About Me:

I have been involved with many aspects of flying including light aircraft, hang gliding, RC planes and micro-light aircraft. As an engineer I have been involved with automation within the packing and process environments.

Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest

I am interested in automation and control of homebuilt robots of which I have built three. Recently built a Quadcopter with a ArduPilot 2.5 and have had great success flying it in manual and auto mode.



Activity Feed

Ian Drennan commented on Joshua Ott's blog post Thirty Days (#13): Y6 in-flight motor failure tests
"The motor out recovery looks impressive. Having had the misfortune of losing a propellor blad on my quad I was wondering whether the Y6 configuration would be able to recover from a propellor failure. I am thinking the resultant excessive vibration…"
May 17, 2013
Ian Drennan commented on Coby's blog post Nurf Kit Released
"Looks similar in plan form to the Saracin which I built and flew as a slope soarer some 30 years back. From the photo it looks like the wing has a slight forward sweep on the leading edge. It would be interesting to know what wing section it uses."
Apr 23, 2013
Ian Drennan commented on LFLoTiTo's blog post A simple solution for an old hazzard (prop start on setup)
"Thanks for posting this simple solution. I am also able to identify with the cartoon above and had a good chuckle."
Apr 16, 2013
Ian Drennan replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter 2.9 / 2.9.1 released
"I have been flying my home built quad for the past 4 months using version 2.8.1 firmware. I delayed the change to version 2.9 until I had my quad flying reasonably well in most modes with the acceptable vibration levels needed for version 2.9.…"
Mar 24, 2013
Ian Drennan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Golf Channel using drone to film golfers at Arnold Palmer Invitational
"Of course looking at the line up of balls next to the tee this was only the local pro showing his caddy how not to be distracted by an Octo in close proximity. Yes Randy the retract landing gear is cool"
Mar 23, 2013
Ian Drennan commented on weelian soh's blog post GoPro Wire Rope Mount with Furniture Coasters
"Simple idea and impressive result. I am going to knock up something similar below my battery holder for when I fly my iPhone. Thanks for sharing this info"
Mar 10, 2013
Ian Drennan commented on Michael Mimo Moratti's blog post You won't need a whole lot a space to launch and land.
"Excellent flight and stable video. Did your heart rate increase just a little?"
Mar 9, 2013
Ian Drennan left a comment for Andrew Martens
"Hi Andrew
I am flying a Quad locally on the UKZN Sports Park. Hope to meet up with you sometime..
Dec 24, 2012
Ian Drennan commented on James's blog post Futaba T7C - Six Flight Modes
"Thanks for posting this video. I have set up my T7C with the same values you show in the video and now I have 6 modes available. Of in the morning to test out a few more modes..
Much appreciated"
Dec 14, 2012