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Sgt Ric replied to Rodrigo Rodrigues's discussion Conventional Aircraft with Mission Planner on Board?
"...and Mission Planner (and the APM/Pixhawk) is used for what?  Logging?  "

Sgt Ric commented on Thomas J Coyle III's blog post DIY Drones at 65,000 members!
"Easier to read if you double-click on the graphic."

Sgt Ric replied to Rodrigo Rodrigues's discussion Conventional Aircraft with Mission Planner on Board?
"Conventional as in Full-sized?"
Mar 23

Sgt Ric replied to Rodrigo Rodrigues's discussion Conventional Aircraft with Mission Planner on Board?
"APM is communicating with MissionPlanner via your telemetry radio."
Mar 23

Sgt Ric replied to Rodrigo Rodrigues's discussion Conventional Aircraft with Mission Planner on Board?
"Again, why?"
Mar 23

Sgt Ric commented on Rob_Lefebvre's blog post New Drone Service Tests Commercial Usage Laws in Canada
"Makes sense, but good to know about possibilities. "
Mar 20

Sgt Ric replied to Elios's discussion Best Combination of Motors, prop and batteries for the X-UAV Talon for the Longer flight Distance
"@Joffrey, I don't know who the manufacturer of your quad is, but Talon fixed wing (as pictured above by  Trung Nguyen)  has been well-known with-in the community for a couple years now. Sorry the quad company didn't pick a new…"
Mar 20

Sgt Ric commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Canada says if a drone has a "remote" it's not autonomous. What would Chappie think?
"When this community was truly DIY, we knew (mostly) how the systems worked because we were the ones that built them; and soldered the wires and flashed the firmware, etc., but now that ReadyToRun systems are being bought by kids and part-time…"
Mar 18

Sgt Ric replied to Akintunde M. Lawal's discussion NEW PROPELLER INVENTION
"At the risk of "letting the cat out of the bag", can you show us some of your design work?   Since your patent application has been filed, this shouldn't be a problem, should it? "
Mar 16

Sgt Ric replied to Daniel Fisher's discussion spray painting with drones
"I thought a good add-on for a rover especially, would be a small can of bear-spray (that's what us Canadians call pepper-spray, cuz pepper-spray is illegal until you rename it bear-spray). Watching some of those Long-range FPV videos of the R/C…"
Mar 15

Sgt Ric replied to Jim's discussion Manned drone project - interested?
"WHAT do you mean "manned drone"  ? That doesn't make any sense. Quite a conundrum actually. "
Mar 9

Sgt Ric replied to Mike Mac's discussion 3DRobotics 400mW Telemetry Kit
"It's not 3DR product... It has the old style connections, not USB on both. Looks like @Chris will have to get the lawyers out after these guys: they even use the term 3DRobotics in the title!"
Mar 5

Sgt Ric replied to Dan McKenna's discussion Research using IRIS..not allowed!? in the group IRIS
""It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission"  from "The Wit and Wisdom of Grace Hopper" by Philip Schieber in OCLC Newsletter, No. 167 (March/April 1987)"
Feb 27

Sgt Ric replied to Shawn McCracken's discussion Sony RX100iii as aerial mapping camera
"Pardon my jumping in here, but with GIS, a wide angle lens like your 16mm would normally introduce too much distortion, does it not?"
Feb 24

Sgt Ric commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post The Mexican immigrant who set up a global drone firm
""That was before Chris I think.."   Oh, I was about be a smart-ass and suggest that that buddy helping him might have had something to do with some magazine, but you closed the door on my attempt. I remember Jordi paying to have a…"
Feb 24

Sgt Ric replied to Oscar Avellaneda-Cruz's discussion 3DR Iris for MAPPING - Assembly & Mount for Canon S100 in the group IRIS
"Very good advice... Gimbals are not advised in GIS work."
Feb 17

Sgt Ric commented on Chris Anderson's blog post First Pixhawk-powered drone to get FAA commercial use approval
"I believe the issue is that with open source hardware, firmware, and software you have a constantly evolving setup, and once a specific configuration is certified,its hard to say that tomorrow's version is similar enough to be covered by the…"
Feb 12

Sgt Ric commented on bigkahuna's blog post
"Totally without legal standing. A voluntary database meant to be coded into the software. I laughed when they pointed out that there is no provision to prove you own the property you are registering... wow, I can add the Empire State bldg! "
Feb 11

Sgt Ric commented on Eugene Potapov's blog post FAA claims the moon.
"April Fools came early? "
Feb 9

Sgt Ric commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Gizmodo: "The FAA's Drone Ban at the Super Bowl is Absurd"
"Many of the members here follow the twitter feed for TRF info here: "
Feb 2

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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 & Quadcopter: HoneyBadger 250
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, but opening up to quads.

Member of DIYDrones community since 2007.

Colfax, WI 54730


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



My favourite response to the "Now tell me what to do..." 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."


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."



DIYDRONES does not advocate or condone any RC flights beyond LOS or above 400'AGL.

Do not try this

Such Flights may be illegal in many parts of the  world.

Members/ Diy UAV enthusiasts are advised to check with local regulations/authorities for required permits & comply.

DIYDrones bears no responsibility for such action.


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More unfortunate publicity?

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 1:00pm 3 Comments

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer called on the federal government Friday to release what he dubs "much-needed rules" for the use of unmanned drones in light of two recent instances of drones encroaching into Westchester County Airport airspace.

Full article here…


Comment Wall (27 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,
Rory Paul
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.

At 3:40pm on July 22, 2009, Moe Bahrami said…
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
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.


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