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Help Diagnosing GPS Error

Started Feb 2, 2015 0 Replies

Hello,I was in loiter with my Pixhawk powered hex doing some testing in the driveway. HDOP was not very good for the flight. I knew that but cautiously was in loiter anyway.Towards the end of the…Continue

New hex with Pixawk trying to flip on takeoff, w/ log

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hlieb Apr 14, 2015. 15 Replies

Hello,Long time APM user, but am setting up a large hex with 3DR Pixhawk for the first time.The hex is trying to flip on takeoff as soon as I spool up. The log file shows that there is a significant…Continue

Maximum current for 3DR power module

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jonathan Hair Oct 18, 2014. 3 Replies

Hello,I am building a hex with 14" props for lifting a mid sized camera. I am pretty set on running a 4S setup, as I can share batteries with my other quad.I calculate in hover I should be drawing…Continue

SimonK Firmware Motor Sync Problem with Low kV Motor

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Trcka Jun 24, 2014. 11 Replies

Hello all,Up until today I was blissfully ignorant of the potential problems of using SimonK flashed ESC on larger multicopters with high pole count low kV motors. Maybe others know about this, but I…Continue

 

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Jonathan Hair commented on Thomas J Coyle III's blog post Kentucky Drone Shooter Case May Let FAA Dictate Legal UAV Flight Heights
"While I am not in favor of giving the FAA any more authority, I feel that if they are considering model aircraft the same as manned aircraft, they had better go after these folks in the same way they would go after someone that shoots at an airliner…"
Jan 7, 2016
Jonathan Hair commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post US drone registration rules to be announced today (Monday)
"If model aircraft are aircraft, do I need register my RC car at the DMV?"
Dec 14, 2015
Jonathan Hair commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post US drone registration rules to be announced today (Monday)
Dec 14, 2015
Jonathan Hair commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post US drone registration rules to be announced today (Monday)
"$5 fee. WHY? Screw the FAA."
Dec 14, 2015
Jonathan Hair commented on Jimmy Oliver's blog post Kickstarters' Zano in trouble
"+1 Well said Rob. I am also astonished when an upstart drone company does not leverage Arducopter. I too, assume in that case, that they will fail. The other thing that gets me is that often times these KS drones are advertising existing…"
Nov 12, 2015
Jonathan Hair commented on Jimmy Oliver's blog post Kickstarters' Zano in trouble
"Jimmy, are you looking to throw your money away? If so, keep backing KS projects :)If you want a drone, go buy one of the many many options available that work great."
Nov 11, 2015
Jonathan Hair commented on Jimmy Oliver's blog post Kickstarters' Zano in trouble
"Who wants to take bets on the other crowd funding drones making it?1. Airdog 2. Hexo+ 3. Plexidrone  4. Lilly (not Kickstarter, but taking preorders in a similar way) I think Airdog and Hexo+ have the potential to make it and appear somewhat…"
Nov 11, 2015
Jonathan Hair commented on Jimmy Oliver's blog post Kickstarters' Zano in trouble
"Of all the outrageous features they claim, the 15 minute flight time is among the most absurd. That and the gesture based control.... ha"
Nov 11, 2015
Jonathan Hair commented on Jimmy Oliver's blog post Kickstarters' Zano in trouble
"A few takeaways from these continual drone failures on KS: - it is hard to produce things - Kickstarter is a great means to advertise. People invested millions in this project - If idea's were so great, it wouldn't be hard to get…"
Nov 11, 2015
Jonathan Hair commented on xCraftUAV's blog post Phone Drone Ethos - A Drone for your Smart Phone
"The flight controllers we use are not actually expensive. A lot less so than a smartphone phone. This is a solution to a non problem."
Nov 9, 2015
Jonathan Hair commented on Brendan Jacobs's blog post Task Force to Propose Free Registration for All Drones Over 9 Ounces
"There is nothing reasonable about creating a government registry for toys."
Nov 6, 2015
Jonathan Hair commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 50% off clearance sale at 3DR
"A $58 battery is normally sold for $150 from you? And you think that a 50% discount is a good deal? http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=64438"
Nov 6, 2015
Jonathan Hair commented on Brendan Jacobs's blog post Task Force to Propose Free Registration for All Drones Over 9 Ounces
"+1 John, I don't see how they can justify it with the language in the 2012 FAA authorization act."
Nov 6, 2015
Jonathan Hair commented on Brendan Jacobs's blog post Task Force to Propose Free Registration for All Drones Over 9 Ounces
"Good:  Free Bad: Pointless Does nothing about user education Over reach by government to register toys."
Nov 6, 2015
Jonathan Hair commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-powered XPlus One VTOL goes big on Shark Tank
"To the hobbyist, there is little benefit to these hybrid quad/fixed wing machines. Cannot get pictures in loiter of the ground, and I suspect that the loiter performance (with the huge side profile) will be poor in the wind. The Firefly6, while more…"
Oct 26, 2015
Jonathan Hair commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement
"Yeah, I don't see a petition working here. Civil disobedience. Refuse to register. The program will fail if no one will do it. "
Oct 20, 2015

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Having flown RC and helis for 15 years it was just a matter of time to get a UAV.

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DIY RC Gimbal Part 2

Posted on July 5, 2015 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

Hi all,

A few months back I posted about making my own RC controller: http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/diy-rc-controller

I finally got around to making it work. I am very happy with the results! I ended up using code posted on RCgroups to format the PPM signal:…

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Ferndale Michigan Drone Ban Defeated!

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 8:30pm 1 Comment

http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/Clip/11434402/ferndale-city-council-passes-on-banning-drones#.VT70_TBt7VE.facebook

I am happy to report that a proposed 'drone' ban was unanimously defeated after a strong…

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DIY RC Controller

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 11:15am 7 Comments

Hi all,

 

This past winter I built a new machine for doing more professional aerial photography. I got a 3 axis gimbal for my Sony NEX 5. I decided that to take full advantage of the gimbal, a second operator would be beneficial. My main RC transmitter, a DX7S, lacks the channels, and programmability to control all of the gimbal functions the way I…

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My 2 cents to the FAA

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 8:24am 37 Comments

Not sure if anyone will ever read it, or anyone cares, but I commented here. If you haven't done so yet I encourage you to do so too:…

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