About

Gender

Male


Location

Swansea, MA


About Me:

I've been building robots and devices with embedded controllers as a hobby for a few years now. I've built a snellflight quadcopte, added night lighting, video cam, and soon a laser that will get triggered from my momentary toggle switch on channel 6. I finally got my APM 2.0 board! Parts to build a largeer quadpod with 4 30A ESC and motors that need it :) I think I'll need at least a 3200ma 3cell Lipo for a 20 minute flight. Once this baby is flying I'll start saving for a gopro hd cam.


Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest

I've built gadgets that use embedded controllers for a while. I think the hobby UAV is pretty cool, and the fact that there's an open resource that we can can use and contribute to is awesome! I'm hoping to build a quadpod heavy lifter, when I finally get a trunigy 9 channel radio I'll add a remote claw to the APM 2.0 to grab, lift, and place objects. I'm also looking forward to building a marine uav with my sons.


Hometown:

Swansea, MA


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Jerry Normandin posted a discussion
I would like to build a Plimp, similar to what Egan labs  built.  Has anyone attempted to build something similar ?     I'd like to build something like it.  I've got a spare pixhawk controller to use for the project.It's been a while since i've…
Feb 1, 2019
Jerry Normandin replied to Jerry Normandin's discussion I upgraded a stable flying APM 2.0 quad running ArduCopter 2.7.3 to 3.1.3 and introduced a wobble
"Update...the new firmware is buggy on APM 2.0.    I got tired of dealing with 3dr and switched to a multiwii pro. Cheaper.  Much cheaper.plus can run multiwii, ardupirate, and arducopter

It is very stable."
Jun 22, 2014
Jerry Normandin replied to Frank Bernd's discussion Flying in the USA
"A total ban was passed recently.....mostly passed because of idiots flying close to people.
I used to fly at colt state park in RI. A great place to fly and shoot video of my. Hope bay.

I called my he park office.... They said to come by with

 My…"
Jun 22, 2014
Jerry Normandin replied to Frank Bernd's discussion Flying in the USA
"Big brother passed legislation making it illegal to fly in state parks.

I recommend joining the AMA.   ...I did. You can fly in any AMA field in the USA.
usable"
Jun 22, 2014
Jerry Normandin replied to Roger Raad's discussion UAV flying ceiling
"In the United States (home of the not so free anymore) we are limited to a 400ft. ceiling.  If we are within 2 miles from an airport
we can't fly at all.

As far as actual altitude it all depends on the aircraft.  i would use a small heating pad…"
Jun 20, 2014
Jerry Normandin replied to Mathieu's discussion Quad + Pixhawk used to get along great - Now Quad is wobblig like crazy
"Good screen shots.  adjust the pitch/roll rate 30% of the way to the right and test again.

I had the same problem with the default settings... but this is something  you need to adjust.
Also if it helps I have to adjust this when I switch prop…"
Apr 24, 2014
Jerry Normandin commented on Mark Harrison's blog post Smallest APM aircraft?
"Andrew,   I have a quadpod too and I am about to swap out the flight controller for a multiwii 328P board.
Do you have a config file you can share ?
I also like flying the quadpod in the yard... flying with the standard controller is kind of tough.…"
Apr 23, 2014
Jerry Normandin replied to Joonas Äijälä's discussion Apm 2.5 (3.0.1) loiter problems (Fixed)
"When I ran into this issue I had to recalibrate the accelerometers."
Apr 20, 2014
Jerry Normandin replied to Jerry Normandin's discussion I upgraded a stable flying APM 2.0 quad running ArduCopter 2.7.3 to 3.1.3 and introduced a wobble
"Thanks!  That makes sense.     I adjusted those values back when I was running 2.7.3 but I didn't have a wobble then, it was a slower wobble so it was more like a drifting circle.

I'll try it.. right now I need to rebuild my quad.     crashed.  I…"
Apr 19, 2014
Jerry Normandin posted a discussion
Hi guys.. I wonder of any of you have any ideas on how to reduce a wobble.  I went through all the steps as I did when I built the quad and installed firmware 2.7.3.  I'm attaching my flight logs hopefully someone can give me advice.  The wobble is…
Apr 19, 2014
Jerry Normandin replied to fuzzur's discussion Turnigy 9x ppm and failsafe
"I have the same radio.  Failsafe does not work in PPM mode.. just PCM. You need to do what I did.
I bough a FRsky transmitter and receiver module.  I't worth the money, you will get better range too.
Failsafe with the turnigy/frsky is a piece of…"
Apr 18, 2014
Jerry Normandin left a comment for Alan Hunt
"Here's the current settings:

NOTE: 2012-02-01 23:37:13 XQuad 3DR| APM2| 3SLiPo|…"
Jan 16, 2014
Jerry Normandin left a comment for Alan Hunt
"Here's what I'm using.    You have a newer controller than mine.  I've got version 2.0
It flies pretty well.    My problem is when I started flying with a a 6000mah LiPo.   I flew too  long and landed hard.. I rebuilt the frame and hopefully next…"
Jan 16, 2014
Jerry Normandin replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter 2.7.2/2.7.3 released
"I upgraded to 2.7.3 last night and  had a few good flights!  I noticed altitude hold is a lot more accurate.  It was a windy day today and I hovered over my house then  landed  in the backyard.   I was extremely surprised that  my sk450 based quad…"
Sep 3, 2012
Jerry Normandin commented on Jani Hirvinen's blog post jDrones News: jD-IOBoard v1.0
"Hi Jani,
             Do you know when a replacement board will ship out to me ?"
Aug 29, 2012
Jerry Normandin commented on Jani Hirvinen's blog post jDrones News: jD-IOBoard goes MAVLink
"Yes.  When the configurator failed I tried to upload the test software with the Arduino IDE.    The IDE failed to contact the bootloader .  I got the sync error"
Aug 27, 2012
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