The Mobula6 HD – the tiny whoop that has it all.

The Mobula6 HD has recently been on the market – and it has pretty much EVERYTHING you can build in such a whoop today: F4 flight controller, brushless motors and HD RECORDING! Yes, high definition video in a micro-quad – a whoop!

I have a total crush and consider the Mobula6 HD to be one of the hottest quads I’ve ever flown.


The Mobula6 HD – the tiny whoop that has it all.

The Mobula6 HD – the tiny whoop that has it all.
How it all began
From Eachine E010 to TinyWhoop
So whoops or tiny whoops are extremely small quadrocopter. Formerly mostly from the toy class like the Eachine E010. I am still of the opinion that everyone should start flying first to see if these quadrocopters are even for them. And in 99% of the cases, you have fun with them.

But these Eachine toys didn’t have an innovative flight controller through which you can connect a real spark or where you can set an acro flight mode for loops, rolls, etc.
But then came the first BeeBrain FCs and suddenly these little mini-things could do everything that the big ones can do. In theory, anyway.

The whoops are growing up.
With the flight controller, the whoops were exciting for indoor flying races. But since the batteries are 1S and the brushed motors could not brake (“slow down quickly”) and couldn’t be incredibly efficient, at some point came the hour of ESCs and brushed motors for whoops. This motors not only made them fast and agile, with a 7er frame and 2S they became fast like the Mobula7. Fun to fly – for everyone! But videos to show? Unfortunately, no.

HD recording on Whoops

Then came with the HappyModel Mobula7 HD. Finally a mini drone with HD recording. But the additional weight of the HD camera took so much of the performance; the driving did not get out of hand despite the 3S and the horrible sound.

But now:

HappyModel Mobula6 HD
And now comes the Mobula6 HD. 1S. Brushless. HD recording. Power? Well – Throttle is already way up. If you want to save a dive, you have to start early enough. But:

Super light
Inexpensive (less than 100 euros at Banggood and AliExpress)
Quiet (i.e. 6s are just small and not loud)
“Compatible with people.”
Makes incredible shots for its size:

You can fly this thing anywhere. Nobody is afraid of six whoop. It flies around so inconspicuously as a toy – nobody expects anything wrong or these recordings.

I love the part and can recommend the Mobula6 HD to everyone because of its price, components and “application”. Is even interesting for beginners, as the prop guards hold back the worst if things go in the wrong direction. (For the newbies: don’t forget your spark and glasses!)

FPV DRONES FLY – LEGAL SITUATION IN GERMANY

Flying drones and the legal situation in Germany was quite unregulated until mid-2017. But the new regulation has been in force since October 2017. You can find details under Information from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and in the PDF flyer.

Basically, the requirements are decided according to weight (well, there is a small relation further down in the text – but let’s stick with it for now:) So it depends on how high the take-off weight of your quad is. The three “classes”:

Under 250g
250g – 5Kg
from 2kg: proof of knowledge (“drone driving license”)
About 5Kg
Under 250g – toys
E010-Black-Gray-Vector Mini Drone Drone under 250g
No insurance needed
No spotter needed when flying FPV
No badge required
That’s really interesting. Because really blatant 3 ″ racers like the HGLRC-XJB145 (best entry-level drone!) Can be got for less than 250g. And I wouldn’t call that ‘toy’! (Update: read below!)

250g – 5Kg – flight model
Wizard-X220 drone 250g to 5 kg
Insurance required
Badge required
Spotter needed for FPV
From 2kg only with proof of knowledge (see below)
The classic 5 ″ racers are in this class.
(If you want to know what a racer is and how to start FPV Racing: this way)

Is FPV flying legally in Germany?
The decision tree of the German Air Traffic Control says (point 14 – see the graphic below) if we are not flying over an inhabited area, we do not need to obtain permission from the State Aviation Authority.

In addition, here is an excerpt from the guidelines of the BMVI, which is of interest to FPV pilots (it’s about flying with glasses):

Use of video glasses
“Flights using video goggles are permitted if they take place up to a height of 30 meters and the device is not heavier than 0.25 kg or another person is constantly observing it insight and is able to alert the controller to dangers do. This counts as operation within the driver’s range of vision. “(Point 8 in the BMVI guideline)

So spotter is a must for FPV.

