It can be hard to get started on building a quadcopter or drone.  As a beginner, it was difficult for me to figure out what was a good introductory project, what parts to buy, etc.  In order to smooth the process, I'm writing a guide that relieves the beginner of a lot of the uncertainty and decisions to be made.  The goal is to get someone who is relatively inexperienced flying, gaining experience, and able to make good decisions about further projects to pursue.

 

About me:

 

I'm working with a photographer named Josh Anon, who wants to do some aerial photograpy in the Arctic Circle.  I'm documenting that project here:

    http://eastbay-rc.blogspot.com/search/label/arcticopter

 

We've got at least 3 or 4 phases in the project, one of which is building an arducopter based model.  In addition, I'm an RC pilot and want to make an ardupilot fixed wing plane.  You can see lots-o-words about that at the eastbay-rc blog as well.

 

I was delighted to learn that there is an active East Bay group of flyers -- hardly surprising, since Chris is in the East Bay himself!  I've got an ardupilot on order, and will be working on both a quad and fixed wing.

 

So, I'm starting a beginner's guide.  It's basically my build log, with an emphasis on explaining to someone new what they need to do to follow along.

I've just typed and introduction, and as we start to put together the ardu-projects we'll add information there. Chris suggested to make it a google doc to facilitate collaboration.  So, here it is!

 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Rp1XVCacq05-8pGO8yXlD21HAbcKRam...

 

I've learned a lot already from the excellent posts here and in the forums, and I'm sure I'll be asking lots of dumb questions as I go along.  You've been warned! :-)

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Comment by Chris Anderson on February 16, 2011 at 5:55pm
Mark, many thanks for starting this! I notice that a lot of the suggested entries sound exactly like entries that are already in the manual/wiki. Rather than write everything twice (and ask people to read two manuals, not just one), would you just like edit permission on the wiki and help improve it instead, perhaps by adding some more newbie-friendly sections?
Comment by Ron Jacobs on February 16, 2011 at 9:54pm
Good idea Chris. And perhaps the google doc could be the draft phase and then wiki entries could be made, by Mark, based on his google doc?

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Comment by Mark Harrison on February 16, 2011 at 11:45pm

That sounds great, Chris... why don't you set up the permissions and give a heads-up to anybody concerned?

Perhaps a good approach is to add a total beginners section, and have it refer to the more detailed sections as necessary?

 

To all: I'm sure I'll be spouting all kinds of nonsense, especially as I first get started.  Feel free to save me from my ignorance every chance you get!

 

are there any other top-level pages besides these ones I should know about?

http://code.google.com/p/ardupilot-mega/wiki/home?tm=6

http://code.google.com/p/arducopter/wiki/ArduCopter?tm=6

 

Thanks!

Mark

Comment by Cliff Dearden on February 17, 2011 at 1:19am

Great idea Mark I look forward to your 'total beginners section' hopefully done in a step 1, step 2, step 3

kind of way as opposed to the "Aladins cave" top level pages referred to above. Good luck.


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Comment by healthyfatboy on February 17, 2011 at 6:08am
I'll be looking forward to the beginner section as well. Now to find the money for everything...

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Comment by Chris Anderson on February 20, 2011 at 12:27pm
Mark, the best APM home page is the one in the tab above:
http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/ardupilot-mega-home-page

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