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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

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

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Blog Posts

Small UAV Market by Application expected to worth $1.9 Billion by 2020

Posted by Steve Stark on September 22, 2014 at 3:44am 1 Comment

According to market research "Small UAV Market by Application (Military, Commercial & Civil, Homeland Security), by Payloads (EO, LiDAR, Laser Designator, Meteorological sensors, Cameras, Telemetry, Autopilot, and NBC detection), by Propulsion System (Hybrid, Hydrogen cell, Solar, Lithium-ion battery), by Geography - Market Forecast and Analysis to 2014…


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 2 Comments

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 7 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 37 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 20 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 !…



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

Clayfield’s Aviation High enters UAV Outback Challenge in Kingaroy

Clayfield’s Aviation High enters UAV Outback Challenge in Kingaroy

ALICIA NALLY CITY NORTH NEWS NEW designs and experimental theories will be put to the test in windy conditions this week as 22 students from Clayfield’s Aviation High take part in the 2014 UAV Outback Challenge in Kingaroy from September…

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.…

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