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Has anyone here built a Blimp,Plane,VTOL hybrid ?

Started Feb 1 0 Replies

I would like to build a Plimp, similar to what Egan labs  built.  Has anyone attempted to build something similar ?     I'd like to build something like it.  I've got a spare pixhawk controller to…Continue

I upgraded a stable flying APM 2.0 quad running ArduCopter 2.7.3 to 3.1.3 and introduced a wobble

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jerry Normandin Jun 22, 2014. 3 Replies

Hi guys.. I wonder of any of you have any ideas on how to reduce a wobble.  I went through all the steps as I did when I built the quad and installed firmware 2.7.3.  I'm attaching my flight logs…Continue

Tags: I, have, a, wobble., now

I replaced a failing NTM 26-28a motor on the front starboard side.. better flights now! Does anyone have any ideas onhow to make a good foam or rubber based landing gear to absorb shock ?

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Githens Sep 11, 2012. 24 Replies

One thing about Chinese motors.  They are cheap and you can build a prototype quickly, but the Chinese can't make ball bearings to save themselves!   After 13 flights I had a motor fail.  I ordered…Continue

Tags: vs., American, ball, bearings, Chinese

Here's my evaluation of the XproHeli HD GoPro landing gear/mount

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Githens Sep 8, 2012. 4 Replies

I decided to purchase the Xpro Heli Camera Mount 2 to add to my SK-450 quadcopter platform.When I opened the box I was impressed with the craftsmanship, but skeptical about the tinsel strenght of the…Continue

Tags: gear, landing, quadcopter

 

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Has anyone here built a Blimp,Plane,VTOL hybrid ?

I would like to build a Plimp, similar to what Egan labs  built.  Has anyone attempted to build something similar ?     I'd like to build something like it.  I've got a spare pixhawk controller to use for the project.It's been a while since i've posted here because during flying season I've got my 3DR Solo, Parrot Disco, HK CloudSurfer, RMRC Recruit, and ZOHD Nano Talon to keep me busy.     I think it would be cool to builda Plimp that will fly in a very slow circular pattern at 400ft elevation…See More
Feb 1
Jerry Normandin replied to Jerry Normandin's discussion I upgraded a stable flying APM 2.0 quad running ArduCopter 2.7.3 to 3.1.3 and introduced a wobble
"Update...the new firmware is buggy on APM 2.0.    I got tired of dealing with 3dr and switched to a multiwii pro. Cheaper.  Much cheaper.plus can run multiwii, ardupirate, and arducopter It is very stable."
Jun 22, 2014
Jerry Normandin replied to Frank Bernd's discussion Flying in the USA
"A total ban was passed recently.....mostly passed because of idiots flying close to people. I used to fly at colt state park in RI. A great place to fly and shoot video of my. Hope bay. I called my he park office.... They said to come by…"
Jun 22, 2014
Jerry Normandin replied to Frank Bernd's discussion Flying in the USA
"Big brother passed legislation making it illegal to fly in state parks. I recommend joining the AMA.   ...I did. You can fly in any AMA field in the USA. usable"
Jun 22, 2014
Jerry Normandin replied to Roger Raad's discussion UAV flying ceiling
"In the United States (home of the not so free anymore) we are limited to a 400ft. ceiling.  If we are within 2 miles from an airport we can't fly at all. As far as actual altitude it all depends on the aircraft.  i would use a small…"
Jun 20, 2014
Jerry Normandin replied to Mathieu's discussion Quad + Pixhawk used to get along great - Now Quad is wobblig like crazy
"Good screen shots.  adjust the pitch/roll rate 30% of the way to the right and test again. I had the same problem with the default settings... but this is something  you need to adjust. Also if it helps I have to adjust this when I switch…"
Apr 24, 2014
Jerry Normandin commented on Mark Harrison's blog post Smallest APM aircraft?
"Andrew,   I have a quadpod too and I am about to swap out the flight controller for a multiwii 328P board. Do you have a config file you can share ? I also like flying the quadpod in the yard... flying with the standard controller is kind…"
Apr 23, 2014
Jerry Normandin replied to Joonas Äijälä's discussion Apm 2.5 (3.0.1) loiter problems
"When I ran into this issue I had to recalibrate the accelerometers."
Apr 20, 2014
Jerry Normandin replied to Jerry Normandin's discussion I upgraded a stable flying APM 2.0 quad running ArduCopter 2.7.3 to 3.1.3 and introduced a wobble
"Thanks!  That makes sense.     I adjusted those values back when I was running 2.7.3 but I didn't have a wobble then, it was a slower wobble so it was more like a drifting circle. I'll try it.. right now I need to…"
Apr 19, 2014
Brian Stott replied to Jerry Normandin's discussion I upgraded a stable flying APM 2.0 quad running ArduCopter 2.7.3 to 3.1.3 and introduced a wobble
"Not sure if this is with yours but, when I upgraded mine I had a bad wobble also. Looking around the settings it ended up being Roll and Pitch P values of the PID increased about 50% (~0.085). I lowered the values to the previous stable values…"
Apr 19, 2014
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I upgraded a stable flying APM 2.0 quad running ArduCopter 2.7.3 to 3.1.3 and introduced a wobble

