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Jake Stew commented on Team Tiltrotor's blog post Prototype Tiltrotor Development using APM 2.5
"I don't think that Osprey is going to fly very well with such a large propane tank payload."
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Damo replied to Damo's discussion launch heavy fpv plane in the group ArduPlane User Group
"I am using the stock upgraded motor and prop that come with the finwing"
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Jake Stew commented on Chris Anderson's blog post WSJ scoop on forthcoming FAA rules -- pilots license will be required for commercial use unless Congress intervenes
"Why?  We're not flying in controlled airspace.  We're flying in airspace that…"
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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)

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Blog Posts

Power distribution board for multiple configurations

Posted by Chris Anderson on November 29, 2014 at 12:00am 0 Comments

Very nice work by Ioannis Kedros here. It's an APM-compatible PDB that allows for all sorts of copter configurations, from X and + to Tri and even "spider". Here's more (via …


Juno Drone

Posted by Daniel Lukonis on November 28, 2014 at 6:51pm 3 Comments

Juno Drone frame designed by DWDrones.



Hi DIYDRONES! I saw the Juno battery on here many months…


DIY Bluetooth AlexMos/BaseCam gimbal controller

Posted by Mark on November 28, 2014 at 4:10pm 0 Comments

I just finished making a tutorial on how to build a Arduino gamepad-based controller for any of the AlexMos-based gimbals out there with Bluetooth.  The build itself is super-easy to do, probably taking about an hour or so, and the parts can be had for under $100, so I think it's a great option when you want to have one person control the camera while another controls the…


ObliX_neo: redesign of multirotor-blimp-drone

Posted by Daniel Wibbing on November 28, 2014 at 2:16pm 3 Comments

We have been silently working for a long time and now it is here: 

A complete redesign of ObliX! […

3DR’s Black Friday DIY Warehouse Sale

Posted by Roger Sollenberger on November 28, 2014 at 12:30pm 3 Comments

3DR is happy to announce a big Black Flyday sale for our DIY customers. From Black Friday through Cyber Monday we’re offering a 30% price cut on selected items in our store. Our stock is limited, though, so when these sell out the deals are done.

Sale items include Gen 1 Y6 and X8 copters,…


FireFLY6 Holiday Sale Now Live - Don't Miss These Deals!

Posted by BirdsEyeView Aerobotics on November 28, 2014 at 5:58am 0 Comments

Now is the Time to Go VTOL!

Save 20% on FireFLY6s and 10% on Propulsion Systems

Now through Cyber Monday (or while supplies last), Save 20% on a FireFLY6 and Save 10% on our …


Learning the ArduPilot codebase

Posted by Andrew Tridgell on November 27, 2014 at 8:04pm 11 Comments

I've put together a wiki page on learning the ArduPilot code base. Perhaps you are a ArduPilot user who is looking for something to occupy them while recovering from too much turkey this weekend? Try some of the exercises on this wiki page as a sure fire cure for the effects of…

Installing APM Planner 2.0 on Ubuntu 14.04LTS

Posted by Ronald Pandolfi on November 27, 2014 at 8:00pm 1 Comment

As instructional materials designer for the DaVinci Challenge, I need to provide clear and concise guidance on all aspects of building and operating drones including preparing ground control systems. With Microsoft as a sponsor of the DaVinci Challenge, I usually start by encouraging installing Mission Planner or APM Planner 2.0 on Windows, despite the difficult of installing unsigned drivers on Windows 8. For those participants with a MAC, guidance is to install APM Planner 2.0. Inevitably,…


New Transport Canada UAV Regulations Arrive!

Posted by Rob_Lefebvre on November 27, 2014 at 7:46pm 20 Comments

Well, the moment we have all been waiting for in Canada is finally here.  Transport Canada has published the new UAV regulations.  It is important to understand that these regulations effectively come in 2 parts.  Basically, you have one set of regulations for UAV's less…


Zubax GNSS Black Friday Special

Posted by Andreas Jochum on November 27, 2014 at 7:00pm 5 Comments

NicaDrone offers obligatory Black Friday discounts on Zubax GNSS and accessories.
For those unaware what we're talking about,…


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

Bojo wants his own personal drone to deliver his Beano

Bojo wants his own personal drone to deliver his Beano

By Chris Merriman MAYOR OF LONDON Bumbling Boris Johnson has been telling delegates at a conference in Singapore that he would like drones over the streets of London to deliver his home shopping – with him at the controls. Bojo’s buffoonery is…

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s—AAAACK!

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s—AAAACK!

By Seth Stevenson I’m dreaming of a drone Christmas. Tiny drones tucked into stockings. Bigger drones beneath the tree. A drone for Dad, another for Junior, a third for your cool tween niece. Anecdotal reports suggest that drones are topping Christmas lists all over.…

Transport Canada makes it easier to fly small UAVs for work and research

Transport Canada makes it easier to fly small UAVs for work and research

Transport Canada today introduced two new exemptions that make it easier for businesses to fly small unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) safely and legally. Under the new exemptions, a Special Flight Operations Certificate will no longer be required for certain operations…

Flying robots to start serving in restaurants by end-2015

Flying robots to start serving in restaurants by end-2015

By Robin Choo SINGAPORE: Restaurant-goers in Singapore can expect to be served by autonomous flying robots – the world’s first commercial attempt – by the end of next year. Infinium-Serve, the autonomous flying robotic waiters, will be first launched at one…

HEXO+ BlackFriday Deal

HEXO+ BlackFriday Deal

Guys, all the contests we did on our channels have showed how much of an incredible community you are, helping us spread the word to achieve this aerial filming revolution together. We love this spirit. And would like to keep…

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