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Autotune D Values Outside of Range

Started by Jacques Eloff Oct 4. 0 Replies

I recently did a few rounds of Autotune on both my X-5 and X-8 flying wings. All worked well and both planes seem to be flying well, however, when I checked the derived values after the Autotune…Continue

Tuning Advice Needed for my Quadplane Please

Started by Jacques Eloff. Last reply by Anthony Sep 10. 4 Replies

I’ve made some good progress on getting my Observer/Ranger-Ex Quadplane dialed in. I’ve done 4 transition flights and about 20 hover tests and, whilst it is much better after adjusting some of the…Continue


Started by Anton Khrapov. Last reply by Anton Khrapov Sep 9. 1 Reply

Hi,I've got this weird problem and hope someone could help me with it.I'm trying to setup APM 2.5 on my Firstar v2 2000. It is a large and heavy plane and requires a lot of space to land as it needs…Continue

Continue Mission when transmitter is switched off

Started by Damo. Last reply by David L. Aug 29. 1 Reply

Hi,Was this ever sorted ?…Continue

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Comment by Mark peiffer on May 10, 2016 at 8:55pm

Thanks Craig- that's something I never knew. Really cool. My glider is more modest. I'm really new to pix4 and I was looking for advise or strategies to achieve a RTL on loss of signal or visual ID. Should I use a geofence. Or a loop to achieve a circling descent to the launch site. Thanks for educating me on this project!

Comment by Craig Elder on May 7, 2016 at 11:01pm

@Mark : lots of gliders and rocket planes too.

Check out Project Lohan

(Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator)

It's pretty cool

3D printed            - Check

Rocket powered - Check

ArduPlane           - Check

Supersonic          - Check 

Comment by Mark peiffer on May 7, 2016 at 7:52pm

I was wondering if anyone has worked on, or knows someone who has, developed a rocket glider or any type of glider application with arduplane.

Comment by Richard Kennedy on April 5, 2016 at 3:54am


I wish there was more in that story about the nuts and bolts of the flight system. It looks very well designed and thought out. I'd say that plane probably has a far superior range of a multi rotor but it's interesting ,and perhaps telling, they didn't share any footage of how they retrieve the plane. That is one advantage of a multi rotor you need basically zero ground clearance for take of and retrieval. Like anything I guess it's hard to have your cake and eat it too. 

Comment by MarioSpeedwagon on April 4, 2016 at 9:37pm


That's weird timing....a nearby college is sending a few people to Rwanda next week with a multirotor to do some mapping. 

Comment by Richard Kennedy on April 4, 2016 at 7:08pm

Comment by Bill Bonney on March 27, 2016 at 10:08am

We now have a new shiny discussion and support forum for ArduPilot and supporting projects at Please come visit us there for all things ArduPilot. We look forward to seeing you.

Full announcement @ here

Comment by Grant Morphett on January 24, 2016 at 3:51pm

I've been building an IconA5 Seaplane as I want to test AUTO takeoff and landings on water with ArduPilot. I managed to crowbar a pixhawk and accessories into the plane - just.
The plane comes with removable wheels so I thought I'd fly and tune it on land first. The problem I was having was the nose wheel. It is VERY fragile and I broke it almost immediately. I spent some time trying different ways to secure it but still have it removable for the water takeoff/landings. After it came off again Tridge dared me to try an AUTO takeoff without wheels - CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!!
It worked!  Video here:
This is actually the second AUTO takeoff with no wheels. Because we didn't think it would work we didn't film the first.
This is a full ArduPilot AUTO takeoff. I simply flick the transmitter switch to put the plane into AUTO mode and it does the rest. This is why it heads to the right a bit. Normally in AUTO takeoff the plane will auto takeoff in the direction its pointed i.e. straight down the runway however as it has little directional control on the ground and "squirms" a bit until it picks up speed its direction isn't perfect.

Comment by Jasfer on January 22, 2016 at 7:45am

Do you guys have links on how to install Airspeed sensor on MINI APM 3.1?

Comment by Richard Kennedy on December 17, 2015 at 7:39pm

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