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Thomas J Coyle III commented on Todd Urban's blog post Solo Crash at us open " More Bad Publicity Please Stop doing Stupid Thing Before They Ban Drones"
"The Solo stadium drone crash finally made it to CNN: Drone slams into seating area at U.S. Open; teacher arrested. Regards, TCIII AVD"
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Thomas J Coyle III replied to heliboy's discussion DUAL sonar on PIXhawk in the group ArduRover User Group
"Hi heliboy, I had no trouble using the 3.3vdc ADC connections for my Maxbotix sonars so I do not know why you are having an issue other than you are not using sonars. Yes, the Sonar parameters have had name changes, but the concept is still the…"
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Thomas J Coyle III commented on Todd Urban's blog post Solo Crash at us open " More Bad Publicity Please Stop doing Stupid Thing Before They Ban Drones"
"@P2P, One of the problems with letting the locals/states handle issues like this one instead of the FAA, is just going to encourage other local/state entities to enact irrational/dysfunctional anti sUAS laws to get their piece of the…"
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Thomas J Coyle III replied to Thomas J Coyle III's discussion Your own Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Project in the group ArduBoat User Group
"Hi Rusty, Thanks for the link to the buoyancy calculator as I am sure it will come in very handy:-) Regards, Tom C AVD"
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Thomas J Coyle III replied to Thomas J Coyle III's discussion Your own Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Project in the group ArduBoat User Group
"Hi David, Nothing like using the empirical method:-) Regards, Tom C AVD"
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Thomas J Coyle III replied to Thomas J Coyle III's discussion Your own Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Project in the group ArduBoat User Group
"Hi All, The temperatures here in Ft. Lauderdale have been approaching close to 100 deg F during the day and I must be drinking a couple of quarts of water each day when working in my workshop which is not, unfortunately, air conditioned. Be that as…"
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Thomas J Coyle III commented on Mirko Denecke's group BBBMINI
"Hi All, Linus and I have had only marginal success attempting to use a GPS with the MINI GPS input. I tried using a 3DR uBlox LEA-6 module with the MINI through a level shifter (3v to 5v) without success. Linus, I believe has gotten a 5v GPS to work…"
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Thomas J Coyle III commented on Mike Clement's blog post From Zero to Fifty Planes in Twenty-Seven Minutes
"Yes, extremely impressive effort indeed! I believe this project shows that we Americans are very much on the leading edge of sUAS development. Regards, TCIII AVD"
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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.
Hometown:
Los Angeles CA

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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.
Julie
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 DoD...now 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.
Julie
At 8:42pm on December 28, 2009,
3D Robotics
Jordi Muñoz
said…
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.

Andy
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,
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Thomas J Coyle III
said…
Bart,

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:

www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1118600&highlight=maja

www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1095996&page=5

www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1030786&highlight=twinstar

Regards,
TCIII
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,
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AKRCGUY
said…
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?

Thanks,


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!
Rich
At 4:04pm on July 30, 2012, Stuart Hungerford said…

Thanks Thomas!

Stu

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