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RTL Results in Meteor Crater

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Patterson Nov 12, 2013. 6 Replies

Well, now it's my turn. After dozens, maybe hundreds of flights of my APM, today in my pre-fpv RTL test, the APM decided to throttle up to maximum, go max pitch, and plow deep into the earth,…Continue

This isn't confusing at all

Started Jun 1, 2013 0 Replies

Ok. I'm confused. This page says two things,  no compass included, and brand new Honeywell compass included. What does this mean?…Continue

 

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KiwiHC16 replied to Bill Patterson's discussion Can someone explain ROI a little bit?
"Full chain: my fingers - 9XR - OrangeTX - Orange RX R910 - APM 2.5 - Radio Link 3DR - (APM Planner 2.0.4 on OSX 10.9 / Mission Planner V1.3.6 on windows 7)"
Aug 27
Bill Patterson replied to Bill Patterson's discussion Can someone explain ROI a little bit?
"That's awesome. Which flight controller did you test with?"
Aug 27
KiwiHC16 replied to Bill Patterson's discussion Can someone explain ROI a little bit?
"Additional information about Flight Plan page: DO_SET_ROI is not available in APM Planner V2.0.14. DO_SET_ROI is available in Mission Planner V1.3.7. If you set a mission with Mission planner with DO_SET_ROI and read the mission with APM Planner,…"
Aug 27
KiwiHC16 replied to Bill Patterson's discussion Can someone explain ROI a little bit?
"If you want your copter to face the ROI Here after the results of my investigations with APM 3.2-rc5. By default the copter will foliow theWP_YAW_BEHAVIOR…"
Aug 27
Mike V replied to Bill Patterson's discussion Can someone explain ROI a little bit?
"I have what I think is a reallysilly question for you guys... as a fairly new person and someone who doesn't script by any means or know anything about it. But the idea is in my head and I'm just thinking out loud (sort of speak)   I…"
Aug 7
Bill Patterson commented on Nathan DuCray's blog post FAA posts Do's and Don't of Model Aircraft
"How many have been killed by pigeons Dr Smarty pants? They weight 350 grams. A tiny quad does not equal 150mph projectile. Looking forward to the end of baseball since its killed so many people. How many have tiny quads killed? Oh yea. None."
Jul 8
Bill Patterson commented on Nathan DuCray's blog post FAA posts Do's and Don't of Model Aircraft
"Well the hell do you get these ideas from? You can buy an a.c. recharge kit in Wal-Mart. And you obviously don't realize just how little 350grams is and no it won't hurt anybody. And no it's not part of the NAS. That's the whole…"
Jul 7
Bill Patterson commented on Mark Harrison's blog post Forbes: Flying A Drone Through Fireworks May Land You In Prison
"Does a CG safety zone include the air? Do we now have another goverment entity telling us what to do?"
Jul 5
Bill Patterson commented on Nathan DuCray's blog post FAA posts Do's and Don't of Model Aircraft
"Dr. Marty, I'm quite sure the concept of commercial has mutated from its original intent. While originally it was applicable when all aircraft carried people, it's completely mis applied when there are no safety issues what so…"
Jul 4
Bill Patterson commented on Dave Smith's blog post Comment on the Recent FAA "Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft"
"Nice. One note though. Northrop and Grumman are the same company."
Jun 26
Bill Patterson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA issues notice clarifying legal model aircraft use, bans FPV goggles?
"Where do we comment to the faa?"
Jun 26
Bill Patterson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA issues notice clarifying legal model aircraft use, bans FPV goggles?
"It occurs to be today that this "outlaws" all US based manufacturing of any RC aircraft. It's illegal to test them. Not that this is a valid decree though."
Jun 26
Bill Patterson commented on John's blog post Drone outside apartment window prompts call to Seattle police
"How is this news? Would she call cops if the person on the balcony across the street was looking in her general direction with binoculars? And if she did, would it be news? "
Jun 25
Bill Patterson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AMA response blasts FAA
"I had not felt that the AMA was a good fit for me as a social club, but after reading this, I do agree that the AMA is our best shot at political protection.  Joined today for my first time ever. "
Jun 25
Bill Patterson commented on Nathan DuCray's blog post FAA posts Do's and Don't of Model Aircraft
"Any one else notice the subtle change in the syntax. They are changing from "expect" and "should" to "must" and "shall".  This difference is actually quite important. "
Jun 24
Bill Patterson commented on Philip Giacalone's blog post Washington Post investigation - When drones fall from the sky
"I guess UFOs are out of vogue. Now everything is a "drone". Flying trash cans and all."
Jun 23

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DOH! (check your radio settings before flight!)

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 8:30am 5 Comments

Just got back from the park, was going to do some FPV.

Everything looked good, lifted off, corrected for a bit of lean to the rear, it got worse, corrected more, hit full forward and quad continued to accelerate in reverse, killed throttle and rolled it breaking a prop. 

New prop, lifted off…

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