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This T3 Qube entry should hit the front page

A flight time of 42 minutes all hands off around the cube, a wonderful entry from Steve Westerfield.

I did a practice flight near my house with a few seconds at each corner and then I went out and did 3 missions on Mar 26th at my RC flying field Falcon R/C in Lake Dallas,TX. The first was 15 mins and it flew well. I increased the WP…


Added by Gary Mortimer on April 12, 2013 at 6:33am — 2 Comments

Model aircraft owners drawn into privacy debate on drones

By Ben Wolfgang -The Washington Times

CROWNSVILLE, Md. - Steve Barnett has been flying unmanned aerial systems for more than 30 years — long before the word “drone” started making global headlines.

But now, the 65-year-old Army veteran and model-airplane enthusiast finds himself…


Added by Gary Mortimer on April 10, 2013 at 12:01am — 16 Comments

DJI Phantom Vision

They are certainly trying.

The PHANTOM Vision is the only quadcopter on the market to offer professional-level multi-rotor flight control technology, an intelligent GPS-based autopilot system, an integrated HD camera and an iOS app for full camera control. The PHANTOM Vision also comes with a remote control unit containing pre-programmed…


Added by Gary Mortimer on April 8, 2013 at 12:59pm — 6 Comments

Test flight of unmanned aerial vehicles at KNP

Something close to my heart, I am currently ramping up for a radio collar trial in South Africa with some new technology. Rhinos are just one animal in great danger. Time to redress the balance. GM

by Abdul Gani

Kaziranga National Park, for the first…


Added by Gary Mortimer on April 8, 2013 at 5:21am — 12 Comments

Humm this all looks familiar inside

An ADS B receiver with extra bits I see the future.... this unit for manned aircraft launched today in the USA. Flying with ADS B probably will be a requirement and it looks like most of the parts are in place…


Added by Gary Mortimer on March 28, 2013 at 1:38pm — 4 Comments

sUAS News podcast live from Texas controlled burn.

From the shameless plug department..

Join sUAS News podcast host Gene Robinson, technology permitting, live from a Texas controlled burn. Find out what his part in the trials has been. The show starts at 0800 Pacific on…


Added by Gary Mortimer on March 26, 2013 at 11:07pm — 2 Comments

Quadcopter Swarm over London for Star Trek - Into Darkness

As a harbinger for the Paramount film “Star Trek – Into Darkness”, starting in May in Europe’s cinemas, last night a swarm of 30 mini-helicopters equipped with the LED lights drew the Star Trek logo into the skies over London. The choreography for the show was developed by Ars Electronica Futurelab from Linz (Austria).…


Added by Gary Mortimer on March 24, 2013 at 4:54am — 11 Comments

T3 Cube update

I am impressed, three folks have thrown their hats in the ring, Richard, Rob and Randy. Other letters of the alphabet are allowed to compete.

Rob has managed to loiter for two minutes at each corner which is to be commended.

The image above is from Richards first attempt.

Catch up…


Added by Gary Mortimer on March 10, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

T3 season two, the multirotor one.

Its been a while so lets try again. Had a hangout with Chris and we briefly spoke about the next T3 round. Chris will work on a top prize ;-)

The mission is simple, get airborne climb to 20m 

Fly a cube with 50m sides, pausing for one minute at each corner, so your flight time cannot be anything less than 8 minutes..... Bonus points if you…


Added by Gary Mortimer on February 22, 2013 at 6:30am — 172 Comments

Will IsisCopter open up the NAS for commercial sUAS ops in North America?

An sUAS News podcast exclusive, with Gus from IsisCopter. They have petitioned the FAA for an exemption.

Docket No.: FAA–2012–0897

Petitioner: IsisCopter, LLC

Section of 14 CFR Affected: 14 CFR

21.191 and 91.319

Description of Relief Sought: IsisCopter seeks relief to operate small unmanned aircraft systems within

visual line of…


Added by Gary Mortimer on January 25, 2013 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

Talking multirotors with Duran from Steadidrone

Thought sUAS News ought to catch up with this hangout thing. I will have to talk to Duran again as I did'nt do a very good job. He explains his frames and has people looking busy.

If I am very honest I don't understand Google + yet. I have several people lined up to talk to and in the future would love to have folks join…


Added by Gary Mortimer on January 24, 2013 at 2:30am — 5 Comments

Australian flyaway makes CASA safety mag

This one is worthy of discussion. At very least as a group we should be taking it upon ourselves to operate away from potential conflict. These guys sort of tried but perhaps could have thought about it a little longer. There is no indication of what AP this was or airframe. 

The operators of a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) were lucky to feel only embarrassment rather than…


Added by Gary Mortimer on January 9, 2013 at 2:29pm — 3 Comments

A chance to ask NAS integration questions on todays sUAS News podcast


Today's guest Doug Davis, Director of Global UAS Strategic Initiatives at the NMSU PSL.

Doug  has been a long time contributing member of the unmanned aviation community. This will be an excellent opportunity to hear about the Global UAS airspace integration…


Added by Gary Mortimer on January 9, 2013 at 8:05am — 4 Comments

Drone Journalism one year on

Patrick talks to Matthew Schroyer from as per the picture above questions to the show @sUASNews and the #droneJchat hashtag on twitter…


Added by Gary Mortimer on December 6, 2012 at 8:22am — No Comments

Princeton: Mapping Africa

Slightly off topic for the minute but there is a UA element soon. Lyndon is a friend of mine and it was with him many years ago that this entire UAS interest (pun warning) took off for me. At the time Lyndon was looking for antelope…


Added by Gary Mortimer on November 30, 2012 at 12:55am — 2 Comments

Activists’ drone shot out of the sky for fourth time

By Matthew Schroyer sUAS News

“As soon as I hit the go home mode, because the GPS and compasses were damaged, it went crazy,” Hindi said. “I flipped off the ‘come home’ mode and went into manual control. It wasn’t working…


Added by Gary Mortimer on November 19, 2012 at 1:30pm — 84 Comments

Talking NASA UA Science projects on the podcast today

Geoff Blands joins Patrick and Gene on today's podcast to talk a little about his work at NASA and no doubt the ARC 1.0 committee. (Patrick can't help himself)

Some of you are probably aware of Geoffs work with …


Added by Gary Mortimer on November 14, 2012 at 6:34am — No Comments

sUAS News Search and Rescue podcast,

Starts in one hours time, 2000 GMT (subject to me getting my sums wrong the countdown has started on the timer)

During the episode, we will broadcast live from a SAR training event being instructed by our co host Gene Robinson. Our guest is Chris Onions. He works full time for Rescue 3 (UK) providing training to the emergency services in water…


Added by Gary Mortimer on October 31, 2012 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Watch out for the ....

You may or may not agree with my thoughts here…


Added by Gary Mortimer on October 27, 2012 at 7:02am — 57 Comments

France permits UA flight out to 100km

Yep you read it right, historic day for sUAS everywhere. Oh except in America ;-) 

French Civil Aviation Authority, the DGAC, awarded Delair-Tech the first authorisation ever issued to a UAS company in France, for a civil UAS to fly over 100 km in French airspace.

Delair-Tech is based in Toulouse and specialised in the design and manufacturing of long…


Added by Gary Mortimer on October 3, 2012 at 2:44am — 6 Comments

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