Joe Renteria
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I am a Pixhawk flyer, and am working on several VTOL airframe concepts. You can see my progress so far at
Beaumont, California

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Flying car, or whatever we call them these days.

Posted on September 30, 2017 at 4:26pm 3 Comments

This flying car concept is based on a scaled up version of our hoverbike which has a small scale working prototype. Featuring a monocoque frame and redundant propulsion, this flying car concept is roughly designed around the eight…


Inline Quadcopter/Speederbike - Redwoods State Park

Posted on August 10, 2017 at 12:30pm 4 Comments

Update to this recent post

I was passing through Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park last week and happened to have this prototype in the rental car.  The scenes from the…


Inline multirotor/hoverbike prototype

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 4:26pm 8 Comments

Hey, this post is a follow up to a previous post found here:


I have a new updated version which is much more maneuverable and power efficient.  This new…


Tilt rotor/SLT hybrid

Posted on February 21, 2017 at 10:46am 6 Comments

Separate lift/thrust systems are growing fast in popularity, to the point that there are already a variety of commercially available systems.  They seem to be the future and continually get better.  Thanks to our developers, Ardupilot has some great features like holding position with forward thrust and is becoming very…


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At 1:04pm on June 29, 2015, Winfried Rijssenbeek said…

Nice things on your blog! 

Yes we got the comments, but that is OK. if you have no experience, you might worry. Think your little 4 prop plane is interesting!

At 3:02pm on November 18, 2015, Jon Russ said…

Hi Joe, great design.  What software did you uses to animate? 

At 3:28pm on November 18, 2015, Jon Russ said…

Good to know, Joe.  I worked on a related idea several years ago.  The intent was to transition from a quadcopter to a flying rotor.  Essentially a free rotor (the helicopter equivalent of a flying wing) that would uses the torque and thrust from one set of motors to drive the entire air frame.  The unused motors could be shut down to conserve power.  The fuselage would be a symmetrical tube hanging from the rotor hub and spin with the rotor. Video would be captured with a wide angle fish eye lens.  The video would then be synchronized with the rotation speed to provide imagery at any point within the field of view.  The whole vehicle would fold down like an umbrella for storage in a hardened tube.

At 9:44am on November 19, 2015, Jon Russ said…

Sorry, no pics as I didn't pursue the idea to a full build.  The cyclic was going to be controlled by the servos that rotated the wing/arms from a vertical to horizontal position.  As the rotor rotated the servos would be synchronized to change the angle of attack of their respective blades opposite the intended direction of travel.

At 11:00am on November 19, 2015, Jon Russ said…


Servo actuation has been shown to be consistently quicker than differential thrust.  One of the benefits of using servos in the rotor hub is that you are able to ditch all the mechanical linkages that can be pesky and transition to a "fly by wire" hub.

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