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wayne garris commented on Andrew Rabbitt's blog post Wing lift distribution presentation
"Ha, finally some else understands that elliptical lift distribution does not work as well for a loaded aircraft. I used a bell curve lift distribution when designing the techpod, although not quite as radically as done on the Prandlt wing in this…"

wayne garris commented on Andrew Jawitz's blog post Making History- The DIY origins of the Luftwaffe
"Andrew and Gary,  "This is just Aerodynamics 101 stuff" ya that's just the problem . Now if you would like to study Aerodynamics 201, maybe you should check out some of my designs. The Techwing. Highest Cl max…"
Jan 21

wayne garris commented on Andrew Jawitz's blog post Making History- The DIY origins of the Luftwaffe
""How a simple, DIY-inspired design helped create the worlds most dangerous flying corps" Most dangerous? Ya I would say history did not bear that out. The Nazis where inconsolably indifferent to the value of a human life. This is not some…"
Jan 20

wayne garris commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA study finds trained pilots *worse* at operating drones
" pilot induced oscillations anyone? should of had an rc guy do it."
Jan 14

wayne garris commented on Alexander Taits's blog post JetQuad - Jet-Engine Powered Quadcopter
"You sim'ed it in kerbal? That's awsome. What mods did you use?"
Jan 5

wayne garris commented on PX4's blog post PX4 - Call for VTOL test pilots
"twin motors would look nice on a techwing, I'll sign up."
Dec 21, 2014
John Githens commented on wayne garris's blog post Techwing low and slow
"Nice chase video, and this looks like a great choice for a fixed-wing UAV for many applications!"
Dec 17, 2014
John McGrath commented on wayne garris's blog post Techwing low and slow
"@Wayne"You should have no problem hauling around a cannon s100 for 45 minutes." Have you actually done a test flight to back this up? Because figuring numbers on paper is not always correct."
Dec 15, 2014

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I have ve been designing and flying uavs for commercial and hobby use for more then ten years . currently employed as an aerospace machinist . check me out @ hobbyuav.com
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Techwing low and slow

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 11:55pm 16 Comments

To show just how stable the techwing is while flying slow, I made the following video.


WS: 43 inches

all up weight:37 oz

motor: 370 watt 1100 kv

prop: 9*7

battery: 5000 mah 3s lipo

battery weight:14.8 oz

flight duration: 20  minutes

ma used: 1007

As you can see the techwing handles extremely well…


Techwing update and maiden

Posted on September 21, 2014 at 3:25pm 7 Comments

Hey everyone,

 The newly updated techwing design has achieved its maiden flight.…


The Techstation

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 8:30am 15 Comments

Hey everyone,

 I have to admit, I am a little fed up with the "ground stations" available on the market today. First off, good luck seeing most laptops or tablets at all outdoors. Second, good luck modifying or repairing your laptop / tablet. It can be done but its usually a major pain with a good chance of breaking something.…


techwing gets winglets and slots

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 9:49pm 24 Comments

Hey everyone,

 I wanted to post an update on the work I have been doing on the techwing design.

The new design is scaled up some to a 40 inch WS. It also includes real Grantz type winglets, a longer tip cord and fixed LE slots.

Flat plate:…


techpos summer sale July 15-31

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 10:46am 33 Comments

Techpod kits are going on sale from today until july 31st They will be available for $140 to all US and Canadian customers.

techpos sale_edited-1

All newly shipped techpod kits will be shipped with these great upgrade parts which make the tail and wing very easy to remove and transport.

wpid-20140714_103052.jpg .…


Comment Wall (9 comments)

At 3:41pm on December 20, 2007, Jeffrey Johnson said…
Wayne, lets plan to fly together in Jan sometime up there in WA. We can get you started with Beta Software then.

RE: Your small platforms, do you have access to a Nokia NSeries device (N95 etc). If so, we can get you up and running with them, if not, I think these will turn out to be a better set of devices to work with insofar as Autopilots go than the WM devices that Chris currently works with. But we will also be porting our acquisition code to WM6 in the new year. You can check out the new Tilt device on ATT since it is the best device in this family at the moment. But we highly recommend the nokia devices, and would like to be able to implement an autopilot with them as well.

Stay in touch,

At 10:39am on April 24, 2008, Josh Ferguson said…

I don't know if this is the most private way to post my e-mail address. I thought I'd leave it here instead of in the forum. Here's my e-mail address:


Drop me a line and we'll discuss.

At 4:30pm on May 8, 2008, Skyler Associates, LLC said…
Hi Wayne. This is Scott Thompson from Skyler Associates, LLC. Things going well up there?
At 5:17am on May 20, 2008, Keith Shaw said…
Sorry, wrong Keith Shaw
At 3:13pm on June 8, 2008, Scott Williamson said…

I'm very impressed with the work you are doing here and interested in your C2 design as it looks very similar to what I'm toying around with. My plan was for a UAV based on that design for air potos primarily. I confess i just like the look as well. I have a ryobi 31cc converted ready to g and spectrum radio equipment. I was wondering if you had any drawing or palns that you'd be willing to hshare to help me get the proportions correct??

Scott in New Zealand
At 4:02pm on August 25, 2009, Dave_fr said…
Wow I've just looked at your page, there's lots to learn from you !
Thank you for looking at my posts and I'd be delighted to receive some help from you !
At 2:34pm on September 1, 2010, Andrew Van Der Plaats said…
No, it's a 1944 Taylorcraft, similar to the type used durng WWII. In fact the one in the photo is the same type as one which was brought ashore during D-Day, then assembeld and flown as a spotter for navel guns. The pilot sits up front and observer can elect to sit facing forward or backwards. All tube and fabric construction.
At 10:01am on May 7, 2014, Gary McCray said…

Hi Wayne I very much applaud your going Open Source and I am truly sorry for your problems with John, I have been in a similar position with a "partner" once also and these things are really painful.

I was in the nearly identical position to which you find yourself, a years worth of development work and told to go away.

My ex partner then went on to try and develop it without me but ultimately failed.

If your circumstance truly mirrors mine, believe me I feel your pain.

I am putting together my own informational website with mostly non-APM/PX4 implementation and use information on it that will still be primarlily for the benefit of the DIYDrones community.

To make a very long story short this has resulted from the desire of the lead developer on the Copter wiki to keep the wiki solely focused on APM/PX4 use and implementation.

I think this is a disservice to the DIYDrones community who has a right to and use for a wider focus than that.

Probably it could have been worked out at one time with cooperation and collaboration, but unfortunately it is too late for that now.

You can probably understand this too.

In any case, I would be happy to feature and include information about your TechPod on my site.

BTW my site will expressly not be in any way confrontational or negative relating to 3DR, DIYDrones or any of the people involved with it, my difficulties are mine and a waste of time for the group so I will not do or be party to that.

I actually think your Techpod is the single best example of an off the shelf multi use UAV currently available and have already included a picture of it on the front page of my website.

I haven't launched it yet because I am still trying to get more of the initial pages done, but you can go take a look at it here:


You can also write to me at gary@dronesarefun.com

Best Regards,


At 1:16pm on October 21, 2014, Chris Paulson said…

Hi Wayne, I know you've done some work with OpenFOAM before. Would you be willing to collaborate on geometries? I'm the author of droneCFD and I would like to generate some results with the software. I have some CPU time to crunch away on geometries. Let me know. 


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