Andrew Van Der Plaats
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FPV use over Federal Parks Banned

Started Jul 7 0 Replies

Drone banned from US National ParksU.S. Park Service banned use of remotelypiloted model…Continue

Help keep FPV free in Oregon

Started this discussion. Last reply by S Dalas Mar 6, 2013. 1 Reply

Good day everyone,Please view this link and sign a letter we are sending to the Senatorsof Oregon in reply to the legislative rule...…Continue

Local law enforcement uses Border Patrol drone

Started Dec 12, 2011 0 Replies

  Local law enforcement authorities use boarder patrol drone to nab suspects. …Continue

Face Recognition sample.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Castillonis Aug 26, 2011. 1 Reply

The Vancouver Canucks Fan Zone along Georgia St. for Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finalwas captured at 5:46 pm on June 15, 2011. It is made up of 216 photos (12 across by 18 down)stitched together,…Continue

Tags: stitching, photo, recognation, face

 

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Andrew Van Der Plaats commented on Joshua's blog post "Drone Users Largely Silent Regarding FAA Rules That May Limit Flights"
"  My take on this is that a large percentage of those interested in this topic are going to do what they've been doing, which is to say to ignore what the FAA says. Our government can't even begin to keep…"
Jul 12
Andrew Van Der Plaats posted a discussion

FPV use over Federal Parks Banned

Drone banned from US National ParksU.S. Park Service banned use of remotelypiloted model aircraft.Thought some of you might care to commenton this development.See More
Jul 7
Andrew Van Der Plaats posted a video

Drone TV Episode 1

Drone TV launches its first episode with host Patrick Egan and guests Maha Calderon and Gus Calderon of Civilian Drones - Search and Rescue.
Dec 5, 2013
Steve Waclo commented on Andrew Van Der Plaats's blog post Sky Sapience Delivers Pre-Production Hovermast to the IDF
"T the N, May I call you Thomas? Same name as #1 son, Thomas Martin, and new member of the UAS community. Your reply, while not greeted with very much rejoicing on this end, makes a convincing argument for using considerable discretion in regard to…"
Nov 25, 2013
Thomas the Nerd commented on Andrew Van Der Plaats's blog post Sky Sapience Delivers Pre-Production Hovermast to the IDF
"Steve: My interest in the DIYdrones community is as a hobbyist, but most of my knowledge and experience comes from my job, so... I'll try to find a public source for my info. We (the company I work for) have been working on tethered multirotor…"
Nov 25, 2013
Steve Waclo commented on Andrew Van Der Plaats's blog post Sky Sapience Delivers Pre-Production Hovermast to the IDF
"Yo Thomas the Nerd, Sent a friend request to ask for a clarification, but this would be quicker. Back on page two, you said "The FAA says that tethered UAVs don't get any special privileges...". You don't include any source…"
Nov 22, 2013
Andrew Van Der Plaats commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post Trappy's Counsel File Motion To Dismiss
"Trappy,    Best wishes on getting this case dismissed.  Anyone who has viewed your many flights should be able to come away knowing that you're no amateur. "
Oct 3, 2013
Crashpilot1000 commented on Andrew Van Der Plaats's blog post Sky Sapience Delivers Pre-Production Hovermast to the IDF
"Finally a platform with no flyaways.."
Sep 4, 2013
Matt commented on Andrew Van Der Plaats's blog post Sky Sapience Delivers Pre-Production Hovermast to the IDF
"I had a similar thought to this a while back, a nice tethered antenna mast that you could raise or lower in a similar fashion such as this."
Sep 3, 2013
JesseJay commented on Andrew Van Der Plaats's blog post Sky Sapience Delivers Pre-Production Hovermast to the IDF
"The question is how much power is required for such a setup?   Without having battery onboard that is good, but you have to take into account the weight of the wire, and the loading of the wind on the cable."
Sep 3, 2013
Oliver commented on Andrew Van Der Plaats's blog post Sky Sapience Delivers Pre-Production Hovermast to the IDF
"Looks like it was designed by a Star Wars fan ... nice in a retro sort of way, but all that shrouding sure makes it a fat target (if this is intended for any sort of tactical use).  HeliStorm, you'll have to keep that "kite"…"
Sep 3, 2013
Phil P commented on Andrew Van Der Plaats's blog post Sky Sapience Delivers Pre-Production Hovermast to the IDF
"Why all the talk about converting high voltage DC to low voltage DC? Just wind the motors to use high voltage DC directly."
Sep 3, 2013
Andrew Van Der Plaats commented on Andrew Van Der Plaats's blog post Sky Sapience Delivers Pre-Production Hovermast to the IDF
"Here's another YouTube clip which shows a close up look at the system and how it deploys. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_mQ1cd8gUY"
Sep 3, 2013
HeliStorm commented on Andrew Van Der Plaats's blog post Sky Sapience Delivers Pre-Production Hovermast to the IDF
"Oliver... I intend on running a string to my quad, and slap some fabric on the sides. Move along FAA, this is a ground controlled self-generated-wind powered kite."
Sep 3, 2013
Andrew Van Der Plaats commented on Andrew Van Der Plaats's blog post Sky Sapience Delivers Pre-Production Hovermast to the IDF
"Also snatched the YouTube link to their demo video which shows it being deployed, subjected to winds, etc. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9eyvhhhM7Y#t=44  "
Sep 3, 2013
Andrew Van Der Plaats commented on Andrew Van Der Plaats's blog post Sky Sapience Delivers Pre-Production Hovermast to the IDF
"I did a bit of digging and came up with several images which might answer some of the questions raise by my initial post.        "
Sep 3, 2013

