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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

Vulcan UAV Frames from CreativeFlyers

Posted by David Barclay on March 3, 2015 at 11:30pm 10 Comments

We have just started to use these fantastic frames at Creative Flyers, and are looking for some feed back on them. The Z Arm design is fascinating, it really gives the camera a clear field of…


This is what happens when you show 14-year-old boys how to skywrite with a drone

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 3, 2015 at 11:07pm 6 Comments

I showed a tour group of 14-year-old boys how to skywrite with the Tower app today. After they flew a mission, I checked the logs on…


New DIY drone build

Posted by Daniel Lukonis on March 3, 2015 at 7:58pm 1 Comment

Hi All! I've been busy building this new experimental screened-in drone.

It's built out of many DIY style components. 3D printed motor mounts, rain gutter screen "finger protector rings", some spare foam, rubber damping balls, random bits of carbon fiber cut up, epoxy, hot glue and a…


Happy Birthday NACA

Posted by Blucraft on March 3, 2015 at 5:53pm 3 Comments

NACA, the precursor to NASA, was founded 100 years ago today. NACA was instrumental in furthering fundamental knowledge of airfoil theory, and created well-known families of airfoils still widely used today.

To honor the NACA legacy, we've added the NACA 4-digit airfoil series to Mach-Up in high-resolution. That's 10,000 airfoils…


Aerial Camera from the 1941-1945.

Posted by Paul on March 3, 2015 at 4:30pm 1 Comment

Found this for sale on my local Canada Kijiji Classifieds, call Ebay Classifieds in the US.

WW2 Fairchild K-20 Aerial Camera RARE 


The Fairchild K-20 was an aerial camera made by the Folmer-Graflex Corporation during World War…


Storm32 BGC gimbal

Posted by Charles lakins on March 3, 2015 at 1:00pm 2 Comments

After combining my retracts from my previous blog post and my conversion plate to turn the 2-axis into a 3-axis gimbal

then also adding a mounting plate for the Storm32 BCG controller, further testing and setup goes great so far

Also did some tests using the spektrum sat option for the second operator to control the gimbal movements remotely (with…


Rapide Lite 200XL - 400mm Desktop Plus 3D Printer

Posted by Andreas on March 3, 2015 at 11:51am 0 Comments

For those of you, still looking for an affordable and high quality 3D printer - this one may be the one you are looking for:

Indiegogo: Rapide Lite 200XL - 400mm Desktop Plus 3D…


What to Know When Using Humanitarian UAVs for Transportation

Posted by Patrick Meier on March 3, 2015 at 7:38am 0 Comments

UAV payload unit

UAVs can support humanitarian action in a variety of ways. Perhaps the most common and well-documented use-case is data collection. There are several other use-cases, however, such as payload transportation, which I have blogged about here, …


New drone magazine from Discover

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 2, 2015 at 8:36pm 6 Comments

Looks pretty generic but the fact that they're launching a mag is probably a sign of the times...From Discover:

Whether you’re curious about the ethics of unmanned aerial vehicles in law enforcement or itching to break into the quadcopter hobby, Drone 360 is packed with ideas and information to help you get started!



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

PredatOBR Rifle Shoots Down DJI Inspire Drone

PredatOBR Rifle Shoots Down DJI Inspire Drone

Another video that has me scratching my head a little. The chap aims and fires the rifle from level ground and its level he shoots down an Inspire? Surely the Inspire would have to be only a couple of feet…

Ewatt Tests New Engine and UAV Helicopter at High Altitudes.

Ewatt Tests New Engine and UAV Helicopter at High Altitudes.

On February 27th, 2015, the Scientific Research Team of Ewatt AeroSpace undertook a mission traveling from Wuhan China to the high plains near Tibet to conduct flight tests of one of the latest UAV helicopters designed by Mr. Dennis Fetters, the…

High-tech drone crashes into Hialeah home

High-tech drone crashes into Hialeah home

BY THEODORE KARANTSALIS SPECIAL TO THE MIAMI HERALD Would the owner of a white, unmanned flying machine, last seen floating above east Hialeah, please come forward and collect your drone? A Hialeah man has a mystery on his hands after…

DCA lodges police report over prohibited flying drone near KLIA

DCA lodges police report over prohibited flying drone near KLIA

Haider Yutim,Astro Awani KUALA LUMPUR: The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has lodged a police report following photographs of unauthorized flying vehicles or unmanned aerial vehicles in the vicinity of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)  had been uploaded on…

Paris drones: Al Jazeera journalist fined €1,000

Paris drones: Al Jazeera journalist fined €1,000

An Al Jazeera journalist has been fined €1,000 (£725;$1,120) for flying a drone in Paris last week in the midst of a security alert sparked by unexplained drone sightings across the city. A court also confiscated the drone from Al…

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