Although it was a short lived flight it was fun. I always enjoy flying with my Pops, what makes it better is that I have both video from the ground and onboard the aircraft. This helps identify what mistakes I made and why I had an unsecessful fight.
- Over wieght .........aircraft not me LOL!!
- I was flying to LOW
- I was flying to SLOW
- I was facing the…
My Very First Test Flight was a Sucsess!!
Designed especially for FPV (First Person View) camera flight!
This is a true FPV plane thats easy to build and comes packed with common sense FPV must-haves such as rear mounted servos for the elevator and rudder to help counter balance the additional radio gear. Other practical features include the large internal ply mounting trays for attaching large amounts of equipment in the desired…
The MatrixPilot dev team is happy to announce that version 3.0 is finally out the door! This update includes a hefty code reorganization into modular, reusable libraries, along with some important new features, and refinements to our dead reckoning and wind estimation algorithms. The code should also now be much easier to hack on as a basis for using the UAVDevBoard for other purposes.
Thanks to all the developers and testers who helped out with this…Continue
I know these servos are cheap but have some pretty good reviews, I hope they can handle well. The reason I chose to use 8 mini servos as apposed to the recommended 4 mini and 2 standard is to try to make space. How you wonder? Well being able to eliminate the linkage cables in the plane I plan to build an access panel under the plane…Continue
step by step, the HEXA frame is being constructed.
haven't worked on it for a while, but now i'm done with an interesting part:
I used the original arducopter motor mounts (the plates that come with the motors, which are not used on the official arducopter frame)
to be tied on the square arms, and between the mount and the motor,…Continue
"You ready to rock and roll, man?” I still didn’t believe what was about to happen. I looked up through the clear glass cabin roof, knowing that the next time I looked up, I’d be staring at the ground below.…Continue
This is easy camera roll stabilizer to ArduPilotMega (I used code version 2.012). Camera mount was easy to build. Camera angle can be adjusted during flight with RC controller. Stabilization needs only one line code to program! Of course also pitch can be stabilized in the same time, but I have not yet tested this.Camera stabilizer is normal mount with… Continue
I had my radio 4 days. I wanted to use a LiPo battery pack instead of the "AA" holder that came with it. I some…Continue
Here is an interesting look at an AMA Member conversing with an R/C Beginner who is not an AMA member:…Continue
I flew from Oklahoma City to Denver for the day. The SparkFun AVC event was great fun.
Here are a couple of photos. The entire group are at grennan.com/SparkFun.
There was a lot or rumor about the Festo Smartbird in the last weeks. They actually built a nice bird, mainly by simulating and trial and error (see the movie posted lately Video).
Now scientist go to the roots, letting an owl fly through a bunch of cameras measuring the movement.…
After yesterdays transmitter failure, we flew the SkyWalker again today with Jacks Spektrum transmitter. This time everything went very well, and we successfully flew a search pattern over the CMAC field.
The flight we did was:
- takeoff in fly-by-wire-A mode
- switched to GPS loiter, worked well
- switched to full auto, and flew a "mow the lawn" 18…
I've been working on this quad for about three weeks. I based some of the frame design on the arducopter. The flight was done with the ardupilot mega+gps+compass in stable mode. The start was a bit disappointing at first, but it was soon resolved and possibly caused by a faulty RSSI indicator. As can be expected, it's way more stable than the tricopter. The only required nudges are throttle and where the quad is going. Soon, I'll test GPS Hold mode and a mode for navigation that I put in…Continue
Excerpt from "Capitol Hill Brief" from ALPA (Air Line Pilots Association), Apr 25, 2011
"Call to Action: Support One Level of Safety ALPA Pilots Urged to Participate in the Legislative Process
Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Both the House and Senate bills have provisions related to the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the NAS.…
Here is my new solar airplane (the previous version is…Continue
First off, a big thank you to the hardware and software developers of the APM autopilot. Without it I wouldn't have been able to pull off a working autonomous system in such a short time. Thanks as well to Jack Dunkle for helping me out with a late encoder addition.
A couple months ago I saw the SparkFun AVC announcements and decided to enter. I bought parts early, but didn't get it all working right until…Continue
We had a very successful flight on the Foamaroo prototype yesterday. The Finished airframe came out at 2 lb 11 oz complete with 2200 mAH battery. It was windy yesterday with 15 know winds and the Foamaroo handled the conditions very well.
After a short trim flight I was able to launch the plane with a single handed toss and was happy to see…Continue