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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, 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:

  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • ArduPlane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • ArduRover, 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

DroneLogbook on iPad

Posted by Yves Jusot on July 22, 2014 at 6:31am 0 Comments

iPad version of DroneLogbook is available today.

You can now manage all your data : flights, drones, equipments and…


Conservation Drones in the New York Times

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 21, 2014 at 9:21pm 2 Comments

Congrats to star DIY Drones member Lian Pin Koh for this…


Phantom of the Operator: Discussing the Future of Drones with DJI’s Eric Cheng

Posted by Alan Phillips on July 21, 2014 at 1:37pm 0 Comments

Chances are, you have seen a DJI Phantom.

bilton-drone-videoSixteenByNine600 Whenever a local news station picks up a story about a local police chief or real estate agent using a drone, it’s almost always a…


CreativeLive Aerial Video course on-air now (free for a limited time)

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 21, 2014 at 11:38am 1 Comment

This CreativeLive online video course, featuring top experts, is live and open to all today from 9:00am to 4:00pm PST.  It will cost money after that, so if you want a free taste now check it out …


Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 21, 2014 at 11:00am 19 Comments

Time Magazine makes a good point about why the new generation of drone pilots are getting in trouble in a way the previous RC hobbyists didn't:

Learning to build and fly R/C aircraft was once a time-consuming, arduous process, factors that kept the hobby from spreading. Now, new technology like user-friendly quadcopter designs, equipped with smaller, high-powered…


Nice Hexo+ press

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 21, 2014 at 9:00am 1 Comment

Nice press for the Hexo+ team from Canadian TV after their $1.3 million Kickstarter campaign. They used Iris to prototype their platform.

MONTREAL -- Like a…


I may have just witnessed the future of personal drones...not sure if I like it

Posted by bigkahuna on July 21, 2014 at 8:00am 54 Comments

I've never owned a quadcopter, but have often thought of getting one. I work in the remote robotics industry and have been a fan of quadcopters, FPV and personal "drones" for years. That may change, though, if what I experienced yesterday is what we can expect in the future.

My wife and I were at…


levelling the fighting ground

Posted by keeyen pang on July 21, 2014 at 7:30am 6 Comments

A few months ago we were invited by a Non Government Organisation to fly at a hill resort. They are exploring the possibility to use drone equipped with camera or Gopro to monitor the status of the forest reserve.    


Until recently, in the name of development and some “Unknown” reason, a lot of pristine forest has…


Legendary Java creator James Gosling at "Friday Funday" 3DR open house

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 20, 2014 at 9:30pm 5 Comments

Every Friday afternoon we have an open house/fly-in at 3D Robotics Berkeley, and this Friday we were honored to be joined by famed Java creator James Gosling, who is now with Liquid Robotics.…


FlightBots Interview with Award-Winning Aerial Photographer Brent Foster

Posted by on July 20, 2014 at 6:01pm 1 Comment

Brent Foster is one of Canada’s leading aerial photographers.

He is also passionate about helping others to discover and practice aerial photography and cinematography.

We approached Brent about answering questions about how he got started, what equipment he uses, and what are the best first…



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

Spectrum Research meets Professional UAS Service

Spectrum Research meets Professional UAS Service

The knowledge, operational experience and training provision of AV8 UAS has partnered with the outstanding Engineering and Environment scientists of Sky View Robotics. AV8 UAS are a growing, independent team of highly motivated Unmanned System experts each with over 4000 flying hours on…

Introducing the DJI DropSafe

Introducing the DJI DropSafe

Watch the new DJI DropSafe in action, as it deploys in less than 0.5 seconds to help your S800 or S1000 aerial system descend at a reduced speed in the event of an emergency. Learn more about the DropSafe at…

UAV Enthusiasts: Drone Photography Is Not A Crime

UAV Enthusiasts: Drone Photography Is Not A Crime

By Katie Rucke David Beesmer was arrested by a New York state trooper on Tuesday and charged with a felony — unlawful surveillance in the second degree — for recording aerial video footage of the Mid Hudson Medical Group building in Ulster, New…

A Congressman’s Drone Disobedience

A Congressman's Drone Disobedience

June 21 was a lovely day for the wedding of Sean Maloney, a Democratic member of Congress from upstate New York. The ceremony was held at the historic Church of St. Mary-in-the-Highlands, with the Hudson River in the background. The day…

Terry Heinricks is taking photography to new heights

Terry Heinricks is taking photography to new heights

by  Caitlin Clow – Terrace Standard Loud buzzing sounds have been heard over Terrace lately, but it’s nothing to worry about—it’s just Terry Heinricks’ drone. Heinricks recently purchased a Phantom Drone to get a new perspective on the city and take…

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