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APM 2 external GPS I must have missed something

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Gary Mortimer replied to Justinclouds's discussion Low cost, high endurance, disposable fixed wing platform
"Speed, payload, price but not the endurance. Thats the deal breaker. "
Jake Stew commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post DJI to release mandatory firmware update
"Let's not get into the air rights issue.  The FAA does not decide the scope of its' authority, the legislative branch does, which is then interpreted by the supreme court.  The supreme court has clearly ruled that land owners…"
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Pedals2Paddles commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post DJI to release mandatory firmware update
"Good luck finding a law, law enforcement agency, and court that will apply, arrest, charge, and convict someone for violation of the illusion of personal property air space.  Not going to happen."
John Dennings commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post DJI to release mandatory firmware update
"> Property Owners do own "Air Rights" above there land. Depends who you ask ... Believe it or not, the FAA doesn't think so ... " The definition of the national airspace system is anywhere where aircraft can safely…"
Doug Dorrer commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post DJI to release mandatory firmware update
"So will DJI process refunds for newly bought DJI products for buyers that live within the No-Fly Zone?  Property Owners do own "Air Rights" above there land. I know...someone will argue differently, but research air rights first. I…"
John Dennings commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post DJI to release mandatory firmware update
"+1, but as an option, on by default. With maybe some warnings if disabled. Anything else that would require source modification and a  build/compile to override would virtually guarantee source forks popping up all over the place. …"

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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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DJI to release mandatory firmware update

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 7:30am 26 Comments

DJI will release a mandatory firmware update for the Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision, and Phantom 2 Vision+ to help users comply with the FAA’s Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) 0/8326, which restricts unmanned flight around the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

The updated firmware (V3.10) will be released in coming days and adds a No-Fly Zone centered…


Trappy ended up paying

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 10:39pm 17 Comments


Raphael Pirker agreed on Thursday to pay the FAA $1,100 to settle the agency’s $10,000 fine for allegedly flying a drone recklessly to film the University of Virginia in 2011. Under the settlement terms, Mr. Pirker doesn’t admit to guilt and the FAA agreed to drop some of its accusations against…


3D Robotics' CEO weighs in on the future of drones

Posted on January 9, 2015 at 3:39am 8 Comments

Seems familiar

Gesture based control, the thing we were chatting about way back in…


FAA has given green light for commercial flights with DJI Phantoms

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 1:33pm 11 Comments

Ok so they have given a 333 exemption to a particular real estate company but you get my drift.

Here's the sUAS News story

This is the money statement.

The FAA’s…


Its small rule NPRM day (maybe)

Posted on December 21, 2014 at 10:33pm 16 Comments

Expect the FAA to finally start the three month small rule NPRM process today Monday the 22nd of December. But remember we have been here before many times. Should it happen I can finally remove the Miss-O-Matic from sUAS News. I believe the Small UAV Coalition of which Chris Anderson was a founder is having a telephone call with the FAA today…


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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.

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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