Just about everyone who has heard of drone racing has heard the name Carlos “Charpu” Puertolas. As one of the very first to start pushing drones to their limits, Charpu’s videos became big hits to those interested in the sport. Due to his early success in the field, he was also one of the first pilots to get an official sponsorship with Lumenier to help him pursue his interest.
Carlos hails from Madrid, Spain originally, and moved to the United States in order to work in animation for DreamWorks. Remote Control machines had always been a hobby for him, starting with planes and helicopters. Nowadays, he is hooked on minis for racing and acrobatics. A challenging hobby to pick up, Charpu honed his skills slowly. The moment something finally clicked for him, he would immediately move onto something different and more challenging.
Carlos’ videos tend to stick more to a freestyle, acrobatic type of flying rather than the hardline fastest route races that you typically see from competitions. Watching him navigate close quarters, tight turns, and wide open spaces while flipping the craft in twenty different ways is honestly like watching art in the making. The quick maneuvers provide a very interesting watch, and it’s very cool to see what expert pilots can do with the craft.
He also has his own website, which can be found here