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Technology solutions to reduce dangerous drone flights

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Giacalone Aug 21, 2015. 9 Replies

Throwing this out hoping to stir a lively discussion. Is it reasonable to expect drone manufacturers to add more technology to reduce the number of dangerous drone flights? Specifically, should…Continue

Help, please, with RFD900a radio that appears to be bricked

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Giacalone Feb 10, 2015. 7 Replies

Hi folks,One of my RFD900 radios was working fine for months but is now only showing 1 solid red LED. Using USB/FTDI, I'm unable to connect or reset it with MissionPlanner ("No heartbeat packets…Continue

 

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Philip Giacalone commented on Martin Rüedi's blog post New features: FlightZoomer 2.0 adds 14 automatic flight modes to Pixhawk flight controllers
"Hi Martin, Thank you for the great answers.  And thanks for clarifying about the SOP for some full scale ILS landings. Yes, more accurate altitude sensors on the drone would be needed to know exactly when to flare.  Yes, I was watching an…"
Apr 12
Philip Giacalone commented on Martin Rüedi's blog post New features: FlightZoomer 2.0 adds 14 automatic flight modes to Pixhawk flight controllers
"@Martin I really like what you've created and have a few questions, if you don't mind.  - Waypoints are configured and stored in a database on the GCS (Windows phone), correct?  - Are the set of waypoints that define a…"
Apr 11
Philip Giacalone commented on Phillip Kocmoud's blog post Caution with the FAA UAS Registration Site
"Hi Phillip, Yikes! Looks like you've uncovered a major bug in the FAA's registration website. Did you report it?  I've seen bugs like this before in poorly implemented websites. It can be caused by a middleware bug in which the…"
Dec 22, 2015
Philip Giacalone commented on Brendan Jacobs's blog post Task Force to Propose Free Registration for All Drones Over 9 Ounces
"FYI. Here's the full text of the WSJ article that Tony pointed to above. By JACK NICASNov. 6, 2015 12:36 a.m. ET0 COMMENTSA federally convened task force plans to urge U.S. officials to cast a wide net in registering recreational drones but to…"
Nov 6, 2015
Philip Giacalone commented on Brendan Jacobs's blog post Task Force to Propose Free Registration for All Drones Over 9 Ounces
"Thanks for sharing the link, Tony.  Seems like they have a reasonable group of people working pretty well together on the task force. Not surprised. This isn't rocket science, eh? "
Nov 6, 2015
Philip Giacalone commented on Brendan Jacobs's blog post Task Force to Propose Free Registration for All Drones Over 9 Ounces
"Bravo to the Task Force for deciding to make drone registration free.  It's worth noting that they're trying their best to do the right thing for the community, while also doing their best to reduce the growing safety problem -- the…"
Nov 6, 2015
Philip Giacalone commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post Clarification of the Applicability of Aircraft Registration Requirements for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
"@Gary - I agree. In a few years, most will have forgotten the early, wild west days of the drone industry and will accept the new conditions under which society says they must operate.  Here's another thought about the future... Let's…"
Oct 26, 2015
Philip Giacalone commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement
"Yes, I think most everyone agrees that education is part of the solution. Flight limitations in the firmware, too. But these kinds of things aren't happening broadly or consistently enough in the exploding consumer space right now. I agree that…"
Oct 23, 2015
Philip Giacalone commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement
"An ultralight is piloted by a human with intelligence and situational awareness. The number of ultralights sold this holiday season is not expected to approach 1 million units, either.  The regulators will consider the flight capabilities,…"
Oct 22, 2015
Philip Giacalone commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post Clarification of the Applicability of Aircraft Registration Requirements for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
"Information privacy is one of the issues on the agenda of the panel developing the new regulation. We'll have to wait to see what they come up with. "
Oct 22, 2015
Philip Giacalone commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement
"Remember that this is just the first step in an evolving process of new safety regulations. What they're working on now is certainly not final or even the last step in regulation. Restricting the flight envelope of drones in the firmware is…"
Oct 22, 2015
Philip Giacalone commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement
"Much of the AMA's Safety Code will be adopted and included in the new registration requirements. Following the safety code is satisfactory, with respect to achieving the goals of airspace safety. Unfortunately, not enough people are following…"
Oct 22, 2015
Philip Giacalone commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement
"Has anyone noticed how the aerospace industry consistently reacts to extremely rare incidents that result in dangerous situations, crashes, or deaths? Have you ever noticed how that industry pulls out all the stops, spends unlimited sums of money,…"
Oct 21, 2015
Philip Giacalone commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement
"@Nathaniel - I agree that the registration cost needs to be kept very low. I expect they'll try to keep the cost to a bare minimum, since they understand and appreciate the impacts on enthusiasts like yourself.  As for your point about the…"
Oct 20, 2015
Philip Giacalone commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement
"@Tony - Thanks, much appreciated. Coming from the aerospace industry gives one an understanding and appreciation for the industry's primary directive around human safety. It's why flight has such an admirable and amazing safety record.…"
Oct 20, 2015
Philip Giacalone commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement
"@Todd - Thank you.  BTW, if anyone is interested in getting a good sense of where the government and industry is headed in terms of new regulations and other changes, I'd recommend watching a few congressional hearings on cspan.org. Just…"
Oct 20, 2015

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Washington Post investigation - When drones fall from the sky

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 2:30pm 9 Comments

An interesting investigation into 400 crashes by military drones:

More than 400 large U.S. military drones have crashed in major…

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Introduction and UDB mode switching question

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 2:28am 14 Comments

Hello,



I've been silently following the progress of the UAV Dev Board team for a while now, and want to congratulate Bill Premerlani and his great team for their amazing accomplishments.



This is my first posting, so please let me introduce myself. I'm relatively new to RC flying, and have very little experience with micro programming, but do have some background in aerospace and software engineering. Anyway, after crashing a few planes, it's exciting to see that such a… Continue

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