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

Pascal Fust commented on Hein du Plessis's blog post VTOL by Arkbird
"My 5c about efficiency of transitional A/Cs: in terms of parasitic weight, I agree with you that this design is as minimalistic as possible, however the huge thrust needed for take-off and landing demands powerful motors and props, which are (often)…"
May 12

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Hein du Plessis commented on benbojangles's blog post Low-Latency Live Wireless Flight Video on all your devices (And YouTube Live Streaming it)
"Looks very low latency - what kind of range are you achieving? Is this over LTE or WiFi?"
May 7

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Hein du Plessis commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"@Stmpngrnd that looks great, but it's huge!!"
May 1

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Hein du Plessis commented on Chris Anderson's group Agricultural UAVs
"That's great - perfect for my fixed wings! Go Tesla ;)"
Apr 30

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Hein du Plessis commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"Indeed.Strange strategy indeed."
Apr 29

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Hein du Plessis commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"Rob, that's amazing. Where can one get the break out box as in your picture?"
Apr 29

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Hein du Plessis commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"@Rob_Lefebvre, I absolutely LOVE the pixfalcon - it's made by Holybro, which has a great reputation and I use it on almost all my professional and sport aircraft and I've never had any problem whatsoever. It's takes up so little space…"
Apr 29

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Hein du Plessis commented on SkyDrone.aero's blog post Sky Drone FPV 2 - Long Range 1080p FPV Video + Command & Control - now available for USD 299.-
"Tuning the video feed quality from RC or GCS would be excellent! HD feed is not needed when navigating."
Apr 25

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Hein du Plessis replied to Daniel Fidalgo's discussion Help - Diagnose a strange crash
"Congratulations! Knowing what caused a crash turns a loss into a lesson!"
Apr 25

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Hein du Plessis commented on John C.'s blog post Cheap Fixed Wing Mapping
"Ok, since you're aware of these challenges I'm sure you'll have great success. Great solution on #3, the beta of MP also has a servo trim option for the auto modes. Getting a USB in there is a pain, there were all sorts of options,…"
Apr 25

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Hein du Plessis commented on John C.'s blog post Cheap Fixed Wing Mapping
"Great guide. We've given up on this after finding the Disco fails to take off at high altitude and / or hot temperatures. Coast is Ok mostly. It's elevons sometimes are misaligned (1 out of 4 we found) and aligning them is hard because the…"
Apr 25

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Hein du Plessis replied to Daniel Fidalgo's discussion Help - Diagnose a strange crash
"Sorry about your crash. Unfortunately the log is not of much use as it only contains GPS data. I'm assuming it wasn't a pixhawk, hence the limitation. From the video, I my gut feel is something went wrong with the plane structurally -…"
Apr 23

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Hein du Plessis commented on SkyDrone.aero's blog post Sky Drone FPV 2 - Long Range 1080p FPV Video + Command & Control - now available for USD 299.-
"This is terrific, up to now, I've been using the "easy to do with cheap readily available hardware running free software" option @Auturgy mentioned, but I find it anything but easy and I don't think much cheaper than the 299 of…"
Apr 23

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Hein du Plessis commented on Kirill's blog post SmartAP Power Distribution Board
"Great product! Definitely filling a huge gap in the market."
Apr 17
JB commented on Hein du Plessis's blog post VTOL by Arkbird
Apr 2
EsdTechnik commented on Hein du Plessis's blog post VTOL by Arkbird
"@Gary, it was written in the sky that we would get Tridge attention. :)"
Mar 31

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.
Hometown:
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.…

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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…

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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.

So…

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FPV Flight to Robben Island

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 7:30am 22 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,
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Hein du Plessis
said…

Nope!

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

how strange hehe

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