Marietta, GA

About Me:

I am an Aerospace Engineer working in the unmanned systems field. I have been working in this field for 10 years. I own my own company that I do consulting and contract work through. I currently do design, integration, testing, and flying of unmanned airplanes and helicopters. I do both internal and external piloting. I have flown vehicles that range in size from 2.5 lbs all the way up to 550 lbs. I am always looking to expand my customer base and share the knowledge that I have built up while working on unmanned systems.

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New Orleans

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Skydog222 posted a discussion
I have had a very frustrating weekend working on my Octorotor.  I ran into some strange issues with Mission Planner and wireless telemetry.  I had not flown my Octorotor in a while, so I started with the same configuration that I had previously…
Oct 12, 2013
Skydog222 commented on Caroline Rees's blog post Aerial Robotics Industry Association (ARIA) Created
"This sounds more like an advertisement for a business venture not a real "industry association".  Besides, we already have a good industry association in AUVSI.
A major function of the FAA includes regulating commuter and commercial aviation.…"
Apr 8, 2013
Skydog222 posted a blog post
Here are two news stories from the training exercise I helped conduct last week in south Texas.  We were training the Texas A&M personnel on how to operate as the ground crew for the UAV system they purchased last year.  They did a great job and it…
Jan 21, 2013
Skydog222 commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New Orleans cancels plans for Super Bowl drone after press inquiries
"Sounds like it has nothing to do with the FAA....sounds like they are going for the cheaper option....
Before today’s reversal, three city officials confirmed that a government-supplied surveillance drone would be used over New Orleans during events…"
Sep 19, 2012
Skydog222 commented on Skydog222's blog post Drones in the news
"Hi Garry, 
I remember that demo very well.  It was the last time that I flew Hornets at Webster Field (sad they took away the live demo portion of the conference).  We measured wind gusts of 21mph on the ground that day while I was flying.  I did…"
Aug 5, 2012
Skydog222 commented on Skydog222's blog post Drones in the news
"Hi Martin, 
You are correct.  The system flown  for the demonstration started as a T-Rex 450.  I then designed new lower side frames, lower plate, landing gear, and canopy. There were a few other modifications required to make it an unmanned system.…"
Aug 5, 2012
Skydog222 commented on Skydog222's blog post Drones in the news
"Here is a link to the second half of the segment aired last night.  "
Aug 5, 2012
Skydog222 commented on Skydog222's blog post Drones in the news
"Hi Jack,
Thanks for reading this post.  
I agree with you that the video quality shown on the air was certainly not on par with our normal video quality and was actually quite horrible.  This was in no part due to our video equipment, nor was it due…"
Aug 5, 2012
Skydog222 posted a blog post
Adaptive Flight was contacted by CNN and ask to bring a UAV down to the studio and fly it on live camera while talking about it with the host Don Lemon.  So we took a Hornet Micro and headed down to the studio.  It was a lot of fun to show off this…
Aug 4, 2012
Skydog222 commented on Jake Bayless's blog post Moral to the story: Avoid buzzing Alcatraz.
"Get ready for more stories like this as the FAA starts taking their blinders off and starts taking a more active role by cracking down on "illegal operations".  According to the FAA, right now, there is zero commercial (in the private sector that…"
Jul 2, 2012
Skydog222 commented on Martint BuildYourOwnDrone.co.uk's blog post Hijack a drone, Got a $1000?.........
"Wow, this story is out of control!  I have been reading story after story of reporters skewing the facts and making false statements that were taken from an already skewed reporting of what took place. 
The media latched on to what they wanted to…"
Jul 1, 2012
Skydog222 commented on Jason Tinacci's blog post Above Napa Valley
This is a quote from this FAQ (http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/uas/uas_faq/) on the FAA site:

"Can I fly a UAS under a COA or experimental certificate for commercial purposes?
No. Currently, there are no means to obtain an…"
May 22, 2012
Skydog222 commented on Jason Tinacci's blog post Above Napa Valley
Check out this site...it will explain a little more about the classes of airspace.  
May 22, 2012
Skydog222 commented on Jason Tinacci's blog post Above Napa Valley
Excellent photo!  Great job on getting your quad up in the air to bring back such beautiful imagery!  Isn’t it such a rewarding feeling to see it in action and then get these results! 

You are correct in warning Jason of the pitfall…"
May 22, 2012
Skydog222 commented on Chris Anderson's blog post "How to become a police UAV pilot"
"@Doug:  You are correct, although, there is no need to wait or require any new development to remove the need for “piloting” from unmanned helicopters.  That is how some of the systems that are already on the market operate today.  With the need for…"
May 20, 2012
Skydog222 commented on Krzysztof Bosak's blog post Searching for airframes for unmanned surveillance heliopters
"I would also look into Airstar International (http://www.airstarintl.com/).  I have flown both the Bergen Observer and the Mongoose and would pick the ASI Mongoose every time!  I an not a huge fan of the canopy that some of them ship with, but the…"
May 3, 2012