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Can a Low Impact Crash cause Corruption of APM Firmware?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Søren Kuula Oct 16, 2013. 2 Replies

I had an unplanned landing tonight (otherwise know as a crash). No real damage to speak of, Broke my Pan mount for my FPV camera. The video pretty much says it all thanks to the MinimOSD.I was…Continue

Tags: Arduplane, 2.74b, MinimOSD, Surfer, Sky

Setting Up a Mission with a Takeoff and a Landing sequence for use in a Plane

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nathaniel Caner Sep 28, 2013. 5 Replies

Greetings,I am at the stage where my plane is well tuned and I want to begin experimenting with Takeoff and Landing sequences. I can't find any good descriptions of how these commands should be setup…Continue

Tags: Arduplane, Land, Takeoff, Planner, Mission

Trouble with KML/KMZ files generated in Mission Planner 1.2.62 or newer

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nathaniel Caner Aug 5, 2013. 5 Replies

I'm having trouble generating KML/KMZ files I can use in Google Earth since MP version 1.2.62. Whenever I generate a KML/KMZ file and view it in GE all I get is a flat projection of points on the…Continue

Tags: KMZ, Droneshare, KML, Earth, Planner

Can't Extract Waypoints Using Mission planner 1.2.55,1.2.56,1.2.57,1.2.58,1.2.59 or 1.2.60

Started this discussion. Last reply by Craig Elder Jul 13, 2013. 15 Replies

I've tried to extract Waypoints from this tlog several times using MP v1.2.55 and 1.2.56, each time it reports that is was successful and has saved the file in the logs directory. When I check for…Continue

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Nathaniel Caner commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Gizmodo: "The FAA's Drone Ban at the Super Bowl is Absurd"
"@Pedals2Paddles, Privacy is certainly another issue that drives public opinion with respect to the use of "Drones". However I don't think anyone attending a Nationally televised sporting event like the Super Bowl is thinking about…"
8 minutes ago

Nathaniel Caner commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Gizmodo: "The FAA's Drone Ban at the Super Bowl is Absurd"
"IMHO The problem isn't technology , it isn't the FAA, it isn't Government policy, it isn't Media, it isn't public opinion, it isn't even the irresponsible actions of a small number of individuals. The problem is fear.…"
46 minutes ago

Nathaniel Caner commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Gizmodo: "The FAA's Drone Ban at the Super Bowl is Absurd"
"The 30 mile radius is nothing new. The super bowl last year had similar flight restrictions. Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
4 hours ago

Nathaniel Caner commented on Wessie's group Arducopter Y6 Owners
"+1 DG!! My pipes froze overnight and I spent half my Saturday thawing them out! No broken pipes though. The high on Monday is supposed to be a balmy 3°F. Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
5 hours ago

Nathaniel Caner replied to Euan Ramsay's discussion Best tricopter layout
"Euan, Where are you taking the quote from? I'm only aware of one "Tri-Copter" configuration. There are two Y6 variations "A" and "B". But from reading some of your other posts it seems clear you are already aware…"

Nathaniel Caner replied to Richard Evans's discussion Why the motors cut off?
"Are you using a Beta version of Mission Planner? The version I'm using is 1.3.16. I' not sure I understand your question, are you referring to stick position? Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
Jan 19

Nathaniel Caner commented on Quadzimodo's blog post Drones in the media - Sorting the wheat from the chaff
"I read the article before I read your blog post here and I was appalled by the quotes I was reading. It made it sound like "drones" were falling out of the sky like leaves falling from trees. Not to mention the quotes made…"
Jan 19

Nathaniel Caner replied to Richard Evans's discussion Why the motors cut off?
"Richard, Sorry, it was a working weekend....and I'm still at work. What version of Mission Planner are you using? Is it 1.3.16 (most current)? Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
Jan 19

Nathaniel Caner replied to Richard Evans's discussion Why the motors cut off?
"Richard, Just taking a really quick look at the log file, if you plot RCIN for CH3, throttle drops to 993 for about 3 seconds around the time you reach peak altitude for the flight. Your RC3_MIN is 992, RC3_MAX is 1997 so the FC is seeing low…"
Jan 16

