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Gender

Male


Location

North Fort Myers, FL


About Me:

retired, looking for something challenging to take up spare time.


Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest

Would like to see if if I can learn to fly an RC plane first, then hope to build something with which I can feed video back from in real time.


Hometown:

Fort Myers


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Andrew Van Der Plaats posted a discussion
FAA AnnouncmentAccording to a notice posted on GIZMODO today the FAAannounced that there will be interruptions to GPS signalsin the California area.  For more complete details pleaserefer to this article.
Jun 8, 2016
Andrew Van Der Plaats replied to Peek's discussion 12v Car Battery Tethered F450
"SkySapience Tethered Drone
Your idea is already a reality in the form of a tethered drone that was
developed by an Israeli firm a couple years ago.  Designed so it can
be transported by a ground support vehicle, the drone carries a camera
and other…"
Feb 16, 2016
Andrew Van Der Plaats replied to Alberto Mellado Moreno's discussion MAKING OUR OWN PLANE UAV FOR LONG RANGE FPV, MAPPING, PHOTOS AND SURVEYS
"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU0ZGcYdCjk

Take a look at this twin if you're looking for long range and heavy lift capable design.  Designer offers both plans as well as kits -"
Dec 4, 2015
Andrew Van Der Plaats replied to Nathan's discussion Advice needed for long range aircraft carrying two gopros
"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU0ZGcYdCjk

Suggest you take a good luck at this aircraft.  More than capable of carrying your proposed payload. Developer also has some additional clips which detail how to construct more advanced battery modules wh…"
Dec 4, 2015
Andrew Van Der Plaats posted a discussion
Sep 4, 2014
Andrew Van Der Plaats commented on Joshua's blog post "Drone Users Largely Silent Regarding FAA Rules That May Limit Flights"
"  My take on this is that a large percentage of those interested in this
topic are going to do what they've been doing, which is to say to ignore
what the FAA says. Our government can't even begin to keep thousands
of children from Central America f…"
Jul 12, 2014
Andrew Van Der Plaats commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post Trappy's Counsel File Motion To Dismiss
"Trappy,
   Best wishes on getting this case dismissed.  Anyone who has viewed your many flights should be able to come away knowing that you're no amateur."
Oct 3, 2013
Andrew Van Der Plaats commented on Andrew Van Der Plaats's blog post Sky Sapience Delivers Pre-Production Hovermast to the IDF
"Here's another YouTube clip which shows a close up look at the system and how it deploys.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_mQ1cd8gUY"
Sep 3, 2013
Andrew Van Der Plaats commented on Andrew Van Der Plaats's blog post Sky Sapience Delivers Pre-Production Hovermast to the IDF
"Also snatched the YouTube link to their demo video which shows it being deployed, subjected to winds, etc.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9eyvhhhM7Y#t=44
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Sep 3, 2013
Andrew Van Der Plaats commented on Andrew Van Der Plaats's blog post Sky Sapience Delivers Pre-Production Hovermast to the IDF
"I did a bit of digging and came up with several images which might answer some of the questions raise by my initial post.
 

 

 

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Sep 3, 2013
Andrew Van Der Plaats commented on Andrew Van Der Plaats's blog post Sky Sapience Delivers Pre-Production Hovermast to the IDF
"In the case of the backpack model, which would more than likely be what folks here on DIY would look to create, you use internal power for the motors and camera system.  The need for a teather is eliminated, unless you're concerned about someone int…"
Sep 3, 2013
Andrew Van Der Plaats commented on Andrew Van Der Plaats's blog post Sky Sapience Delivers Pre-Production Hovermast to the IDF
"I don't see any reason why it couldn't be scaled down.  This model lifts a significant amount of weight, but there's no reason why someone couldn't develop a smaller version.  In fact I can't imagine any reason why they couldn't make a backpack port…"
Sep 3, 2013
Andrew Van Der Plaats commented on Andrew Van Der Plaats's blog post Sky Sapience Delivers Pre-Production Hovermast to the IDF
"It appears that they're employing a larger main fan, with four smaller units which keep the platform stable. Power for these electric motors is fed up via the tether cable, so there's more room for sensors and no need for an on-board battery, or sma…"
Sep 3, 2013
Andrew Van Der Plaats posted a blog post
Sky Sapience Delivers pre-Production Hovermast to IDFHovermast answers the requirement for rapid and timely intelligence gathering at the tactical echelon. The system employs a sophisticated, electrically powered platform using a main lift fan and f…
Sep 3, 2013
Andrew Van Der Plaats posted a discussion
Good day everyone,Please view this link and sign a letter we are sending to the Senatorsof Oregon in reply to the legislative rule...No to the Oregon Bill!!!Thanks everyone for your help,AndyVisit Civilian UAV at: http://aerosight.ning.com/?xg_sourc…
Feb 13, 2013
Andrew Van Der Plaats commented on AKRCGUY's blog post Introducing the SpyHawk FPV RTF
"According to the US dealer's last note he still has a few units unspoken for.  200 units was supposed to be his initial order, so that's not bad.  Cost, here in US is 370.00 including shipping.  Most recent review posted was by  Josh & Josh.  See th…"
May 5, 2012
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