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Gender

Male


Location

Barron, WI


About Me:

I farm in NW Wisconsin. Am a commercial pilot with Multi-Engine Land, Instrument Airplane and several type ratings in turbine aircraft. I fly a AT-802 doing aerial application.


Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest

Fly a P3S for agricultural aerial survey work. Want to build my own aircraft.


Hometown:

Barron, WI


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Chris Olson posted a discussion
My new TriCopter made its first long-duration test flight today, fully autonomous.  Using APM2.8, ArduCopter 3.2.1, APM Planner2 on linux.  It flew the same 15 minute mission repeatedly until the battery got low.  After letting the battery recover f…
Nov 18, 2016
Chris Olson posted a discussion
After several weeks I finally got my new all-aluminum frame 605mm quad-rotor flying.  Ran it thru it's basic flight tests and PID tuning.  And ran an endurance flight test with mixed flight modes, and not just in hover.  I got 31 minutes 14 seconds…
Jul 31, 2016
Chris Olson replied to Chris Olson's discussion Old Firmware Archives for APM2.5
"Forget this question I asked - I found the archives on Github."
Jul 25, 2016
Chris Olson posted a discussion
Does anybody know where the old firmware archives are located for the APM2.5 controllers, prior to the last supported version, which is apparently 3.2.1?  I got my new quad flying today with 3.2.1 on a APM2.5 board, and that firmware has more bugs t…
Jul 24, 2016
Chris Olson replied to Chris's discussion Why aren't there more single rotor drones out there?
"Rob_Lefebvre said:
Chris, I don't think anybody here is suggesting that UAV helicopters are going to replace the Air Tractor anytime soon. 



Oh, definitely not.  I tried to reply inline but it didn't work for some reason.
Anyway, this has been an…"
Jul 11, 2016
Chris Olson replied to Chris's discussion Why aren't there more single rotor drones out there?
"That was sort of my point on the FAA rules pertaining to commercial use of UAV's and the qualifications of the pilot.  There is no Part 61 pilot I know that would blindly accept that any aircraft can fly itself.  It's due to the training, flying rea…"
Jul 11, 2016
Chris Olson replied to Chris's discussion Why aren't there more single rotor drones out there?
"Gary McCray said:
Hi Chris,
I completely disagree that "The current rules have been working fine".


Gary, I can see some of your points.
Traditionally, a new R/C pilot would join a club and take instruction from an experienced pilot before flying h…"
Jul 10, 2016
Chris Olson replied to Chris's discussion Why aren't there more single rotor drones out there?
"Gary McCray said:
Hi Chris (both),
As for the US, probably right, flying one of those Yamaha's here right now is nearly impossible regulation wise, wrong weight and FAA not inclined to give simple go ahead for them.


The current rules have been wor…"
Jul 10, 2016
Chris Olson replied to Chris's discussion Why aren't there more single rotor drones out there?
"Chris Anderson said:
John Arne: I actually know the Yamaha guys and could check, but if that number is right I'll bet 2,000 of them never left Japan. I only know of a dozen in the US and they're all used by research universities and NASA.


Well, ma…"
Jul 10, 2016
Chris Olson replied to Chris's discussion Why aren't there more single rotor drones out there?
"Gary McCray said:
Hi Chris,
I agree with you - sort of.
It's certainly true that the bulk of existing spray applications and methods are well served by Air Tractor's turbine fixed wing.
And that in Japan and the rest of the world it is small rice "f…"
Jul 9, 2016
Chris Olson replied to Chris's discussion Why aren't there more single rotor drones out there?
"John Arne Birkeland said:
The RMAX has been operating commercially since 1997, and there are currently more then 2500 of them in operation around the world. And in all that time there has been a single fatal accident. The alternative is manned crop…"
Jul 9, 2016
Chris Olson replied to Chris's discussion Why aren't there more single rotor drones out there?
"Rob_Lefebvre said:
You have to compare apples to apples.  People are not intentionally flying large, powerful multirotors directly at themselves, backwards and upside-down, at 100mph.
Indeed.  RC flying for fun is one thing.  Flying like you left yo…"
Jul 7, 2016
Chris Olson replied to Chris's discussion Why aren't there more single rotor drones out there?
""The fact, however, is that a multirotor maneuvers by tilting it's entire airframe in the desired direction of motion, literally to whatever angle and amount of force it is necessary to generate to provide the required motion and speed in the desire…"
Jul 6, 2016
Chris Olson replied to Chris's discussion Why aren't there more single rotor drones out there?
"Where else, at present, can a person get quality hardware running APM?  I believe 3DR even went to China to build the Solo.
One of the considerations in what platform I use is that I do not own a Windows or Mac computer.  I've used Linux on my perso…"
Jul 6, 2016
Chris Olson replied to Chris's discussion Why aren't there more single rotor drones out there?
"I was not aware that ArduPilot offers that option.  But I still cringe at the idea of using reverse thrust, having the wing stall and the aircraft landing anything but gently with an expensive NVDI camera onboard.  Or using a chute and having it get…"
Jul 6, 2016
Chris Olson replied to Chris's discussion Why aren't there more single rotor drones out there?
"Rob, very nice.  That's exactly what I had in mind when I was considering building one.  There is no doubt a single rotor can far exceed the capabilities of a multi.
For the present I'm building an all aluminum quad-rotor to keep me in the air until…"
Jul 6, 2016
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