Mike Cowan
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  • Saint Louis, MO
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No radio check calibration bars-answers?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Cowan Oct 1, 2012. 3 Replies

On new APM1 system, the instructions went smooth up to setup -radio check. No variable bars. on exit all 6CH read 0=min  3000= max.  Latest AMP, new hardware, arduplane software. functional Tx. …Continue

Tags: Setup, check, stick, RC, APM1

Confgiuration Parameter Personalization Error Message

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Cowan Jul 11, 2012. 1 Reply

In using the Mission Planner (Ver 10) to upload the A/C specific configuration (easystar.param).via the AMP a dialogue window opens with the title "SAVED NOTE" with the message "4:22:48 PM Easy Star…Continue

Will Canopy Magnets degrade/mask Magnetometer Outputs?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Walker Jul 30, 2012. 1 Reply

The form fitting cockpit electronics rack kit includes 8 Nd-60 magnets to secure the rack to the Easystar foam cockpit cavity.  Slick.  About to install the magnetometer option to improve heading…Continue

ArdupilotMegaPlanner.exe. Unable to find this specific file after download

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Cowan Dec 11, 2011. 4 Replies

HiWhile waiting for an assembled A/P Mega to arrive, I downloaded and extracted the APM software - opened it and searched on but could not find the directed  ArdupilotMegaPlanner.exe file.  I did…Continue


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About Me:
Novice RC constructor - Retired aerospace avionics engineer - embedded computers and digital flight control. Intern transistorizing the B-58 Nav Bomb computer - then the Gemini IBM onboard computer. Project design/development engineer for the HARPOON/SLAM digital strapdown guidance/control subsystem.(hats off to Permerlani & Mahony). Design and mechanization of the F/A-18 HORNET quad redundant digital FCS. and many other fun things.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Aerial photography. My nephew is a forensic fire scene investigator and consultant. Want to end his chronic gripe that large scale fire scenes are disturbed - sometimes demolition has begun by the time the investigators are turned loose. Learning to construct/fly/flight test Magpie AP aircraft. Much underrated A/C for slow flight - low altitude - high res photos. Understand the theory - amazed by the tiny hardware (Harpoon S/D = 25lbs.) Blank mind about the I/F conventions and alphabet soup) Looking for young bright mentors in exchange for math and tribal lore questions.

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