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The sUAS Guide

We have published a guide at work, it includes a bit about just how accurate surveys are without ground control points. That should be of interest here. 

This will be released on a six month rotation and include commercial operator lists from around the world…


Added by Gary Mortimer on February 13, 2016 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

Its Tridge!!!

I can't embed this video because its disabled on the original. But Andrew reveals a little bit about the OBC and LOHAN. Well worth a watch.

Its only had 230 views as I type so must be feeling…


Added by Gary Mortimer on February 9, 2016 at 2:52am — 7 Comments

3000 commercial drone operators in the USA - very soon

Tiaan at sUAS News has recently updated our interactive map of all the current 333 holders ahead of our first guide coming out.

From watching how things grow we can see that the FAA can handle about 300 and a bit new entries a month so sometime soon the number of individual…


Added by Gary Mortimer on January 22, 2016 at 2:00am — 10 Comments

Organic Vegan Quad Copter Drone

This is brilliant and nicely rounds up the hype and BS that surround RPA. I'd like to see it on Kickstarter and then given an award at CES.

I'm enjoying the comments. …


Added by Gary Mortimer on January 21, 2016 at 9:30pm — 8 Comments

Best watch this if you are in the USA, AMA caves on registration

From the AMA blog, just updated 

Q: Why did AMA change its position on registration? Why are they telling members to…


Added by Gary Mortimer on January 11, 2016 at 7:30am — 20 Comments

US drone registration rules to be announced today (Monday)

We heard yesterday that this was coming and have been given an idea of what's in them. Its not the best if true.

WASHINGTON–Please join U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx…


Added by Gary Mortimer on December 13, 2015 at 10:53pm — 73 Comments

Well done Ardupilot!

I spoke at a the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture, Durban yesterday and 3 out of 4 projects presented, from South Africa, Kenya and Namibia used Ardupilot and either Pixhawks or APM.

The only project that didn't was funded by Bill and Melinda Gates. There were zero…


Added by Gary Mortimer on December 2, 2015 at 9:30pm — 7 Comments

T3 the Vertical Horizontal one

This one should be easy if you have any of the current crop of Kickstarter VTOL airframes, of course I will award less points so you might not win.

The task is simple.... (not)

Auto take off

Autonomous hover for at least 1 minute after take off

Transition to winged flight and fly no higher than…


Added by Gary Mortimer on December 1, 2015 at 5:30am — 93 Comments

agBOT challenge

No FAA to worry about on this one, I would like to think DIYD members could or even should win this....

Mission Statement

Identify and commercialize innovative agriculture husbandry technologies that improve work processes, as well as modernize observation technologies and intervention methods.

The Race…


Added by Gary Mortimer on November 17, 2015 at 7:00am — 13 Comments

Clarification of the Applicability of Aircraft Registration Requirements for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Find this and comment here!documentDetail;D=FAA-2015-4378-0001 Thanks Steve Zeets for the heads up.




Added by Gary Mortimer on October 20, 2015 at 8:30pm — 58 Comments

3DR Launches “Made for SOLO” a partnership program to help companies develop and market new drone hardware

3DR, North America’s largest consumer drone manufacturer, launched a new third party product partnership program called “Made for Solo” at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai. The Made for Solo program supports companies that want to leverage 3DR’s Solo TM “Smart Drone” platform and its open hardware bays and dual computer processing power. Made for Solo also offers partners…


Added by Gary Mortimer on October 20, 2015 at 8:32am — 4 Comments

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement

New Task Force to Develop Recommendations by November 20

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta today announced the creation of a task force to develop recommendations for a registration process for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

The task force will be composed of 25 to 30 diverse representatives from…


Added by Gary Mortimer on October 19, 2015 at 10:00am — 99 Comments

FAA Proposes $1.9 Million Civil Penalty Against SkyPan International for Allegedly Unauthorized Unmanned Aircraft Operations

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announces the largest civil penalty the FAA has proposed against a UAS operator for endangering the safety of our airspace.

The FAA proposes a $1.9 million civil penalty against SkyPan International, Inc. of Chicago. Between March 21, 2012, and Dec. 15, 2014, SkyPan…


Added by Gary Mortimer on October 6, 2015 at 6:30am — 27 Comments

BBC:- Nottingham man illegally flew drones over football grounds and London attractions

This chap got off lightly I thought with the amount he was fined, much less than a flyaway that landed in a nuclear sub base. Its not the first prosecution in the UK as many outlets are touting, but the first of this…


Added by Gary Mortimer on September 15, 2015 at 9:34pm — 4 Comments

SB 142 vetoed

Maybe mass letter writing works!

Added by Gary Mortimer on September 9, 2015 at 9:20pm — 7 Comments

AC 91-57 be gone, welcome AC 91-57A

Just promulgated by the FAA

1. PURPOSE. This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance to persons operating Unmanned Aircraft (UA) for hobby or recreation purposes meeting the statutory definition of “model aircraft” contained in Section 336 of Public Law 112-95, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. This AC describes means by which model…


Added by Gary Mortimer on September 2, 2015 at 12:13pm — 17 Comments

Pixhawk Prizes for Pronto Pair :- T3 Back to the Future Winners

Back in 2009 we ran our first pylon style race in a figure eight pattern. It was won by an Easystar using a paparazzi autopilot in a fraction over 49 seconds for a single lap.

This time we asked contestants to complete 5 laps and Dawid Preller flew a blistering time of 221 seconds. That's 44 and a tiny bit seconds a lap including launch…


Added by Gary Mortimer on August 31, 2015 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

Alleged RPA/manned aircraft strike in USA


The unconfirmed report is that a “company survey” aircraft impacted a small UAS at 2,500 feet near Lewis University (KLOT) on August 27, 2015 causing damage to the leading edge of the manned aircraft wing.

More as we get it but this is what…


Added by Gary Mortimer on August 28, 2015 at 9:30pm — 45 Comments

HABLEG (High Altitude Balloon Launched Experimental Glider)


This is the sort of thing T3 entrants get up to, well done!

HABLEG has a mass of 7kg, a wingspan of 3m and can carry an additional payload of up to 3kg. The flight was conducted at the rocket base ESRANGE in northern Sweden, where the glider was lifted to an altitude of 20km by means of a helium balloon. Upon release in the low density atmosphere,…


Added by Gary Mortimer on July 23, 2015 at 10:21pm — 13 Comments

T3 back to the future a reminder

First off Chris Anderson reminds everybody he is known as old tiny hands in the 3DR offices, this the servo for the rover that he is entering into this round of the competition.

Rob keeps mentioning his chopper.



Added by Gary Mortimer on July 10, 2015 at 11:18am — 2 Comments

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