As an active ArduPilot tester/developer, that is otherwise unfunded, I have been often encouraged to apply for funding for testing and maintenance items such as batteries, autopilots, cameras, peripherals (GPS, etc). But aside from a large project once or twice a year, the effort to do this for such small items has not been worth the bureaucratic red tape. I propose for a few, otherwise unfunded, regular contributors, the equivalent of a “petty cash” fund.
Such an individual would apply for a single cash prepayment every 6 months, initially $600, that could be used at their timing and discretion for items such as:
- Flight controllers
- Peripherals (GPS,RF, etc.)
- Props, Motors, ESCs, Batteries, etc.
- Building Materials (carbon rods, foam, glue, etc.)
- Replacement kits (crashes happen unfortunately during testing)
In order to get another pre-payment, receipts totaling $600 would have to be presented in order for the next re-funding along with a simple tally of the individual receipt totals. Keep paperwork to a minimum.
- The individuals efforts covered by this fund must be otherwise unfunded (ie contract work, full time job, other ArduPilot funding, etc.). This would have to be on the honor system of course.
- Transfers would ideally be made to the individual’s paypal account via friends and family (always irked me that re-embursement from our previous group was normal paypal with a 4-5% witholding)
- The amount of an individual’s subsequent replenishment could be adjusted by the funding committee upon presentation of higher activity. $600 would be the initial amount. Re-application could be only every 6 months to keep the committees load down.
btw, besides myself, @yaapu immediately comes to mind as someone who could use this also