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Weird Iris+ behavior.. Hard landing

So I finally got all my OSD issues resolved and went flying! Within 30 seconds I was on the ground…See More
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Heller Gregory replied to Heller Gregory's discussion Ugh in the group IRIS
"Got it!!  It was a vibration issue too.  With the help of a calmer person, I was able to…"
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FPVRACING.TV commented on FPVRACING.TV's blog post FPV Racing
"Thanks, Justin. We've got some exciting things planned for June's time trial competition!"
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Justin Owens replied to taso's discussion APM control input problem on Reptile 500 (TBS Disco clone) frame
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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

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Canada drone regulations change in 2016

Posted by Bertrand Duchiron on May 29, 2015 at 9:27am 3 Comments

TC now consults on proposed changes to UAV safety regulations.

In 2016, Transport Canada intends to introduce regulatory requirements for UAVs 25kgs or less that are operated within visual line-of-sight. The proposed regulatory amendments to the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) are intended to ensure the safe and reliable operation of UAVs in Canadian airspace.…


FPV Racing

Posted by FPVRACING.TV on May 29, 2015 at 9:00am 2 Comments

I just want to let you know about our FPV racing community at FPV racing is a new sport that combines high-tech drones with high-speed racing. It's a lot of fun and extremely addictive.

On our website you can create…


Manned Y6

Posted by Joe Renteria on May 29, 2015 at 8:30am 9 Comments

In under a year, the team of flight enthusiasts at Bay Zoltan Nonprofit Ltd., a state-owned applied research institute in Hungary, has taken the concept of a personal flight tricopter from the drawing board to its first manned flight at Miskolc Airfield in northeast Hungary…


GoPro drone to launch in the first half of 2016

Posted by Greg Dronsky on May 28, 2015 at 1:48am 13 Comments

Not much info yet but at least we know the launch date:

Woodman also revealed the company is working on a quadcopter — or drone, as they’re more commonly known. He declined to share any details about its design and pricing, but it’s slated to launch in the first half of 2016 and will be aimed at…


Drone highlights from Mary Meeker's famed 2015 "State of the Internet" presentation

Posted by Chris Anderson on May 27, 2015 at 11:17pm 2 Comments

Every year famed Kleiner Perkins venture capitalist Mary Meeker gives a "State of the Internet" presentation, which highlights stats and analysis on what she considers the most important technology trends of the year. This year,…


Introducing the Sprite Payload Developer Kit (PDK)

Posted by Ascent AeroSystems on May 27, 2015 at 11:52am 1 Comment

We're not quite halfway through our campaign, and we are absolutely delighted by the enthusiasm Sprite is getting!  Thank you to ALL of you for your interest and support!

Today we're introducing a new Reward, the Sprite Payload Developer Kit, to make it easier for everyone to make Sprite do what you want it to do...whatever that is.  Want to…


New drone funds to facilitate commercial development

Posted by Greg Crutsinger on May 27, 2015 at 8:53am 1 Comment

New startup funds SkyFund and Commercial Drone Fund are launching…


Introducing CloudFoil: Full airfoil CFD simulations in the cloud

Posted by Blucraft on May 27, 2015 at 8:30am 7 Comments

This is an idea I've had for a long time and finally found time to build it. CloudFoil allows you to check your Xfoil results against high-fidelity full RANS CFD simulations in minutes. Because the simulations run in the cloud, simulations can be kicked off from any device including your laptop, tablet, or phone. I believe CloudFoil sports the best user…


T3 Back to the Future

Posted by Gary Mortimer on May 27, 2015 at 8:00am 26 Comments

Remember back, way back in autopilot years probably about 20. The year 2009 and the first round of our gentlemens (ladies are allowed just none have ever entered) competition the T3 challenge.

Back then just flying way points was hard and all this gear was expensive.…


Lokkisaari - gull island

Posted by Stefan Gofferje on May 27, 2015 at 7:57am 4 Comments

A friend asked me if I could help him and his fellow birders of Lokkisaari ry out and take some aerial images of a bird reserve they are maintaining. Of course, I was happy to help!

Those guys are doing an…



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

Considerations For Commercial Drones Webinar

Considerations For Commercial Drones Webinar

by I’ll be the featured speaker for this 60-minute program plus question and answer. The following is from the Webinar Host - Learn About the Latest Advancements in Unmanned Systems and Their Commercial Applications and the Opportunities That Exists…

Paradise Valley AZ Drone Ordinance UPDATE

Paradise Valley AZ Drone Ordinance UPDATE

by As reported earlier this week the Arizona city of Paradise Valley was planning to enact an ordinance prohibiting all UAS operations unless the operation was pre-approved by the city via an application and fee structure. In a City Council study…

Davis addresses airport, drone issues

Davis addresses airport, drone issues

by RYAN VOYLES H&R Staff Writer DECATUR – The future of the Decatur Airport and unmanned aerial vehicles were major issues addressed by U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis during a Thursday morning stop in Decatur. About a dozen business leaders and…

Drone operators assist search and rescue efforts after devastating floods in Texas

Drone operators assist search and rescue efforts after devastating floods in Texas

by By Matt McFarland A team from the FAA test site for drones in Texas spent part of Thursday afternoon flying a drone along the Blanco River to aid search and recovery efforts following severe storms that killed at least 17 in…

Navigating drone rules a challenge for Licking County agency

Navigating drone rules a challenge for Licking County agency

by By Eric Lyttle The Columbus Dispatch NEWARK, Ohio — As a kid, Todd Fortune spent hours messing around with his small collection of remote-control airplanes, fine-tuning his ability to maneuver a toy aircraft using just his two thumbs on a controller.…

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