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Sgt Ric commented on Winfried Rijssenbeek's blog post Update of the man drone project
"@Swift, I'm sure @Winfried won't take offence to your comment... There're a lot of things you won't get me in, like a roller coaster or a submarine. (I leave that to TCIII)"

Sgt Ric commented on Winfried Rijssenbeek's blog post Update of the man drone project
"Agreed. "

Sgt Ric replied to Paul N Braida M.E's discussion APM 2.5 User Manual
"The documentation for the genuine APM is here But of course all the cloners don't bother with stuff like that, do they?"

Sgt Ric commented on Thomas J Coyle III's blog post Serbia and Albania game abandoned after drone invasion sparks brawl
"@ c j g :  "Albania" not "Albany".  "

Sgt Ric commented on Postal's blog post SenseFly Ebee head impact test
"Sounds kinda expensive to me... talk to the NTSB or NASA.   (I would have said the FAA, but nowadays they're not on my good guy list)"

Sgt Ric commented on F. C. Bearsch "Tearig"'s blog post UAV 270-m "RTL" Success
"As you know, RF problems can be frustrating, esp when you can clear up a problem while bench testing, only to have more problems show up once you get into the air and move away from the RC TX. PLus, its impossible to move the antennae further apart…"
Oct 14

Sgt Ric left a comment for Peter
"Welcome to our community. We look forward to sharing ideas and experiences in this great hobby with our members. If you had some issues with requesting membership, it was most likely due to incomplete or questionable responses to the sign up…"
Oct 9

Sgt Ric commented on Rui Costa's blog post Applanix Offers Single-Board GNSS-Inertial System for UAV Mapping
"This old-school marketing is definitely out of touch with the connected world. I don't have patience for a business attempting to pre-qualify customers... I simply click on by!"
Oct 9

Sgt Ric commented on Jonathan Meringer's photo

Flying Test Stands

"Chris Anderson posted this photo along with many other great ones here..."
Oct 8

Sgt Ric commented on Jonathan Meringer's photo

Flying Test Stands

"(Sorry for the poor link imbed... My smart phone doesn't do links very well)"
Oct 8

Sgt Ric commented on Jonathan Meringer's photo

Flying Test Stands

"Very similar to a Canadair UAV design used by the CAnadian military."
Oct 8

Sgt Ric commented on chrisa's blog post Heavy lifting VTOL technology, frames.
"@chrisa, all this criticism, here and on the other thread, is not meant in a mean spirit... Just pointing out ideas and suggestions. I Hope it doesn't feel like everyone is "piling on"."
Oct 8

Sgt Ric commented on chrisa's blog post Heavy lifting VTOL technology, frames.
"You have used flat arms specifically for minimum drag, but the addition of the anti-torque cables have introduced drag back into the design. Much like a WW1 biplane, the rigging wires were a great drag factor."
Oct 8

Sgt Ric commented on agri_drone's blog post FPV plane ESC catches fire during a mission
"І трымайцеся далей ад кітайскай таннай нездаровай ESC."
Oct 6

Sgt Ric commented on agri_drone's blog post FPV plane ESC catches fire during a mission
"A reminder to keep the cable-runs from the batteries to the ESC as short as possible!"
Oct 6

Sgt Ric replied to M C's discussion NGA Advisory Notice on "Web Mercator"
"Thanks for the heads up... I did not know this."
Oct 2

Sgt Ric replied to M C's discussion NGA Advisory Notice on "Web Mercator"
"Is this an issue given the relatively short distance which we use Mission Planner for?"
Oct 2

Sgt Ric left a comment for Randi Bimeal
"Hobby King carries jet drives, but would not be a good solution for a time-sensitive project such as yours, since quick shipping might be a problem. Jetdrive from HobbyKing"
Oct 2

Sgt Ric replied to Jeffrey Scott Atkins's discussion Naza Fly Away
"@Jeffrey Scott Atkins ,  As TCIII mentioned a couple hours ago, It is up to you as the OP to close this discussion to comments at any point. This would allow the thread to remain for sharing with the community, but not allow…"
Oct 2

Sgt Ric commented on Gary McCray's blog post GoPro 4 is Here - Sort of!
"We heard it here first!"
Sep 30

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.

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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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