John Maffetone
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For sale: 3DR Quad C Fram

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Maffetone Mar 15, 2013. 2 Replies

Includes the Frame you see on the 3DR website (including hardware) and 3 spare arme. Selling for $85 (buyer pays domestic shipping). I have flown the frame about 10 times but want something better…Continue


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John Maffetone commented on Willie Prinsloo's blog post Freedom X4 - Our own FPV South African FPV quad !
"Gorgeous video and setting!! Was that another multi-rotor at about 4:30 on the right side of the frame?"
Mar 25
John Maffetone commented on Willie Prinsloo's blog post Freedom X4 - Our own FPV South African FPV quad !
"True... Pretty creepy without the shadow. Cool project though"
Mar 25
John Maffetone commented on Aaron Wiedenfeld's blog post DJI's new entery level Naza, The M lite.
"You can not set the 'throttle failsafe' if you want the naza to go into a failsafe mode when you loose communication. You need to set the failsafe channel of your transmitter to input channel U of the naza. Not the throttle. If you do that…"
Mar 21
John Maffetone commented on Aaron Wiedenfeld's blog post DJI's new entery level Naza, The M lite.
"If you're flying with a GPS you are susceptible to fly aways. I had a fly away with an APM 2.5 because I didn't let the GPS lock the home location. It's not just NAZA but all flight controllers with a GPS.... just make sure you have a…"
Mar 20
John Maffetone commented on Jethro Hazelhurst's blog post French teenager in court for this video...
"Beautiful video. However all it takes is a bad wire or failed solder joint to send a 3-5 pound chunk falling from hundreds off feet onto someone's head. Not worth the risk. I had one fall from the sky from about 300 feet and one of the arms was…"
Mar 3
John Maffetone commented on Thomas J Coyle III's blog post Drone Cargo Ships Will Make the Real World Work Like the Internet
"Will need some survaillance or armed anti-pirate drones to protect them. Maybe a fleet of 200 to patrol."
Feb 28
John Maffetone commented on Jake Wells's blog post Gello is the enemy and Submarines are mean.
"Smaller props seem to work for me to reduce vibration and the gello effect. I also have a qav500 that uses 4 odange vibration isolators to separate the dirty frame from the clean…"
Feb 18
John Maffetone commented on Hugues's blog post PART 2 of "Pixhawk suspended FPV quadcopter - Mark II - build log"
"Very nice build! Would it be better to mount the protection rings more firmly to the booms so that they can protect the props? It seems like if it bumps into something they will be knocked off easily and would be rendered useless and may even get…"
Feb 4
John Maffetone replied to Michael Sclafani's discussion I had a crash today where my 3D6 RTF Y6 seemed to be a glide slope type landing with no control from my end
"That's a funky autolanding...why was there a glide slope? Shouldn't it have stabilized in one spot in GPS lock and then began a vertical descent?"
Jan 30
John Maffetone commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Experimenting with Sony's QX100 Wifi camera
"Does the wifi signal mess with the compass? When I used the wireless feature on my gopro the copter couldn't hold orientation. They were pretty well separated."
Jan 10
John Maffetone commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post Would you fly it?
Jan 9
John Maffetone commented on CrashingDutchman's blog post Turnigy T1000FC Fixed-wing Auto Pilot System With GPS and Return To Home
"What junk! Plus it's scary that thy're developed for the 'inexperienced user' to setup but who doesn't really know how to fly it or where to fly it. An accident waiting to happen."
Jan 6
John Maffetone replied to Randy's discussion AC-3.1 autotune support discussion
"Is there any way to load two configurations into the controller (PID settings) and be able to change through a switch on the radio? Would be useful if you want to change hardware.... sometimes i fly with my camera and sometimes I don't so would…"
Dec 31, 2013
John Maffetone replied to Russ Briscoe's discussion 3DR Pixhawk vs NAZA
"Hello - if you don't need to do auto missions and just fpv and radio controlled flying I'd go with the naza because its 95% ready out of the box. Pixhawk will take some tweeking to get flying well(but you can use auto tune). I'd go…"
Dec 30, 2013
John Maffetone commented on Sue Rosenstock's blog post Pixhawk is Ready for Takeoff
"Awesome... Thank you for the update."
Dec 25, 2013
John Maffetone commented on rancil philippe's blog post arducopter in the wind
"What mode was it in? Hopefully no altitude hold cause there was a LOT of altitude variation."
Dec 24, 2013

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About Me:
I am an aerospace engineer living in Seattle. I have always had a passion for anything that flies...especially autonomously.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
This is my entry into the UAV world. I have worked on several projects at work involving UAVs and my personal hobby interest has been Radio control helicopters and airplanes. I'm hoping to learn a lot from this forum and community.

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FPV Flying with 3DR Quad and NAZA

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 9:08pm 3 Comments

Beautiful Day in Seattle for some FPV flying in Discovery Park. Nice views of the Olympics, Cascades, Puget Sound, and Mount Rainier.

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