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APM 2 external GPS I must have missed something

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ismail Akcoral May 14, 2013. 1 Reply

sUAS news weekly is out

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patrick Egan Feb 27, 2011. 1 Reply

Some opinions please

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary Mortimer Jan 24, 2011. 4 Replies


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Gary Mortimer replied to Ray's discussion needing help and getting no replies anywhere (Iris+) in the forum here.
"Should I state the obvious... go back to the version that worked!"
Jun 3
Chris commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post No more $5 FAA fee, John Taylor wins his case.
"Hi JB, Good breakdown of the groups, it's how i look at it too. I think it's important to clarify that Sub 2kg (or excluded category) flying have a bunch of additional rules that they have to follow - way more than a hobbyist.…"
May 21
JB commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post No more $5 FAA fee, John Taylor wins his case.
"I suppose there's a Aussie perspective that is missing here. :-) The supposed intention of the rule was to make "flying things" safer. Paying $5 and registering people does nothing towards that IMHO, even if it might be preferred to a…"
May 20
Gary McCray commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post No more $5 FAA fee, John Taylor wins his case.
"For sure Rob, It will probably stimulate another round of rule / law making and it could go either way. The biggest problem was that it really addressed the toy market inappropriately, muddling it completely with the more serious users and you…"
May 20
Rob_Lefebvre commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post No more $5 FAA fee, John Taylor wins his case.
"I don't know. I don't think they know how good they had it.Canadians wish we could pay just $5 to have the government leave us alone.We don't have registration, but we are now required to have our name, address and phone number…"
May 20

John Arne Birkeland commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post No more $5 FAA fee, John Taylor wins his case.
"Best news in a long time, and it does not even apply to me since I live in another country. That $5 registration 'rule' essentially functioned like some badly designed filter where the experienced users ignored it because it made no sense,…"
May 20
Tiaan Roux commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post No more $5 FAA fee, John Taylor wins his case.
May 20
John Bond commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post No more $5 FAA fee, John Taylor wins his case.
""The three-judge panel said that safety was obviously important and making hobbyists register "may well help further that goal to some degree ..."So registering - and paying $5 makes things safer? That's a child-like idea. …"
May 20

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Developing UAS systems for game management and fence patrol in South Africa.

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No more $5 FAA fee, John Taylor wins his case.

Posted on May 19, 2017 at 11:19am 11 Comments

Should you be in America and come across this man you should probably buy him a beer. He fought the FAA and won. Their mucking about with 336 was not viewed well by the courts,…


Do not be that guy, 133 new flight restriction areas for drone in UAS

Posted on April 7, 2017 at 9:30am 1 Comment

The FAA have just issued a NOTAM and interactive map. It really might not be a good idea to be caught in any of the 133 new restricted areas

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has established airspace restrictions over 133 military facilities to address national security concerns about unauthorized drone operations. The specific…


Let me just leave this here

Posted on March 27, 2017 at 1:28pm 3 Comments

Who remembers Piksi, Colin and Fergus make Forbes 30 under 30

Posted on January 12, 2017 at 3:48pm 1 Comment

Swift Navigation, the San Francisco-based startup building centimeter-accurate GPS technology that will power a world of autonomous vehicles, is proud to announce that two of its co-founders, Fergus Noble…


Talking Pixhawk 2.1 and RTK with Philip Rowse

Posted on November 30, 2016 at 6:00am 2 Comments

It's in the title really. ;-)

Comment Wall (39 comments)

At 5:17am on October 20, 2007, Mike Mc Smith said…
Hey there G - Hope your trip went smooth...
Thanks again for all the flying - and donating your airframe to the cause. Been speaking with Stuart a lot more... He's fast!! Quadro-chopper still is not on the table in front of me- but Ill give you a shout when it is- and post some pictures.

not too many repairs to be done to your craft- just changing the wheels really and thinking about molding a new nose for it..

Again I'll post pictures when anything happens..

Till then, enjoy the sunshine I guess.

Mc Smith
At 11:12am on February 18, 2009,
Rory Paul

For a couple of coils of Wors and few Windhoeks I will export an MP Autopilot ; )

At 4:20am on February 26, 2009, dionh said…
Do you know where i can find atmega168 micro's in SA
At 1:16pm on April 6, 2009,
Rory Paul

I will be in SA (Jhb) within the next two weeks if there is anything you need from the US let me know.


At 1:52pm on April 6, 2009,
Rory Paul
No problem. I will take you up on the offer then next time I am in SA + I will try to bring my plane out and get some long duration flying in so I will need some pointers on good locations to fly.
At 8:59am on May 17, 2009, jaron said…
Gary, what's the current state of your "Airframe 1 in FlightGear" project? Let me know if I can help you with the aspects concerning UAV Playground.
At 1:46am on May 19, 2009, James Ross said…
Am looking at assisting drug enforcement on the Seychelles. We are busy acquiring a Bank License there and need to assist the Island folk with other infrastructure. They have a huge drug problem evolving and their sea is vast and have 115 islands although we would only need to concentrate on those surrounding Mahe. The yachts are the problem donkeys.
What do you think?
At 2:06pm on June 19, 2009, Robert Vale said…
Why do you think our secuity co from NYC posted it? THINK about it, THAN comment.
At 8:30am on July 6, 2009,
Rory Paul
Hi Gary

Looks like you had a good turn out for your RCAP event. I have been toying with the idea of arranging an informal event here in Southern California for autopilot users but worry that Patrick would be lurking in the bushes to report us all to the FAA.

Your new airframe looks good. Any plans to make it available for sale?


At 12:44pm on July 14, 2009, Ross Badcock-Walters said…
thanks for your response Gary. I was starting to think I was all alone out here. Please send me an email on with details of your system. you can check out our website for more details about the work we do. We opperate on large estates for the likes of Tongaat huletts and illovo. 12 000 ha is a fairly normal size that we will have to cover in a week to 10 days, so we need a system that can handle a lot of work. Look forward to hearing from you.
kind regards

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