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FlightClub Team Pilot: Ivan “EnvyAstro” Rodriquez

FlightClub Team Pilot: EnvyAstro Ivan Rodriguez

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For the past two years FlightClub has been just me, Mike.  There are a lot of other posts that I’ve wanted to do but I have to admit to my shortcomings.  I suck at flying!  I need to focus on my strengths and bring in help to fill in the gaps.   This is were Ivan “EnvyAstro” Rodriguez comes in.

Words by Ivan:

What’s up guys, hope everyone has been ripping it up, as we begin the 2017 FPV racing season! First off I want to start off by introducing myself to everyone and what my experience is in FPV drone racing. Mike and I met about 18 months ago,it’s funny how we met, I made an order off his website and he forgot a few of my parts to complete my first ever build! Luckily I saw that the package was sent from a local address so he was nice enough to let me pick it up locally.  Ever since then we have been talking FPV.

I have been flying for about a year but I wasn’t always a racer. Before I became a racer I use to freestyle out in the wild. I did this for about 5-6 months until I realized that drone racing was where my passion for the drones was at. My first ever competition was MultiGP 2016 Regional Qualifiers, at my arrival to the race I am not going to lie, I was pretty scared since that was my first ever race event. Being afraid of the other pilots skill level wasn’t going to stop me from achieving what I had in mind and that was to become one of the top pilots in the nation! From that day forward being able to tackle my fear of racing against better pilots went away. Not being afraid of racing against others nor being afraid of pushing myself when under the goggles has honestly in my opinion made me a better pilot! I do just as our motto says ” Build, Fly, Crash, Repeat”, in my opinion that is the best way to get good in a short amount of time! Many people are afraid of flying fast and trying new things because they are afraid of breaking stuff. But quite frankly if you’re serious about becoming a fast pilot, I think that’s what it takes. Ever since my first race event, I have now participated in hundreds of events with some of the best pilots in the world and I can proudly say it is such a blessing to have FlightClub supporting me throughout those races.

I’d like to give back to the community that has helped build our brand and for those supporting the sport of drone racing .  That being said I will be creating videos that will help people become better pilots, grow better building skills, learn how to prepare for a race, etc. I hope to accomplish these things by making videos on:

  • Beginner flying videos for people who are just getting into the hobby
  • Tips and tricks in builds
  • How to get the most out of your practice sessions
  • Tips on how to get faster lap times
  • Pid tuning
  • Product reviews from a racer’s point of view

Keep in mind I am not going to be teaching you “how to race” but how “I” race and what has help me become a better pilot throughout my year of flying. With that I’d like to welcome everyone to join the journey of becoming a better pilot!

Check out EnvyAstro’s YouTube Channel and Instagram.





10 responses to “FlightClub Team Pilot: Ivan “EnvyAstro” Rodriquez”

  1. Larry Avatar

    Sweet Ivan! Hope I get to race with you soon. Coming to the 2017 multigp nationals in Muncie? If so I’ll buy you a beer!

  2. Josh Avatar

    Really looking forward to more high quality guidance from FlightClub, welcome Ivan!

  3. Cliff Jones Avatar

    Hi Ivan, Mike was also instramental in getting me past a store bought quad. I tracked down videos of Mike’s Tokio X as I’m an older engineer and could see he was putting a great deal of serious logical thought into it. That’s when I learned of your channel and your SKILL WOW. I’m so glad to see and hear you and Mike working together. The technology and the sport will be better because of it.. I look forward to future conversations with you and Mike.

    I’m just an old guy with kids that blows steam off on my youtube NarlyFPV. I’ll be learning a lot from you, no doubt in my mind… Thank you…

    1. Mike Tseng Avatar
      Mike Tseng

      thanks cliff! Ivan will be providing content from a actual seasoned pilot (one of the nation’s fastest actually). Something that I could never do! I’m really looking forward to learning from him also.

  4. kstovall Avatar

    I’ve been buying from Mike sense day one…..I own TxSat Electronics and Mike has sent me leads on pilots who need their OSDoge repaired…..Mike is a great guy and I’m looking forward in seeing your training videos…… I’ve been flying drones for around 4 years now but just starting to get into the racers and need all the help I can get on the correct way to fly and handle them…… welcome aboard !!

    1. Mike Tseng Avatar
      Mike Tseng

      thanks ken!

  5. Eric Avatar

    Yo Mike, you may think you “suck” at flying but let’s face it, this site is all you, the new Tokio frames are yours, you are making all this cool stuff (Flight Club FPV) possible through your hard effort. That is where your heart is at! I would never put down EnvyAstro, because he can fly like a god, but you are killing it bro! Respect. I’m glad you are willing to team up with Envy… and injection mound plastics, to do whatever you need to do to make Flight Club grow and prosper! I loved Envy’s heartfelt post and rapid rise in skills, amazing. Cool video too. Keep them coming! So happy to see this club grow. Don’t burn out man, branch out, strength to strength.

    1. Mike Tseng Avatar
      Mike Tseng

      thanks Eric! Don’t worry I’m not burned out in the least bit. In fact, my passion for FPV is higher than ever. Sometimes when Ivan and I get talking we have to remind ourselves to slow down cause we have way too many projects we want to do. I brought Ivan onboard because he can do something that I will never be able to…fly like a demon on crack. He’ll be providing the content that I’ve always wanted to provide but I’ve come to the realization that I can’t. My brain is just not fast enough. I’m looking forward to learning from him too!

  6. REV1_6 FPV Avatar
    REV1_6 FPV

    Love the products and the vids! Flight Club baby!

    1. Mike Tseng Avatar
      Mike Tseng


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