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William Robert Sugar replied to Christian Elsen's discussion IRIS with gimbal and tall legs too heavy to fly safely in the group IRIS
"I sent mine back to 3DR. It's just not ready for prime time on many levels and certainly does…"
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Gary Mortimer commented on Tilman Griesel's blog post DON'T FLY DRONES HERE
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Jesus A commented on Tearig's blog post I was looking to get better radio range.. Found XRange
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John Githens commented on Cliff-E's blog post Even Burning Man has drone regs
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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, 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:

  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • ArduPlane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • ArduRover, 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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DON'T FLY DRONES HERE

Posted by Tilman Griesel on July 24, 2014 at 7:10am 1 Comment

A map represents areas where it is not recommended to fly drones due to regulations.…

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I was looking to get better radio range.. Found XRange

Posted by Tearig on July 23, 2014 at 8:30pm 15 Comments

As reported from their website, seems like a great upgrade for the telemetry radio, maybe to also carry RC control, and depending on bandwidth  maybe using it also for a digital video feed. 

It is on indiegogo 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/xrange-extreme-long-range-wireless-module-for-868-915-mhz

As listed on…

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Droneshare now has No-fly Zones

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 23, 2014 at 6:09pm 9 Comments

Check out this cool new Droneshare feature, out in beta (beta.droneshare.com): No-Fly Zones! Just select the "Restricted Areas" view from the little icon at the top right of the map (this is only in beta.droneshare.com now, but will be in…

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Obama to issue drone privacy Executive Order

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 23, 2014 at 5:45pm 10 Comments

From Politico

President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order to develop privacy guidelines for commercial drones operating in U.S. airspace, POLITICO…

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Even Burning Man has drone regs

Posted by Cliff-E on July 23, 2014 at 3:00pm 4 Comments

From free spirits to regulated r/c:



http://88nv.burningman.com/drones-rc/

Introduction:

The rising popularity of remote control (RC) aircraft including: fixed wing planes, helicopters, multicopters aka…

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Letter to my Congressman

Posted by James Daniel on July 23, 2014 at 12:00pm 4 Comments

This is my very first post here, so forgive me if this isn't the most appropriate place to share this.

I live in rural south GA, and have been tinkering with RC planes and homemade UAVs for a…

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Our Vulture 2 spaceplane roars into X-Plane

Posted by Lester Haines on July 23, 2014 at 3:16am 1 Comment

We're very much obliged to Billy Bargagliotti of Memphis, Tennessee, for putting together an X-Plane model of our Vulture 2 spaceplane.…

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Amateur drone pilot finds man missing for three days

Posted by Bob on July 23, 2014 at 2:00am 24 Comments

Apparel-company owner David Lesh found a missing elderly man in a bean field Saturday using a camera-equipped drone.

http://www.examiner.com/article/amateur-drone-pilot-finds-man-missing-for-three-days

When Virginia resident Guillermo DeVenecia went missing last Wednesday, police and searchers were dispatched to find the 82-year-old man, who suffers from dementia and hearing…

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Kickstarter project for quadcopter-based hoverbike

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 22, 2014 at 10:46pm 15 Comments

Gizmag reports on the launch of a new Kickstarter project that uses quadcopter design to lift humans. (me, I think if men were meant to fly they'd have wings. That's what robots are for!)

Having revealed its …

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Drone Pilots Association launches for small commercial fliers

Posted by Chris Anderson on July 22, 2014 at 10:42pm 1 Comment

Forbes reports on the launch of this new organization. 

If you are involved…

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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

Infamous – Theory of Enforcement, Texas Equusearch and the FAA

Infamous – Theory of Enforcement, Texas Equusearch and the FAA

sUAS News Podcast episode #78. Spectra Award Winner Gene Robinson discusses what the Texas Equusearch UAS Court Decision means to end-users that got emails and phone calls from the FAA. This podcast is an opportunity to hear Gene’s personal insights…

Drones, The Civic Surveillance Equalizer?

Drones, The Civic Surveillance Equalizer?

“I’ll shoot down any drone,” I see, the property owner tells you. “I don’t want anyone spying on me.” This exchange, which seemingly every UAV operator has had at lest once, reflects the public’s biggest worry about drones: they can,…

Education, Compliance, and Enforcement of Unauthorized Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operators

Education, Compliance, and Enforcement of Unauthorized Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operators

1. Purpose of This Notice. This notice provides guidance to inspectors on the process of contact and education generally to be provided to individuals who are the subject of an inquiry relating to the unauthorized operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems…

Kickstarter:- Cargo/Utility Drone

Kickstarter:- Cargo/Utility Drone

We have successfully built a scaled down Proof of Concept (POC) Unmanned Air System (UAS) to prove stability and control, now we wish to build the full size, pre-production technical demonstrator, which can carry a 60kg payload, for static display…

Airware Preps Launch Of Its Commercial Drone Operating System With $25M From Kleiner

Airware Preps Launch Of Its Commercial Drone Operating System With $25M From Kleiner

Josh Constine Building a drone’s hardware and software from scratch is tough and expensive, but open source drone kits are inflexible. So to power businesses looking to customize drones for commercial uses from agriculture to industrial inspections, Airware has raised a $25 million Series B led…

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