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Very strange behaviour for Quad

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Boyhan Dec 24, 2012. 12 Replies

I took my quad out this morning to try various flight modes.  Alt hold was perfect (more or less without sonar), but when i swapped back to stablise I lost all throttle control and it went off on its…Continue

GPS and ARM LEDs and the APM 2.5 case

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Anders Dec 18, 2012. 2 Replies

Hey all,I received my APM case last week, dismantled my quad, put the case in and rebuilt it and it works a treat.  Makes everything just seem cleaner and safer - and considering what i'm trying to…Continue

Test flight in moderately gusty winds

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Anders Dec 11, 2012. 2 Replies

Hey all,My quad's been running pretty well so I took my quad out this evening for a spin to see how it would handle a moderately gusty day (20-30km/h winds).  I have to say that it was almost…Continue

Antenna Tracking System

Started this discussion. Last reply by Josh Potter May 12, 2013. 4 Replies

Hi all,I'm familiar with RC and I'm familiar with the various types of antenna but i've never built/played with antenna tracking sytems before, so i'm practically starting from scratch [aside from…Continue


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damir commented on David Anders's group IRIS
"Thank you Phelps!"
Jun 19
Jim Phelps commented on David Anders's group IRIS
"Damir, You want to check that the LED in leg is still working before you put it all together again.  When an arm is broken it can stress the LED cable.  If it needs replacing, you want to do that when you are replacing the arm.  It…"
Jun 18
damir commented on David Anders's group IRIS
"okay thank you! "
Jun 18
Dax Hafer commented on David Anders's group IRIS
"Damir here is a PDF of replacing an arm.  The PDF shows you how to cut the motor wires and reconnect them.  You can also de-solder and then re-solder them as well if you know how to solder and have a soldering iron.  If you don't…"
Jun 18
damir commented on David Anders's group IRIS
"i broke the  blue arm on the Iris + i have gotten a replacement and i new to this so i was looking for some kind of video or document to explain how i replace the Arm. would anybody know where i can find this information. also i did an firmware…"
Jun 18
Gregg commented on David Anders's group IRIS
"Air in  and air finicky as the pixhawk is already is, I would not want to make it over heat!! "
Jun 14
David Tipping commented on David Anders's group IRIS
"2 big holes on the top cover above the battery compartment either side of the red button now filled. I blocked these off on the front only using plastic from a disposable food box and leaving vents on either side. I also added another status light…"
Jun 11
UAS_Pilot commented on David Anders's group IRIS
"Has anyone had issues with props making noise and loseing lift when yawing? "
May 28
Stone1295 commented on David Anders's group IRIS
"Can't edit my comment but I meant the vents in the bottom of the shell need some place for the air to exit. -Mike"
May 20
Stone1295 commented on David Anders's group IRIS
"@ David, In the first edition of the IRIS the telemetry radio hung out the back.  On the IRIS+ they fixed that by adding the antenna hole on the side. As far as blocking them off, I wouldn't necessarily completely block them off as the…"
May 20
David Tipping commented on David Anders's group IRIS
"So why 2 big holes on the top cover above the battery compartment, either side of the red button.They are OK and could be used for routing cables etc. but spoil an otherwise nicely designed unit. Is there a reason i shouldn't fill them…"
May 20
Josh commented on David Anders's group IRIS
"Just bought iris+ from Frys, gimbal will not power on, no shakes, no blue light, no nothing. 2nd iris I bought in 2 weeks, 1st on works fine. Help!!"
May 5

David Anders commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post T3 Wimbledon Drone Delivery Challenge (NBNG)
May 3
Michael Visser commented on David Anders's group IRIS
"I've broken my front GoPro mount that attaches to the IRIS+ frame, does anyone have a spare or link to a seller?"
Apr 29
Doug Dorrer commented on David Anders's group IRIS
"Wouldn't it be easier to spend $8 and change the ceramic 4mm GPS antenna with a $8 6mm TriBand 3db high gain ceramic patch antenna by Taoglas?  I just ordered a 35mmx35mmx6.5mm 3-4 dbi Triband Pin Mount to replace my stock patch antenna.…"
Apr 24
James Wolff commented on David Anders's group IRIS
"You are confusing Almanac data with Ephemeris data.  It is true that Almanac data takes 10 to 12 minutes to down load fresh data. But Ephemeris data is broadcast by each SV every 30 seconds. "
Apr 24

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I am Australian but have travelled and lived overseas (Europe, South America and Asia)

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Comment Wall (14 comments)

At 8:16am on December 15, 2012, Richard Collmann said…

Hi David

I've asked my students to also participate in this very useful group. It is close to xmas now, but I hope they will become involved with your group before semester 1 in 2013. I hope you have seen the YouTube N7project footage. I have been very pleased with what they have done with what was only a bare concept in late-2011.


