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What can happen when your GoPro falls out of the sky (=:

Started Feb 14 0 Replies

Maybe a little off-topic but if you haven't seen this YouTube clip  of a GoPro falling from a plane it will make your morning. Continue

FrSky Taranis Transmitter Connectivity Question

Started Feb 14 0 Replies

There's a lot of enthusiasm about the new FrSky Taranis R/C transmitter/controller and the associated open-source firmware. I'm considering switching to this system to go along with my new Pixhawk as…Continue

Tags: FrSky, 9DX, Taranis

Scary Unexpected Motor Startup After Arming; Also Yaw Behavior Issue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Oliver Jan 7. 22 Replies

After nearly two years of putting around with no nasty surprises my heavy Hex, "The Witch" has been behaving badly and yesterday gave me a fright.A couple of weeks ago I moved up to 3.1 from 3.0.1…Continue

We're Doing It Wrong!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Josh Oct 3, 2013. 1 Reply

Chicken-powered camera stabilization!!http://i.imgur.com/kE7xE2P.gifContinue

 

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Oliver replied to Chris Spatgen's discussion Taranis 6 Position Switch for 6 Flight Modes w/APM 2.5 & Mission Planner
"Hi CyberCrash, I'd sure like those too, can you append them to a post here? Thanks!"
Jul 4
Oliver replied to Eric Coronel's discussion LiPo charger in the group IRIS
"Eric, what I'm saying is try not to use more than 80% of your battery's capacity. That's different than 80% being left - it would be 20% left. But as Gary Mortimer mentions, in the long run using a timer works really well for most…"
Jun 17
Oliver commented on Marque Cornblatt's blog post Unbreakable Airframe Testing Footage
"@ Bill Patterson: I know you're probably being modest and careful not to be overtly promoting your product in this forum but could we please have a teeny little clue about where we can get a look at your nifty-sounding mini-H frame? Also,…"
Jun 17
Oliver commented on Marque Cornblatt's blog post Unbreakable Airframe Testing Footage
"@Brian: Same problem as in a crash - a bullet would likely take it down instantly as all of its energy  would transfer to the aircraft and its components. Some component or another would fail, at least temporarily, from such a shock. This thing…"
Jun 17
Oliver commented on Marque Cornblatt's blog post Unbreakable Airframe Testing Footage
"We trad-heli R/C pilots learned long ago that replacing stock plastic rotorhead parts with nifty aftermarket alloy and carbon fiber bits has the unfortunate side effect of moving the damage in a crash deeper into the machinery, where it can be more…"
Jun 17
Oliver commented on Hugues's blog post PIXHAWK powering critical attention points - Wiki complementary information
"@ Hughes: Exactly, those words make no automatic sense to anyone except the already initiated. And now I'm really confused: We are to connect signal and ground wires together??  And some will ask, "What's the "servo…"
Jun 16
Oliver commented on Hugues's blog post PIXHAWK powering critical attention points - Wiki complementary information
"This discussion is way too confusing and has way too much confusing terminology. Perhaps someone could put some photographs of the appropriate and inappropriate wiring connections together. Shocking as it may be to Joe Q. Engineer, there are scads…"
Jun 16
Gary McCray commented on Oliver's blog post Drunk Hockey Fans Mistake Phantom For LAPD Drone, Down It!
"I really think that we are going to need to start trying to actually extend our reach and help educate both the public and the new casual quadcopter users. If we don't, we are going to suffer from even more ill advised, rules, regulations and…"
Jun 16
EngineerX commented on Oliver's blog post Drunk Hockey Fans Mistake Phantom For LAPD Drone, Down It!
"The sad thing is we will most likely see increasing number of incidents like this. As multirotors become more popular and cheaper to buy, we'll get a slew of people with no idea of what they're doing flying in precarious situations like…"
Jun 16
Oliver replied to Eric Coronel's discussion LiPo charger in the group IRIS
"Eric, understand that the half-charge is something you need to do only when putting your Lipos into long-term storage. Recommendations vary regarding what long-term means. Personally I have been using Lipos pretty much since they became available…"
Jun 16
Mathieu commented on Oliver's blog post Drunk Hockey Fans Mistake Phantom For LAPD Drone, Down It!
"Merci Swift :)"
Jun 16
hotelzululima commented on Oliver's blog post Drunk Hockey Fans Mistake Phantom For LAPD Drone, Down It!
"I also note from photos of the phantom  drone involved  that its battery indicating nav/orientation lights were duct taped over for reduced night time visibility from the ground or for no excess light in the flight video and may have…"
Jun 15
hotelzululima commented on Oliver's blog post Drunk Hockey Fans Mistake Phantom For LAPD Drone, Down It!
"The other possibility is an ill advised attempt by news media or their agents or independent reports to get action shots.  and given the LAtimes.com reporting of same it now seems more than one drone(paper reported several) was hovering outside…"
Jun 15
hotelzululima commented on Oliver's blog post Drunk Hockey Fans Mistake Phantom For LAPD Drone, Down It!
"the other comment is that while you and I, @Oliver, are well aware of the shortcomings of a civilian design such as a Phantom Vision quad(TX  AA battery holder, funky autopilot, blade loss failure mode at 9.8m/s**2, freaky encrypted battery…"
Jun 15
hotelzululima commented on Oliver's blog post Drunk Hockey Fans Mistake Phantom For LAPD Drone, Down It!
"if  the LA Sheriffs Dept was present and they do  operate under totally different guidelines and legal strictures than LAPD(county vs city)  they are another possibility. they got yelled at before for fixed wind drones  by the…"
Jun 15
Mathieu commented on Oliver's blog post Drunk Hockey Fans Mistake Phantom For LAPD Drone, Down It!
"Operating a quad so low over such a dense crowd seems totally irresponsible.One thing struck me:I've been scrolling down comments under the article on sfgate.I'm amazed by the extremely high proportion of violent anti-drones…"
Jun 15

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Transitioning from conventional helis to multirotors for hobby photography. Also scale/sport flying.

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Drunk Hockey Fans Mistake Phantom For LAPD Drone, Down It!

Posted on June 14, 2014 at 4:30pm 20 Comments

Yellow journalism runs amok with another Drone Drama, getting it wrong, again:

The San Francisco Chronicle (a notorious hack-blatt with an accuracy record roughly that of the National Enquirer) has stolen re-posted a story and video clip from…

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Kenya’s new drone program could put a virtual end to poaching

Posted on April 27, 2014 at 7:30am 23 Comments

The fight to save the elephants and rhino is going full-on high-tech. Kenya’s government, the Guardian reports, is about to deploy drones in all 52 of its national parks and reserves.

"In a pilot, the amazingly effective strategy reduced…

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Russian Heavy-LIft Hexacopter Breakthrough!

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 9:30am 4 Comments

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa9RXH2WoP4&feature=youtu.be

The Russian approach to aircraft design has always been famous for robustness and extreme simplicity, and this now extends to multicopters! Here's their latest, with these features: moving part count, zero;…

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Drone flyby reveals ancient village buried in New Mexico

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 8:26am 8 Comments

An interesting article on Mother Nature Network "Thermal images captured by a small drone allowed archaeologists to peer under the surface of the New Mexican desert floor, revealing…

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