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Sgt Ric commented on Ying Hong's blog post DIY Monocopters
"Jack has been working on this for years."
yesterday

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Sgt Ric commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA vs Search-and-Rescue drones
"I see the link to IEEE.org is broken. ie.  "Read more here" http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/aerial-robots/searchandrescue-drones-grounded "
Friday

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Sgt Ric commented on Nicholas Witham's blog post Game of Clones...........
"@titeuf007, in that case, I wouldn't call that a "clone". "
Apr 9

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Sgt Ric commented on AKRCGUY's blog post DJI Releases Upgraded Phantom Vision + Model $1299.00
"Agreed."
Apr 9

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Sgt Ric replied to Chandruth's discussion Pixhawk Collision Avoidance
"Gee, I don't remember that, but a quick look back on Jordi's YouTube page doesn't show it. Jordi's YouTube channel "
Apr 4

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Sgt Ric replied to Efi Gy's discussion Bad GPS pos while on moving ship.
"How do you believe the TX would know where it was?"
Apr 4

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Sgt Ric commented on Mark Harrison's blog post E-Waste Quadcopter Lifts Your Spirits While Keeping Costs Down
"Hilarious, but I think it would at least LOOK great!"
Apr 2

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Sgt Ric commented on Gisela & Joe Noci's blog post Antenna, Feedpoint matching, Baluns, Turnstiles and why Complex homegrown antenna mostly do not work...
"Alex has posted several really good how-to videos and blogs, especially for these freqs. http://videoaerialsystems.com/ IBCrazy on rcgroups "
Apr 2

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Sgt Ric commented on Mark Harrison's blog post E-Waste Quadcopter Lifts Your Spirits While Keeping Costs Down
"I have lots of PC fans (larger server ones as well)...but are they efficient enough? I mean I know that technically, the fewer the blades the more efficient, but this just looks too cool not to work!  These 7 bladed PC fans are engineered to…"
Apr 2

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Sgt Ric commented on Mark Harrison's blog post E-Waste Quadcopter Lifts Your Spirits While Keeping Costs Down
"I really enjoyed this whole thread... thanks guys, I needed that!"
Apr 2

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Sgt Ric replied to James McGuire's discussion fixed wing uav
"Yes, it looks awesome, but with that short-coupling design, it might be a handful to fly and trim out before installing an AP. I have an Nitroplanes Cessna 337 which I realize will crash only once, unlike my EasyStars."
Mar 25

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Sgt Ric commented on vova reznik's blog post Getting to 100km, with a big help from GEB 8043125.
"Of course Vova would have them first... He is RangeVideo!"
Mar 25

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Sgt Ric replied to Jay Chin's discussion Wiring a killswitch to the APM 2.5 6 Pin Power Module Cable
"Why? That's like cutting the head off the chicken: if you've even done that you'd see that it sure enough can still run! A switch on the battery cable would safely shut down the APM and motor(s) as well. "
Mar 21

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Sgt Ric replied to Rohan Dsilva's discussion program / modify Walkera QR Infra X Smart Drone
"It's not open source hardware, but if you don't mind voiding your warrantee, it will run MultiWii. But it's not reversible."
Mar 19

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Sgt Ric commented on X-Winder's blog post Another FAA Incident
"This is crazy!  A judge agrees that no laws exist covering UAVs, so the FAA says that since no laws exist, then its illegal (?) What warped circular logic is this! "
Mar 18

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Sgt Ric commented on Richard Burd's photo
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"Are you marketing these yet? "
Mar 17
Joseph Armstrong left a comment for Sgt Ric
"Sgt Ric, thanks for the response. Actually wanting to learn more from your site so that I can build a reliable testbed. We've had a number of folks come to us wanting to add our solar, but I had to learn more about the interface and ended up…"
Mar 14

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Sgt Ric left a comment for Joseph Armstrong
"Hi Joseph and welcome to DIYDrones. Just a quick note that although we welcome input from all sectors of the hobbyand related industry, our TOS discourages direct advertising or blogs which are a blatant sales pitch. That being said, we would still…"
Mar 14

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Sgt Ric commented on Chris Anderson's blog post ABC Denver News: "Drone drifts away in skies over Denver; owner posts 'missing' flyers around city"
"The wording of the article says it "drifted" away, but unfortunately, we know the way it came down was probably not nearly as gentle as that sounds! "
Mar 12

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Sgt Ric commented on chris wilson's blog post Hobbby King has a MINI APM
"From HK's site: "This product is based on the APM Project from 3DR Robotics.""
Mar 10

Profile Information

About Me:
I got into R/C in 1975.
I got into photography in 1975.
I got into computers in 1975.
I got married in 1980. (which put a stop to all of the above)
It wasn't until 2005 that I figured out how to combine the first three.

