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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

Construction drone company uses Pixhawk-powered tech

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 27, 2015 at 10:00pm 1 Comment

Construction drone company using Pixhawk-powered technology gets a nice write-up in…


Yet another "PhoneDrone" concept hits Kickstarter

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 27, 2015 at 8:30pm 1 Comment

Ah, the idea of using a phone as an actual drone controller. We keep coming back to that one every year or so, dating all the way back to my first cellphone autopilot (using Windows CE!) in…


Ferndale Michigan Drone Ban Defeated!

Posted by Jonathan Hair on April 27, 2015 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

I am happy to report that a proposed 'drone' ban was unanimously defeated after a strong…



Posted by Janis Kuze on April 27, 2015 at 12:47pm 2 Comments

Just wanted to thank you for being active users and let you know what you can meet with us and see UgCS 2.4 preview at AUVSI Expo next week.

Please be welcome at our booth #3144




CamMan, a special camera controller

Posted by Azjeg on April 27, 2015 at 9:00am 3 Comments

Here is the new member of our growing family of modules for our scalable ground control system. Sorry for the low quality photos, but we hardly ever have time to take decent pictures before the gear leaves the workshop. You can see the other modules at



How was your weekend?

Posted by Ascent AeroSystems on April 27, 2015 at 5:00am 7 Comments

We're launching our all-new website later this week!

In the meantime, here's a video of some of our weekend...

Perceptiv Labs image-tracking upgrade for IRIS+ now taking preorders

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 26, 2015 at 11:30am 7 Comments

Perceptive Labs is now taking pre-orders for SHIFT, which uses computer vision to do optical tracking. It supports Pixhawk, the IRIS+ and the DJI Phantom.…


Really moving BBC video on the Syria Airlift project, using APM drones to deliver aid

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 25, 2015 at 10:00am 14 Comments

Regardless of your views on Middle East conflict, everyone in this community should feel very proud after watching this video, showing APM-powered planes used for humanitarian aid. Mark Jacobsen at the Syria Airlift Project is inspiring, and I personally will be backing his work.  

The power to…


3D printed week-end goodie: Adjustable COG battery mount

Posted by Hugues on April 25, 2015 at 9:00am 4 Comments


To make center of gravity (COG) 's tuning easier when attaching your battery on its ship, here is a quick and simple 3D printed…


3DR Aero Intro and Flight Demo

Posted by AKRCGUY on April 25, 2015 at 7:00am 3 Comments

All the craze is with multirotors these days but fixed wing aircraft have capabilities that rotorcraft do not.  There aren't many videos of the 3DR Aero in action so we put this video introduction together.  Hope you enjoy it.

It’s the perfect platform for regularly acquiring highly detailed and actionable data for large-scale operations such as…



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

Drones take to the sky, legally, for a New Jersey-based aerial data collection company

Drones take to the sky, legally, for a New Jersey-based aerial data collection company

by MOUNT LAUREL, New Jersey – A New Jersey-based business has been granted a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) exemption to operate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for the purpose of aerial imagery collection. Unmanned Sensing Systems LLC (US2), a Mount Laurel-based…

Drone operator chased, tased by ranger at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Drone operator chased, tased by ranger at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

by By Mileka Lincoln BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - A drone operator was chased and tased by a ranger at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The confrontation happened after park rangers say the man refused to cooperate when he was caught using…

Texas pilots concerned with lack of drone rules

Texas pilots concerned with lack of drone rules

by Andy Pierrotti, investigative producer Vicki Chen and photojournalists Matt Olsen and Derek Rasor Nagle said he’s never seen a drone near his plane, but he knows it only a matter of time. “A drone that is outside the range…

Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP Launches Unmanned Aircraft Systems Industry Team

Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP Launches Unmanned Aircraft Systems Industry Team

by Lewis Roca Rothgerber’s UAS multidisciplinary team, led by Tom Dougherty, is comprised of attorneys from the aviation, administrative law, corporate and securities, international business law, government contracts, government relations, insurance, intellectual property, litigation, mergers and acquisitions and regulatory compliance…

Unmanned helicopter on display at Ag.Trade.Life show in Mackay

Unmanned helicopter on display at Ag.Trade.Life show in Mackay

by David Sparkes One of the biggest unmanned aircraft in Australia, designed to reduce spray drift, will be one of the attractions at the Ag.Trade.Life show in Mackay, Queensland this weekend. Whitsundays-based business WASP NQ has purchased the three-metre-long remote…

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