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David Boulanger replied to Kamil Ponir's discussion problem with stabilize mode performance
"Kamil. Can you post your full parameter list?  Do you have any FF on your RLL, PIT, and…"
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Random precocious takeoff in LOITER mode

HI everyone,I am using an APM2.5 with ArduCopter3.X. I am controlling the copter with my …See More
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David Boulanger replied to Marc Rechté's discussion Board mounted sideways
"Marc,  AHRS_ORIENTATION is the parameter that tells the code how your flight controller is…"
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"Marc,  I think you will find most people using an APM or Pixhawk are using ACRO mode on their…"
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Welcome to DIY Drones!

Welcome to the largest community for amateur Unmanned Aerial Vehicles! Use the tabs and drop-down menus above to navigate the site.


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:

  • APM:Copter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • APM:Plane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • APM:Rover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

I'm new to all this--where do I start?                   Are amateur UAVs legal? (yes)

Examples of civilian uses of drones                   Glossary of confusing terms 

Blog Posts

My Free Foam board 250 sized quadcopter plans.

Posted by Jake Wells on November 26, 2014 at 9:00pm 3 Comments

I've been working on this project for about a month and a half. I was sick of replacing props and I wanted a lighter cheap frame. This frame with wood weighs 193grams. Hope someone out there enjoys it as much as I do. …


Virtualrobotix E-Shop offer a great discount coupon for your Black Friday.

Posted by Roberto Navoni on November 26, 2014 at 5:00pm 1 Comment

These are the board developed by VR Lab available in the store : VR micro Gimbal , VR Multi Constellation GPS 8  ,VR Micro Brain 5 and plug and play VR micro telemetry board .

Example how is possible to assemble  the…


The Delivery Drones are now available from PRE-Flight

Posted by Jose Pena on November 26, 2014 at 4:45pm 0 Comments

  • The Delivery Drones are now available.

    "Delivery Drone's Here" will be a common phrase in 2-3 years time as urgent flying deliveries will be commonplace - shipping cargoes as mundane as beer and pizza to more vital necessities like medicines and survival kits.


    The word is out that big companies like Amazon…


Who's going to the LA Drone Expo?

Posted by nicco on November 26, 2014 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Check it out at LAdronexpo

A Foldable 3-D printed 250 Quad Designed By High School Students

Posted by Georgie xu on November 26, 2014 at 4:00am 8 Comments

This is a very compact and robust quad designed and built by me and another Chinese student that will fit snugly in a large pocket. Hasn't flown yet since the motors are still shipping, but it feels very sturdy and should be rigid enough to stay stable at high throttle, and don't worry about the joints, they'll be fastened with aluminum screws and bolts. The quad is designed to house a pixhawk with cover removed(there will be a protective roof) and carry a mobius or an HD19…


Great Stuff

Posted by Gary Mortimer on November 26, 2014 at 12:10am 4 Comments

A quadriplegic man who is confined to his bedroom has used his computing expertise to see the world from his bedroom, by flying a camera-mounted drone up to thousands of miles.

Stuart Turner could soon be looking round the Grand Canyon or Niagra Falls using…


GimBALL - 3D printed DIY Gimbal with closed hull - PART2 (assembly)

Posted by Adrián Nagy Hinst on November 25, 2014 at 11:29am 14 Comments

Hi again,

Hereby I'd like to continue my project. As I said earlier, all parts were printed using a Stratasys 3D printer, which uses FDM technology and support material too.…


Prototype Tiltrotor Development using APM 2.5

Posted by Team Tiltrotor on November 25, 2014 at 8:30am 10 Comments

We are a two-man team that just completed the first major phase of our yearlong APM 2.5 tiltrotor project. We wanted to keep things in the dark until we knew it had potential. Here is a quick summary, but if you’re interested in VTOL aircraft, we’d really like you to read our detailed project summary…


ArduCopter 3.2 Released

Posted by Randy on November 24, 2014 at 8:56pm 35 Comments

ArduCopter 3.2 (aka APM:Copter) has been released as the default version replacing AC3.1.5. This is the exact same version that we invited all users to test two weeks ago.  Users who wish continue using AC3.1.5 can find it under the "Pick…


APM:Plane 3.2.0 released

Posted by Andrew Tridgell on November 24, 2014 at 8:20pm 44 Comments

The ardupilot development team is proud to announce the release of version 3.2.0 of APM:Plane. This is a major release with a lot of new features.

The changes span a lot of different areas of the code, but arguably the most important changes are:…


Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Drone Delivery Challenge, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

HEXO+ BlackFriday Deal

HEXO+ BlackFriday Deal

Guys, all the contests we did on our channels have showed how much of an incredible community you are, helping us spread the word to achieve this aerial filming revolution together. We love this spirit. And would like to keep…

You have control

You have control

Short and sweet, to the point nothing more needed really well done the UK. In the month that our USA readers started noticing the sky falling down.

AirStrato, Affordable, solar powered, stratospheric drone

AirStrato, Affordable, solar powered, stratospheric drone

The revolutionary AirStrato ( drone comes into the market as an aircraft with the flight ceiling of 60,000 ft (18,000m) and the size of a large Predator drone, at the cost of an expensive car. AirStrato can be controlled from…

Indian UAV maker off to a flying start

Indian UAV maker off to a flying start

DEBABRATA DAS NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 25: Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi blockbuster Interstellar might just have given a glimpse into the future when it showed the film’s protagonist chasing down an Indian-made drone. Although the country is yet to manufacture large unmanned aerial vehicles…

Flight Global :- Airbus touts UAV-based surveillance package for disaster relief

Flight Global :- Airbus touts UAV-based surveillance package for disaster relief

By: BETH STEVENSON LONDON Airbus Defence & Space is planning to offer a high-altitude unmanned air vehicle-based surveillance capability for disaster relief, using a variety of systems that it is in the process of finalising. Speaking to media in London on 25 November, Steve…

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