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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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Blog Posts

Maiden drive of APM:Rover2 on Raspberry Pi with Navio

Posted by Emlid on November 24, 2014 at 8:30am 0 Comments

Hello guys!

We were fascinated by the idea of controlling a drone directly from Linux from the very beginning. Navio was created exactly with that purpose in mind. Your support let us finalize the hardware and get to…


Outdoor Flight Demo at Maker Faire Tokyo 2014

Posted by Masafumi Miwa on November 24, 2014 at 6:30am 0 Comments

Maker Faire Tokyo was was held on November 23 and the 24th.

My labo and my friends exhibited our multi copters.

This time, we did flight demonstration of semi-scalled Thunder Bird…


Update on UAV rules in the Philippines

Posted by clearskiesph on November 23, 2014 at 7:57pm 0 Comments

From UASA's website: Clearskies, Inc. is a member of UASA. 

Unmanned Aerial Systems Association of the Philippines, Inc. (…


Exmaps: Online Flight Logbook for Ardupilot Update #3

Posted by Weiliang on November 23, 2014 at 4:04pm 4 Comments

More updates!…


Aerial 360° of Tacloban to Ormoc one year after Yolanda

Posted by clearskiesph on November 23, 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments

From our blog:

Leyte (Nov 8, 2014) - Exactly one year after Yolanda (Haiayan), the people of Leyte had started re-building their houses, their lives, and slowly starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. The aerial 360° panoramic…


Apprentice Drone kit conversion

Posted by Luiz Miranda on November 23, 2014 at 10:30am 8 Comments

Because E-Flight Apprentice RC is very popular airplane and the fact that you can buy any replacement part for it I decided to design a 3D printed kit that would turn it into a Drone. The kit blends perfectly with the wing, it gives you easy access to the electronics from the top…


Doing science with UAVs in the Arctic polar night

Posted by Martin Mueller on November 23, 2014 at 9:02am 1 Comment

We spent a week on Svalbard and operated autonomous aircraft to collect atmospheric data. They were accompanied by a tethered weather balloon and an autonomous under water glider.

Multicopter with Thermal Camera

Posted by Ferhat Kurt on November 23, 2014 at 2:44am 4 Comments

Testing Flir Tau2 thermal camera with Y6 Multicopter (DJI WooKong-M). Below you can watch 4 flights.

What bearings for my multi-rotor copter motor?

Posted by thomas Butler on November 21, 2014 at 1:41pm 6 Comments

What bearings in copter motors?  The type of bearing is a “deep groove” ball bearing.  


The axial load (applied force is parallel to motor shaft) placed on the motor is no different than…



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

The Devils in the Data, Wearables for Wildlife

The Devils in the Data, Wearables for Wildlife

Most of the RPAS flying I do is in support of conservation projects in Africa, its in fact where my unmanned aviation interest came from. The longest trial to date a radio collar tracking project. The subject animals are mainly…

Announcing the Aeromapper 300 mapping drone

Announcing the Aeromapper 300 mapping drone

The Aeromapper 300 is one of the most complete UAV for general mappping applications, at the most competitve price on the market. Powerful yet very easy & friendly to use, with 1.5 hour endurance, currently more than two dozen different sensors…

Drone flight to catch Asian condor leads to ag application at home

Drone flight to catch Asian condor leads to ag application at home

By Mark Jaffe The Denver Post Boulder-based drone maker Agribotix can tell a farmer when his corn is as high as an elephant’s eye — or not growing at all. The startup is combining drone surveys of fields, hundreds of acres…

Close Call: Drone Nearly Collides With Medical Helicopter

Close Call: Drone Nearly Collides With Medical Helicopter

Kelly Choate Foster Township, Schuylkill County – A Life Flight helicopter pilot avoided a catastrophe, when a drone nearly collided with the chopper as it flew above the Schuylkill County Joe Zerbey Airport. A spokesperson for Geisinger Health System said no…

Corpus Christi-made drone may get into tight spaces

Corpus Christi-made drone may get into tight spaces

Chris Ramirez Han Solo made it look easy on the big screen. But the concept of flying on multiple axes takes quite a bit of brain power. Researchers at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi believe they are months away from launching…

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