About

Gender

Male


Location

Mount Hood Parkdale, OR


About Me:

Husband, father of two girls, and retired Boeing Associate Technical Fellow.


Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest

Building an OctoCopter photography platform for heavy and large camera long-duration flights.


Hometown:

Parkdale, Oregon


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Forrest Frantz replied to Michael Spennesberger's discussion Help with APM 2.6 and V-Octocopter
"Hey Michael - I hope that you've figured out the problem by now.  But if not ...
The problem isn't motor mixing.  That would only have a small impact on the control issues you see.
The problem is the PID values for each motor. There are a lot of vid…"
Jul 13, 2019
Forrest Frantz replied to Forrest Frantz's discussion Duration World Record for Electric Multicopter Flight Duration 4 1/4 hours--How We Did It
"Making progress.  We've been focused on breaking the all-time multi-copter speed record.  But will prioritize the Guinness Duration record follow-through in the first half of this year."
Jan 5, 2019
Forrest Frantz posted a discussion
Is the report's warning on Compass misleading?I click on Auto Analysis in Mission Planner (MP).In the report, look at the last line shown.Compass = FAILHaving no real documentation to help me understand this FAIL, I tried for years to get my ships t…
Oct 2, 2018
Forrest Frantz replied to Forrest Frantz's discussion Duration World Record for Electric Multicopter Flight Duration 4 1/4 hours--How We Did It
"Think about starting a blog on that or something on Youtube and let me know."
Sep 8, 2018
Forrest Frantz replied to Forrest Frantz's discussion Duration World Record for Electric Multicopter Flight Duration 4 1/4 hours--How We Did It
"Holly cow!  Is that a camera sticking out of the belly? And do the props rotate for forward flight?"
Sep 8, 2018
Forrest Frantz replied to Forrest Frantz's discussion Duration World Record for Electric Multicopter Flight Duration 4 1/4 hours--How We Did It
"Great to hear from you. Tell us about your latest exploits. Still showing the boys how to fly? Cala said:
Wooowwww!!!!! Congratulations Guys :O . You never stop surprise Us Forrest, you are a genius :D
........and luky that I live so far or you hav…"
Sep 5, 2018
Forrest Frantz replied to Forrest Frantz's discussion Duration World Record for Electric Multicopter Flight Duration 4 1/4 hours--How We Did It
"Here are our PIDs.  Especially note the top row of Stabilize P values.  I'll be trying higher Rate Roll/Pitch PD numbers on the CaraCara and leaving the Stabilize numbers alone.  Please share what you find along with the size of your props."
Sep 5, 2018
Forrest Frantz replied to Forrest Frantz's discussion Duration World Record for Electric Multicopter Flight Duration 4 1/4 hours--How We Did It
"Bustya Attila asked a really good question about finding the PIDs for a ship this large.

Condor - PIDs were important for two reasons that aren't the usual reasons.  The usual reason is handling in flight/wind at above normal flight speeds.  Becaus…"
Aug 30, 2018
Forrest Frantz replied to Forrest Frantz's discussion Duration World Record for Electric Multicopter Flight Duration 4 1/4 hours--How We Did It
"When you get your web site to a point where you are ready to release, I'll post it here too.  It will allow easier access for more people to build smarter using a lot of the same tech used to set this world record and the speed world record set by R…"
Aug 29, 2018
Forrest Frantz replied to Forrest Frantz's discussion Duration World Record for Electric Multicopter Flight Duration 4 1/4 hours--How We Did It
"Of course with Hugues, you never know if his sage advice and suggestions come from him or his brainiac chickens featured in some of this "how to" videos! I'm waiting for the day that his chickens escape in a drone that they built behind their auto-l…"
Aug 29, 2018
Forrest Frantz replied to Forrest Frantz's discussion Duration World Record for Electric Multicopter Flight Duration 4 1/4 hours--How We Did It
"... the last 45 minutes ... we were all in shock ... no idea at all ... no mathematics to support it (we are still working on that part).

Near the end of Ket's last turn at PIC (about 2.1 hours in) we saw five battery surges that we can't yet expla…"
Aug 29, 2018
Forrest Frantz replied to Forrest Frantz's discussion Duration World Record for Electric Multicopter Flight Duration 4 1/4 hours--How We Did It
"A lot goes into work like the above.  In my case, I have the support of a great international team.

Team Purpose:  To further the applicability and use of drones by developing the technology to set five world records:  (1) Speed, (2) Ascent, (3) Du…"
Aug 28, 2018
Forrest Frantz replied to Forrest Frantz's discussion Duration World Record for Electric Multicopter Flight Duration 4 1/4 hours--How We Did It
"Thanks Andrew. I'm working on CaraCara now, hooking up the FPV. Andrew Rabbitt said:
Wow!  Some real engineering.  Great to see and congratulations!"
Aug 26, 2018
Forrest Frantz replied to Forrest Frantz's discussion Duration World Record for Electric Multicopter Flight Duration 4 1/4 hours--How We Did It
"Thanks Chris. Chris Anderson said:
So impressive!"
Aug 26, 2018
Forrest Frantz posted a discussion
Katie "Ket" DeSpain and Forrest Frantz teamed up to take back the flight duration world record.  A Romanian group beat the previous record held by Forrest with an excellent timed flight of 2hr 7min. But, they didn't disclose how they did it. That pr…
Aug 26, 2018
Forrest Frantz replied to Hamza fayaz's discussion APM 2.8 Armed (solid Red LED) but motors spinning slow in ArduCopter User Group
"Those are fine. Hamza fayaz said:
https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Plastic-1045-unlock-Self-Pro...


these are my propellers ........"
Aug 24, 2018
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