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At 6:03pm on July 9, 2012, Carl La France said…

It is less than 1 sq ft of 1/8"  aluminum just under 1 pound looking at a takeoff weight of 5 pounds the  80mm edfand batteries are out of a Habu that take off weight 7 pounds Have a good day1

At 6:56pm on July 9, 2012, Carl La France said…

At 4:43pm on August 11, 2012, Rick Eis said…


What would you suggest as a minimum system to get started with this 3G telemetry?

Thanks for posting your work !


At 3:16pm on August 12, 2012, Toby Mills said…

All you need is a Fatbox and a TTL level converter.
Alternatively the dronecell is working, but that is fairly Alpha.

At 1:50am on December 18, 2012, Adriaan Van Huissteden said…
Hi - struggling with my x8 and apm.... Could you please email me your APM config file?

Thanks in advance

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Jack of all trades, master of none. Software Engineer, IT Dude, Sound Engineer, Musician.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Building useful UAS platforms for farm use here in New Zealand. I have a couple of Skyfuns working well and have started building a FPV168. Also interested in Telemetry over cellular networks and have this working well.

Toby Mills's Blog

3dr Solo Review from a Long Time DIYer

Posted on October 12, 2015 at 5:26pm 19 Comments

I've been a long time DIY Droner right back to the APM 1, mainly on fixed wing platforms but more recently quad-copters.

There is surprisingly little info and discussion on DIY Drones about the 3dr Solo, despite the fact that it is ripe for hacking and modding.

The Solo…



Posted on September 7, 2014 at 8:15pm 0 Comments

Last week I was privileged enough to be invited to fly over Stonehenge Aotearoa, a modern day full scale adaptation of the original…


Sense and Avoid Explained

Posted on August 10, 2014 at 2:00pm 10 Comments

With the recent addition of ADSB support in Mission Planner and the discussion about feeding data from a drone into a 'national feed' there has been much excitement about the possibilities in the future.

This video is a great explanation about the challenges we face with sense and avoid using existing technology and then also goes into…


Cutting the Red Tape

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 4:07pm 3 Comments

There has been a lot of discussion recently over the FAA's approach to airspace integration.

A lot of people see the FAA as the enemy rather than as a partner.

I thought I would take the opportunity to share how the same problem that the USA is facing is being dealt with in New Zealand with far less angst, far more co-operation between parties and a better outcome…


3DR X8 RTF Unboxing / Test

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 3:00pm 12 Comments

A lot of people have bought the RTF 3DR Iris as there is a plethora of info out there on both performance and modifications.

The X8 is the heavy lifting RTF option and is a little less common.

I've been an Arduplane fan for about 3 years now, starting with the APM 1 in a Skyfun and working my way up to an APM 2.6 in a Skywalker X8 complete with Cellular…


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