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'''''Reason for starting:''''' I was looking online for something to open source to stabilize a model aircraft (goal was Helicopter). I found the ENAC Wiki and wanted to build one. At the time even the PCB were not available online (just the designs). As an avid Linux user I wanted to see Paparazzi use grow and be a part of that growth.
 
'''''Reason for starting:''''' I was looking online for something to open source to stabilize a model aircraft (goal was Helicopter). I found the ENAC Wiki and wanted to build one. At the time even the PCB were not available online (just the designs). As an avid Linux user I wanted to see Paparazzi use grow and be a part of that growth.
  
'''''Current Project:''''' FunJet POC vehicle
 
I started building my own FunJet aircraft in mid-2008. I wanted to start with a proven design. I have 3 test flights to date with it. As soon as I have my elevon reversed issue resolved I hope to fly in AUTO1/AUTO2 to finish the POC stage and move onto my next build.
 
  
'''''Future Project:''''' Powered 1M Glider with Tiny1.3 autopilot
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'''''Current Project:''''' < 400g jet with Tiny1.3 autopilot
I want to test the Paparazzi autopilot in a small (DLG size 1m) design. The glider currently weighs < 10oz. I want to see how long it can fly and the environment conditions it can fly it. I see for search and rescue a design would need to be able to fly in pretty adverse conditions for a long time.  
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I have always wanted to take an COTS kit and fit it with a Paparazzi autopilot. I found the Kyosho DF45 delta wing to be a great looking, well built kit. The kit is very complete. The motor and fan unit are pre-assembled along with most of the airframe. Balsa with a covering film. The fuselage is a very well done fiberglass. It takes only a few hours to finish the airframe.
  
'''''Summary:''''' I am still learning but trying where possible to give back to the project by updating the Wiki and promoting the ENAC Wiki (this one) as the best source for Paparazzi information. I also am asked often to compare Paparazzi Project to other model airplane autopilots. I truly believe after researching what is available that the Paparazzi Autopilot system is the most flexible and best designed solution you can get (open or closed source). I truly believe in the Open Source model where all users have the ability to give back to the development either in comments, support or actual code.
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Everything is together and I am doing the airframe XML file now. I have all working except the servos. I suspect a timing issue. They are small 9g digital servos people commonly use as a tail servo on a micro RC helicopter. As soon as I get the correct servos file I will do some test flights. 
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'''''First Project:''''' FunJet POC vehicle
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I started building my own FunJet aircraft in mid-2008. I wanted to start with a proven design. I have 3 test flights to date with it. As soon as I have my elevon reversed issue resolved I hope to fly in AUTO1/AUTO2 to finish the POC stage and move onto my next build. Flew in AUTO2 in December 2008.
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'''''Summary:''''' Paparazzi has been very inspirational for me. I have learned so much over the years about electronics and autopilots. My weakness now is the code so I am going to learn OCAML, Ivy and Python now. I am completely self-taught so it's often slow progress. However it's very satisfying.

Revision as of 16:23, 2 June 2010

Name: David Conger

Location: USA (California)
Reason for starting: I was looking online for something to open source to stabilize a model aircraft (goal was Helicopter). I found the ENAC Wiki and wanted to build one. At the time even the PCB were not available online (just the designs). As an avid Linux user I wanted to see Paparazzi use grow and be a part of that growth.


Current Project: < 400g jet with Tiny1.3 autopilot I have always wanted to take an COTS kit and fit it with a Paparazzi autopilot. I found the Kyosho DF45 delta wing to be a great looking, well built kit. The kit is very complete. The motor and fan unit are pre-assembled along with most of the airframe. Balsa with a covering film. The fuselage is a very well done fiberglass. It takes only a few hours to finish the airframe.

Status: Everything is together and I am doing the airframe XML file now. I have all working except the servos. I suspect a timing issue. They are small 9g digital servos people commonly use as a tail servo on a micro RC helicopter. As soon as I get the correct servos file I will do some test flights.

First Project: FunJet POC vehicle I started building my own FunJet aircraft in mid-2008. I wanted to start with a proven design. I have 3 test flights to date with it. As soon as I have my elevon reversed issue resolved I hope to fly in AUTO1/AUTO2 to finish the POC stage and move onto my next build. Flew in AUTO2 in December 2008.

Summary: Paparazzi has been very inspirational for me. I have learned so much over the years about electronics and autopilots. My weakness now is the code so I am going to learn OCAML, Ivy and Python now. I am completely self-taught so it's often slow progress. However it's very satisfying.