Hein du Plessis
  • Male
  • Cape Town, Western Cape
  • South Africa

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Hein du Plessis's Discussions

Problem with SF02 Range Finder and ADC port

Started Mar 1, 2015 0 Replies

Hi allIs there supposed to be a voltage on the signal wire of the ADC port?I've installed a SF02 on my plane and it works perfectly if I monitor the output analogue voltage. However, I'm getting…Continue

Tags: Finder, Range, Port, ADC

3DR Store not shipping?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hein du Plessis May 26, 2014. 1 Reply

Does anyone know when 3DR will resume international shipping? I've placed my order on the 8th of May but all I see is my order is on hold.I've sent two emails with no response.I now see on the store…Continue

Tags: Store, 3DR

Entering Magnetic Delclination Issues

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hein du Plessis Apr 21, 2014. 1 Reply

This is a very old issue with APM Planner and I was hoping it would go away eventually, but maybe I'm not understanding how it's supposed to work.When connecting to my copter using telem radio, I go…Continue

Electric Replacement for Mini Mugin 2.6m?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stanley Anak Suab Jul 29, 2015. 8 Replies

Hi allI'm about to take the plunge on a…Continue


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Latest Activity

Hein du Plessis commented on yangdaonline's blog post 30X EO/IR drone zoom camera with object tracking and geotagging
"Can you afford anything else after paying 12k for the camera :) I was just illustrating the type of application. Seriously, small fixed wings are very effective for surveillance over multi rotors in my experience. 3 hours endurance and more reliable."
9 hours ago

Hein du Plessis commented on yangdaonline's blog post 30X EO/IR drone zoom camera with object tracking and geotagging
"Looks great, can it work inverted, as on the nose of a skywalker fixed wing?"
19 hours ago

Hein du Plessis commented on eUGENE's blog post Is it possible to beat drone jammers?
"Why are they allowed to transmit at those high powers and those commercial spectra but drones are regulated!"
Oct 12

Profile Information

About Me:
UAS Systems Engineer
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
To build long range, reliable, efficient fixed wing UAV platforms.
Cape Town

Hein du Plessis's Blog

VTOL by Arkbird

Posted on March 31, 2017 at 2:00am 17 Comments

Banggood is now taking pre-orders for a VTOL wing. It seems to be the holy grail of VTOL to me - no redundant motors, no extra servos, so it's a simple, reliable, and above all, efficient.…


A Practical APM Mobile Ground Control Station

Posted on April 18, 2016 at 6:55am 4 Comments

In the last 4 years of being involved with UAVs I’ve always lacked a good ground station, one that’s practical and quick to deploy.


So I started drawing up a list of requirements. I had to draw the line somewhere, or the cost and weight would run away, so I ended up with a shortlist of…


The Perfect UAV Mapping Camera

Posted on April 18, 2016 at 12:56am 17 Comments

It’s really strange that there’s been so much development in all other aspects of UAV Mapping, except one – the camera!

Currently most of us are using the Canon S100-120 or Sony Nex7 etc, running custom firmware or tricky wiring and triggers to fire the shutter in flight.



FPV Flight to Robben Island

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 7:30am 21 Comments

A quick documentary of my FPV flight to Robben Island, where Mr Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.


Back then I was very worried about flying over water...


This was before Cruize mode :)


About 16km and 35 minutes, safe touch down!

Comment Wall (4 comments)

At 2:50am on June 23, 2013, vitaly said…

hi  check your boring video  only for other not crazy about drones  interesting

I am from KZN  and also fly Hex  having problems with OSD v1.1  was working before I flashed to v 2   now I am very confused what is the latest version working ok ???

can you help with the URL were I can find the latest working version  it seems to be modified all the time....I have fatshark gogles and APM 2.5  6 aeolian 880 motors trying various props at present..but too windy here at present  how do you manage to fly in CT

At 11:32am on October 14, 2013, Jared Reabow said…

are you by ny chance related to a chris du plessis?

At 11:40am on October 14, 2013,
Hein du Plessis


At 12:14pm on October 14, 2013, Jared Reabow said…

how strange hehe

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