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Bill Salopek commented on Alexander Mora's blog post New to drone photography - A must see Infographic
"Tom, are you in the USA? If so, call your local FSDO (Flight Standards District Office)...they may/should have the answer...remembering that really no rule is ever for sure until decided by a judge.

I know the FAA allows a businessman to fly his…"
Aug 5, 2019
Bill Salopek replied to Rafi Nahmani's discussion Is it legal/practical to make a quad-copter drone at home for commercial photography?
"Yes it is...absolutely...home-made quadcopter fall under the exact same laws."
Aug 5, 2019
Bill Salopek replied to Akos Makovics's discussion ESC issue on first drone
"Perhaps the servo functions needs to be set to the correct motors... See if this helps:

http://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/common-rcoutput-mapping.html"
Aug 5, 2019
Bill Salopek replied to Markus Thurman's discussion 40x zoom lens captures clear detailed picture of your target from 1km away
"Very nice...where can I find more information?"
Aug 5, 2019
Bill Salopek commented on Mauricio's blog post Pioneering steps into fixed wing - water landing drones in marine ecology
"Can someone explain how all the electronics have been waterproofed? There's also mention of "redundancy" in reference to electronics getting wet...that seems to be saying if some electronic component gets wet and fails, that a backup will take over?…"
May 26, 2019
Bill Salopek replied to James Miller's discussion Qgroundcontrol and mission planner compatibility
"James did you figure this out? I'm wondering because I would also like to know if MP and QGC can be used interchangeably. Thanks..."
Apr 30, 2019
Bill Salopek replied to David B Bitton's discussion What is The Smallest ArduCopter Capable Flight Controller
"Many of the flight controllers typically associated with Betaflight, iNav, etc, can be flashed to arducopter.  I use a Kakute F7 all-in-one...but there are many others.  All these are FAR smaller and lighter and integrated than the Pixhawk world.  A…"
Apr 7, 2019
Bill Salopek commented on Toby Lankford's blog post Reserve/Redundant Battery Switching
"Hi folks...I just thought I'd drag up this old thread to see if there's been any new thoughts or developments about an emergency backup battery, and whatever switching is needed. (Like Tom said, backup power supplies for computers exist, so it…"
Mar 11, 2019
Bill Salopek replied to Bill Salopek's discussion Using Pixhawk with a Fatshark headtracker
"OK...what I did was use a y-cable from the SBUS out port on the X8R...sent one to the Pixhawk of course, and the other to the SBUS input on the Storm32 card...in this way I avoided using PWM.  Other possible solutions I heard for using PWM is that…"
Nov 17, 2017
Bill Salopek replied to Bill Salopek's discussion Using Pixhawk with a Fatshark headtracker
"I wanted to clarify a bit...
The Pixhawk IS recognizing the control inputs from the radio...but it is NOT passing those control inputs thru to the gimbal.
I can see, for example, RC8's input PWM value change...I can also see the bar move on the…"
Nov 17, 2017
Bill Salopek posted a discussion
It's amazingly difficult to find information on this subject.I'd like to control the pitch, roll, and yaw, of my gimbal (Storm32 controller), from the control outputs of a Fatshark Trinity headtracker (mounted in Dominator V3's), using a Pixhawk,…
Nov 17, 2017
Bill Salopek posted a discussion in 3DR SOLO
Maybe this has already been mentioned, but...I balanced my props and did the HDMI cable mode...and I still have micro jitters. So I tried Prodad's Prodrenalin V2, which is supposed to address micro jitters and such...(version 1 did NOT address those…
Nov 22, 2016
Bill Salopek replied to Bill Salopek's discussion Can I connect a 3DR radio to the Solo?
"Please check this thread for more info on connecting a telemetry radio:
http://3drpilots.com/threads/control-solo-via-3dr-telemetry-radios....
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Bill"
Nov 2, 2016
Bill Salopek posted a discussion in 3DR SOLO
I'd like to control the Solo via 3DR telemetry radios (perhaps for greater control range vs wifi).  Is there a way to connect a telemetry radio to the Solo?  Thanks...
Oct 31, 2016
Bill Salopek replied to Bill Salopek's discussion Can I connect a 3DR radio to the Solo?
"Thanks for that Chris.  I was hoping to connect with telemetry radios specifically...perhaps for longer range.  Shoulda made that clear in my first post.

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Bill"
Oct 30, 2016
Bill Salopek posted a discussion
Subject says it all.I'd like to control the Solo via telemetry radios...and via Mission Planner or Tower.Thanks...-Bill
Oct 30, 2016
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