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.