Michael Smith
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Overlays in MP?

Started this discussion. Last reply by iskess Feb 12, 2014. 6 Replies

Any possibility in the near future of setting up overlays/placing icons on the map in mission planner? I am interested in property borders and locations of interest. Would be nice if I could use my…Continue

Auto taxi missions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Guy Tzoler Sep 2, 2015. 3 Replies

Anyone ever make auto taxi routes in APM?  Does a speed of 4M/s have to be set by throttle pos or by speed?  Technically the GPS may not pick up the turn waypoints at such a low speed.  I think the…Continue

Tags: Planner, Mission, APM, taxi

We can do all of this...Right?!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dano Feb 4, 2012. 1 Reply

http://www.uavfactory.com/product/11 Generator/alternator to power keep battery charged for APM2/video gear/servos?Continue

HK GPS and APM2.X I/O devices

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Smith Jan 29, 2012. 2 Replies

HK GPS has an awesome presentation and functionality, but I am having a problem finding out how to enable the I/O devices, as APM 2.X  add-ons seem to be controlled through Mission planner.  Can…Continue

Tags: HK, GCS, 2.X, APM, add-ons


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Gas flyer, pusher prop. 10 ft w/s, 3hrs flight time, 100+mph
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Planes only, full automation/manual flight
South East

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Drone hater or exhaust spewer?

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 4:30pm 49 Comments

Venkatesh Rao, a Forbes.com columnist, mentioned DIY Drones in a post, saying that drones interest him.  His portrayal of DIYers however, would lead a novice UAV builder to believe he is both ignorant of, and resentful toward…


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At 1:03am on February 5, 2012, Wanabigaplane said…

There seems to be some confusion. The plane shown, and the plane we have, is the Mugin, probably as supplied by a Chinese manufacturer when purchased from FPV-flying or FPV-Hobby.

It was presented to us by Cyber Technology after making quite a few modifications including the full installation of servos, change of motor, and installation of a generator. The quality is - well, commensurate with the price. Looks good out of the box, suffers from hangar rash very quickly, and in my opinion it is great to play with, but just not quite good enough to fit out and on sell for a commercial application.

The similarity with the Shadow appears to be in format only. The Shadow seems to be a fully commercial aircraft from quite a different stable.

At 5:24pm on February 6, 2012, Michael Smith said…

Not That I have any real dreams of going comercial, I just like to push myself.  I would design a manned UAV the size of a private jet and fly myself to different destinations with my Logitech controller if I could. LOL  But until then I will try to buy cool looking cheap planes and try to  make them pretend to be commercial grade for my own fun.  I was just confused by the number of names I have seen this plane listed as.  But let my try tounderstand...The plane is from fpvhobby, and upgraded by Cyber tech?  If that is correct how much was the generator upgrade and hangar rash how?  Thanks for your patience.  I become more of a noob every day.

At 12:34am on February 8, 2012, Wanabigaplane said…

The internals of the fuselage are 930 x 190 deep, 210 wide. A 21 x 24 longeron projects into this space at each corner. The rear bay is 320 long with the wing spar tubes projecting 44 down into the space.

The middle bay is 320 long with a radio box projecting 85 down onto it.

Assuming the 6" and 7" sides make up the two sides of the right triangle, your tank will not quite fit under the wing spar tubes at the centre of gravity.

In the picture above you can see 4.5 Kg of battery at the front - this was installed just to balance the plane with minimal equipment.

At 7:12am on February 23, 2012,
Michael Pursifull

It's about 1h20m away.

You can edit, changes are made in place, and take affect once re-approved by a moderator.

At 7:56am on February 23, 2012, Nick Scott said…
Hey there, can you send me lat long again. When I accepted your friend request ut disappeared. I will get it to you later tonight, USA time. I have to make it at work and bring it home.

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