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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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Pixhawk Prizes for Pronto Pair :- T3 Back to the Future Winners

Posted by Gary Mortimer on August 31, 2015 at 2:30pm 3 Comments

Back in 2009 we ran our first pylon style race in a figure eight pattern. It was won by an Easystar using a paparazzi autopilot in a fraction over 49 seconds for a single lap.

This time we asked contestants to complete 5 laps and Dawid Preller flew a blistering time of 221…

Continue Helps you price out your Multirotor Build and Share it with Others

Posted by WhiffleX on August 31, 2015 at 8:11am 2 Comments

RotorBuilds is a new application that allows multirotor DIYers to price out their build and share the finished product with others.  As you add each part to your build the total price is updated in real time to give you an idea of your…


An awesome day at CMAC

Posted by Andrew Tridgell on August 30, 2015 at 10:30pm 17 Comments

Anyone who has been involved in aeromodelling for a while dreams of having one of those days when everything works right. It doesn't happen often, but when it does it sure is nice!

CanberraUAV had one of those days yesterday. It was a…


New stats on commercial drones in the US

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 30, 2015 at 7:44pm 6 Comments

Thanks to sUAS News, here are the latest stats on commercial drone registrations in the US based on tail numbers, which actually tracks drone units and is a…


Hover - #1 app for Drone pilots adds International airports to no-fly zone maps!

Posted by Dan Held on August 29, 2015 at 12:44pm 2 Comments

International airport no-fly zone maps are now available! Of course detailed US, UK, and Korean maps are still up and running as well :) :)

Hover - an app for Drone…


Alleged RPA/manned aircraft strike in USA

Posted by Gary Mortimer on August 28, 2015 at 9:30pm 39 Comments


The unconfirmed report is that a “company survey” aircraft impacted a small UAS at 2,500 feet near Lewis University (KLOT) on August 27, 2015 causing damage to the leading edge of the manned aircraft wing.

More as we get it but this is what…


Stop California Bad Drone Law

Posted by Jimmy Oliver on August 28, 2015 at 5:00pm 25 Comments

I have started a petition to stop the newest California drone law. Please consider signing so safe operators can continue flying and innovating. Thank you.…


Using ROS Gazebo simulator with ArduCopter

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 27, 2015 at 9:30pm 6 Comments

The future of robotics development, including drones, is powerful simulation, which makes it possible to achieve faster development and better performance by reducing the "trial and error" process of testing everything with physical machines. The Dronecode projects have long used a number of…


Improvements in APM wikis and other documentation

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 27, 2015 at 9:30pm 14 Comments

I'd like to take a moment and call out Hamish Willee and the rest of the documentation team, who every day make scores of improvements to the wikis and other documentation for the APM and other Dronecode project wikis. To give just one example, you may have noticed the new sidebar/menu system, which…


Call for members

Posted by Matt Wallhead on August 27, 2015 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Consider joining the High Plains and Mountain States UAV Users Group (HP&MS UAV-UG). This group was created to facilitate networking among UAV users/enthusiasts located in the High Plains and…


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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 Pylon Race, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

NZ :- Drone operator fined $3000 for ‘favour’ to Palmerston North City Council

NZ :- Drone operator fined $3000 for ‘favour’ to Palmerston North City Council

by THOMAS HEATON Doing a “favour” for the Palmerston North City Council has left one Ashhurst man with thousands of dollars in fines. Robert Edwards received two “excessive and ridiculous” fines, amounting to $3000, for using his drone to film…

Indiegogo :- Personal full carbon smart drone ERIDA

Indiegogo :- Personal full carbon smart drone ERIDA

by The ERIDA drone constantly tracks where you are and follows you automatically keeping the camera on you and captures your every move. We set out to create the best aerial photography experience you ever imagined. This means the creation…

From to iron ore mines, drones are on the rise

From to iron ore mines, drones are on the rise

by First it was driverless trucks and trains, now Australia’s biggest mining companies are turning to drones for a competitive advantage. With mines, railways and ports sprawling over hundreds of kilometres, unmanned drones are increasingly being used by miners to…

Drone operators bristle at feds’ tracking of ‘close calls’ with planes

Drone operators bristle at feds’ tracking of ‘close calls’ with planes

by By Keith Laing Drone users are bristling at the Federal Aviation Administration’s method for calculating the number of close calls between the devices and commercial airplanes. The FAA said recently that the number of drone sightings that have been reported…

The Selfie-Drone: Invasion of the Vacation Snatchers

The Selfie-Drone: Invasion of the Vacation Snatchers

by Stephanie Rosenbloom It was a blistering hot Sunday in Provence. The painted shutters of the houses in Arles were closed. Visitors were scarce. In the Roman amphitheater, built to hold some 20,000 spectators, I sat among empty bleachers, above…

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