Gary McCray
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  • Fort Bragg, CA
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About Me:

I am the Owner and Author of these advertising-free informative web sites:
Now flying, rolling or under construction:
  • Hoverthings FLIP FPV Pro Quadcopter with Pixhawk, 14" props, KDE 515kv motors, telemetry, Sony AS100V Video Camera, Brushlesss Gimbal and FPV.
  • Custom CF tube H/dead-cat Quadcopter with Pixhawk, GoPro, Gimbal & FPV.
  • Hoverthings FLIP Sport Quadcopter with PX4.
  • ARF DJI FlameWheel 330 Quadcopter with PX4.
  • ARF DJI Flamewheel 450 Quadcopter with APM 2.5.
  • Blade 200 QX, Hubsan X4 and Estes Nano Quadcopters.
  • My design: Hanging pendulum style robot with 2 brushless 26" bicycle wheels.
  • Traxxas Stampede 4x4 Rover with PX4.

Professional History:
  • (Retired) Microcomputer Engineer, Hardware and Firmware.
  • (Past) Lead Editor of DIYDrones APMcopter, APMplane and APMrover wikis.

Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
  • Reentry into RC Planes 3 years ago.
  • Lots of PIC hardware and C and assembler programming experience.
  • Currently interested in Quadcopter development, robotics, 3D vision, environment relative autonomous navigation, Linux, Beagle Bone, Odroid, TOF cameras and LIDAR.

Hometown:
Mendota Illinois

Latest Activity

Gary McCray replied to GeD's discussion Arducopter WIKI instruction manual PDF download
"Really nice download, Good to see many of the pages I wrote still in there (vibration damping for instance). Probably need to update this eventually to cover new capabilities of Pixhawk and flight modes. Best regards, Gary McCray"
12 hours ago
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Google creates its own laws of robotics
"My sincerest hope is that in the end the robots decide we should be treated decently. As for rules that we apply to them - wishful thinking! As for that last one, assuming the robot(s) are connected to the internet and can interact with it, why…"
14 hours ago
Gary McCray commented on Mark Harrison's blog post Feckless Idiot flies drone over people, hits woman in head.
"It's OK Rob, I don't either, feckless idiots are everywhere :-)"
15 hours ago
Gary McCray commented on Hugues's blog post Anti Jello mount for Mobius brushless gimbal
"Great video Hugues, I'm really amazed that you got the wire spring mounts to work so well. We used to use the commercial ones of those for suspending computer chassis in military vehicles. Definitely need the right configuration and wire…"
19 hours ago
Gary McCray commented on Mark Harrison's blog post Feckless Idiot flies drone over people, hits woman in head.
"My personal hope is that she gets a sizable settlement so it sends a message as to what can happen to all the other feckless idiots out there. The biggest problem right now is that a majority of Phantom like quads are being sold to people who…"
20 hours ago
Gary McCray commented on Yutaca Sawai's blog post Biomechanical simulation of Horse gaits
"Hi Yutaca, There are some interesting University underwater designs based on fish and fins where efficiencies actually exceed conventional prop by a considerable margin. Usually patterned after high efficiency fish like Tuna, as I recall, - both…"
yesterday
Gary McCray commented on Yutaca Sawai's blog post Biomechanical simulation of Horse gaits
"Hi Gordon, not trying to be rude, but basic stuff like Yutaca is presenting is often very insightful and capabnle of providing interesting possibilities. the presence of "Drones" in our title is sometimes unfortunate, because to me at…"
yesterday
Gary McCray commented on Yutaca Sawai's blog post Biomechanical simulation of Horse gaits
"Hi Gordon, Although we are DIY Drones, we are also into "Rovers" robots, boats and even ROVs. This is perfectly germane to this group and much appreciated as it is basic science related to an interesting means of locomotion. Even though we…"
yesterday
Gary McCray commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post T3 the Vertical Horizontal one
"Couldn't go to a nicer guy - and what a useful prize as well! It is a real shame that helis have been so sidelined by all the hoopla around multis. For actual practical serious uses, the heli would be the obvious best choice a lot of the…"
Thursday
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AP-Manager switches between two Pixhawks for safety, redunancy
"This is an interesting addition, simple switchable redundancy is a significant step in making a secure system. But the approach taken here is quite limited and is subject to single point failure itself that could cause a crash even if both Pixhawks…"
Wednesday
Gary McCray commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post USA Simple Commercial Flight Rules land in 60 days time
"Wow Gary, that is really amazing they did this so fast and so reasonable. Did a bunch of sensible people storm the FAA headquarters and take over the building? We still have to see what the final requirements will be for non certified pilots, but if…"
Wednesday
Gary McCray commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post USA Simple Commercial Flight Rules land in 60 days time
"That's really my expectation too Tom, Although I am sure some or all of the centers will offer classes as well and if you want or feel you need to take them, that would drive the cost up considerably. But from the way the FAA rule is stated…"
Wednesday
Gary McCray commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post USA Simple Commercial Flight Rules land in 60 days time
"Hi Rob,s. I remember at one time envying you for being in Canada because there then to be forthcoming regulations seemed so reasonable in comparison. Interesting how these things evolve, one of the problems associated with being "at the…"
Wednesday
Gary McCray commented on Jacob Cereteli's blog post USG-301 gimbal with Sony Full HD camera
"Hi Jacob, I'm sorry I was negative re no prices, but these days, it is a bit of a sore point with this community. I understand options and think a "builder" is a great idea as it lets people spec just what they need. I was actually…"
Wednesday
Gary McCray commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post USA Simple Commercial Flight Rules land in 60 days time
"Hi Rob, Every Country seems to be producing it's own nightmares, maybe if the FAA gets it right it can serve as a template for others to follow. A complete reverse of the situation up till now. If what they are going to give is a test…"
Tuesday
Gary McCray commented on Jacob Cereteli's blog post USG-301 gimbal with Sony Full HD camera
"This is a very nice looking system. The EV 7500 sells for about $750.00 and makes no mention of built in electronic stabilization in their specs although you say it has above. Also I notice that even on your site you don't have a price for…"
Tuesday

