Latest Activity

Aerospatial commented on Azjeg's blog post Our latest GCS build, The Beast
"Nice to see the New build here Azjeg.. :) .. best design ever... "
9 seconds ago
Kabir commented on Nick Arsov's blog post AUAV-X2 ( the revised version of X1 ) is alive
"Hey Nick,  What is the status on the native PX4 stack? Is the toolchain same as the native PX4…"
2 minutes ago
Johann van de Venter replied to farstein's discussion Beg some help to analyze the cause of my copter crash!
"HDOP 4.1 ??? - That is SERIOUSLY to high for stable positioning ... needs to be under 2 Have you…"
12 minutes ago
Mr vern replied to Mr vern's discussion Newly Build Quad Spins Clockwise. Any Advice?
"Ok.. I should delete this request.  It certainly does fly. I must have been over tired…"
17 minutes ago


  • Add Photos
  • View All


  • Add Videos
  • View All

Site license

Creative Commons License
All content is free to use under a Creative Commons attribution license.


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

I'm new to all this--where do I start?                    Are amateur UAVs legal? (yes)

Examples of civilian uses of drones                   Glossary of confusing terms


Blog Posts

Carpe Noctem and Fly the Calm Skies

Posted by earthpatrol on September 21, 2014 at 8:50pm 1 Comment

With the arrival of the autumnal equinox here in the Pacific Northwest, it triggers, once again, thoughts about how to keep those flying skills on point. As the amount of daylight decreases and the weather shifts to a cooler/wetter pattern, the window of opportunity for outdoor flight is…


Techwing update and maiden

Posted by wayne garris on September 21, 2014 at 3:25pm 1 Comment

Hey everyone,

 The newly updated techwing design has achieved its maiden flight.…


Our latest GCS build, The Beast

Posted by Azjeg on September 21, 2014 at 12:30pm 3 Comments

GCS build highlights

  • Intel Core i3-i7 PC hardware for Win7-8 or Linux operating systems, 2-328Gb RAM, 60-256GB SSD, Gigabit LAN, 4 external USB 2.0, optional 3.0, WLAN, etc..
  • Dual 10” 1920x1200 600nit IPS panels with low reflectance gloss or matte surfaces
  • 300-460Whs of fully managed LiFePO4 battery, balanced cells, protected against overcharge, overdischarge and short circuit,
  • external charge and power supply from…

Arducopter Flies Gas Powered Helicopter

Posted by Rob_Lefebvre on September 20, 2014 at 11:20am 27 Comments

Now we're cooking with gas!

I have just completed a project to build a helicopter with a gasoline engine, controlled by Arducopter (of course!)  This helicopter serves as a test bed for future gas heli development work for a client of mine.  The goal was to prove out that it could be…


Build configuration of my FX-61 Phantom Flying Wing (part 2)

Posted by Hamish on September 20, 2014 at 8:47am 5 Comments

Continuation of my FX-61 Phantom build configuration. (this part has the BoM at the end)

The other wing is just stock. Look at that horrible stock servo, it’s transparency only serves to taunt me by showing the horrible plastic gears that are dying to eat each other to bits. I would like to…


Build configuration of my FX-61 Phantom Flying Wing (part 1)

Posted by Hamish on September 20, 2014 at 8:27am 0 Comments

This is a description of the configuration of my FX-61 Phantom FPV Flying Wing EPO Airplane 1550mm (PNF) V2

The whole reason…


Announcing Aeriality Version 1.1

Posted by Taylor Glenn on September 19, 2014 at 12:30pm 17 Comments

Aeriality version 1.1 is out now, check it out at

But, first things first, thanks everyone at DIYD for your support. I've had over 100 downloads of the Aeriality software so far, and lots of great interactions…


3DR IRIS gets approved in France by DGAC (french FAA).

Posted by Nicolas on September 19, 2014 at 6:57am 19 Comments

After a few weeks of administrative processing it is finally here, the "Attestation de conception de type" (Type certificate) allows the 3DRobotics IRIS to fly legally in France in scenarios S1, S2 and S3. S3 meaning it can fly in urban areas as well !…


Vulture 2 spaceplane launch hits Kickstarter target

Posted by Lester Haines on September 19, 2014 at 6:52am 8 Comments

Our £30k Kickstarter campaign to take our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission to Spaceport America…

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

Pigskin Delivery Drone at Michigan Grounded After FAA Rule

Pigskin Delivery Drone at Michigan Grounded After FAA Rule

By Alan Levin When does a drone get grounded? When it becomes a political football. The University of Michigan Wolverines canceled plans to use an unmanned aircraft to deliver the game ball tomorrow before kickoff against the University of Utah…

Blue Bear furthers UAV automation research

Blue Bear furthers UAV automation research

By: BETH STEVENSON Blue Bear Systems and the University of Bristol have introduced a new concept that automates unmanned air vehicle (UAV) flight for use in challenging conditions. Dubbed Smart Boomerang, the system comprises two cameras and a mobile phone-derived computer that enables UAVs…

Future Scope: Chris Anderson

Future Scope: Chris Anderson

The U.S. government is expected to allow commercial drone operations in 2015, which has already helped to spark a burgeoning market for small, cheap robotic aircraft. Chris Anderson, former editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, has been at the forefront of the…

From Student Project to Startup Company

From Student Project to Startup Company

By Brian Sodoma While Greg Friesmuth’s drone was conceived in a UNLV engineering lab, his new company was incubated with help from across campus. Friesmuth showcased his prototype unmanned aerial system design in the College of Engineering’s 2013 senior design competition.…

Why The USAF’s Massive $10 Billion Global Hawk UAV Is Worth The Money

Why The USAF’s Massive $10 Billion Global Hawk UAV Is Worth The Money

Tyler Rogoway The Global Hawk has been flying for close to 15 years, and its development has been a twisting road filled with dead ends and wandering requirements. After over $10B spent and almost 50 airframes produced I ventured to Edwards AFB…

© 2014   Created by Chris Anderson.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service