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Technology solutions to reduce dangerous drone flights

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Giacalone Aug 21. 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. 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

Which MAVLink messages to use to get the most accurate position and attitude data

Started Aug 14, 2014 0 Replies

A project I'm working needs to get the most accurate values of aircraft position and attitude. We're looking to obtain updated values at 50 to 100Hz from the APM IMU. Which MAVLink message or…Continue

Tags: roll, data, pitch, yaw, angles

 

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Philip Giacalone commented on Brendan Jacobs's blog post Like It or Not, Drone Licensing Is Coming
"I'm not at all surprised. It's impossible to have an intelligent conversation about regulations without emotional outbursts and insults on DIYDrones. Other than blowing off steam, this is not helping the hobby's future. "
yesterday
Philip Giacalone commented on Brendan Jacobs's blog post Like It or Not, Drone Licensing Is Coming
"Regarding the need for FAA authority, please see this article about their current lack of authority over consumer drones.  Legislation would close loopholes in FAA’s authority over consumer drones Anyone flying drones within the rules…"
yesterday
Philip Giacalone commented on Brendan Jacobs's blog post Like It or Not, Drone Licensing Is Coming
"It's encouraging that people are taking the time to read the new regulations being proposed. At some point, the FAA will be given authority and we will have some form of new laws. Best to get familiar and anticipate what is coming.  As far…"
yesterday
Philip Giacalone commented on Thomas J Coyle III's blog post Report: Documents reveal nearly 700 close calls between drones and planes
"FAA definition: An incident is defined as “an occurrence involving one or more aircraft in which a hazard or a potential hazard to safety is involved but not classified as an accident due to the degree of injury and/or extent of…"
Wednesday
Philip Giacalone commented on Thomas J Coyle III's blog post Report: Documents reveal nearly 700 close calls between drones and planes
"Despite all the emotions and denials, we will see new drone regulations in one of two ways. Before an air tragedy occurs or after a tragedy occurs. For everyone's sake, let's hope it's sooner rather than later. "
Wednesday
Philip Giacalone commented on Thomas J Coyle III's blog post Report: Documents reveal nearly 700 close calls between drones and planes
"Take a look at the proposed Consumer Drone Safety Act if you want to know what's likely coming in new drone regulations. The Act has 3 major thrusts. 1) Defines "consumer drones" 2) Gives the FAA authority to regulate…"
Wednesday
Philip Giacalone commented on Brendan Jacobs's blog post Like It or Not, Drone Licensing Is Coming
"@Brendon and @Bradd Just wanted to support your comments. It's often hard to discuss this topic without emotional flareups.  The hobby community will survive and adjust to the coming regulations. Those flying within the current rules…"
Monday
Philip Giacalone commented on Brendan Jacobs's blog post Like It or Not, Drone Licensing Is Coming
"Next year seems like a reasonable estimate for the arrival of new consumer drone regulations. If you're interested in how congress plans to make the skies safer, see the Consumer Drone Safety Act. Consumers should at least be happy to know that…"
Monday
Philip Giacalone commented on Brendan Jacobs's blog post Like It or Not, Drone Licensing Is Coming
"FYI. If interested, another forum discussion on air safety issues and new regulations can be found here"
Aug 22
Philip Giacalone commented on Brendan Jacobs's blog post Like It or Not, Drone Licensing Is Coming
"New legislation for consumer drones is being proposed to enhance air safety. These new regulations would limit the flight capabilities of drones, putting limits on manufacturers so that their drones have built-in features to keep them…"
Aug 21
Philip Giacalone replied to Philip Giacalone's discussion Technology solutions to reduce dangerous drone flights
"Not simple, agreed. Legislators will fashion the rules realistically to achieve safer skies. Their first goal is to close the loophole that prevents the FAA from regulating consumer drones. That's going to happen relatively quickly,…"
Aug 21
Dwgsparky replied to Philip Giacalone's discussion Technology solutions to reduce dangerous drone flights
"It may or may not be a good legislation BUT the practicalities of this are not simple. As an example if this is only a USA law then the suppliers will send units to Canada and these units should not be required to comply with the USA requirements…"
Aug 21
Philip Giacalone replied to Philip Giacalone's discussion Technology solutions to reduce dangerous drone flights
"BTW, Senator Feinstein's proposed legislation includes this requirement to prevent modifications to a drone's flight safety mechanisms.  "(6) a means to prevent tampering with or modification of any system, limitation, or…"
Aug 21
Philip Giacalone replied to Philip Giacalone's discussion Technology solutions to reduce dangerous drone flights
"Yes, implementation becomes a tougher problem when considering the legitimate issues you mention. As legislation is being finalized, the sharing of ideas and concerns between regulators in the UK, Canada, etc, can be expected. We'll have…"
Aug 21
Dwgsparky replied to Philip Giacalone's discussion Technology solutions to reduce dangerous drone flights
"I agree but also some countries like UK and Canada are ahead of the USA right now (may change) but it would still be wrong for a manufacturer to impose restrictions in a country they are not valid. also consider the people who operate (legally and…"
Aug 21
Philip Giacalone replied to Philip Giacalone's discussion Technology solutions to reduce dangerous drone flights
"Good point. U.S. laws sometimes drive similar rules elsewhere. It'll be interesting to see how all this develops. "
Aug 21

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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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