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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 autopilot runs a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems from the Dronecode Foundation, 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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FAA Proposes $1.9 Million Civil Penalty Against SkyPan International for Allegedly Unauthorized Unmanned Aircraft Operations

Posted by Gary Mortimer on October 6, 2015 at 6:30am 7 Comments

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announces the largest civil penalty the FAA has proposed against a UAS operator for endangering the safety of our airspace.

The FAA proposes a $1.9 million civil penalty against SkyPan International, Inc. of Chicago. Between March 21, 2012, and Dec. 15, 2014, SkyPan…


Multi-Point Repeater Aircraft

Posted by Warren Eather on October 6, 2015 at 2:00am 2 Comments

Finally getting around to posting about our successful test of our Multi-Point Repeater aircraft last August.

Basically we were able to fly a Quad Mission relaying the mavlink data via our repeater aircraft, itself in an autonomous mission 400ft above. Both the Quad…


Subscription Based CAD Drones Community Is Now FREE!

Posted by Joshua Johnson on October 6, 2015 at 12:33am 0 Comments

We’re excited to announce that our subscription based community is now FREE for anyone to join. All members now have full access to every page and feature free of charge. Now that we are no longer subscription based we will not have the available resources to hire contractors for the needed positions. Our goal is to make CAD,…


Would you like to capture professional quality photos with Solo? Do you like Rube-Goldberg machines?

Posted by Daniel McKinnon on October 5, 2015 at 10:50pm 8 Comments

If you answered yes to both of those questions, then this post is for you.

I've always had a special fondness for the Sony QX-1 and decided to rig up a contraption that would let me…


The FAA has missed an important deadline and it predicts 1 million drones to be sold this Holiday Season

Posted by Daniel Iglesias on October 5, 2015 at 4:05pm 3 Comments

Hello DIY Drones Community:

I have come up with some interesting articles regarding UAV legislation and projected sales for the upcoming holiday season that might affect the use of drones for regular folk and businesses.

Jason Koebler of wrote an…


MinimOSD support SIDE BY SIDE 3D mode

Posted by Egor_FPV3DCam on October 5, 2015 at 11:05am 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

In the market for several years,…


Tower v3.2.0 Release

Posted by Fredia Huya-Kouadio on October 5, 2015 at 9:00am 13 Comments

After a couple months of testing by the community, Tower v3.2.0 has been released on the Google Play store for use by the general public!

This release requires the latest…


Great report on Syria Airlift project, using APM-powered planes for humanitarian aid

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 4, 2015 at 11:21am 13 Comments

From the latest issue of Make Magazine, a great profile of the Syria Airlift project, which is using inexpensive APM:Plane powered aircraft to train refugees to deliver food and medical aid in Syria and other war-torn…


Amazing Stanford work on adding cinematic camera control to APM-powered drones

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 3, 2015 at 6:48pm 5 Comments

An interactive tool for designing quadcopter camera shots

SIGGRAPH Asia 2015


Olympus AIR

Posted by Azhar T. Pangesti on October 2, 2015 at 10:30pm 11 Comments

Olympus AIR A01 Review -- Product image

I stumble upon this thing today.

Could be a good (great?) camera platform for UAV.

What do you guys think?


More: Google: Olympus Air


Olympus AIR A01 Review -- Product image



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Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Pylon Race, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Facebook’s Internet Drone Team Is Collaborating with Google’s Stratospheric Balloons Project

Facebook’s Internet Drone Team Is Collaborating with Google’s Stratospheric Balloons Project
by By Tom Simonite Facebook and Google compete intensely for your time online and for the ad dollars of corporations. But now the two companies are collaborating on efforts to use balloons and drone aircraft to expand Internet access to…

Snickerdoodle, Linux Autopilot

Snickerdoodle, Linux Autopilot
by A palm-sized, reconfigurable Linux computer that connects to the real world with ARM, FPGA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 154 I/O for the price of a wireless-enabled Raspberry Pi snickerdoodle is a tiny computer built to be connected to the real…

Group conducts unmanned aircraft research to protect plane pilots

Group conducts unmanned aircraft research to protect plane pilots
by By Macy Egeland LA JUNTA, Colo.–  Drones and unmanned aircraft systems are becoming more and more popular, and they are also causing problems for pilots in low-flying planes. Now, the Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association is conducting experiments to come…

Draganfly Innovations Inc. Launches ‘The Draganflyer Commander’ UAV Bringing Next Generation Performance & Endurance to Commercial Users

Draganfly Innovations Inc. Launches ‘The Draganflyer Commander’ UAV Bringing Next Generation Performance & Endurance to Commercial Users
by The Draganflyer Commander Opens Numerous New Commercial Use Cases with Enhanced Specification Including 45-Minute Single-Charge Flight, 100 Acre Coverage, and HD Aerial Data Capture. SASKATOON, SK & VENICE, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 6th, 2015 – Commercial UAV specialists Draganfly Innovations…

FAA proposes record fine against drone operator

FAA proposes record fine against drone operator
by WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday proposed a record $1.9 million fine against an aerial photography company for flying drones in crowded New York and Chicago airspace without permission. SkyPan International Inc. of Chicago operated 65 unauthorized…

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