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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

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Latest report on FAA causes extended eye-rolling in drone community

Posted by Mark Harrison on December 22, 2014 at 2:25pm 6 Comments

It seems that the argument is between those who want to require a commercial pilots license and those who believe a private pilots license is sufficient for flying quadcopters.

"Enabling private pilots to work commercially would set a precedent, the inspectors wrote, boxing in the FAA while it developed a permanent set of drone regulations. They also noted that…


LA Drone Expo

Posted by UVASA on December 22, 2014 at 11:30am 0 Comments

UAVSA held the first Commercial Drone Expo at the LA Sports Coliseum December 13th. It was an all day event that hosted over 3,000 in the expo center. DJI, 3DRobotics, Drone Dudes, Rotor Drone, government, FAA counsel and more were there to participate! Check out…


Its small rule NPRM day (maybe)

Posted by Gary Mortimer on December 21, 2014 at 10:33pm 9 Comments

Expect the FAA to finally start the three month small rule NPRM process today Monday the 22nd of December. But remember we have been here before many times. Should it happen I can finally remove the Miss-O-Matic from sUAS News. I believe the Small UAV Coalition of which Chris Anderson was a founder is having a telephone call with the FAA today…


Erle-brain, an open hardware Linux autopilot

Posted by Víctor Mayoral on December 21, 2014 at 7:00pm 30 Comments

Hi everyone,

Some of you might have heard about the work we did with BeaglePilot porting APM to Linux both in the hardware and software side. Work we presented at LibreCon 2014 last…


A handy kit to control APM/Pixhawk vehicle systems

Posted by Azjeg on December 21, 2014 at 5:12pm 11 Comments

Dear All,

Thank you for your compliments and your general appraisal of our previous station builds. We've received dozens of e-mails and PMs both congratulating on our development in this field, but also asking for advice and help in DIY and semi-professional builds of similar field gear. There are no trade secrets here, we still know didley-squat, but we are always keen to learn, so please, feel free to contact us if you think we can help. 



Hover - Hottest New iOS App for Drone Enthusiasts

Posted by Dan Held on December 21, 2014 at 12:35pm 9 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I want to get your feedback on our early version of "Hover." Hover is an app for drone enthusiasts.We…


Cheap (around 350$) FLIR dev kit for Arduino

Posted by Bertrand Duchiron on December 21, 2014 at 9:32am 6 Comments

The FLiR Dev Kit includes a breakout as well as a Lepton® longwave infrared (LWIR) imager. With this kit you will be able to be able to bring FLiR’s thermal imaging reliability and power to your Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or any ARM based development tool all in an easy to access breadboard friendly package. All you need to do to get this kit set…


3D Robotics Iris+ flying with a NDVI modified GoPro Hero3+ Camera

Posted by Iain Butler on December 20, 2014 at 8:15pm 1 Comment

3D Robotics Iris+ flying with a NDVI modified GoPro Hero3+ Camera…


3D-printed Folding 250 Quad

Posted by Georgie xu on December 20, 2014 at 7:31pm 3 Comments

This is the final prototype for our 3D-printed folding 250 quad, based on corrections to the last version, seen below. Full frame is under 70 grams,…


Brain FPV Flight Controller - Tau Labs - Full Graphic OSD - Made in USA - 36x36mm

Posted by BrainFPV on December 20, 2014 at 7:10am 15 Comments

We wanted to introduce you guys to something we have been working on over the past year.. Namely, the Brain FPV Flight Controller

The Brain is a next-generation flight controller that is specifically designed for first person view (FPV) flying and includes a…



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

FAA:- Know Before You Fly

FAA:- Know Before You Fly

  So now I know a rabbit can weigh 55lbs. I also know all UAS are multirotors. Know Before You Fly is an education campaign founded by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA),…

Western Research Team Builds Drought-Fighting Drone To Seed Rainclouds

Western Research Team Builds Drought-Fighting Drone To Seed Rainclouds

LAKE TAHOE (CBS SF) — California communities suffering from extreme drought could soon get help from an unlikely source — unmanned aerial vehicles, a.k.a. drones. For years, ground-based machines have injected tiny silver iodide particles into passing storm clouds —…

Deal for high altitude UAVs likely

Deal for high altitude UAVs likely

DINAKAR PERI India and the U.S. are negotiating a deal for the purchase of high altitude, long endurance (HALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). An agreement or announcement to this effect is likely when U.S. President Barack Obama visits India as…

Kangaroo fights drone and wins

Kangaroo fights drone and wins

Drones may be ‘on the rise’ but their height is not great enough to out manoeuvre a savvy kangaroo. The unmanned devices have come under under fire recently after a drone came within feet of a passenger jet near Heathrow and…

CybAero appoints vice president and deputy chair and sets date for annual general meeting

CybAero appoints vice president and deputy chair and sets date for annual general meeting

The board of directors of CybAero AB has appointed COO Rolf Schytt to serve as the company’s vice president and board member Professor Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck as the deputy chair. The Board of Directors has also set a date for…

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