Thanks, Richard

At 4:51am on April 3, 2013, Jarrod Smith said…

HI David,

I am based in Melbourne and am new to this whole drones world, but am keen to learn more, where do you think is a good place to start for a first build?



At 12:41pm on April 3, 2013, Jake Wells said…

Thanks David.

At 10:12pm on April 20, 2013, Geoffrey A Whatley said…

Hi Dave,

Don't know whether you got my message yesterday re APM problem setting up, have spent hours on the "B" system, don't know where I going wrong the problem is in the setup with the 3 position control switch set on manual the motor will run, on Stab mode motor slows  on RTL motor stops, in fail safe settings I note that manual setting "radio in "channel 3 there is a full set of green bars, "servo/motor out" the same for manual, less on stab. mode and none on RTL. Channel 8 " radio in" a full set of bars on all switch settings, nothing on "servo/motor out" regardless of switch setting, hope you can point me in the right direction  Regards Geoff.

At 1:12am on April 22, 2013, Geoffrey A Whatley said…

Hi David, Thanks for the reply,Firstly I gather you mean tick the check box
in fail safe nothing changes if it's ticked or not, don't understand what
you mean by TX responses are correct under Radio Calibtation and I only have
switch set fo RTL, Stabalise and Manual, have been having another problem
today, Picture but no GPS, push reset button, it trys to reboot, then comes
up with a message Waiting for MAULINK HEARTBEAT. sorry to be such a pain
Regards Geoff.

At 1:34am on April 22, 2013, Geoffrey A Whatley said…

Hi David

I have found the OSD problem,It doesn't show if you are connected to PC, looking at OSD I find It doesn't matter where the 3position switch is the OSD shows Stabilised Mode maybe someone has an answer  Regards Geoff

At 3:38am on May 21, 2013, Nick Young said…

Hi David,

Thanks for getting in touch. Me being a newbe on the subject, can you get the ball rolling? I have a load of questions and am somewhat shooting in the dark right now.

At 12:16am on June 2, 2013, Andrew Pan said…

Hey David,

Do u live in Melbourne

At 7:39am on June 3, 2013, Mark Edwards said…

David - looking for some likeminded multi-pilots to network with here in Melbourne. I'm flying a 6X Naza-M F550 frame with a view to moving towards a heavy lift build and a CASA commercial certificate for cinematography. Very much like to meet up with some local pilots to discuss techniques and build options etc. Notice there is a Melbourne group meeting periodically...

At 12:56am on June 5, 2013, Andrew Pan said…

Hey David -Thanks for be in touch,

       I am looking for Apm 2.5 to put onto my new tricopter, do you the best place to get them?

       I don't log on a lot.So, Just leave a comment for me


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Woman snapped sunbaking by real estate drone

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 1:47am 35 Comments

In one hot off the press...

A BOARD showing a G-string-clad woman has been removed after she became the accidental attraction in a real estate advertising campaign for a house sale in Victoria, Australia.

An ambitious agent enlisted a drone to take an aerial photograph of the property, which includes a sweeping…


Drones in the sky - technological marvel or threat to privacy?

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 5:00pm 8 Comments

Do drones pose a threat to our privacy, or are they just the fruits of innovative technology with benefits for governments and industry?…


Scientists flap to the future with 'insect' drone

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 6:18am 0 Comments

As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald, Dutch scientists have developed the world's smallest autonomous flapping drone, a dragonfly-like beast with 3D vision that could revolutionise our experience of everything from pop concerts to…


UAE develops delivery drones to improve government services

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 1:02am 12 Comments

DUBAI // Aerial drones could be used to deliver vital documents and medicines within a year.

Two prototypes of the small, unmanned craft were unveiled at the Government Summit on Monday.

“What these things are best suited for is delivery of small, light value things that are time…


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