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I see a lot of questions regarding real aircraft, but I have a question about my drone. Is it appropriate to ask questions about drones and UAVs on the website?

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There is a tag for it -- https://aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/unmanned-aerial-vehicle -- so I would think so. You won't find the site to be a good resource for practical help though. If you have very specific definable questions about aviation regulations this site might be of some use to you though most folks probably aren't familiar with regulations as they pertain to drones.

Anyway I think the basic answer to your question is "yes", but the results might not be what you are hoping for.

Keep in mind too that the site guidelines forbid asking questions about where to procure specific items. ("Where can I buy a size 5 battery for my xyz drone....)

For theoretical questions or questions about how to calculate something, you might get some good results here, but you might also consider the "modelling science" subforum of rc groups dot com; there are some pretty smart people who post there or at least there used to be. Depending on whether it's a multicopter or fixed-wing there might be some other appropriate subforums on the site as well. Plus a traditional forum like that is more suitable for an extended conversation; this site definitely isn't.

But welcome to the site if you do decide to post your question(s) here.

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  • $\begingroup$ Stay tuned, maybe someone else will give a different answer... $\endgroup$ – quiet flyer Apr 7 '20 at 0:00
  • $\begingroup$ I am trying to build my own drone and I want to ask questions about the design and aerodynamics. $\endgroup$ – CheetSheatOverlode Apr 7 '20 at 16:36
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    $\begingroup$ Didn't mean to be condescending; again I think the basic answer to your question is "yes" but that's just my one opinion. I'm not sure how meta is supposed to work, maybe people are supposed to indicate they agree by upvoting... you could always just go ahead and ask your question and see what happens. $\endgroup$ – quiet flyer Apr 7 '20 at 16:43
  • $\begingroup$ Okay, thanks! I'll do that. $\endgroup$ – CheetSheatOverlode Apr 7 '20 at 16:44
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    $\begingroup$ You might possibly also consider the "modelling science" subforum of rc groups dot com, there are some pretty smart people who post there or at least there used to be. Depending on whether its a multicopter or fixed wing there might be some other appropriate subforums on the site as well but check out "modelling science". Plus a traditional forum like that is more suitable for an extended conversation. $\endgroup$ – quiet flyer Apr 7 '20 at 16:47
  • $\begingroup$ As an aside, thanks to new recent regulations, every radio-controlled model airplane in the USA is a UAV in the eyes of the FAA now. Maybe grounds for another question to ASE Meta? $\endgroup$ – quiet flyer Apr 7 '20 at 18:46
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While they're not off-topic here (they are still aircraft after all), there is now a site solely for UAVs/drones, which might be a better fit for some questions

https://drones.stackexchange.com/

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  • $\begingroup$ The new Drones.SE site is currently in private beta, and it's likely to open to the public in early May. $\endgroup$ – Terran Swett Apr 19 '20 at 2:08

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