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Fresh install issue with MP 1.2.99

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas J Coyle III Mar 29. 4 Replies

SRV-II Submarine Kit

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Thomas J Coyle III replied to David Boulanger's discussion Arduboat built from scratch is almost ready to go. in the group ArduBoat User Group
"@David, Yes, a LOITER mode, like with the planes and multicopters, could let the boat circle around a predefined waypoint. Regards, TCIII AVD"

Thomas J Coyle III replied to David Boulanger's discussion Arduboat built from scratch is almost ready to go. in the group ArduBoat User Group
"@David, When in the HOLD mode the vehicle will just stop and wait for the condition that caused the HOLD to be cleared. Regards, TCIII AVD"

Thomas J Coyle III replied to Raimo Noormaa's discussion uBlox LEA 6H on APM and Pixhawk in the group ArduRover User Group
"@Steven G, That might be the case due to the lack of RTS and CTS as the Pixhawk does talk to the GPS and not just read from it. Regards, TCIII AVD"

Thomas J Coyle III replied to heliboy's discussion SBUS output on Pixhawk when ? in the group ArduRover User Group
"@heliboy, You will be probably better off posting your question here Link in order to receive a response. Regards, TCIII AVD"

Thomas J Coyle III replied to brakar's discussion How do ArduRover code differ from the aerial code?
"@brakar, Jean-Louis Naudin JLN developed the original ArduRover code from the ArduPlane firmware. He can probably answer your questions about how the ArduRover code was originally constructed. Regards, TCIII AVD"

Thomas J Coyle III replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"@Julien, If the CLI still functions in your version of ArduCopter, then you can use the CLI to see what version is loaded on your flight controller. Otherwise you can down load a data flash log and you can see the version by viewing the…"
Phillip Jones commented on Thomas J Coyle III's blog post FAA Official: Small Drone Rule to Be Released by End of Year
"Yes, I believe this is the NPRM. It's just the first public release of the proposed rules. It will be open for public comment for at least 6 months, and up to 18 months. After the public comment period, FAA will possibly make changes based on…"

Thomas J Coyle III replied to Ezequiel S's discussion Scamming on this site?
"@Ezequiel, FRANK KWABENA is a spammer and the Moderators have deleted him as a member. Sorry for the inconvenience. Regards, TCIII Admin"
Nov 18

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About Me:
Retired Systems Engineer who has robotics as one of his hobbies.
Presently have 4 and 6 wheel rovers and other assorted robots.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I presently have four EZ*s, two Twinstar IIs, a Maja, and three quadrarotors of various sizes. I have two of the EZ*s equipped with ArduPilots and one of the Twinstar IIs equipped with an APM/IMU Mega. I have an APM/IMU Mega on one of my quadrarotors. The Maja is equipped with a APM/IMU. Needless to say, I am definitely into UAVs.
Los Angeles CA

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DIY Drones has reached the 60,000 Members Mark!!!!

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 6:00am 6 Comments

  It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. This time we have a really special occasion to celebrate as we have reached the 60,000 member mark!!!!

Congratulations to Carlos Abreu, of Missoula, Montana USA, who became our 60,000th…


Amazon is hiring drone pilots

Posted on November 15, 2014 at 6:30am 6 Comments


Calling all drone pilots.

Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) is looking…


FAA Official: Small Drone Rule to Be Released by End of Year

Posted on November 8, 2014 at 4:47pm 9 Comments

From the sUAS News Feed

By Yasmin Tadjdeh

After years of waiting, a Federal Aviation Administration official said the agency was close to releasing a ruling that would give commercial entities greater access to fly small unmanned aerial system in the domestic…


Permanent TFRs issued for major sporting events and Disney properties

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 3:21pm 16 Comments

From the AMA Government Relations Blog

The FAA has issued three new Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) creating restrictions for the airspace surrounding major sporting events and the Disney properties in Anaheim, CA and Kissimmee/Orlando, FL. The new flight restrictions permanently…


DIY Drones at 59,000 members!

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 4:00pm 4 Comments

Comment Wall (35 comments)

At 10:15am on December 24, 2009, CDRJulie said…
Mr. Coyle,
My comment was not to diss the Army. I spent the most interesting year of my Naval career as an intelligence lead with them. Didn't mean to offend you or any other Army folks. I would have done another tour there had there been the chance.