Nathaniel Caner replied to Richard Evans's discussion Why the motors cut off?
"Hi Richard, I don't recognize the pattern. What version of FW are you using? Do you have log files you can post? Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
Jan 15

Nathaniel Caner commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA study finds trained pilots *worse* at operating drones
"That makes perfect sense to me. In my own experience I have worked with a number of "new" rc-pilots who hold valid pilot's licenses. In every case they make the statement after their first lesson that it is in many ways harder to fly…"
Jan 14

Nathaniel Caner replied to Eddie Tun's discussion Do and Don't
"Also this is the FAA's general page on UASs. Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY "
Jan 11

Nathaniel Caner replied to Eddie Tun's discussion Do and Don't
"Eddie, Is this more in line with what you are looking for? FAA Interpretation of the Special rule for Model Aircraft. Nothing is in stone just yet, however it's looking pretty dim if you want to do anything commercial with your…"
Jan 11

Nathaniel Caner replied to Eddie Tun's discussion Do and Don't
"Eddie, Here are two good videos on the subject. Welcome to the community! Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
Jan 11

Nathaniel Caner commented on Oscar's blog post MinimOSD Cooling Kit / Enclosure for V1.1 and 1.2
"Oscar, I like your idea, and the design. Do you have any data that shows it actually improves cooling while stationary? Also, wouldn't it be better to have the heat sinks exposed above the case surface exposing them to any available…"
Jan 11

Nathaniel Caner replied to John Maugeri's discussion CLI Giving Garbage with APM 2.6 with 3.2 firmware
"Hi Patrick, To be clear the CLI interface has only been removed for APM platforms; it still works with PX4. I haven't tried this myself, but try rhis. With Mission planner open type CTRL+F. This will bring up a "Temp" window. In the…"
Jan 11

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About Me:
R/C Aviator 20+ Years Fixed wing, 2 Years Rotary.....Looking to expand my horizons. Started my interest in robotics with the Basic Stamp 2 Years ago...then moved to Arduino and learing C C++ 1 Year ago, now I am jumping feet first into UAV tech combining my interests. It's all about the challenge and learning!
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
My primary reason for getting involved with UAV's at DIY Drones is for the technical challenge. However I plan on using my UAV for aerial photography and videography with perhaps eventually a FPV platform.
Keene Valley, NY (near Lake Placid in the Adirondack Mtns.)

Acitvity Update

My Senior Telemaster equipped with an Ardupilot Legacy board had an unfortunate incident last year when I got too low in FBW-A Mode and couldn't pull up fast enough to avoid the tree line! Pilot error, I realized too late that all I had to do was switch to Manual. Alas instinct took over and I had a tremendous crash into the trees. Despite the sickening sound if the impact (snap, crash, bang) the Telemaster will fly again someday. (I'm not very ambitious when it comes to rebuilding!)

That derailed my UAV interest for a while and my interest shifted to light weight easy to build profile scratch build foamies! Had a great time building and flying some incredible aircraft from It was a nice distraction for the summer, but now I'm back to the UAV community her at DiyDrones and have reequipped myself with a new APM 2.5, uBlox LEA-6, Airspeed sensor, Attopilot 90Amp voltage and current sensor, 3DR 900MHz telemetry, MinimOSD Extra, Maestro contoller for use with an Antenna Tracker. I have also ventured into FPV with the help of who supplied all my FPV gear, Fatshark Dominator goggles, Immersion RC 5.8GHz vTX vRx.

I am enjoying all the new challenges and hope to bring a contribution or two to the community. Though I can read and understand the code for the most part, I am definitely not a programmer. What I am good at is devouring the concepts and providing assistance to those who have trouble knowing where to start and or need help clarifying concepts that haven't yet found their way into the wiki.

This year also saw me compete my HAM radio license exam and pass with a General Class license! KD2DEY, doesn't exactly roll off the tongue but hey maybe I'll get a vanity call sign someday! Anyway this will now allow me to operate legally here in the USA on additional frequencies for FPV and RC control. I hope sometime this year to equip my Futaba T8FG radio with a DragonLink UHF 433MHz long range transmitter and move to 1.3GHz band for my FPV system. All in all I'm just having a great time learning and immersing myself in all the new possibilities!