Currently flying FPV. (EasyStar)
Working on UAV projects (second EasyStar and NitroPlanes 81"Cessna 337)

Remarried to a wonderful, understanding, and supportive lady.
Father to a 30 yr old son, a 29 yr old daughter, and a 6 year little angel who can fly my R/C helicopter better than I can!
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Primarily recreational fixed wing platforms.
Hometown:
Colfax, WI 54730

My favourite response to the "I Want One, And I Want It Now" crowd...

"This site contains a wealth of information meant to address the very questions you are asking.
Many like minded people have begun just as you are and rec'd ideas and answers by reading about the experiences of the modellers and experimenters before you.
Since alot of the enjoyment (for most of us) comes from the trial and error of a custom configuration, it would perhaps be best if you read some of the many threads and articles here at DIY Drones."

..Ric
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Safety Quote:
Please keep in mind any laws, regulations and guidelines that regulate RC flight in your areas. Many jurisdictions do not allow flying above certain altitudes, beyond set range and most require line of sight and ground operator controllability at all times.

"Safe: We follow the current interpretation of the FAA guidelines on small UAVs. Recreational use (non-commerical), under 400 ft altitude, line of sight, "pilot in the loop" and onboard safety systems that always allow for manual control in the case of malfunction. We're building experimental platforms that demonstrate autonomy and the capacity to do real useful UAV work, but we test them in controlled settings. If you want to fly miles out of sight or map cities, we're going to assume you've got the proper FAA clearance or we don't want to know about it."

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Comment Wall (25 comments)

At 1:45am on December 15, 2007, Danny Campbell said…
Nope, but I am gonna take a look at it right now.
At 5:27pm on October 10, 2008, Danny Campbell said…
Hey, that is so cool! The ArduPilotPro uses an Arduino board, which is something me and Ryan were talking about a while back. I was actually thinking about purchasing the arduino board anyways, to play around with and use with different projects. But now I will actually have a good reason to get one...

There is actually a cheaper one out there called the Boarduino, but I think there are some significant differences so the Boarduino might not work with this.

I haven't had much of a chance to read the ArduPilotPro page yet but I will try to do so today.
At 5:39pm on October 10, 2008, Danny Campbell said…
I'm just reading through now, and I think I would have a lot better perspective on all this if I understood a little more about R/C planes and exactly what a finished autopilot device needs to do... do you have any links or info in that regard? I'll look around on my own too, but I thought you might have some good info kickin around.
At 5:42pm on October 10, 2008, Danny Campbell said…
Nevermind, I think I found it what I am looking for.
At 5:43pm on October 10, 2008, Danny Campbell said…
Oops, I'm posting in two different places here. My previous posts were replies to your comments on my wall. I was just asking if you had info about exactly what the autopilot does, but I think I found what I need, so don't worry.
At 4:15am on October 27, 2008, Danny Campbell said…
So I'm looking around here, and I saw a post where Chris states that the ArduPilot (not ArduPilotPro) code would be out soon, that was in June I believe. And then on the ArduPilot page it says that the code is in alpha. So it's not actually been released yet? Or am I just not looking hard enough...
At 3:47pm on November 10, 2008, Sai said…
Hi! actually i didnt get u properly what did you mean?
At 10:50pm on January 7, 2009,
T3
Rory Paul
said…
Hi Sgt Ric

I hope there will be no goosestepping. The few people I know actually working commercially are north of the border and as long as they are they it gives me hope for a civilian market. Transport Canada appears to be willing to even allow overflight of populated areas as long as you ask nicely and are not flying a 200lb monster.

C.
At 3:40pm on July 22, 2009, Moe Bahrami said…
Ric,
No problem mate don't worry about it, but just so you know and so we can clear the air, I have a degree in aerospace systems engineering and my project which won a first prize in a European UAV competition was designing a UAV from an aerodynamic point of view. Anyways due to my circumctances in life I never had the chance to actually get hands on with the stuff you guys are up to and the reason I'm turning to this field as a hobby is because I have a few good ideas to implement but I need to gain some experience first. Any ways I truly do respect someone who has the decency to leave me a comment like you did.
all the best and keep in touch
MOE
At 8:28am on July 23, 2009, DougB said…
Ric, I was just reading your profile and saw that you were working on the nitroplanes 337, I guess great minds think alike (lol) that is exactly what I'm planning. I also have a nitoplanes Predator with an Ardupilot in it plus FPV camera. I haven't ordered the 337 yet, have you put yours together and flown it yet, it looks like a great airframe to play with. I'm thinking of putting a single Zenoah 26 (since I have it laying around) in the rear leaving the front open for stuff, also I want to redesign the nose to look more like the RQ-7 Shadow. Have a great day.

Doug

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