James Bowles
Call Sign: JAB1a



My name is James Bowles, my FPV nickname is "JAB1a", I live in the beautiful south-west of England in the heart of Dartmoor. I am an IT Administrator by day but once I have free time you can always find me flying FPV somewhere or tinkering with quads.

 In this video the flights were done in Bulgaria where I was on a family holiday. In my suit case I pack my trusty Armattan F1-5, I picked this frame as I could rely on the strength of the frame knowing that if my bag got damaged or I had a crash then the frame would still be flyable and I would not need to take replacement frame parts with me. The pure X design also makes it my goto frame for exploring new locations as its flight characteristics are very predicable which helps to increase your confidence which leads to more fun.


How did you end up flying FPV and how long ago did you start?

I have been very interested in anything RC since I was a child, started with RC cars and that lead to an interest in all electronics. In 2011 I watched a video of a guy flying a FPV Tri-copter in and around a warehouse and then chasing his friends RC plane, when he finally flew past himself I was sold on FPV from that moment and started to build my first quadcopter from scratch in 2012. After 4 years of flying FPV I can honestly say this hobby has some of the most friendly and helpful people I have ever met. In 2014, I was asked to join a group of RC car racers who had recently started flying FPV on mini-quads and wanted to race them against each other. I didn’t think I could love FPV and be addicted to the hobby more but instead left that day with a renewed passion for the sport

What does FPV flying mean to you today?

FPV flying to me means pure freedom, all our lives we have had our feet firmly on the ground and only now can we experience what it is like to be free as a bird james.jpgwithout risk to ourselves. Being able to explorer the world around us with complete control is an amazing experience I recommended to everyone young or old.


Being sponsored by Armattan is a great honor for me, the company has proven around the world they are at the forefront of FPV frame technology, constantly innovating and pushing the boundaries of frame construction and design. My current favorite frames from Armattan are the ultra light SCX200 which I recently raced at the 'invitation only' FIA Drone Masters Championship held at the UK largest Airshow at Farnborough and at the ERSA (European Rotor Sports Association) Weston Park Championship. My other favorite is the Armattan F1-5, this frame has proven to be so reliable, the strong construction and true X design makes this frame a pleasure to fly in all conditions and allows you to explore with confidence.