John Hestness
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Advice on using APM for ground vehicle?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Darren Mar 6, 2011. 10 Replies


DIYdrones search not working

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ken Jan 3, 2011. 2 Replies

It seems that the search function for the website is not working.Continue

Parkzone T-28 Trojan autopilot platform

Started this discussion. Last reply by Henk Jul 12, 2013. 7 Replies

I decided to use the Parkzone T-28 as the initial plane for my APM.  I picked it beacause it is a straight forward 4 channel foam plane that fits in my trunk assembled and it has a huge removable…Continue

Tags: Trojan, platform, Parkzone, T-28


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John Hestness commented on Bill Piedra's blog post VTOL Anaconda built for Tyler Perry
"A few years ago I answered an ad about a large RC aircraft collection that was being sold off here in MN, when I called the guy he said I'm sorry but Tyler Perry just showed up with two rented trucks, bought everything, and took it back to GA.…"
Jul 30, 2016
John Hestness commented on Joe Renteria's blog post "Wing Board" using Pixhawk and GCS...
"By that I mean it could keep you alive."
Jul 30, 2016
John Hestness commented on Joe Renteria's blog post "Wing Board" using Pixhawk and GCS...
"Wearing a smart parachute (yup its a thing, just looked it up) in the sky could do the job of wearing a life jacket on the water. If I were a little younger I think I would like to try it."
Jul 30, 2016
John Hestness commented on Carles Gelada's blog post Is Deep Learning the future of UAV vision?
"Thank you Carles for an amazing post. The entire reason I started following DIYdrones was to do something new. Today. Please continue with this idea. If you have any thoughts on where a newby could start that would be appreciated. I have some…"
May 3, 2016
John Hestness commented on John Hestness's photo

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"Hi Darius, this is actually a snow sled.  It will run in the water but the "hull" shape is wrong for water and it is hard to steer.  It works good on snow and will go on grass, dirt, and pavement.  As far as noise, it is…"
Jan 17, 2016
Darius Jack commented on John Hestness's photo

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"Thank you @John, exactly what is on my mind, airboat. Can airboat be built to be low-noise at night, floating at low speed ?"
Jan 17, 2016
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Jan 17, 2016
John Hestness commented on ExitZero's blog post Micro Quadcopter for Christmas?
"I picked up one of these as well.  It flies very good and it has survived many crashes so far. One surprising thing is that it is heavier than it looks. I think somebody could cut the weight in half, and then add more electronics!"
Nov 13, 2014
John Hestness commented on Rob Thompson's blog post Stair Climbing Ground Drone ARTI by Transcend Robotics
"Great to see a working stair climber. I am glad to see they are making it open source. I would like to see a less expensive device specifically for domestic household stairs.  They are at half of their goal with 22 days to go.  …"
Nov 10, 2014
John Hestness commented on John Hestness's blog post Nanobeams
"Nanobeams are 5 mm x 5 mm. MicroRax and Maker Beam are 10 mm x 10 mm. The original T slot extrusions are 20 mm and up.  "
Nov 9, 2014
Jeffrey Torella commented on John Hestness's blog post Nanobeams
"doesn't Spark-fun have these listed under microrax ??? "
Nov 9, 2014
SkyRover commented on John Hestness's blog post Nanobeams
"Yea you could use bar stock to do the same thing but that will most likely involve drilling. And what happens if you need something a wee bit bigger? gotta drill more holes or widen existing ones. A payload bay comes to mind as a good use for these…"
Nov 3, 2014
Phill Scott commented on John Hestness's blog post Nanobeams
"Acorn - stability under hot conditions and more importantly, precision.  I use OpenBeam, and would not use it if it was extruded plastic.  It would be nowhere near as good.  The major advantage over stock materials is that things come…"
Nov 3, 2014
Acorn commented on John Hestness's blog post Nanobeams
"Why not extruded plastic?"
Nov 3, 2014
Acorn commented on John Hestness's blog post Nanobeams
"^^ Meh, nothing you can't do with some aluminum or steel stock. . ."
Nov 3, 2014
John Hestness commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Kickstarter for tornado-measuring drones
"I live in the Midwest and I fly drones, so I got to back these guys. Looking forward to mission reports. Stay safe."
Nov 1, 2014

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About Me:
I started building robots and control panels in grade school. Now I upgrade and maintain industrial control systems. I started flying RC about a year ago and I mentor in the FIRST robotics program.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I just finished assembling an APM. I want to try it in an airplane, helicopter, quadcopter, and a snow sled that I made last winter. I would like to automate my yard work and house work. Some day I want a light speed star ship, with an autopilot of course.
Minneapolis MN

 kludge "to improvise with a kludge or kludges" and kludgemanship "skill in designing or applying kludges".

A crock that works. 

An ill-assorted collection of poorly matching parts, forming a distressing whole.

Something that works for the wrong reason.

A kludge is often used to fix an unanticipated problem in an earlier kludge; this is essentially a kind of cruft.


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Posted on November 1, 2014 at 8:30am 9 Comments

I laughed when I first saw these. Here is a picture of several pieces in a tictac box.  But on second thought they probably have a lot of uses and relevancy here on DIYdrones. There is a…


Airventure 2013

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 12:30pm 2 Comments

Interesting things I saw at the EAA Airventure event in Wisconsin this week.

Here is former GMA host David Hartman interviewing astronauts Chris Hadfield, Chris Ferguson, Charles Precourt, and Charles Duke.

Hadfield talked about space walking and his youtube video.  …


Lifehacker interview of Chris Anderson

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 9:23pm 20 Comments

Happen to run across this today.  Great interview and a look at the workshop!

Quick and Easy Rover

Posted on April 4, 2012 at 8:21pm 40 Comments

In between aircraft I built this rover.  It is a Traxxas Slash frame with a piece of 1/8" aircraft plywood on top for an electronics platform.  The plywood measures 16.5" x 6.5".  It was super easy to build.  In the next few days I will finish configuring the electronics, update and confirgure the software and test it out. …


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At 12:31pm on July 22, 2011, George Tarrant said…


Sorry if this is a stupid question but have you decided the missions you want your planes to perform? Its the missions that will dictate the PID loops you need.

If your question relates more to PID gain values, I'll need a dimensioned 3-view sketch of the plane to begin with.

At 4:37pm on July 22, 2011, John Hestness said…
George, I am using Ardupilot Mega. The mission is just to fly the plane to the waypoints, assuming wind of 0-12 MPH (0-19 KPH). My question is about the gains, and I have linked to a 3 view below. The wingspan is 44 inches (112 cm) AUW is 39 ounces (1.1 kg) Thank you, John

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