California Democrats make it a crime of trespass for operating a drone less than 350 feet above ground

So it begins.   “California lawmakers approve drone trespassing crime bills SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers advanced legislation Monday seeking to rein in the use of privacy-invading drones, passing one bill to prevent the use of drones by paparazzi and another making it a trespassing violation to fly drones over private property without permission.…

Drone University book update notes V1.13

V1.13 is a content update to Drone University.  I will publish the full version of these notes to Amazon in a few days. To update your Kindle book: To enable Automatic Book Updates: Go to Manage Your Content and Devices. Select Settings. Select Automatic Book Update to expand the section. Select On to receive automatic…

Upcoming posts

Its been a while since my last post, I had a bunch of things come up at once. Here are some things I’ve been working on and will post updates soon: 3D printing parts Ublox M8N GPS Tetracam Micro NDVI camera Programming PHP AG drones Julio Iglesias cutting his hand on a drone, I can…

Align TREX APM build update #6

Short update here. Essentially, just waiting on a new GPS to arrive. The last GPS got struck by a blade when it rolled over during maiden 1. I did accomplish getting telemetry and minmosd working. Because this Quanum Nova APM is not a standard unit, its mapping of the pinouts differs slightly and when I…

Align TREX 450 build update 5. Maiden #1.

Small update here. I attempt a flight, but it crashed immediately from what I think is due to bad PID settings. There is minor damage to the GPS. AUW with 2500mAh 3S battery is 998g. Without battery is 810g.   Outstanding TO-DO list -PIDS -evaluate RF noise for RF interference abatement, LCfilter/torroid placement, planning on…

Align TREX build update 4. Flight controller issues.

Got a few items done. But ran into some issues with my APM I need to work out, the telemetry is not communicating and the orientation will not correct and the GPS is not communicating….soooo, I think it may have some serious issues with the Arduino. I am looking for a replacement controller now. This…

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…