Happy holidays to you.
At 12:54pm on December 24, 2009, CDRJulie said…
Mr. Coyle,
It looks like you and I have a lot in common. I too am a systems engineer, 25+ years working in companies that supported I work at a small company that supports NASA.
I stumbled upon DIY Drones without spending a great deal of time investigating the 'Dos and Don'ts' of what the site is all about. Is this a hobbyist forum for folks who are or were RC builder/flyers or is this site focusing on trying to develop the UAV industry in areas that the General Atomics, Boeing's and DRS's of the world don't compete in?

I have been a UAV fanatic for almost 2 decades now. I worked "trying" to integrate the early Predator [back when it was still an ACTD] into the Navy with no luck and was very fortunate while in Iraq to be able to have 'control' of most of the Preds in country. I came back hoping to start a UAV company that provided full up ops to a customer - vehicle(s), control stations, operators, etc. to find that it was impossible to get bankers to understand what I wanted to do in order to get funding. I gave up and bought a kit car company instead. Now, I find DIY-D and have my interests rekindled.

I find your comments in re: ESD to be on the mark. Way back when, when Bombardier was working on what everyone called 'the Peanut', they had all sorts of issues with control. Turns out that they had ESD gremlins. Once figured out, their system worked quite well. I hope folks heed your warning.
At 8:42pm on December 28, 2009,
3D Robotics
Jordi Muñoz
Not yet, is full of dust, i will use it for ardupilot mega, so it will remain in the shadows until then... ;-)
At 8:42pm on December 28, 2009, Andy Geppert said…
Howdy Thomas. I have have done a bit more troubleshooting and narrowed it down to the transmitter board. There are clearly three black vertcal bands through the video. The easiest way to see them is to connect the camera ground wire, but not the signal wire. I have found that I need a good video display on the receiver that can lock on to the signal to see the bands. If I don't get a good lock, then it looks a bit like static (but it's not - it's a noticeable pattern). I need to take the transmitter apart and review the construction very carefully. One of the fellows at DPCAV has been helpful in guiding my troubleshooting. So, I still need to make progress on that front. Right now I've diverted to a CNC mill retrofit project since I've got a chunk of time off to try and get that running. I will certainly get back to the video transmitter though, I'm just shuffling priorities since winter has set in. And I'll be curious to hear how yours works.

At 3:45am on January 30, 2010, Bart said…
Well Tom, at first i was a bit dissapointed to read that you don't own the avatar-plane, but finding out more about the MAJA, my dissapointment changed to a very happy state. This kind of plane is exactly the sort of plane i was looking for. I want to start a payed hobby in aerial photography. Vertical photo's for GIS. I will first buy a easystar to get familiar with real flying (instead of game-based) and then upgrade to a more full-load plane, like the MAJA. Do you know if it flies similar to the easystar?
Grtz Bart
At 8:38am on January 30, 2010,
Thomas J Coyle III

The Maja is definitely not for beginners so it is wise that you start with the EZ* like I did. The Maja is capable of heavy lifting with the right motor and battery selection and can stay in the air close to an hour at ~25% throttle. You might also want to consider the Multiplex Twin Star II which is a twin engine model capable of heavy lifting too.
Check these websites and build logs out:

At 4:27pm on February 16, 2010, Roy Brewer said…
Yes, I post on Aeroquad forum and RCGroups as RoyLB

- Roy
At 8:12pm on August 31, 2010,
Thanks, did you read my question regarding the Borjet Maja? I'm interested in the airframe and I believe you commented on it somewhere along with using the landing gear that they sell. Any pictures or info you could share?


Adam A.
At 3:04pm on April 9, 2012, Richard said…
Hi Thomas, noticed on another thread that you requested the PID values for the ursus that you were building, did you eve get them? Ankther uk based member is sending me his ursus pid settings and wondered if I could compare them with yours?

How did you get on with tho aircraft,
About half way through my build,

Waiting for my APM 2 to arrive!
At 4:04pm on July 30, 2012, Stuart Hungerford said…

Thanks Thomas!


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