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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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iDroneCtrl 1.2.0: iPhone/iPad drone control app update

Posted by Andy Brown on March 2, 2015 at 2:32pm 0 Comments

We are pleased to announce the release of iDroneCtrl 1.2.0 for iPhone and iPad. The iDroneCtrl iOS app works with our iDroneLink™  lighting accessory for iPhone and iPad and allows long range control of your…


BBC oxford breakfast show interview tomorrow morning.

Posted by Jared Reabow on March 2, 2015 at 12:13pm 8 Comments

I posted here as it is quite important, i understand it is not a  blog per say.

tomorrow morning i am going to be on the radio show about "Drones", with some military personnel etc.

after recent events with heathrow, the army on oxfordshire has advised they will be…


Skywriting! Just need to add more colors and use the GPIOs to toggle them based on position

Posted by Rhett "Wreck" Phillips on March 2, 2015 at 11:30am 4 Comments

Think of the things you could write or draw! It's a software project:

The next step will be to add multiple LEDs of different colors that can be toggled by the GPIO pins on your autopilot so you can draw amazing 3D…


Digital flight control research from the '80s

Posted by Andrew Rabbitt on March 2, 2015 at 4:25am 4 Comments

I tripped over this on my suggested links and thought it might be of interest to the DIYD crowd.  Fascinating to see an original Macintosh being used as a ground station!

"The Davos of Drones" - DroneApps & Expo 2015 - Switzerland

Posted by Patrick Meier on March 1, 2015 at 9:58pm 0 Comments

I am Chairing a panel on "Humanitarian UAVs" at the DroneApps & Expo 2015 in Lausanne,…

Precision Land ArduCopter

Posted by Daniel Nugent on March 1, 2015 at 9:09pm 9 Comments

Did some test flights this weekend for my precision landing program(A detailed explanation of this project can be found here.). They were short due to the cold conditions and battery life but beneficial. I was able to attempt the landing four times. All…


Lynxmotion Quadrino Flight Controller (ex Flyingeinstein)

Posted by Bertrand Duchiron on March 1, 2015 at 1:44pm 6 Comments

  • ATmega2560, Arduino Compatible Microcontroller 
  • Very small size: 53x53mm (in case) 
  • Integrated Sensors (Gyroscope / Accelerometer / Magnetometer / Barometer) 
  • Built-in GPS Module with External Antenna 
  • Easy Connection for Motor Controller and Radio System 
  • Semi-transparent case to view LED status 
  • MultiWii software compatible 
  • Expansion ports for experimentation (I2C, UART, GPIO)…


Thumbs up! Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines opens its doors to Philippine UAV operators.

Posted by Teejay on March 1, 2015 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Was glad to be part of this meeting. And here's the write-up about the recent event from one of the attendees.


(Pasay City, Philippines) - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) recently opened its doors to a “UAV Industry Stakeholder” Conference with various…


Newspaper: "We must ban drones outright before it's too late"

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 1, 2015 at 8:54am 29 Comments

I don't normally pass along anti-drone op-eds, but…


"hello drone" in the app store

Posted by Víctor Mayoral on March 1, 2015 at 6:56am 0 Comments


A few weeks ago we announced a partnership with Canonical to support the next generation of drones that will be connected to the internet, update automatically and will have access to an app store for drones. Following up with our passion for bringing Linux-based drones to the market we are happy to share that the first apps are starting to show up in the store and are freely…



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

GA-ASI & SENER Team to Offer Predator B to Spain

GA-ASI & SENER Team to Offer Predator B to Spain

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, and SENER, a leading Spanish engineering company, today announced that they have signed a teaming agreement that…

Taking photos of the planes going by at KLIA.

Taking photos of the planes going by at KLIA.

I keep seeing RPAS flights that make me cringe, Instagram user @yengnasir (who has pulled his content) is my new winner. He flew his DJI Phantom Vision 2 at the landing end of the runway at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. According to…

CAAP hosts 1st Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Stakeholder Conference

CAAP hosts 1st Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Stakeholder Conference

(Pasay City, Philippines) – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) recently opened its doors to a “UAV Industry Stakeholder” Conference with various Philippine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operators, as well as the Philippine Remote Control Congress (PRCC) and…

Australia:- Talking drone offers aviation safety boost

Australia:- Talking drone offers aviation safety boost

Dr Reece Clothier In a world first, RMIT University researchers have developed a talking drone that can converse with air traffic controllers just like a normal pilot. The development is a critical step towards the full integration of unmanned aircraft…

Drone companies entering Wild West phase

Drone companies entering Wild West phase

By Scott KirsnerGLOBE CORRESPONDENT Andrew Kehlenbeck pulls up a shirtsleeve and exposes a few linear scars on his forearm. They’re slashes from the plastic propeller of a small drone — a very modern sort of workplace injury. Kehlenbeck is cofounder and…

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