About Me:

I'm a DIYdrones dilettante.

Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest

Mostly fixed-wing drones; I find arducopters a bit impractical. I'm especially interested in autonomous thermalling, PV, and other inventive techniques to extend flight duration.

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Wingman4l7 commented on hector hind's blog post Micro APM Hardware "Just make it smaller.."
"Looking at this, I am struck by the size and clunkiness of the wiring harnesses.  Perhaps the next generation will be using flexible flat ZIF cables, or other lighter weight connectors?"
Jan 16, 2015
Wingman4l7 commented on Thomas J Coyle III's blog post Funding schemes in Congress could ground drones; FAA pressured over privacy
"This is the funding bill: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s1243

The relevant bit:

Sec. 119E. None of the funds in this Act may be used to issue regulations on the integration of unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace until…"
Jul 30, 2013
Wingman4l7 commented on Richard Evans's blog post Near miss at the beach
"Quick tip -- you can append a special string at the end of a YouTube video link to get it to start at a certain point. 

In this it would be &t=0m50s"
Jul 23, 2013
Wingman4l7 commented on Jason Dorie's blog post Ahhhh, 'Merica
"Buying a license from your local governing body to shoot down drones flown by your federal governing body?  There's a joke in there somewhere."
Jul 17, 2013
Wingman4l7 commented on Mauricio's blog post Evolution of the Aeromapper UAV family of UAVs
How does the recovery parachute deploy?  Does it use expendable CO2 or pyrotechnics, or is it a reusable spring-loaded system, or something else entirely?"
Jul 9, 2013
Wingman4l7 commented on Tommy Neubauer's blog post A True Atrocity
"Note the Motorola logo on the back of the transmitter... I wonder if that was a commercially made RC TX, or just something neatly hacked together from a TV remote =)"
Oct 3, 2011
Wingman4l7 commented on Tommy Neubauer's blog post A True Atrocity
"Here is the parallel discussion from earlier:
Sep 29, 2011
Wingman4l7 replied to Justin's discussion The eternal search for a daylight readable screen
"Your best bet is the Pixel Qi screen.  The reflective mode is not e-ink -- it is still a full color, video-capable TFT display.  It will run you $275, from the Maker Shed or from one of the other vendors.  Unfortunately, it is only compatible as a…"
Sep 28, 2011
Wingman4l7 commented on Martint BuildYourOwnDrone.co.uk's blog post UK Drone Zone Meeting June 11 Goes To Press....
"Perhaps I'm dense, but I cannot find the PDF link anywhere..."
Sep 28, 2011
Wingman4l7 replied to Tom in NOVA's discussion Man, 26, charged in model airplane plot to bomb Pentagon
"More details:
"Ferdaus stated that he planned to attack the Pentagon using aircraft similar to 'small drone airplanes' filled with explosives and guided by GPS equipment."  (Phew, no explicit mention of Ardupilot!)"Agents seized remote-controlled…"
Sep 28, 2011