Gary McCray
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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

Laser Developer commented on Gary McCray's blog post Really, really stupid idea of the month, maybe the whole year!- - Drone attack Eagles!
"@Coastwise - That's an extract from the new FAA docs I assume…."
Wednesday
Coastwise commented on Gary McCray's blog post Really, really stupid idea of the month, maybe the whole year!- - Drone attack Eagles!
"A drone when threatened by large birds might use an automatically deployed, light weight, 'taser system'."
Wednesday
Patrick Poirier commented on Gary McCray's blog post Really, really stupid idea of the month, maybe the whole year!- - Drone attack Eagles!
"Yep couldn't stop thinking of Forrest Gump: Stupid is as stupid does."
Feb 6
Gary McCray commented on Gary McCray's blog post Really, really stupid idea of the month, maybe the whole year!- - Drone attack Eagles!
"Really like the Angry Birds Slingshot solution Patrick. Every bit as practical as the "Dutch Anti-Aircraft Eagle Solution"."
Feb 6
Crashpilot1000 commented on Gary McCray's blog post Really, really stupid idea of the month, maybe the whole year!- - Drone attack Eagles!
"Haha, @Patrick Poirier you have the best comments! 10 Likes from me over the pages here, this thread becomes a chill-out zone. But nothing is wrong with that because it shows how lunatic the "drone-hunting-eagle" idea really is."
Feb 5
Patrick Poirier commented on Gary McCray's blog post Really, really stupid idea of the month, maybe the whole year!- - Drone attack Eagles!
"@John You are absolutely right !!  A good old reliable system: "
Feb 4
George Kelly commented on Gary McCray's blog post Really, really stupid idea of the month, maybe the whole year!- - Drone attack Eagles!
" That's it! Horny Kamikaze bees. They'll just need little suits of armour. (Or is that  'suits of amour'?). Someone, somewhere, will make Vice President out of this, you watch."
Feb 4
John Bond commented on Gary McCray's blog post Really, really stupid idea of the month, maybe the whole year!- - Drone attack Eagles!
"The Dutch Police and Amazon should get together.  Their drone "expertise" will cancel and then we will have it - package delivery by eagle!"
Feb 4
Patrick Poirier commented on Gary McCray's blog post Really, really stupid idea of the month, maybe the whole year!- - Drone attack Eagles!
"Ok Techy solution for Techy problem.... Let's build a Cloud  of MILLIONS of these and get feeds of all the world's web cam so we can shoot the bandits down !! "
Feb 4
Laser Developer commented on Gary McCray's blog post Really, really stupid idea of the month, maybe the whole year!- - Drone attack Eagles!
"Can you stop birds of prey from trying to take down the drone anyway? There's always the bees."
Feb 4
Patrick Poirier commented on Gary McCray's blog post Really, really stupid idea of the month, maybe the whole year!- - Drone attack Eagles!
"Angry Birds Do (see my comment on page 2)"
Feb 4
Dwgsparky commented on Gary McCray's blog post Really, really stupid idea of the month, maybe the whole year!- - Drone attack Eagles!
"I have the catapults but NO , I will not launch rabbits. they dont have the range !"
Feb 4
Cala commented on Gary McCray's blog post Really, really stupid idea of the month, maybe the whole year!- - Drone attack Eagles!
"LOL......don't give ideassss!!!! :("
Feb 4
Crashpilot1000 commented on Gary McCray's blog post Really, really stupid idea of the month, maybe the whole year!- - Drone attack Eagles!
"Barbarism on animals. What comes next? A catapult that launches rabbits against drones?"
Feb 4
JB commented on Gary McCray's blog post Really, really stupid idea of the month, maybe the whole year!- - Drone attack Eagles!
"After watching it again its obvoius that it wont work anyway. Each time the eagle catches it the copter pilot throttles down. The eagle would just let it go if it cant hold it in flight if the bird thinks its going to crash. Still such a dumb idea…"
Feb 3

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Hugues commented on Gary McCray's blog post Really, really stupid idea of the month, maybe the whole year!- - Drone attack Eagles!
"Drones are fun, Eagles are beautiful, Dutch police are idiots."
Feb 3

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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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