Spitfire76

Members
  • Content Count

    1,058
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    32

Everything posted by Spitfire76

  1. What flight stack are you running px4 or Ardupilot ?. If Ardupilot are you performing this procedure to arm the motors ? https://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/arming_the_motors.html Typically the motors will be prevented from arming if one or more pre-arm checks fail https://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/common-prearm-safety-checks.html
  2. Likely someone wanting to make a case for the FAA's remote ID proposal.
  3. Here is the AMA's second podcast on the remote id NPRM. Don't bother with the first one as it seems that it was too early as they likely had not had a chance to fully digest it.
  4. I don't have his direct email but these are the contact pages on FT websites. https://www.flitetest.com/pages/contact-other https://www.edgewaterairpark.com/contact/
  5. I guess your right and I know that the AMA has been around for a long time and have done a great deal for the hobby in the past. Maybe they became somewhat complacent over the years since they were the only RC model association in the US. I also think that they realize that they have let their members down by failing to protect the hobby and are trying their best to correct the situation but it can only help things by having more representation with associations like Josh is establishing. If you notice he mentioned on that video they have 800,000 US youtube subscribers. That's 4 times the AMA membership. Ok maybe not all would be willing to pay for membership but even if it 2x or 3x that is still a lot more than the AMA. I already have introduced my 2 year old grandson to the hobby by building him a chuck glider from FliteTest out of one sheet of Dollar Tree foam board. I hope to introduce him to build and fly more advanced aircraft as he gets older - FAA permitting!
  6. Like most AMA members I pay $75/year (there are slightly lower fees for young and old) membership. Ok, it provides insurance and is mandatory for me to fly at a local RC club which I pay a further $120/year. I understand that they have around 200,000 members and so lets say the average fee for AMA membership is $60. That is an annual revenue of $12 million if my math is correct. Apart from buying stuff from FliteTest I don't pay anything but I feel like many others they seem to better represent all of the recreational hobbyist from young to old flying traditional RC planes or the latest drones than the AMA. I am interested in seeing what Josh can do with his recently established FliteTest Community Association and would be quite willing to pay for membership or volunteer my time to help out.
  7. It was so great to see Josh Bixler, the president of FLITETEST on this CES 2020 panel discussion. Although they don't get to talk about remote ID until the very end its worth watching the entire video.
  8. Flitetest have built up a large community of RC model aircraft hobbyists over the years and have over 1.5 million subscribers to thier youtube channel. They just recently started this channel to help keep their community in the air. They are also asking to hold off on commenting on the FAA's proposed rule for the moment in order for them to have time to coordinate with other organizations and to come up with the most cohesive statement.
  9. Yes, its proposing that the UAS would require "FAA certified" hardware/software to be able to provide 2 means of identification The broadcast of the ID and location data directly transmitted by the drone itself that can be picked up by a device like a cell phone or other device. Transmission of ID and location data transmitted via the internet to an FAA approved USS (3rd parties similar to those that provide LAANC) What's not clear to me at the moment is if the aircraft itself needs to be connected to the internet or if the transmission can be done via the ground control station. Now they also state that if there is no internet at take off it can still take off providing its broadcasting but if there is internet and the connection is lost during flight it should be reported to the remote pilot to take action like to land.
  10. I am both a fixed wing RC and drone pilot/builder. I do fly planes at a local AMA club but typically fly my drones in a nearby park so I am for both keeping AMA fields as well as other areas to fly.
  11. For what its worth the AMA have posted this template that can be used for the public comment https://amablog.modelaircraft.org/amagov/2020/01/03/template-comment-on-uas-remote-id/ As an AMA member and RC fixed wing flyer I plan on using it.
  12. Bruce does a brilliant job of explaining the consequences to our hobby if this rule is allowed to go into law. He challenges the FAA on its pretense to be in the name of safety. He also doesn't believe that the AMA will be effective in influencing the FAA's decisions based on its inability to stop the repeal of 336. I would encourage anyone in this hobby to watch it.
  13. Is there a statement to this effect from the DOT published somewhere ?
  14. I believe that a lot do but some don't always live close to one. Also, since land is becoming more developed there are less places to establish one.
  15. AMA's blog on the subject http://amablog.modelaircraft.org/amagov/2019/12/26/ama-update-on-remote-id-proposal/
  16. On December 26, 2019 FAA issued a proposed rule for remote ID and will be published for public comment on December, 31, 2019. https://www.faa.gov/uas/research_development/remote_id/ https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/12/31/2019-28100/remote-identification-of-unmanned-aircraft-systems
  17. Congratulations!. One important thing to keep in mind when coming up with this test is that its not just recreational drone pilots that will have to take it but regular RC plane and helicopter pilots. Some of my local AMA club members are in their 90s and have been flying safely for decades. Many at the club have never flown a drone or have any interest in flying one so to have a test that has a lot of drone related questions will be unfair especially since its because of the drones these regulation and tests are being imposed on them. I know that the AMA is involved and hopefully they will help steer the test to be fair for all RC pilots.
  18. Spitfire76

    Auto mission

    GPS either does not work or is unreliable indoors and also the barometer can be an issue too. http://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/indoor-flying.html
  19. With any quad copter you have 2 motor/props that rotate clockwise and 2 that rotate anti clockwise. I would first make sure that this is setup up correctly for that drone..
  20. You are never too old to get into this as a hobby or even commercially. I am a lot older than you and started in this hobby back in 2013 and at that time you did need to build your own drone but of course the technology has come a long way since then and off the shelf drones are much easier to fly. It is though worth practicing on a relative cheap drone before spending a lot of money on a more advanced one. Personally though I still prefer to build my own but that's no longer needed to learn to fly.
  21. Spitfire76

    GPS/Compass

    I am not sure about those parms as I have never had to change them. What is important though for the compass is the calibration. http://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/common-compass-calibration-in-mission-planner.html I found this to be easier if you place the drone on an office chair that can be rotated. Place it in a box when its upside down. Its also better to do this with the radio telemetry and not using the USB cable.