Hi guys.. I wonder of any of you have any ideas on how to reduce a wobble.  I went through all the steps as I did when I built the quad and installed firmware 2.7.3.  I'm attaching my flight logs hopefully someone can give me advice.  The wobble is left right forward and back ... the wobble was around 60hz.Attached you will find my logSee More
Apr 19, 2014
Jerry Normandin replied to fuzzur's discussion Turnigy 9x ppm and failsafe
"I have the same radio.  Failsafe does not work in PPM mode.. just PCM. You need to do what I did. I bough a FRsky transmitter and receiver module.  I't worth the money, you will get better range too. Failsafe with the turnigy/frsky is…"
Apr 18, 2014
Hans Jakob Bosshard replied to Jerry Normandin's discussion Has anyone configured APM 2.0 for the QuadPOD ?
"Quadpod with ArdupilotHi all, After some longer time to find the appropriate PID Parameters, I succeded to fly the Quadpod in a smotth manner with the APM 2 with the newest Firmware 3.1. Look at the short Youtube Video which shows a…"
Feb 26, 2014
Jerry Normandin left a comment for Alan Hunt
"Here's the current settings: NOTE: 2012-02-01 23:37:13 XQuad 3DR| APM2| 3SLiPo|…"
Jan 16, 2014
Jerry Normandin left a comment for Alan Hunt
"Here's what I'm using.    You have a newer controller than mine.  I've got version 2.0 It flies pretty well.    My problem is when I started flying with a a 6000mah LiPo.   I flew too …"
Jan 16, 2014
Victor Lee replied to Jerry Normandin's discussion I've got some stable parameters for a hobbying sk-450 frame ntm 26-28a motors and blueseries 30amp esc to share!
"Sorry, I am a newbie. Do we need to upload these parameters from PC to transmitter ? My Tx is Turnigy 9x, how ? Thanks."
Jul 16, 2013

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About Me:
I've been building robots and devices with embedded controllers as a hobby for a few years now. I've built a snellflight quadcopte, added night lighting, video cam, and soon a laser that will get triggered from my momentary toggle switch on channel 6.

I finally got my APM 2.0 board! Parts to build a largeer quadpod with 4 30A ESC and motors that need it :)
I think I'll need at least a 3200ma 3cell Lipo for a 20 minute flight. Once this baby is flying I'll start saving for a gopro hd cam.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I've built gadgets that use embedded controllers for a while. I think the hobby UAV is pretty cool, and the fact that there's an open resource that we can can use and contribute to is awesome! I'm hoping to build a quadpod heavy lifter, when I finally get a trunigy 9 channel radio I'll add a remote claw to the APM 2.0 to grab, lift, and place objects. I'm also looking forward to building a marine uav with my sons.
Hometown:
Swansea, MA

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