Articles for February 2015

Drones flying at Oshkosh! Part of EAA AirVenture's Aviation Gateway Park

Wanted to pass this along as an FYI.

Aviation Gateway Park

‘Drone cage’ hosts daily unmanned flight demos at Oshkosh


EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (February 27, 2015) — The latest innovations, unmanned drone demonstrations, and a world of possibilities for young aviation enthusiasts are part of the new Aviation Gateway Park that makes its debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” on July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.


The 63rd annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention includes this new area, which builds upon the success of the College Park innovation/education area launched in 2014.


“EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has always been about innovation and education, and the new Aviation Gateway Park area is an opportunity to showcase these important initiatives in an even bigger way,” said Dave Chaimson, EAA’s vice president of marketing and business development. “This is the place to find out what’s new and learn about gateways to aviation for those interested in careers or new innovative technologies.”


One of the highlights of Aviation Gateway Park will be a new “Drone Cage,” where unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be demonstrated each day during AirVenture. Manufacturer demos, educational presentations, obstacle course contests, and free flight can be viewed from all sides of the cage, including from bleachers inside the Park’s Innovations Center. Companies interested in exhibiting and demonstrating should contact EAA’s exhibits office at [email protected].


Aviation Gateway Park includes the popular Innovation Center presented by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), where some of the most intriguing concepts in aviation technology are on display; the Education/Career Center presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where more than 20 college aviation programs showcase possibilities for young aviation enthusiasts who seek schooling and careers; and a special forums area also presented by NATCA, highlighting the people and programs in this area. A plaza area between the three main structures will be a popular gathering place and home for some of the returning activities from last year’s College Park complex, including a social for college aviation students and an aviation job fair hosted by aviation-related companies seeking employees.


“The high levels of spirit and enthusiasm we’ve seen in this area over the past two years keeps growing, and EAA-member and attendee feedback led us to add more to the area this year as it outgrew the original College Park concept,” Chaimson said. “This area will be a gathering place filled with fun and discovery for all ages, but really provides a glimpse into what’s ahead in the world of flight, whether it’s the innovations or the people.”


Exact schedules of all Aviation Gateway Park activities will be announced as they are finalized.


EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at

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Pacificbots – Update

Finally was able to get one of the bots out onto the water. For this test, I chose an area of San Francisco Bay that is subject to strong currents during the tide changes. As the tide was going out, the current was about 3 knots. The bot did fine. There were plenty of settings to tweak and a few adjustments of the Pixhawk PID had things working smoothly.

Some takeaways from the test.

Turn radius: Once I threw the switch into autonomous mode, I notice some squirrelly behavior from the bot. Checking my list I realized that I still needed to verify the turn radius. I originally estimated the turn radius to be about 3 meters. I was waaaaay off. The radius turned out to be around 7.5 meters. Once I updated that little nugget, the bot handled the waypoints with ease. 

Weight: Getting weight distribution right can be a pain. I had to stop the bot on the water a few times to adjust battery/ballast positioning so the bot would track better.

Overall a successful mission and One step closer to launch!

More updates soon.

You can check out the twitter feed for updates between blog posts!

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SWIFT Propolsion unit 1st test

SWIFT Propolsion Unit

To make the system as light as possible and to eliminate the wire weight we made Swift`s propolsion unit in a small volume , components are colse to eachother .We used High density Li-ion round battery and all batteries installed inside carbon tube and electronic unit located behind the motor and this units is also a motor mount. To get the high performance from propolsion unit, we customize the engine, and we gaves spinner shape to the rotator of engine.

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Drone Maker 3D Robotics Raises $50 Million In Latest Round


By Frank Bi and Ryan Mac

Less than two weeks after the Federal Aviation Administration unveiled its proposed regulations for commercial drones, one California-based drone company sealed its latest round of financing.

North America’s largest personal drone manufacturer, 3D Robotics, raised $50 million on Wednesday led by Qualcomm QCOM +0.47% Ventures. A valuation was not disclosed. The round was the largest amount raised by any U.S.-based consumer drone company to date.

The company intends to use the funds to expand its product development in both its hardware and software products. 3D Robotics will also work with Qualcomm to utilize the company’s Snapdragon processors.

Full article here 3DR raises venture capital again

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DIY Drones at 64,000 members!

It’s customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. This time it’s 64,000!!!!

There were approximately 1.6 million page views in the last month! (we now get around 53,000 page views a day on average). It took us just 26 days to add these latest 1,000 members–we’re averaging one new member every 37 minutes!

Thanks as always to all the community members who make this growth possible, and especially to the administrators and moderators who approve new members, blog posts and otherwise respond to questions and keep the website running smoothly.



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DAS LAB using 3D printer technology on making rapid UAV prototyping


We will make a lightweight, high performance, long endurance UAV airplane for multiple purposes. The features will be, live monitoring, 3D aerial mapping, thermal monitoring ect. To make an extra challenge for our self we will make the air plane weight less than 1 kg and see how quickly we can make the plane.

3D print is that it allows us to print very complex, light weight structures for high performance by just printing the part in one piece.

DAS Lab ( Danish Aviation Systems) testing 3D printed professional airplane . SWIFT

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FPV Racer X8 Quadcopter


Ive recently crashed my FPV Racer (Pictures below).

The problem was I lost contact with the transmitter on my end and ended up falling from a 30 Meter Height onto hard concrete. Thought it would have completely destroyed the drone, but as i panicked and came to my destination which it fell to i realised the damage was not so bad.

As you can see from the pictures it broke all propellers, destroyed the battery and crushed the Receiver for my Spectrum Controller.

So what I’m trying to achieve now is this.

I have started to build a FPV Racer with an X8 setup to make the racer even faster, an a bit more reliable. Obviously its not the motor setup that makes it longer range, for that i will be attaching my Futaba controller so i can get longer range.

Here is a picture of my current progress, lol i know its just putting the motors onto the frame but bare with me i will update this thread soon and show you guys how it looks.

If anyone has any suggestions as to the best way to set this up or if you’ve already tried this and encountered any problems please let me know i really want to make this work.


Peter, Heli Bros

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