Hi there fellow sandgropers! Jump on in and tell us a little about yourselves, how you got into UAV / UAS, where you live, fly and what you're up to!
My name is John Cousins and I live in Willetton. I started out as an aeronautics "geek" at Kent Street Senior High School and then moved onto fliying light aircraft with the usual dreams of becoming a commercial pilot.... then ran out of money.
I then decided that I would move into Aircraft Maintenance, working on Pilatus PC-9s for 8 years... got bored of driving all the way to Pearce every day so moved into the offshore oil and gas industry flying ROVs. (remotely operated sumbarines)
Always had a keen interest in R/C aircraft and electronics and thought I wonder if there was a way to fly remote aircraft around instead of submarines. 2 years ago I started "googling" civillian use UAVs. That led me to Ardupilot and here I am.
Do most of my flying at the Safety Bay salt lakes or near Barbagallo baseball park. Usually just with a APM equipped foam/plastic FPV raptor. I fly in other places too.... but often on weekdays at the crack of dawn when there is no-one around!
What Motor would you be running on that Hugin? I was actually thinking about getting one myself for a development platform. Before moving to a "custom" or larger airframe.
I have an AXI motor, its big, can't remember the number, because I haven't even touched the Hugin (because it ain't portable), so I haven't even started building it ey.
I think the wings are removable - I can find out
May as well get myself out there.
Firstly, I'm not from WA! Not even Australia unfortunately!! ..... Now don't hold this against me, but I am currently residing in New Zealand. **I'm a firm believer that NZ should become part of Australia.... so hopefully that will get me some brownie points??... **
....Ok so I haven't been kicked out the group yet. Good start.
So about me; Orginally from the UK, I have always had a keen interest in military technology, and until late in my teens all i ever wanted to do was be in the British Army. Cutting the story a bit, I side tracked and became a commercial pilot - doing the bulk of my training here in NZ.
Since completing my Commercial pilots licence, I have been very interested in the Unmanned Technology industry. For me, this industry combines my love of flying with my love for technology/Computers.
Why I am here? Finding it hard to prove my ability to potential operators... what better way to gloss up the CV, but by starting a project outside of work, to build a UAS platform!
I hope to be able to bring it out to Australia in the future! ....Probably to the UAV outback challenge??... Who know's. So i'm here to connect with people like you in WA to learn and connect, as the platform in many ways, is being designed to operate in WA.
I look forward to chatting with you all, and if you have any questions, ask away. Please feel free to check out our website too:
Was in Karratha the other day - only the airport and the Mermaid while I waited for a flight.
I had a look at the quad copter that 3D sells and it seems quite impressive for the price. I priced up one on Hobbyking and it about the same price. Would be good to get the kit complete.
Hello to all
am a new member here, living in Regans Ford north of Perth. I have been playing around on and off with APM2 and a 450 Flamewheel, and thought it would be nice to see some other aircraft one day. So whenever there is a 'meeting' coming up around Perth, I would like to come and have a look if I may.
Another useful waste of time for me is a hobby style 3D printer, which I find comes in quite handy with the whole RC thing. So if someone is interested in parts I am happy to help if I can.There are certain limitations, but camera mounts, brackets and similar parts are quite easily printed.
Happy new year
Welcome to the group.
I live in Perth and have not been able to make a meeting yet ....... Sigh
Interested in the 3D printing. I might need some parts printed for a plane I am planning.
let me know once you have some ideas what you need to complete your plane.If you are looking for inspiration you can check thingiverse.com, there are some RC parts already.