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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

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Some opinions please

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Bubba commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post AC 91-57 be gone, welcome AC 91-57A
"So with this: d. Public Law 112-95 recognizes the authority of the Administrator to pursue enforcement action against persons operating model aircraft who endanger the safety of the National Airspace System. Accordingly, model aircraft operators…"
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Gary McCray commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post AC 91-57 be gone, welcome AC 91-57A
"I agree John, It basically looks like it is stating a position of being in compliance with the 336 Special rule while reiterating each of the circumstances to indicate that it can take action when it deems necessary. A very careful job of…"
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John Dennings commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post AC 91-57 be gone, welcome AC 91-57A
"Sort of ironic that this new Advisory uses Public Law  112-95, section 336 definitions of model aircraft, when that document defines the term to specifically bar the FAA from regulating  said model aircraft. And for those, the only thing…"
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Andrew Rabbitt commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post AC 91-57 be gone, welcome AC 91-57A
"It's worth noting that the "A" in "AC" stands for advisory"
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Gary McCray commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post AC 91-57 be gone, welcome AC 91-57A
"I've always had a lot to say on this subject, but in this case I think that the FAA has done an unusually good job of handling this - finally. It is actually interesting how the FAA has softened the wording related to airport proximity, 400…"
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Gary Mortimer commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post Alleged RPA/manned aircraft strike in USA
"Well, again and I am sorry I can't mention names but we had an email and it mentioned the word BIRD. I get what you are saying paddles, this has been talked up in manned aviation forums and it will be interesting to see how they talk it down…"
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AC 91-57 be gone, welcome AC 91-57A

Just promulgated by the FAA1. PURPOSE. This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance to persons operating Unmanned Aircraft (UA) for hobby or recreation purposes meeting the statutory definition of “model aircraft” contained in Section 336 of Public Law 112-95, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. This AC describes means by which model aircraft may be operated safely in the National…See More
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Pedals2Paddles commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post Alleged RPA/manned aircraft strike in USA
"Thanks for the update Gary.  I'm glad this wasn't just you making the connection to drone. HOWEVER, my opinion is one person at an insurance company saying "hey maybe it was drone" doesn't warrant this kind of…"
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AC 91-57 be gone, welcome AC 91-57A

Posted on September 2, 2015 at 12:13pm 5 Comments

Just promulgated by the FAA

1. PURPOSE. This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance to persons operating Unmanned Aircraft (UA) for hobby or recreation purposes meeting the statutory definition of “model aircraft” contained in Section 336 of Public Law 112-95, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. This AC describes means by which model…

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Pixhawk Prizes for Pronto Pair :- T3 Back to the Future Winners

Posted on August 31, 2015 at 2:30pm 7 Comments

Back in 2009 we ran our first pylon style race in a figure eight pattern. It was won by an Easystar using a paparazzi autopilot in a fraction over 49 seconds for a single lap.

This time we asked contestants to complete 5 laps and Dawid Preller flew a blistering time of 221…

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Alleged RPA/manned aircraft strike in USA

Posted on August 28, 2015 at 9:30pm 45 Comments

 

The unconfirmed report is that a “company survey” aircraft impacted a small UAS at 2,500 feet near Lewis University (KLOT) on August 27, 2015 causing damage to the leading edge of the manned aircraft wing.

More as we get it but this is what…

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HABLEG (High Altitude Balloon Launched Experimental Glider)

Posted on July 23, 2015 at 10:21pm 14 Comments

 

This is the sort of thing T3 entrants get up to, well done!

HABLEG has a mass of 7kg, a wingspan of 3m and can carry an additional payload of up to 3kg. The flight was conducted at the rocket base ESRANGE in northern Sweden, where the glider was lifted to an altitude of 20km by means of a helium balloon. Upon release in the low density atmosphere,…

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T3 back to the future a reminder

Posted on July 10, 2015 at 11:18am 2 Comments

First off Chris Anderson reminds everybody he is known as old tiny hands in the 3DR offices, this the servo for the rover that he is entering into this round of the competition.

Rob keeps mentioning his chopper.…

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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.

Cheers-
Mc Smith
At 11:12am on February 18, 2009,
T3
Rory Paul
said…
Gary

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

C
At 4:20am on February 26, 2009, dionh said…
Gary
Do you know where i can find atmega168 micro's in SA
At 1:16pm on April 6, 2009,
T3
Rory Paul
said…
Gary

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

Regards

C
At 1:52pm on April 6, 2009,
T3
Rory Paul
said…
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…
Gary
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?
Regards
James
At 2:06pm on June 19, 2009, Robert Vale said…
Genius,
Why do you think our secuity co from NYC posted it? THINK about it, THAN comment.
At 8:30am on July 6, 2009,
T3
Rory Paul
said…
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?

Regards

C.
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 rossbw@eastcoast.co.za with details of your system. you can check out our website www.agricane.com 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
Ross

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