The decision tree of the German Air Traffic Control (DFS)
Decision tree DFS drones fly right in Germany
Source: DFS

What is the “drone license”? Do I need this proof of knowledge?
To fly FPV in Germany, you do not need a drone driver’s license at first (this is how the proof of knowledge is called colloquially). Unless you want:

Use the recordings commercially (monetized YouTube channel)
Fly over 2Kg
If you answered one of the points 9 to 14 above with “No”
… then you need the certificate.

Proof of knowledge DMFV drone driving license
How difficult and how expensive is the drone license?
Proof of knowledge can be obtained from the Deutscher Modellflieger Verband e. V. (DMFV).
It is a multiple-choice test and there is an explanatory video for each question. If you answered a question incorrectly, you can try again. So it is really not rocket science to get proof of knowledge.

Click here for the DMFV drone license.

Do I need liability insurance for FPV Racing drones?
Yes! =) And no, your current liability or household insurance will most likely not be enough.

Update: I finally decided to take out insurance: GetSave’s liability + drones. You can read why here.

Are FPV racers under 250g the solution for all legal problems?
Jain. So well … so …
In my opinion, there is still a little legal uncertainty. If you take the text from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure literally: You don’t need a spotter or badge for threats under 250g.
A sentence from the proof of knowledge softens the whole thing up a bit:

Fuzzy 250g limit for drones
Fuzzy 250g limit for drones – extract from the drone driving license
And when you think of cannons like the Diatone G3 or the HGLRC XJB145, it’s clear why – these are really not toys. But none of this is entirely legally binding here, so my recommendation: fly with caution and don’t disturb other people while flying, then you don’t have to find out what exactly is pulling here.

Problems for Commercial Use and Professional Pilots
Unmanned Aviation Systems vs. Flight model
It gets bureaucratic: is an FPV racing drone an unmanned aviation system or a flight model? The exciting answer: It can be both!
If you’re just flying the quad for fun, it’s a model aeroplane. With the declaration as a flight model, there are fewer requirements and obligations. However, if you use the drone to shoot YouTube videos and earn your money with it or otherwise sell the recordings, you have an unmanned aviation system because you use the device commercially. In many forums, we discussed whether an FPV Racer as a drone (

FPV Racing starts this way)

Is FPV flying legally in Germany?
The decision tree of the German Air Traffic Control says (point 14 – see the graphic below) if we are not flying over an inhabited area, we do not need to obtain permission from the State Aviation Authority.

In addition, here is an excerpt from the guidelines of the BMVI, which is of interest to FPV pilots (it’s about flying with glasses):

Use of video glasses
“Flights using video goggles are permitted if they take place up to a height of 30 meters and the device is not heavier than 0.25 kg or another person is constantly observing it insight and is able to alert the controller to dangers do. This counts as operation within the driver’s range of vision. “(Point 8 in the BMVI guideline)

So spotter is a must for FPV.

The decision tree of the German Air Traffic Control (DFS)
Decision tree DFS drones fly right in Germany
Source: DFS

What is the “drone license”? Do I need this proof of knowledge?
To fly FPV in Germany, you do not need a drone driver’s license at first (this is how the proof of knowledge is called colloquially). Unless you want:

Use the recordings commercially (monetized YouTube channel)
Fly over 2Kg
If you answered one of the points 9 to 14 above with “No”
… then you need the certificate.

Proof of knowledge DMFV drone driving license
How difficult and how expensive is the drone license?
Proof of knowledge can be obtained from the Deutscher Modellflieger Verband e. V. (DMFV).
It is a multiple-choice test and there is an explanatory video for each question. If you answered a question incorrectly, you can try again. So it is really not rocket science to get proof of knowledge.

Click here for the
DMFV drone license.

Do I need liability insurance for FPV Racing drones?
Yes! =) And no, your current liability or household insurance will most likely not be enough.

Update: I finally decided to take out insurance: GetSave’s liability + drones. You can read why here.

Are FPV racers under 250g the solution for all legal problems?
Jain. So well … so …
In my opinion, there is still a little legal uncertainty. If you take the text from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure literally: You don’t need a spotter or badge for threats under 250g.
A sentence from the proof of knowledge softens the whole thing up a bit:

Fuzzy 250g limit for drones
Fuzzy 250g limit for drones – extract from the drone driving license
And when you think of cannons like the Diatone G3 or the HGLRC XJB145, it’s clear why – these are really not toys. But none of this is entirely legally binding here, so my recommendation: fly with caution and don’t disturb other people while flying, then you don’t have to find out what exactly is pulling here.

