40.
Weighing in at just 4 grams, this featherweight
receiver is an SBus powerhouse! Equipped with
a battery fail-safe, dual antenna diversity, and an
LED status indicator, it’s compatible with Futaba’s
18MZ-WC, 18MZ, 18SZ, 14SG, 10J, 8J, 6J, and 6K and
offers unparalleled reliability, programming, and
innovation. The R2001SB costs $49.99.