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APM 2 external GPS I must have missed something

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Gary Mortimer replied to Jeff Jamison's discussion APM Board Solar-Powered Plane
"Christian, I think folks worry about doing research projects for students.  Here's my contribution you will need more channels, so far you have yaw pitch roll and throttle. You have none left to command the APM."
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Ted Van Slyck commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post New FAA TFR prohibits model aircraft/RPAS flight within 3nm of large sporting events
"Seems likes the FAA promulgating regulation regarding model airplanes to me....hmmm didn't congress prohibit that in 2012? Oh wait, I forgot, according to the FA: model airplanes, paper airplanes and baseballs are all covered by FAR part…"
Jared O. commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post New FAA TFR prohibits model aircraft/RPAS flight within 3nm of large sporting events
"So much for Amazon's delivery drones - at least in Seattle. Most of the city is within 3 nautical miles of a stadium."
Emile L. commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post New FAA TFR prohibits model aircraft/RPAS flight within 3nm of large sporting events
"A NOTAM is filed with an aviation authority to alert aircraft pilots of any hazards en route or at a specific location. The authority in turn provides a means of disseminating relevant NOTAMs to aircraft pilots. What non-pilot (hobby flying…"
F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post New FAA TFR prohibits model aircraft/RPAS flight within 3nm of large sporting events
"Gary, I agree with the assumptions made,  I think if you follow the cash typically you find all the answers needed, With optics becoming so good, and digital processing even better you can imagine on a clear day at even several thousand feet…"

Gary Mortimer replied to Joe's discussion Tricopter spin.
"Lets hope the cloner are on team."

Gary Mortimer commented on Lester Haines's blog post Final LOHAN test flight hits 27,700m
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vorobushek commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post New FAA TFR prohibits model aircraft/RPAS flight within 3nm of large sporting events
"While 3 nanometers would be just fine, 3 nautic miles seems too much indeed...As if people had too little authorities all around, the big-time sports has now joined the ranks of them.Welcome the brave new world!"

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

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I perhaps spend way too much time dreaming and scheming not enough time flying.
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New FAA TFR prohibits model aircraft/RPAS flight within 3nm of large sporting events

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 12:55am 5 Comments

Watch out if you are tempted to look over the wall at the ball game. The FAA have issued a NOTAM that no doubt event operators will enforce on their behalf. It brings model aircraft and RPAS within a NOTAM previously enacted post 9/11 for full sized aircraft.

What does it mean, if your flying field is within 3nm of major sporting events you should not be…


No hiding behind AC 91-57 anymore

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 11:30am 52 Comments

The FAA just cancelled AC 91-57 the one that many folks used to justify commercial aerial photography from unmanned aircraft in the USA. 

Now look to…



Posted on October 7, 2014 at 11:30am 4 Comments

First one I think to come with LiDAR as standard, that's an interesting development for sure. I see the sun setting on…


Really fine RPAS filming

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 11:00am 19 Comments

I think the trouble with an awful lot of multirotor footage is that its all about the multirotor footage. I see way too many zoom climbs, reveals and drone films XYZ from above its just dull. I have a feeling the general viewing public is also getting used to it so for late arrivals they are going to…


Congratulations Canberra UAV, stunning Outback Challenge win

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 9:30pm 32 Comments

Ardupilot for the win! APM lead developer Andrew ("Tridge") Tridgell's CanberraUAV team with a 3D Robotics Pixhawk autopilot completed all the challenges and scored an impressive victory in this premier UAV competition. 

Congratulations to Canberra UAV and indeed all the teams…


Comment Wall (36 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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