Category: The Shed

Building our own Shark Tank Drone

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A perfect excuse for me to head into the shed. The sharks loved the XCraft, XPlus One so much I thought I should have a go. There are going to be plenty of folks that just want to buy off the shelf, and many more that perhaps want to increase the size of the platform…

The new Steadidrone FLARE multirotor – field tested review

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So after just over 50 successful flights on my 2014 Steadidrone QU4D, I had the opportunity to fly and review Steadidrone’s newest multirotor, The Flare. It’s been a mad rush over the last week for me between visiting Steadidrone, converting a QU4D to a Flare, helping out with photography at mountain bike/trail running event, packing,…

Cape St Blaize Lighthouse Spline Circle Demonstration Video

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I woke up to another stunning day in the Western Cape of South Africa and decided it would be an absolute waste not to go out and fly. I’ve been eyeing the lighthouse nearby for a while now with a spline navigation flight in mind, so I went out and did the flight. With some…

Does DJI’s New Drone Hit the Target Market?

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by Colin Snow I think it’s futuristic – the drone that is. The camera, on the other hand, is another story. The drone For a guy like me who not only follows the commercial market for drones but is also an avid photography and multirotor enthusiast, the new DJI Inspire 1 is, well, inspiring. It’s…

Demonstration video – Arducopter 3.2 Spline Waypoints and New ROI setup

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The stable version of Arducopter 3.2 firmware has been released! I’ve loaded it onto my quadcopter and made a quick demonstration video showing how to set up the new way of using the Region Of Interest (ROI) function as well as setting up the new Spline Waypoints/Navigation feature of AC 3.2. Spline navigation is a…

Arducopter Region Of Interest (ROI) demonstration video

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The rain has finally subsided so I went out to the RC field for some quadcopter fiddling and testing. The below video shows a quick demonstration of the Region Of Interest (ROI) function of Arducopter (running firmware v3.1.5). I demonstrate the function on the Steadidrone 2014 QU4D with 3DR Pixhawk and GoPro 3 Silver. The…

Flight Evolution FE 1720G RTF FPV

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A ready to fly first person view platform from Flight Evolution. Our FE 1720G is based on the Talon platform which we have found to be a very solid general “G” purpose plane for a variety of uses.  It has the most cargo capacity of any plane we sell and can fly for several hours…

Drone Journalist sues Hartford Police Officers

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I was going to add some comment on this, but have stopped myself. Perhaps our Google + group Unmanned Aircraft Operators would be a good place to start any conversations. Background can be gleaned from this story and the following news clip. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT PEDRO RIVERA, :Plaintiff, ::v. : cv_____________________ :BRIAN…

X-UAV Talon upgrades

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News from C-Faktor Tegnologie, X UAV are creating upgrades for the Talon platform. Wing extensions that take the wingspan out to 2m and a set of wheels to make give the aircraft a tricycle undercarridge. A charming video highlights the changes. The reduced wing loading will be a great help for those operating the Talon…

Force the FAA to issue an Airworthiness Certificate for Beer Drones (BUAV’s) Vote now!

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A great We The People for a Friday! I am willing to bet it gets more signatures than any of the ones raised by industry insiders ;-) sUAS News readers do your bit for beer! Although I am not sure why they say the FAA have revoked authorisation, they can never have had it in…