DIY 433MHz UHF receiver antenna. TREX build update 3

This antenna is going to be used for the TREX 450 helicopter build and will be placed on the tail. The RC receiver will be located near the frame, will be using a FLYTRON receiver. This rx antenna can be used on any UHF LRS system, like EzUHF, Rangelink, Orange OpenLRS. DIPOLE antenna, is essentially…

TREX 450 Pro APM/FPV build update 2

Recently done: mount magnetometer. upgrade HMC-5983 from 5883 add band-aid over barometer. to smooth the pressure differential/buffeting. Makes APM more stable in auto and loiter. wire and mount 5V power supply (BEC). For discreet power for APM and 433Mhz rx and to prevent brownouts due to servo electrical draw. I’m using digital servos, that have…

The Age of the Drone, a fantastic drone documentary!

I gotta give these folks at Zoot Pictures a bravo zulu, they did a really great job at portraying the current social and economic stories of drones and the humans around them. If you want to watch the “Doc Zone – The Age of the Drone”, click here. http://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/Shows/ID/2654753465/    But you have to have a…

Canadians, make sure you watch TV on Thursday

The Age of the Drone Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 9 PM on CBC-TV   “THE AGE OF THE DRONE, an eyebrow-raising new documentary reveals a game-changing revolution that’s happening overhead. The drones are here – pilotless flying bots, usually equipped with cutting-edge cameras and GPS navigation. Whether you know it or not, they’re up…

new FAA sUAS/drone/RC regs “proposal” released today

Regulations will facilitate integration of small UAS into U.S. aviation system WASHINGTON – The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations. The FAA proposal offers safety…

Dji Phantom 2 V2 with Flysight FPV add on

Took a break from the Trex helicopter build to put this simple system together for a friend. Its his first radio controlled toy and first quadcopter so it had to be simple. The build went together smooth and easy, and it flies really great. Took it out over a quarter mile and still had a…

TREX 450 Pro APM/FPV build update 1

Completed a few items from the list today! DONE:-solder new  wiring plug on 1258Mhz video transmitter, I hate DF13 connectors! They are too fragile. Replacing with two JST connectors DONE:-mount 1258Mhz video transmitter, but still need a zip tie to double secure. DONE:-mount FPV camera DONE:-mount “minimosd extra” HUD video overlay (already programmed, procedure here),…

Helicopter: Align TREX 450 Pro V2 build plan!

This is a to-do list and build plan for the Trex 450 V2 flybarless helicopter, APM/FPV/sUAS build, so expect a lot more posts based on what you see below. I highly suggest you make your own plans like this, as it takes a lot off of your mind when its all layed out in digital…

new build coming soon

Over the next few weeks I will be building an Align T-Rex 450 flybarless helicopter, but with a mini-APM controller and Arducopter. This is my first helicopter with APM and FPV so it should be fun!