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Play It Safe, UAV Operations Checklist For Beginners, Enthusiasts, and Professionals

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Thompson Jun 24, 2014. 2 Replies

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Steve St.Clair left a comment for Rob Thompson
"Hi there Rob. Sorry about not accepting for so long."
Feb 20, 2015
Rob Thompson commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post Its small rule NPRM day (maybe)
"Nice, I finally have something to work with, minimums to meet and in most cases exceed. I am however upset about the FPV ban. Time for the Instrument rating or FPV endorsement/rating/license/privilege regulations. A checklist that I will write on…"
Dec 22, 2014
Rob Thompson commented on Todd Harper's blog post FAA Can Make All Drone Flights Illegal, Federal Court Rules.
"Dislike, rough days ahead folks."
Nov 18, 2014
Rob Thompson commented on Thomas J Coyle III's blog post DIY Drones has reached the 60,000 Members Mark!!!!
"Thank you Thomas, you do fine work. Only problems I've had on this website are from folks across the ponds, telling us our regulations stink or that we talk too much about them. Take care and safe skies."
Nov 17, 2014
Rob Thompson commented on Thomas J Coyle III's blog post DIY Drones has reached the 60,000 Members Mark!!!!
"Can you post where the traffic comes from, international vs usa?"
Nov 17, 2014
Rafael Coelho Destefani commented on Rob Thompson's blog post Stair Climbing Ground Drone ARTI by Transcend Robotics
"Nice ! "
Nov 11, 2014
Rob Thompson commented on Rob Thompson's blog post Stair Climbing Ground Drone ARTI by Transcend Robotics
"Thank you for your support!! It is great to see people getting excited about the ARTI. Many possibilities with this awesome ground rolling chassis.  "
Nov 11, 2014
Chuck Durham commented on Rob Thompson's blog post Stair Climbing Ground Drone ARTI by Transcend Robotics
"I backed an Early Chassis Kit - this is the kinda platform I have been looking for but I didn't feel like spending thousands on the tracked platforms that I have found so far.  The less expensive one's really are not durable enough…"
Nov 11, 2014
John Hestness commented on Rob Thompson's blog post Stair Climbing Ground Drone ARTI by Transcend Robotics
"Great to see a working stair climber. I am glad to see they are making it open source. I would like to see a less expensive device specifically for domestic household stairs.  They are at half of their goal with 22 days to go.  …"
Nov 10, 2014
armen t commented on Rob Thompson's blog post Stair Climbing Ground Drone ARTI by Transcend Robotics
"awesome! i need one. well need shmeed i want one very badly. Bravo to Mr. Walker and team who are allowing this platform to be purchased and built by enthusiasts/roboticist. ive always wanted military grade capabilities at reasonable prices and this…"
Nov 10, 2014
Rob Thompson posted a blog post

Stair Climbing Ground Drone ARTI by Transcend Robotics

Innovative leaders in robotics technology have recently announced the launch of their Kickstartercrowdfunding campaign to bring Ground Drone, the next evolution of ground robotics, to the market.Washington D.C., November 3rd, 2014Ever since the 1940’s when Isaac Asimov developed the Three Laws of Robotics and so powerfullydescribed…See More
Nov 10, 2014
Rob Thompson commented on Taylor Glenn's blog post Announcing Aeriality Version 1.1
"I have passed this on to several folks, I will send the results. Looks absolutely amazing, thank you for contribution, safe skies. "
Sep 20, 2014
Rob Thompson commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post PyPX4Flow: A cross-platform Python package for reading from the PX4Flow optical-flow sensor
"Great work, I hope you find some contributors for this project."
Sep 3, 2014
Rob Thompson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR, Amazon, DJI and Parrot join up to form the Small UAV Coalition
"This is great news, I posted my CHECKLIST for beginners and advanced flyers at that link on DIYDrones.com before, please look it over. I will collaborate with anyone for a checklist effort. I am currently working on my Certified Flight…"
Aug 17, 2014
Rob Thompson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post What UAVs can learn from manned aircraft
"@Andrew are you a lawyer here in the US? We don't abide by your common laws here sorry, money transactions increase liability. All these damn foreigners giving legal advice lol."
Aug 13, 2014
Rob Thompson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post What UAVs can learn from manned aircraft
"@Gary Here is some History for you since we discovered, implemented and invented the whole process, take notes I think you will need them. Who is behind now?  FAA Video"
Aug 12, 2014

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About Me:
I have a passion for technology, education and entrepreneurship. I began using computers and programming on early Commodore and Apple computers 30 years ago. The many innovations, leaders and social changes I have witnessed drives my passion to innovate. My family environment also helped me to further my skills and deepen my knowledge in technology. Born into a family of pilots who maintained aircraft for many years, I was afforded the opportunity to have many different types of tools and mentors to shape my life.

My past projects for research and innovation include: flight instrument haptic sensing, infrared runway traffic signals, pilot selection process, positive attributes of pilots, application development, uav, advanced display systems, robotics, wearables, 3D printing, data collection and sensors.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I am interested in UAV for military and defense and also private commercialization. I have flight experience with several small micro platforms and Gaui 330. I am also interested in precision agriculture benefits and land conservation and preservation.
Hometown:
Washington, DC

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Stair Climbing Ground Drone ARTI by Transcend Robotics

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 6:17pm 5 Comments

Innovative leaders in robotics technology have recently announced the launch of their Kickstarter

crowdfunding campaign to bring Ground Drone, the next evolution of ground robotics, to the market.

Washington D.C., November 3rd, 2014

Ever since the 1940’s when Isaac Asimov developed the…

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Capturing Images With Film Not a Digital Camera, A Pioneer of UAS

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 8:49am 2 Comments

We like to think what we are doing is new, however some folks have been pioneering the way for us for a long time. People like Bert Wagner of Advanced Aerials can remember a time he would use film to capture images and then run to the 1 hour photo to have them developed. Only when the film was developed did they find out if they got the shot or if they had to go back and re-shoot. This article I am linking to is from 1998 Rotary Modeler Magazine…

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DJI Phantom 2 - Attacked by Police Helicopter at Great Falls VA

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 5:51pm 25 Comments

This video is so good it needs it's own post, it was originally mentioned by Rob_Lefebvre in our previous discussion about the NYPD helicopter. I am from Virginia it surprises me that this person was detained shortly and only got a $70 fine in a national park. 

Two men from Inwood arrested after they flew drone near George Washington Bridge, nearly hit NYPD helicopter.

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 5:30am 63 Comments

First off these guys were in the wrong and got caught, I am not defending the stupidity of flying close to an aircraft. However, to create a story with a headline "nearly hit" misleading most. Drones can be dangerous if flown next to aircraft. This is theoretically possible and flyers should stay away to…

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At 8:06pm on February 20, 2015, Steve St.Clair said…

Hi there Rob. Sorry about not accepting for so long.

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