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Sgt Ric replied to HN's discussion My radio won't connect to my phone
"People are correct to point you to the OTG cable. Pin 4 of the micro side has to be grounded for it to be detected... that is why the OTG cable is a MUST!   A simple patch-cable/adapter/gender-changer/spliced wire will not work."
Friday

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Sgt Ric replied to Marcel von Arx's discussion Perfect Solution to access your gopro's sdcard while mounted in gimbal
"Great find @Nathaniel, considering the AliExpress/Alibaba/Taobao/HiChina group is also a China eBay giant.  "
Wednesday

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Sgt Ric replied to Craig Earon's discussion Multicopter Advertising
"Remember branding would change your flying from recreational to commercial, depending I suppose on how the IRS views your website and related business. "
Wednesday
Tiziano Fiorenzani commented on Sgt Ric's photo
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"Absolutely no worlds, it was my dream..."
Wednesday

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Sgt Ric commented on AKRCGUY's blog post **LIVE** U.S. Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Integration, Oversight, and Competitiveness
"No Tom, that is a gross over-simplification that the FAA wants you to believe. "
Dec 12

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Sgt Ric commented on Dan Murray's blog post Five Additional FAA Exemptions Issued Today, House Hearing on UAS Integration
"Another example of your FAA at work building for the future by allowing only big business to access the skies.  "
Dec 12

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Sgt Ric commented on Jared Reabow's blog post Airbus in near miss with craft that ghosted into Britain’s biggest airport undetected by air traffic control
"You and I know that, but all this bad press is having a terrible effect on the average citizen! ...and it is that same citizen that the politicians and bureaucrats are trying appease (at our expense) Just saying this is boring or impossible is not…"
Dec 10

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Sgt Ric commented on Jared Reabow's blog post Airbus in near miss with craft that ghosted into Britain’s biggest airport undetected by air traffic control
"Possibly, but stories like this make the general public nervous about "mermaids"."
Dec 10

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Sgt Ric left a comment for Bob Cov
"Oh, I don't really know the history of the hobby or the commercial market. I joined the community back in 2006 or 2007 back when Chris Anderson and friends were reviewing the MicroPilotand the UNAV autopilots.…"
Dec 9

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Sgt Ric left a comment for Sgt Ric
"Oh, I don't really know the history of the hobby or the commercial market. I joined the community back in 2006 or 2007 back when Chris Anderson and friends were reviewing the MicroPilotand the UNAV autopilots.   Chris himself was…"
Dec 9

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Sgt Ric commented on Jared Reabow's blog post Airbus in near miss with craft that ghosted into Britain’s biggest airport undetected by air traffic control
"Sometimes you just can't fix stupid! "
Dec 9
Bob Cov left a comment for Sgt Ric
"Um....didn't they?  No?  The first stuff I ever found about the electronics to make this work was from German hobbyists. The name escapes me, something like  Mikrocopter? Mikro something-or-other. I think it was a forum and…"
Dec 9

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Sgt Ric left a comment for Bob Cov
""...since the Germans birthed the industry..." SAY WHAT?? "
Dec 9

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Sgt Ric commented on Jared Reabow's blog post Airbus in near miss with craft that ghosted into Britain’s biggest airport undetected by air traffic control
"technicus acityone, that's a rather flippant comment to more bad press for our community.  "
Dec 9

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Sgt Ric commented on wayne garris's blog post Techwing low and slow
"Is the chase pilot flying FPV?   That's the only way I know of following so well."
Dec 9

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Sgt Ric commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Turning a PS2 controller into a RC transmitter
"One reason might be that game pads are held in the hand and therefore portable... As comfortable as a Thrustmaster style joystick may appear, how would it be useful "in the field"?"
Nov 30

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Sgt Ric replied to maria darabi's discussion design pcb for flying robot
"You really have not explained your project at all, so it is unlikely anyone can help until you explain yourself. There are plenty of links and FAQs available here and elsewhere to use as a start."
Nov 29

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Sgt Ric commented on Adrián Nagy Hinst's blog post GimBALL - 3D printed DIY Gimbal with closed hull - PART1 (design)
Nov 26

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Sgt Ric commented on Adrián Nagy Hinst's blog post GimBALL - 3D printed DIY Gimbal with closed hull - PART2 (assembly)
"Oh, I see.  Yes, you did mention the hollow-shaft motor, I guess I didn't understand the significance in relation to the wire routing. It would seem to me that the sphere's center-point will move out of alignment if panning; so it…"
Nov 26

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Sgt Ric commented on Adrián Nagy Hinst's blog post GimBALL - 3D printed DIY Gimbal with closed hull - PART2 (assembly)
"Your 3D design in Part 1 showed a Pan motor built into the top, but now your wiring is run through that area. Is this a 3 axis design, or am I mistaken; and if it is, should not the top centre-line of the mount be exactly in line with the…"
Nov 25

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 (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,
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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