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Really, really stupid idea of the month, maybe the whole year!- - Drone attack Eagles!

Posted on February 1, 2016 at 6:56pm 38 Comments

I just saw this on our local news and was surprised nobody else had posted it here yet.

Easily the truly stupidest idea I have ever seen - Dutch Police train Eagle to take down drone.

Better than the UnAmerican Eagle in the Our Man Flint Movies (that dates me a bit I'm…

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FAA/DOT UAS Registration - A Very Short Window to Comment

Posted on October 29, 2015 at 12:16pm 11 Comments

Hi All,

We have a very short window of opportunity to comment on the FAA's proposed registration process.

I have sent in the following comment which you are welcome to copy, edit, do whatever you want with, but I think it realistically presents a decent case for moderation and common…

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Great deal on a 3 axis gimbal with Alexmos controller

Posted on June 26, 2015 at 4:00pm 64 Comments

Just had to tell all of you about this $59.95 three axis gimbal deal on EBay:

This seemed like a great deal and looks to be identical to DYS Gimbal on Hobbyking which is $200.00.

I got one and quality appears excellent though I haven't tried to use it yet (I will probably get…

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My thoughts on the state of affairs.

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 9:30pm 3 Comments

Recently a local radio station asked me to comment on an interview relating to the current status of "drones".

I am enclosing the letter I sent to them declining phone interview for the reasons specified, but putting my "opinions" in writing instead for them to use as the…

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Comment Wall (4 comments)

At 8:14am on February 13, 2013, Jethro Hazelhurst said…

H Gary,

First off, thank you for the superb job on the F330 construction page and wiki table of contents.

I will Email you the Image so that you can put it where you see fit.

Many thanks again!

Jethro.

At 10:49pm on May 21, 2013, Jorge Antonio Saldaña Rosales said…

Hola que tal Gary sabes el hadware que necesito para hacer mi drone Cooperativo

At 5:17pm on May 22, 2013, Michael said…

Hi Gary,

Just a thing on shipping rates (from your comment). I was also mad because of high shipping. I sent support an email and they shipped the parts for free through standard mail! I got it in 2 days ( I live on the east coast). There is a size limit though, can't go above 13 oz, but for small parts its fine. Oh and btw, when you email them, ask for Lorena, it may take a day or 2 more because of her work hours, but she's been amazing with shipping like this.

 

Sorry this is the only way I could contact you!

 

Michael

At 3:35pm on March 26, 2015,
Admin
Thomas J Coyle III
said…

Hi Gary,

Re: Fire Cape

I have been thinking about it, but have not decided to move on it yet.

Thanks,

Tom C

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