Originally Posted by zadaw
I spoke with a local vendor earlier about the Deviation firmware. He had discussed this with Walkera before and what he said was very similar to what Gektor said earlier. He said that Walkera predicted that a third party firmware would become available ever since they decided to use an open system. They do not mind this in the slightest and have no intention of closing it in their future releases. Moreover, they would not mind if their Devo protocol is hacked into a third party transmitter either.
This is very good! Walkera is a very nice company which treat their users very well, and they prove it again and again! No problem with them
I think that they initially wanted to protect their inventions, but they failed at that. Now, at least, they show greatness and implicitly accept the great work of the Deviation Team. Lastly, because it generates more purchases for the Devo hardware. Although they will probably never support Deviation, they at least probably will not make any trouble.
But we can have problems from the other side: Insurances. In Germany, you need to have a special insurance in order to fly _any_ RC, even the smallest one.
Let's assume, you have a 700 class Helicopter. In case of a serious damage (e.g. in case of a serious damage to a person, which can happen with a large heli), the Police will possibly keep your equipment as an evidence. If your use of Deviation will come out and the insurance will discover that you've modified your transmitter, this could be an argument for them to take the money back from you. And if you have a case of a personal injury, this may be quite a lot of money. You know, what I mean?