Bernie Hoffman
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I am the owner of Autonomous Avionics, located in Denver, Colorado. We specialize in manufacturing custom drones using the 3D Robotics line of autopilots. Visit our site at
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I have build and flown radio-controlled aircraft since I was 13 years old. My interest in unmanned aerial vehicles started shortly after reading Chris Anderson's article in Wired magazine and I haven't looked back since.
Denver, CO

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New Heavy Lift Prototype from Autonomous Avionics

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 5:30pm 6 Comments

Looking for feedback on the Autonomous Avionics SkyTractor Heavy Lift Octocopter. Any input is appreciated. Practical payload is 20 pounds, but we tested it with 30 pounds. Flight time is right around 12 minutes with the full payload, but the RED and Movi only weigh in around 12.5 pounds, so…


CarbonCore Cortex by Autonomous Avionics

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 12:32pm 2 Comments


Autonomous Avionics is proud to annouce their latest ready-to-fly X8 octocopter. The CarbonCore Cortex folding airframe is an 800mm coaxial carbon fiber airframe loaded with a 3D Robotics Pixhawk flight controller. The 8 MN4120 T-Motors are more than adequate for carrying a full frame DSLR…


Power Distribution Board

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 3:52pm 5 Comments

After putting together a Carbon Core 950 and trying to fit all the electronics, ECSs and miscellaneous electronics into the frame, I realized I really need to use a power distribution board to keep the installation clean. I know there are some pretty good power distribution boards available, but…


GoPro/Tarot Steady Cam with transmitter

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 4:31pm 0 Comments

This is the latest creation from Bernie's basement (tm). It is a GoPro based steady cam using a Tarot gimbal for…


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