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About Me:
retired, looking for something challenging to take up spare time.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Would like to see if if I can learn to fly an RC plane first, then hope to build something with which I can feed video back from in real time.
Hometown:
Fort Myers

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Sky Sapience Delivers Pre-Production Hovermast to the IDF

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 6:30am 28 Comments

Sky Sapience Delivers pre-Production Hovermast to IDF

Hovermast answers the requirement for rapid and timely intelligence gathering at the tactical echelon. The system employs a sophisticated, electrically powered platform using a main lift fan and four stabilizing rotors, maintaining the platform in flight, hovering and maintaining stable line of sight with a…

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NASA Develops ACAT Auto-GCAS Smart Phone App

Posted on October 19, 2011 at 3:20am 0 Comments

NASA Develops ACAT Auto-CGAS Smart Phone App

 

 

A small hobby-type radio-controlled model aircraft is being transformed into a

high-tech flight research…

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International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) Mission 6 Description

Posted on August 9, 2011 at 4:00am 4 Comments

International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) Mission 6 Description

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Maveric Details

Posted on May 28, 2011 at 9:30am 8 Comments

 

here's some footage which highlights the features found on the

'Maveric', which was on display at the recent SOFIC 2011 event,

which was held in Tampa, FL. SOFLIC stands for "SpecialOperation

Forces Industry Concerence.

 

The Maveric has a flexible monolithic wing made from carbon…

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Comment Wall (4 comments)

At 12:47pm on September 1, 2010,
100KM
wayne garris
said…
is that an old cessna bird dog in your profile pic ? love the old planes .
At 2:38pm on September 1, 2010,
100KM
wayne garris
said…
A '44 t-craft ! even cooler then i thought.
At 4:54pm on September 1, 2010, Andrew Van Der Plaats said…


Here's a better shot of the plane. We hired the owner/pilot 3 years ago to come to an event held each June
in NE OK called Oklahoma D-Day. He flew a racetrack pattern over the site of the event site at about 1,000'.
Site measures over 800 acres. As he flew we had our observer sending radio reports on our opponents positions. It's how effective this was that has prompted me to look into what it would take to send live video back to our TOC (Tactical Operations Center) from a RC drone.
At 8:07am on January 26, 2011, Papa Jeff said…

Between the Reaper and the new Raven UAV's, I am enjoying the builds and

look forward to all the help that you and the other DIY crew can give me with

your experience. 

Raven - http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_10232186/tm.htm

Reaper - http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_9691415/mpage_1/key_/tm.htm

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