About

Location

Denver, CO


About Me:

I am the owner of Autonomous Avionics, located in Denver, Colorado. We specialize in manufacturing custom drones using the 3D Robotics line of autopilots. Visit our site at http://autonomousavionics.com


Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest

I have build and flown radio-controlled aircraft since I was 13 years old. My interest in unmanned aerial vehicles started shortly after reading Chris Anderson's article in Wired magazine and I haven't looked back since.


Hometown:

Denver, CO


Activity Feed

Bernie Hoffman commented on Bernie Hoffman's blog post New Heavy Lift Prototype from Autonomous Avionics
"Thanks for the comments so far!

Not shown in the prototype is the anti-vibration mount. We are working on a better mount to isolate the aircraft from the gimbal.
 
Heat is always an issue and we are looking to add a cooling fan to the main electron…"
Nov 9, 2015
Bernie Hoffman commented on Bernie Hoffman's blog post New Heavy Lift Prototype from Autonomous Avionics
"Hi DougB-
The aircraft will handle a 20 knot wind pretty easily and is rock solid in the air. I will work on getting some video from the camera and of the UAV flying shortly and will post it when available.
 
I do have a short clip from the maiden f…"
Nov 6, 2015
Bernie Hoffman posted a blog post
Looking for feedback on the Autonomous Avionics SkyTractor Heavy Lift Octocopter. Any input is appreciated. Practical payload is 20 pounds, but we tested it with 30 pounds. Flight time is right around 12 minutes with the full payload, but the RED an…
Nov 5, 2015
Bernie Hoffman posted a blog post
 Autonomous Avionics is proud to annouce their latest ready-to-fly X8 octocopter. The CarbonCore Cortex folding airframe is an 800mm coaxial carbon fiber airframe loaded with a 3D Robotics Pixhawk flight controller. The 8 MN4120 T-Motors are more th…
Jul 11, 2014
Bernie Hoffman commented on Bernie Hoffman's blog post Latest Build - Carbon Core 950
"I love it! Great flying airframe and have happy with the results so far. I have recently upgraded to the Pixhawk and it is amazing. I have mounted a gimbal and a set of larger landing gear since I posted these photos and I currently fly a Sony NEX 5…"
Jan 28, 2014
Bernie Hoffman commented on Bernie Hoffman's blog post Power Distribution Board
"I fly the APM 2.6 and use 6s batteries. That was certainly a factor in designing this. I also believe something the flies shouldn't have parts that dangle. I solder all the connectors I can after experiencing a mid-flight mechanical due to a deans c…"
Oct 16, 2013
Bernie Hoffman posted a blog post
After putting together a Carbon Core 950 and trying to fit all the electronics, ECSs and miscellaneous electronics into the frame, I realized I really need to use a power distribution board to keep the installation clean. I know there are some prett…
Oct 15, 2013
Bernie Hoffman posted a blog post
This is the latest creation from Bernie's basement (tm). It is a GoPro based steady cam using a Tarot gimbal for stabilization. It attaches to the carbon core X8 via 2 screws AND can be used as a standalone steadycam device. It is self contained wit…
Oct 3, 2013
Bernie Hoffman commented on Bernie Hoffman's blog post Latest Build - Carbon Core 950
"Finally was able to get more information.
The total flying weight is right around 3200 grams (a little over 7 lbs)
The total current draw at hover in no wind was measured at 17 amps or 425 watts (17 amps x approx. 25 volts)
I am using these motors b…"
Sep 21, 2013
Bernie Hoffman posted a blog post
Hi everyone!Greetings from the Denver, Colorado USA area.Here is my latest build:Carbon Core 950 X-8, setup currently as a quad.T-Motor TM3515-15 kv400 (x4)14x4.7 props (x4)Turnigy S6 8000mAh batteryZTW A-Series 50 amp ESC (x4)3DR APM 2.6Spektrum DX…
Sep 14, 2013
Bernie Hoffman replied to Shahid Banglawala's discussion Very sluggish alt hold on overpowered Octo
"What values are you using for: PILOT_VELZ_MAX, THR_ALT__MAX, THR_RATE_IMAX, AND WPNAV_SPEED_UP? It sounds like one of these values is capping the max vertical speed at a lower level than you prefer."
Aug 10, 2013
Bernie Hoffman commented on Michael Oborne's blog post New! APM Planner 1.0
"Excellent! I lov the new design."
Jun 5, 2011