Keep up the great work 3D Robotics and the DiyDrones Community!


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National Model Aviation Day August 17, 2013

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 12:01pm 0 Comments

The Governor of the Great State of Indiana Michael R Pence becomes the first to sign the proclamation declaring August 17, 2013 to be National Model Aviation Day! What about your state? Read the full details here on the AMA…


"From The Ground Up" : One persons experience with DIY drones and ArduPilot - Part One

Posted on August 15, 2010 at 7:01pm 32 Comments

This is a Blog I decided to start chronicling my experience in the hopes that I might make it easier for newcomers to get involved with these amazing machines we call UAVs!…


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At 4:06pm on April 28, 2010, Bill G said…
Hey Nat
I teach Robotics ( VEX and First Robotics) so we use Robotc and labview for programming. I am located in long beach (south of long island). Wind is always a factor down at the beach. I am brand new to flying but building a robot plane was just to freakin cool to pass up. I got my school to pay for some parts because we do use it in school. The kids beg me to go outside every sunny day since we have been ready to fly (2 weeks) but wind and rain have kept us inside. Winds hitting 35mph today.
At 2:55pm on June 9, 2010, phillip padley said…
Hi yeh it is all scratch built no plans will be a smaller version lazer cut cooming soon and a few more designs, specs are wing span 14 ' length 8' , 10 channle 30 lbs in weight.
45cc powered
At 6:50am on August 8, 2010, Mark Whitehorn said…
Enjoy the Senior Telemaster ARF build. I'd be interested to see photos of your autopilot installation. I'd also like to know how you go about trimming and adjusting CG when you start flight testing. I think I had my CG too far aft on the last few flights; plane was stable but needed down elevator trim for level cruise at half throttle, and climbed too steep at full throttle.
At 6:55pm on August 28, 2010,
Sgt Ric
Yes, you're right about that!

I do have to remember to be a little more understanding sometimes instead of coming across frustrated.

Rereading a comment is helpful as you say.

I often catch myself often sounding more dry and sarcastic than I mean to.
At 4:32pm on March 1, 2013, James Dean said…

Hi Nathan,

Thanks for the youtube link (
) It certainly looks like that is the technique we need to give my quadriplegic client access to the control system. We did some tests yesterday using an analogue air pressure sensor. He has good control, and wants to use that as a throttle control for his RC race car. (He competes against able-bodied racers at club level.)

The "Balloon Switch" we make has a Pic microprocessor which has lots of spare capacity. I'l like to re-write the software in this to provide the PPM data to the RC transmitter training port.

The key thing I need is electrical and timing specifications for the signal to feed into the port. Whoever made the system in the video clip certainly must know all this!

Cheers, James

At 12:05pm on July 3, 2013, Keshan Dass said…

Hi Nat, I´ve add you as my friend. This is the issue:

Guys I need your help, APM 2.5 is new for me it´s the first time.  When I connect my usb cable to my bixler on the field, the red plane on the mission planner is opposite (almost everytime) to the true north.

What I did to solve the problem:

1- Check on “enable” magnetometer in MP/Configuration/hardware

2- Correct the declination and confirm in MP/configuration/adv parameter

That solution didn’t work completely, what I mean with that is that it corrects the orientation a little bit.

I don´t have an external magnetometer.

The question is:

What I have to do so that when I power up my APM 2.5 in the field and my bixler is pointing to N,E,W or S, in the mission planner that little red plane point to the same direction? 

I flew my bixler alredy, several time in manual, stabilize, auto and RTL. The funny thing is that all these flight when I power up my board inoccently I did it towards the true north.

At 4:43am on August 6, 2013, Pedro Capredoni said…

Hi Nathaniel, Ive made the small circuit to convert the RSSI PWM-AM signal of the 6208SB, but Ive measure 1,6v at full signal, not 2,2 as you wrote in the sketch. Also with power out TX, i measure 0,10-0,12v not 0... its that ok?

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