"Any compelling reasons why this would be superior to a Pixhawk at three times the cost with lesser waypoint capability? The lack of tricopter support also seems to negate the claim, "Total solution for all multicopter platforms"."
"@Nikola: The circular you link to really is applicable only to manned aircraft and pertains to what sort of license and equipment is required for various uses. For drones, multiple classes of licenses don't exist (yet!).
"Byzantine? Umm....You just make a phone call. You think that's worse than the EIT or PE process? Yeah, I know, it ain't all Internety, but it does involve the FAA, so that's to be expected. And you perhaps haven't realized the additional hoops…"
"Am I just hung up on semantics or is "...the world’s first UAS to meet the high standards for an FAA Airworthiness Certificate" not the same thing as actually having been awarded an AC by the FAA? Is thing just very careful (and misleading) wording?"
"When this happens it's almost always a problem with the grounding of the Minim and video camera, usually a floating ground. As you increase the throttle the voltage sags a bit and the relative video voltages presented to the Minim drift just enough…"
"As long as the RC RX's wire antennas don't get into the rotors they should be fine.
Theoretically you should be able to use different ESCs for the motors and be OK. The APM will keep changing whatever command it's sending to a motor until it gets…"
"I'm not sure where the original article got the USFS info from because they just source the main USFS webpage and not any specific press release. Anyway, the USFS has had that info out, and in even more detail for a while and can be viewed here.
I just upgraded my tricopter from 3.2.1 to 3.3 and got bit by the reversed servo bug. As those of you with tricopters know, there has been a variable called RC7_REV which you can use to ensure the APM/Pixhawk moves the tail servo in the correct…
"I do not know for sure, but it seems unlikely, especially in the case of the TFR in place for the stadium. If permissions were obtained (what agency is empowered to allow flight over freeways?) one would think that would be a pretty important bit…"
The Orange County Register has just published a slide show of 50 aerial shots taken over Orange County, California from an unspecified quadcopter. While they are beautiful and very nicely done, quite a few are counter to FAA guidelines. Some are…
"The assumptions in many of these posts are that the problem was created by idiot operators of the drone(s) (one report said that 5 (!!) drones were sighted.) But that situation has what I'd call extenuating circumstances. I'm pretty familiar with…"
"It's been my observation that in the case of these "drone tantrums", it's the air ops managers, not the pilots, who shut things down when someone hollers "DRONE!" The pilots willingly fly through flames, smoke and who knows what else to do their…"