I crashed 9 times in 21 flights. Sometimes into the ground. Sometimes into a tree. Sometimes into both – one right after the other. All the times were hard and fast (insert dick joke here) – because I like to “fly it like I stole it”.
I broke 23 props, lost 3 Moongel pads, broke 2 rubber bands, and had to rummage for my Mobius in a sea of leaves twice. Yes twice. I HAD A FUCKING BLAST.
Somewhere buried in the sea of features, flight times, and AUW comparisons lies the reason we all got into flying in the first place – it’s FUN. What is not fun is worrying about crashing and breaking some of your gear, or worse yet – part of your frame. Not having to worry about gear or a frame failing is something the sponsored pilots take advantage of, and it shows in their flight videos. Would you hesitate to attempt a double roll through a window knowing one mistake could cost you hundreds of dollars? Probably. But if you knew someone would send you another frame – that would help – right?
The reality is that not all of us will be sponsored – so the next best thing would be to buy a frame that we knew would be tough enough to take the abuse so we could focus on what matters – flying faster, harder, and taking more new chances without the distraction of worrying. After some rigorous testing during my first FPV session a week ago – it became very clear to me that the BEE245 was up to the task of taking any and all the abuse I could throw at it. Don’t let the look of the arms fool you – they are extremely tough and after multiple meetings with the trees and ground, they have yet to show any signs of wear. Same with the bottom PDB plate. The ESCs have stayed cool and are protected from damage due to being tucked away between the two plates.
This past weekend I stopped worrying about crashing and started trying to push myself harder than I ever have before. I didn’t turn into a pro in one weekend, but I did try a few new aerial maneuvers and flew through a few gaps that I hadn’t dared try before – all at speeds that were extremely fast considering that I have the BEE245 setup on 3s. You can thank the 475g AUW for that.
I have plenty more testing to do, and an entire month to do so – but my early thoughts are that this frame makes for one hell of a setup for proximity based flying for when slicing between trees or blasting though buildings is your passion.
I personally like having a few frames setup for different purposes. This frame isn’t about blasting around at rocket ship speeds above the trees on 4s (my Epic Mini 280 fills that need), but it isn’t designed to BEE.