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This community is the home of ArduPilot (now known as APM), the world's first universal autopilot platform (planes, multicopters of all sorts and ground rovers). Today the Pixhawk and APM 2.6 autopilots run a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems, including:

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RC Electric Calculator App for Android

Posted by Graham Dyer on September 3, 2015 at 12:54am 11 Comments

RC Electric Calculator App for Android - version 3.0 is coming out shortly with many improvements and some calculations…

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1800mm Largescale ultralight (Metal rebuild)

Posted by CliffN on September 2, 2015 at 11:00pm 2 Comments

ok , for hobby grade seems few guys here does aluminum

after several months of procrastination its time to get this bird to finally fly

1.3KG AUW in only 850kv 3s the maiden was on Aug15,15 then reflown on Aug 31,15

should be my first metal build aircraft, and it should be scale able. the original design been feature , the guys at our field have several concern of being underpower for having a tiny motor for such a big plane. my reason is its what I've…

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TrackerBots

Posted by lianpinkoh on September 2, 2015 at 5:00pm 1 Comment

One of the major challenges encountered bynatural resource management agencies is the lack of information on the occupancy, distribution and population trends of species of concern, many of which are cryptic, small bodied, and idiosyncratic in habitat selection over large extents of remote areas. And yet these same species are the most threatened due…

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FLIMMER: THE FLYING, SWIMMING DRONE

Posted by EngineerX on September 2, 2015 at 2:00pm 4 Comments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Og6-oFKoV0

Dan Edwards of the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory is the principle investigator of Flimmer - a flying, swimming unmanned air vehicle (UAV)/unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV). Flimmer can operate in the air and underwater to significantly improve tactical…

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AC 91-57 be gone, welcome AC 91-57A

Posted by Gary Mortimer on September 2, 2015 at 12:13pm 6 Comments

Just promulgated by the FAA

1. PURPOSE. This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance to persons operating Unmanned Aircraft (UA) for hobby or recreation purposes meeting the statutory definition of “model aircraft” contained in Section 336 of Public Law 112-95, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. This AC describes means by which model…

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FAA Approves a Fleet of 324 Commerical Drones

Posted by Thomas J Coyle III on September 1, 2015 at 2:45pm 6 Comments

  @ahiza_garcia

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's…

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3DR launches 3DU, its program for drones in education and research

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 1, 2015 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

3DR, North America’s largest consumer drone manufacturer, has launched its new academic program for drones in education—called “3DU”—to support the numerous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) programs taking flight at schools…

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The force is strong with this one - SteadiDrone VADER

Posted by Duran - SteadiDrone on September 1, 2015 at 12:38pm 9 Comments

Hello again everyone, it's been a while since my last post, been somewhat busy with our latest offering, the VADER. I'll keep this post short and to the point, for those who've not yet seen the Vader (announced at sUSB Expo earlier this year) and the first batch shipped out already.



The…

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Big Sky UAV Offers Drones to Aid Wildfire Victims

Posted by Pepper Petersen on September 1, 2015 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Big Sky UAV Offers Drones to
Aid Wildfire Victims

 Big Sky UAV, a multi-state drone service company, is offering Montana victims of wildfires…

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Northwest UAV NW-44 Propulsion System Sets Altitude Records

Northwest UAV NW-44 Propulsion System Sets Altitude Records

by McMinnville, Oregon, August 21, 2015 Northwest UAV (NWUAV) is pleased to announce the completion of over 100 hours of rigorous flight testing with the NW-44 engine, setting a new altitude record for small normally aspirated unmanned propulsion systems in…

RMAX receive New Zealands first certificate issued under new UAS rules

RMAX receive New Zealands first certificate issued under new UAS rules

by Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say the first certified flight of an unmanned helicopter under new aviation rules is a great example of how they can enable commercial use. Yamaha today received the first…

RCAPA response to SB142

RCAPA response to SB142

by Dear Governor Brown, We appeal to you to not sign SB142 into law. We are concerned that the Bill is potentially flawed, as representatives may not fully understand all of the complexities and nuances of safety regulating the national…

Unconfirmed midair between Piper Apache and unidentified RPA (update)

Unconfirmed midair between Piper Apache and unidentified RPA (update)

by A little bird tells us one of its family was responsible for the recently touted tail strike. Manned aviation forums were attributing the damage to the tail of what turns out to be a late model PA-23, Aztec (thanks Roger)…

AC 91-57 is dead long live AC 91-57A – Model Aircraft Operating Standards

AC 91-57 is dead long live AC 91-57A – Model Aircraft Operating Standards

by The FAA has employed new folks and moved the bar. For many folks the dodge they have been using to fly commercially for years has had its ambiguities removed. 1. PURPOSE. This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance to persons…

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