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Sgt Ric left a comment for Rob_Lefebvre
"Congratulations Rob.  I know you have been working hard on your enterprise and at the same time have been a valued contributor to the community for many years. I hope you continue to share with us as you have always done, and I hope you took…"
May 25

Sgt Ric left a comment for DAVID PAWLOWSKI
"A reminder that the TOS for this site prohibit posts dealing with military use of UAVs."
Jan 16

Sgt Ric replied to Jordan Schlak's discussion Pixhawk/Ardupilot VTOL---> Forward Flight
"The PX4 and Pixhawk is a generational increment from the the APM, -the KK2 is a flight controller, -DJI is closed source plug'n play system with limited access for DIY tinkering. The APM is still a good DIY solution."
Oct 12, 2016

Sgt Ric replied to Mogli's discussion Follower for APM 2
"The Pixhawk is a more modern controller than the APM series. The APM/Pixhawk are not simply flight controllers like the Naze32... they allows autonomous flight, which simple flight controllers do not."
Sep 16, 2016

Sgt Ric commented on Chany's blog post Comedee Wing-Q 2.4G Wireless HD Video Link for UAVs--Shenzhen Hollyland Technology Co.Ltd
"Good point about the R/C conflict.   I don't know what is meant by their point "Anti WIFI interference and robust anti-multipath DSP technology""
Aug 30, 2016

Sgt Ric replied to Luc Maximilien's discussion After 19 minutes in Loiter ,150° Yaw rotation and went gently down vvithout responding to radio sticks
"Not a low power condition?"
Aug 27, 2016

Sgt Ric commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Simulation of 8 lb drone being ingested by a jet engine
"Disrupts airflow into the engine, and if damaged, the mesh becomes ingested debris itself, making the potential damage even greater."
Aug 8, 2016

Sgt Ric commented on MAGnet Systems's blog post VR-Eye Spherical vision camera
Jul 15, 2016

Sgt Ric commented on MAGnet Systems's blog post VR-Eye Spherical vision camera
"@Fnoop, Are you serious about the Darius Jack persona?"
Jul 15, 2016

Sgt Ric commented on Chris Anderson's blog post DIY Drones at 79,000 members -- time to move to a new platform?
"Another point would be the audit trail/logs. (?) A real source of frustration for me, -working through logs in my day job, and up against a wall with NING here, as you know @Chris."
Jul 6, 2016

Sgt Ric commented on Drone thermal camera's blog post Workswell WIRIS - unboxing and first flight
"It is an unfortunate sales tactic of usually high-end suppliers, that they hide/withhold pricing until they pre-qualify buyers, which unfortunately suggests sliding scale for the actual price. With the Internet age, this tactic should become a thing…"
Jun 21, 2016

Sgt Ric commented on Grant Morphett's blog post APM:Rover 3.0.1 Released!
"Cool, didn't know it would work on office chairs!"
Jun 18, 2016

Sgt Ric commented on Nicholas Witham's blog post Pixracer (Clone): Now available from Hobbyking!
Jun 15, 2016

Sgt Ric commented on Nicholas Witham's blog post Pixracer: Now available from Hobbyking!
"@ Marc Dornan , I agree.   Did you notice that back when HK copied the APM, they actually called it ArduPilot, -until they rec'd notice to cease and desist. So a copied silkscreen does not surprise me a bit."
Jun 14, 2016

Sgt Ric commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New version of APM-powered Quanum Nova copter from Hobby King
"Tough to see this coming from the clone market though..."
Apr 20, 2016

Sgt Ric commented on BonaDrone's blog post BonaDrone Launches IndieGoGo Campaign for the Mosquito - The World’s First Customizable, 3D-printed drone
"APM 2.6 w/ telemetry radios, 4 & B/L motors, Turnigy multistar 5200 LiPo & Turnigy charger, printed quad frame, gimbal (or hook), plus Turnigy 9X radio. Does that add up to $ 1700US ?"
Apr 6, 2016

Sgt Ric replied to ori agranat's discussion Motors not spinning properly
"If you follow forum threads (like at rcgroups) you'd be surprised at the high percentage of motors with bearing issues and bent shafts, right out of the box. Do you think you'll go for warrantee?"
Apr 1, 2016

Sgt Ric replied to ori agranat's discussion Motors not spinning properly
"Sounds like a misaligned bearing... the clip may have been holding the bearing or shaft too tight(?) Doesn't sound like a long term solution though."
Apr 1, 2016

Sgt Ric replied to ori agranat's discussion Motors not spinning properly
"Does it make more noise than the others? Possible bearing issues (?)"
Apr 1, 2016

Sgt Ric replied to ori agranat's discussion Motors not spinning properly
"Darn bullet connectors have been responsible for more transient problems than most users realize. Wherever possible, solder your motor/battery/ESC connections! At the very least, don't go for the cheapest priced ones you can find.   Buy…"
Apr 1, 2016

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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: S500 Pixracer & HoneyBadger 250
Working on UAV projects (second EasyStar and NitroPlanes 81"Cessna 337)
Dabbling with quadcopters beginning with a Honeybadger w/NAZ32 FC, but added 2 x S500 quads w/ Pixracer FC and SPRacing F3 FCs, gimbals, LEDs, GPS, etc.

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."



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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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