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Looking for general suggestions on Penguin UAV

Started this discussion. Last reply by MarioSpeedwagon Apr 18, 2015. 1 Reply

Good evening,I started a UAV project about a 3 weeks ago after first becoming interested a few months ago. While I have some experience with RTF helicopters and quads, This is my first fixed wing, as…Continue


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MarioSpeedwagon replied to Jacob Thomas's discussion Lidar for terrain-mapping
"Simon,  There are a handful of LiDAR mapping drones out there right now. I don't have any first-hand experience with them, though.  In my opinion, they're currently still cost-prohibitive and require a little more expertise than…"
Jul 12

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Jun 8

MarioSpeedwagon commented on Joe Breznai's blog post DJI Proposes Electronic Identification Framework For Small Drones
"I'm 100% for identification of drone operators by way of electronic IDs.  FAA offices and law enforcement really need to catch up on current regs regarding drones, though. "
Apr 5

MarioSpeedwagon posted photos
Feb 10

MarioSpeedwagon commented on Andrew Schuh's blog post DJI is changing the game for Precision Mapping
"They really need to take a closer look at Tower & Litchi, and why they are so popular among the community. "
Jan 25

MarioSpeedwagon commented on Cactus Robotics's blog post Key features of Droiko
"I always swore that I wouldn't buy anything RC/Drone related unless it was work-related.  This might change that. Can we make a drinking game out of it? ;) "
Jan 25

MarioSpeedwagon commented on Adrián Nagy Hinst's blog post 3D printed FPV racer - 170 mm size - Rev7 - More improvements
"Great, clean looking design. Let's see this thing in action! "
Jan 25

MarioSpeedwagon commented on Jerry Greenhold's blog post How to Register Your Drone with the FAA
"Jerry, This is a great blog post to have on the front page during Christmas time, and very informative to boot! Thank you for the PSA.  Hopefully it catches some people that are new to the hobby/industry around the holidays. "
Dec 27, 2016

MarioSpeedwagon commented on Rob_Lefebvre's blog post Procyon 800E Enters Limited Production
"The only reason we ever use the fixed wings over the multirotors is for large sites.   I'd love to see your design replace the fixed wing's role and save some anxiety on sites with tough-to-find landing locations.  A reliable…"
Dec 23, 2016

MarioSpeedwagon commented on Patrick Meier's blog post First Ever Cargo Drone Deliveries in Amazon Rainforest
"Thanks for posting Patrick! Your blog posts always lead to a bit of daydreaming. "
Dec 23, 2016

MarioSpeedwagon commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3D printed planes finally get practical
"I'm all for feedback and collaboration. That's the main reason I posted the draft on thingiverse. I'm far from a competent designer....I just think it would be great to have a collaborative and highly customizable UAS"
Dec 9, 2016

MarioSpeedwagon commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3D printed planes finally get practical
"I've been working on a modular design for a little while, but my free time got cut short with a new job.  The idea is to have swappable sections and allow the Maker to pick and choose their pieces for their airframe (Twin/Pusher/V-tail,…"
Dec 9, 2016

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Oct 7, 2016

MarioSpeedwagon commented on Julian's blog post 3DR's Rise and Fall
"I wish we had an ignore feature"
Oct 6, 2016

MarioSpeedwagon commented on Julian's blog post 3DR's Rise and Fall
"I share many of the criticisms of 3DR with others, but the relentless bashing is tough to stomach at times. I started using the Solo for my business as a temporary solution to fly legally, as custom builds were tougher to add to the 333 at the time.…"
Oct 6, 2016

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Oct 3, 2016

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About Me:
Former domain admin, residential electrician, and a generally eclectic job history.
333 Exemption, Commercial operator.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Emergency Services-Infrared/thermal mapping, fire prediction modules, active monitoring
Agriculture-Proven, verifiable data. Always willing to work with researchers that are approaching the task as scientists, not salesmen.

Some other side projects.

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NorCal Man Becomes First in California to Be Arrested for Flying Drone Into Firefighting Zone

Posted on July 16, 2016 at 6:05pm 7 Comments

I normally don't like to post extremely short blogs that just link to another article, but I think this has been a long time coming. 

I can't say that I hope for severe charges/fines against the operator (at this time), but I do hope that we only have to put up with one more season of seeing…


More than meets the eye: a bit about caution and credibility

Posted on October 1, 2015 at 12:18pm 22 Comments

One reason I constantly check DIYdrones throughout the day is the tenancy to have well-written and informative blog posts on the front page, as opposed to some of the "hype machine news" found elsewhere, though we get our share as well. 

This blog post is really…


Drones in Firefighting (and fire reporting)

Posted on July 6, 2015 at 3:57pm 6 Comments

Drones & Firefighting

I wanted to (quickly) share some experiences with the use of drones in firefighting, as my UAS and goals differ a bit from most departments we've seen that are starting to use drones. 

I am a career…


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At 6:52pm on September 13, 2015, Rich Mays said…
No problem. Thanks for your help. I believe I got it focussed pretty well.
At 11:31am on September 22, 2015, LW said…

Hello MarioSpeedwagon

You mentioned in one post you had applied for a Section 333.  Do you have a pilot or sports pilot certificate?  Just wondering if producers without these certificates are filing for an exemption to this requirement?  Not sure you can?? 

Did you file the 333 for you company or yourself?  If for your company you can hire a certified pilot.  Again, just wondering how producers are filing the 333s.



At 11:40am on September 22, 2015, LW said…

Got it!


At 4:30pm on July 31, 2016, Gary McCray said…

Hi Mario, Thank you for writing directly, Chris already told me she already deleted her own blog due to the controversy.

I honestly have great respect for all the moderators, generally you handle things very fairly and in line with both the TOCs and the intent of the site.

But in my opinion a comment like "your illustration is in conflict with our TOCs" with no clarification of the conflict was in itself inappropriate.

Further on my carefully scrutinizing of the TOCs I could find nothing that could be vaguely interpreted as a "conflict".

Unfortunately things got out of hand rapidly after that.

I do not normally go blindly tilting at windmills, but, the fact is nobody ever did clarify what the conflict was and the general tone became hostile.

I am sure the intended "conflict" was the appearance of the Predator drone on the cover, but that is definitely not an issue covered by the TOCs and it is singled out as a single appearance where there have literally been dozens and dozens of them before on this site with no one objecting.

When we started, the Predator was even our primary logo.

Sure her some of her stuff has military applications, but no more so than the Pixhawk or Ardupilot.

She seemed a nice lady with some very advanced imaging technical information and in my opinion any substantive concerns for either appropriateness or value for our group were totally misplaced and the point missed.

We needlessly offended a potentially valuable contributor who had absolutely no negative intent whatsoever.

I am afraid when I see something like that that I feel is occurring, I am just not the kind of person who can walk away.

Needless to say that has not necessarily always gone over well with my "superiors", one of the reasons that for the last 30+ years of my life I was a consultant and independent developer.

Best Regards,


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