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Sgt Ric replied to Joe's discussion Need a flight control board...
""...ArduPilot, the world's first universal autopilot platform (planes, multicopters of all sorts and ground rovers). Today the Pixhawk andAPM 2.6 autopilots run a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems,…"

Sgt Ric replied to Brandon's discussion ezuhf and futabaT9-CHA
"It's good you remembered to add that you had the NAZA flight controller... 'Till then you were only describing strictly R/C flying. [no RTH at all] I don't know what model you have: the NAZA M, the lite, or whatever, and I am not…"

Sgt Ric commented on Jorge Brites's blog post Refurbish a damaged 4S battery
"Careful, there's still alot of dangerous stored energy in those cells! I agree with @John Maffetone, this is not safe and something I would never recommend. "
Aug 20

Sgt Ric commented on Jesper Andersen's blog post An AutoPilot in the Clouds - part 1
"I agree with @johnkowalsky, This entire community (and this site) is proof that the autopilot is NOT the expensive part of project. "
Aug 19

Sgt Ric commented on Jose Luis Cortes's blog post Huge quadcopters can be attractive alternative to fixed wing for mapping and survey
"@eduardo, you obviously are new to Jack Crossfire's unique communication style."
Aug 18

Sgt Ric left a comment for James M. McDonough
"Welcome to the community. Just one quick comment; your company name (Unmanned Aerial Systems) is somewhat ubiquitous in this field. Your corporate-name-search should have alerted you to the fact that this is a common name and could be confusing to…"
Aug 18

Sgt Ric replied to Steve's discussion Mission Planner only works for Planes!
"Thousands of users (including myself) use APM Plane everyday successfully."
Aug 16

Sgt Ric replied to Sonay Dalal's discussion Looking for a solar powered drone that can fly away 100s of miles at 50miles/hour+ speed
"With plenty of room for the family! Gotta look pretty!"
Aug 15

Sgt Ric commented on F. C. Bearsch "Tearig"'s blog post Another Pixhawk Clone...
"Another flagrant violation of trademark!"
Aug 11

Sgt Ric commented on Dan Murray's blog post #dronefreedom: Fundraising Campaign to Challenge the FAA's Interpretive Rule
"FYI...the American FAA does NOT investigate air accidents/incidents. The FAA is responsible for air safety and enforcement while it is the The NTSB that handles the investigations on American soil, and is often invited by other countries if they…"
Aug 11

Sgt Ric left a comment for Dilby
"Definitely APM instead. Might be more than you need today, but there's a lot of power there when you want more capability tomorrow."
Aug 1

Sgt Ric commented on Thomas J Coyle III's blog post Drone Stuff: Parachutes, Politics, and No-Fly Zones
"Same thing happens as a full size pilot flying upside down ejecting at 20'. Outta luck baby! (Unfortunately this did happen to one of our SnowBird show-team pilots)"
Jul 28

Sgt Ric left a comment for Andrew Schmidt
"@Andrew Schmidt, which ads are bothering you? The ads on the DIYDrones page are not from us or "sponsors", they are from Ning, the board provider, and most are based on YOUR web history (cookies). What you see in ads like this is unique to…"
Jul 23

Sgt Ric commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)
"...Neither does the FAA."
Jul 22

Sgt Ric commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Private investigators using drones to catch cheating spouses
"Rick, you are talking about two totally separate issues. The FAA cannot address anything related to this blog about privacy... As has been mentioned, they only have a mandate to ensure safety of the nations airspace. In regards to our small hobby…"
Jul 14

Sgt Ric replied to Morgan Matelski's discussion Advice on the best camera with gps and infrared for Y6
"If a camera has infrared capability, it will not be hidden in the spec sheets somewhere! The adding of a couple zeros to the price tag is also a good indication."
Jul 6

Sgt Ric commented on Chinlin's blog post My minimOSD board v1.0
"You should consider upgrading to a newer board. (the ver 1 had some issues)"
Jun 26

Sgt Ric commented on CrashingDutchman's blog post Quanum DIY FPV Goggle Set with Monitor (KIT)
"@david, that's actually a plus. I would rather see the occasional snow from an interrupted feed than a black/blue screen (which then decides, on its own, when the signal is strong enough to let me see it again) With HeadPlay we even load an…"
Jun 11

Sgt Ric replied to's discussion Clap-activation of a servo on the plane with a directional microphone to the ground ? in the group ArduPlane User Group
May 22

Sgt Ric commented on Robert Krogh (hooks)'s blog post Huge Mugin 4450 UAV platform
"Can't remember what the Yamaha RMax can carry... its been in commercial use in Japan for dozens of years."
May 20

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.
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."


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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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,
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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