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RTL Results in Meteor Crater

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Patterson Nov 12, 2013. 6 Replies

Well, now it's my turn. After dozens, maybe hundreds of flights of my APM, today in my pre-fpv RTL test, the APM decided to throttle up to maximum, go max pitch, and plow deep into the earth,…Continue

This isn't confusing at all

Started Jun 1, 2013 0 Replies

Ok. I'm confused. This page says two things,  no compass included, and brand new Honeywell compass included. What does this mean?…Continue

 

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Bill Patterson commented on Adrián Nagy Hinst's blog post Portable Ground Station design, 2.0 - the basic idea
"I have another suggestion. Use one of the many dedicated fpv monitors and a dedicated SD DVR. Tmart sells them. Run it along side mission planner/tablet. Check foxtech and tmart."
18 hours ago
Bill Patterson replied to William's discussion Update.... really?
"Y'all really are going to talk me into it...."
yesterday
Bill Patterson commented on Adrián Nagy Hinst's blog post Portable Ground Station design, 2.0 - the basic idea
"While interesting...... you're kinda recreating a laptop here. A Devo 10 can plug in as a HID controller, and though I've never done it, I believe you can use the 3DR telemetry link to fly the APM with your HID device. Jack in the capture…"
yesterday
Bill Patterson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene
"@ Monroe So how is it that the AMA isn't the correct governing body? I'm not saying that they do a good job, support fpv, or are anything except Giant Scale obsessed, and their guidelines are currently full of contradictions, but it is…"
yesterday
Bill Patterson replied to William's discussion Update.... really?
"To bad my compass is soldered to my APM board at the factory. Still my fault? My APM sits in a drawer now, because I am experiencing the same sentiment as the OP. Tough job for the developers, to make it both sophisticated and easy,  which…"
yesterday
Bill Patterson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA vs Search-and-Rescue drones
"Deon: Ka-ching! Exactly. Thank god someone else sees it like this as well."
Saturday
Bill Patterson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA vs Search-and-Rescue drones
"My point stands despite your attempt at obfistication. You can fly an ultralight without a license."
Saturday
Bill Patterson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAA vs Search-and-Rescue drones
"Michael. I refer you to ultralights, which weight more, fly faster, farther and higher and do it legally, than any RC model, and on top of that carry a person. No license needed. To say that a smaller, slower, less dangerous, unmanned RC model will…"
Apr 11
Bill Patterson commented on criro1999's blog post First ever UK prosecution for dangerous driving of a DRONE: Man fined £800 for illegal flying of unmanned aircraft
"All agreed here, but.... Is this REALLY the first time in a century or so that a hobbyist has been fined? Or just another sensationalist headline?"
Apr 3
Bill Patterson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Slate: "Maybe the FAA doesn’t have the authority to regulate unmanned aerial vehicles."
"Hmmm. I suspect the definition of Commercial has been mis-applied from the original intent of fostering "Airline Business" to "No profit allowed" for any reason, by anybody.  "
Mar 6
Bill Patterson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Slate: "Maybe the FAA doesn’t have the authority to regulate unmanned aerial vehicles."
"What I want to know is: Who gives the FAA the right to discriminate between for-profit and not-for-profit in the air? What grounds do they base their "we control profiting from air use" on? It's my understanding their mandate ends…"
Mar 6
Bill Patterson replied to Will's discussion I'm a cop and need help making a drone, as well as some info
"I'll draft something up."
Feb 28
Bill Patterson replied to Will's discussion I'm a cop and need help making a drone, as well as some info
"Wow. All negative FAA propaganda espousing their "turf grab".  These guys are our employee's, not our overlords. We need to engage who ever oversees the FAA and petition them to get this "stance" corrected.  So,…"
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Bill Patterson replied to Will's discussion I'm a cop and need help making a drone, as well as some info
"That isn't even remotely true. Ever heard of a police helicopter? Traffic monitoring aircraft to catch speeders? Search and rescue? Flying Police are the rule, not the exception.  No one (in their right mind) on this planet is going to…"
Feb 21
Bill Patterson replied to Will's discussion I'm a cop need help making a drone, as well as some info
"He's not making money, so why would it be illegal? It can be flown "as a model" (not that the FAA saying you can't make money is going to hold any water anyways).   "
Feb 16

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DOH! (check your radio settings before flight!)

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 8:30am 5 Comments

Just got back from the park, was going to do some FPV.

Everything looked good, lifted off, corrected for a bit of lean to the rear, it got worse, corrected more, hit full forward and quad continued to accelerate in reverse, killed throttle and rolled it breaking a prop. 

New prop, lifted off…

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