Are you flying mode 1 or 2?
It sounds like something is weird with your radio.
the radio is using a default heli setting and the controller is in mode 2
also when you monitor the servos on the controller and in mission planner the throttle does not show any movement when you push forward on the right stick it only moves when you move the left stick up and down. but both the left stick (Throttle) and the right being pushed forward spins the motor.
I have the same setup as you. DX8 with spektrum receiver.
Receiver out to APM2:
Aileron -> APM Ch.1
Elevator -> APM Ch.2
AUX1 (Pitch) -> APM Ch.3
Rudder -> APM Ch.4
Gear (Gyro) -> APM Ch.5 for flight mode switching.
Throttle -> Directly connect to the ESC
APM2 to Servos
Ch1 -> Front Left Servo
Ch2 -> Front Right Servo
Ch3 -> Rear Servo
Ch4 -> Rudder
DX8 Settings. Just the default will do, which has the "Normal" for swashplate setting.
Sounds like the connections you have between the APM and the servos are wrong. I bet you were expecting Ch1 goes to Ch1, Ch2 goes to Ch2, etc, of what you had from the Receiver. :) That's why your right stick also move the motor.
Yeah, I agree with Wesley. I think the wiring in and out of your APM2 is incorrect perhaps because the DX8 receiver channels are quite different from the futaba style which is what's shown in the wiki instructions.
The red flag there is the motor, that should be connected to the receiver.
If the throttle is connected to the receiver and you looses signal with the transmitter how does it return to home work with no throttle signal?
so I set it up just like Wesley had stated. I calibrated every thing i get a solid BLUE led and a blinking RED led on the APM board. I know a solid BLUE led means I have a GPS lock but the RED led wont stop blinking.. Also in mission planner the HUD displays in red DISARMED. not sure wat else to do there.
As far as I know, the DISARMED message is meant for the multicopters. In order to arm it, hold the throttle stick to the lower right for a second and it'll "arm" it in order to fly (for the multicopters). For us, no need to disarm it. Just take off and fly.
What does the blinking red light mean or can i just forget it as long as i get a solid blue
I have no idea what the red light means. Everything I know are from either reading the very limited info on the net and trial-and-error. I'm still at the tuning stage, so I'm not that concern about GPS yet. So, so far, as soon as the fast blinking red/blue lights turn to slow blinking red/blue, I don't even wait for the GPS and start flying.
Hope a developer could let us know what the red light means. I've seen it turn solid as well, but no idea what it means.
LOL. Wow! I didn't even notice the 2nd one. I've followed the first picture as the correct facing forward. According to the build-in compass, I think I got it right.