Problems for Commercial Use and Professional Pilots
Unmanned Aviation Systems vs. Flight model
It gets bureaucratic: is an FPV racing drone an unmanned aviation system or a flight model? The exciting answer: It can be both!
If you’re just flying the quad for fun, it’s a model aeroplane. With the declaration as a flight model, there are fewer requirements and obligations. However, if you use the drone to shoot YouTube videos and earn your money with it or otherwise sell the recordings, you have an unmanned aviation system because you use the device commercially. In many forums, we are discussing whether an FPV Racer counts as a drone (and thus as an unmanned aerial vehicle) because, unlike a DJI, it cannot fly without a pilot. I think it is not possible to finally clarify this question here (I am still waiting for the precedent and the judge’s verdict), but in case of doubt I would assume: Commercially used => Drones; Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS); Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV); Model Aircraft; Radio Controlled Aircraft

How To Buy Your First Drone

With the commercial drone industry currently growing by nearly 20% each year, there are now plenty of drone kits on the market to satisfy your need.

In this article, you’ll learn the pros and cons of buying drones from different manufacturers to get the perfect drone for you! Pros and Cons of Buying your First Drone The natural evolution of the drone industry is that this means the end of the hobbyist as a model aircraft enthusiast. The rapid growth in demand has reached the point that none of the manufacturers is selling their kits for $499. If you want to enjoy the hobby as a model aircraft enthusiast, then buying from the stores is the best choice. Pros of Buying Your First Drone There are two pros for buying your drone: it can cost you less than you imagine, and you can fly it anywhere. Below, I’ve compiled some advantages of buying your drone that is extremely important to know and understand before attempting to purchase. You Can Buy a Drones for Less than you Think When shopping for your kit, try not to expect more than $499 to buy. About 70% of all model equipment is purchased today online. Our estimates based on sales figures will be $4,398, which is 37% lower than online airfare prices found above. It’s best to treat costs as a starting point as you can easily buy a new drone or two, even if you can’t afford a bunch of the investment. You Can Fly It Anywhere The convenience of ‘flying’ model aircraft from anywhere is what makes drones I feel the most as a hobbyist.

Unfortunately, we need to slow down a lie that ‘you can only fly it at your local hobby store’. In reality, you can introduce a super high dollar kit to a broader audience. On the other hand, if you don’t mind about flying it at your local hobby store, then you will be different from most other hobbyists. Once you fly your drone, you decide if the bad weather compromises your flight characteristics, your SKU can become blown away. Cons of Buying Your First Drone One of the most significant cancerous decisions you’ll make is when you will buy your drone or kit. There isn’t a need to determine every point as you don’t need to start at a blank slate. However, the few cons you will have to consider will make your decision that much easier. Colour Blocking If you are beautiful with black and white and it’s just for pleasure’s sake, then you don’t have to worry about this character of your drones. However, if you plan to use your kit or drone for a commercial purpose, then you will have to consider a colour blocking system. If you will be selling your drone, the mix of colour is limited. This can potentially show up on your YouTube video, accounts, or social media posters. It’ll Cost More The higher the price of the kit you buy, the better. You might hear that two grand helicopter kits will be very low in cost, but you’d be to believe. Instead of thinking a helicopter kit was only $3000, you should consider slightly higher price points. These are the drones that are capable of beating the latest aeroplanes in terms of speed, endurance, and quality. They are very expensive to buy, and you’ll only get one or two safely out of the package before it fails. There Are Gimmicks in Best Price Buying your first drone has been more prevalent than ever as the overwhelming customer demand is witnessing. If you want to plan on getting it, you better go with the best price they can offer, or you will get it for cheaper than you expected. None of the factories is offering the lowest prices. Instead, they tend to provide some inexpensive variants of their kits. Nothing Reasonable Presented While many companies will not consider drone kits to be non-essential, the large manufacturers will. They think flying this drone is essential enough for the people and their significant sales figures. You can classify them as a tech startup, which means they’re catering to a specific niche. If you’re starting, you’ll be disappointed when you have to get your stuff from a third-party source where the quality seems wrong. Conclusion Choosing a drone kit isn’t that scary like it was when you were a kid. As you buy step by step through our ‘Drones Buyers Guide’ and look at examples the real choice becomes how much financial investment you want to make. You should do the research and purchase smart as you will likely get the ideal package for you demanded scenes acting goals. If you buy your kit, decide if you want to fly or save the money mother lodes it.