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Very strange behaviour for Quad

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Boyhan Dec 24, 2012. 12 Replies

I took my quad out this morning to try various flight modes.  Alt hold was perfect (more or less without sonar), but when i swapped back to stablise I lost all throttle control and it went off on its…Continue

GPS and ARM LEDs and the APM 2.5 case

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Anders Dec 18, 2012. 2 Replies

Hey all,I received my APM case last week, dismantled my quad, put the case in and rebuilt it and it works a treat.  Makes everything just seem cleaner and safer - and considering what i'm trying to…Continue

Test flight in moderately gusty winds

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Anders Dec 11, 2012. 2 Replies

Hey all,My quad's been running pretty well so I took my quad out this evening for a spin to see how it would handle a moderately gusty day (20-30km/h winds).  I have to say that it was almost…Continue

Antenna Tracking System

Started this discussion. Last reply by Josh Potter May 12, 2013. 4 Replies

Hi all,I'm familiar with RC and I'm familiar with the various types of antenna but i've never built/played with antenna tracking sytems before, so i'm practically starting from scratch [aside from…Continue


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Umut Topkara commented on David Anders's group IRIS
"Chip, if you are trying to figure out whether your compass calibration is proper: rotate the Iris and see if the compass readings (from APM, mission planner, or droidplanner) make sense, e.g. 4 main directions are 90 degrees to each other."
3 hours ago

David Anders commented on David Anders's group IRIS
"Hi Chip, that all depends on where you are in the world.  Trying performing the compass calibration within mission planner and it should take care of that for you."
5 hours ago
chip commented on David Anders's group IRIS
"anyone know what the iris+ ideal compass numbers are? Thank You."
9 hours ago
Grant Morphett replied to David Anders's discussion Remote arming and mode override in the group ArduBoat User Group
"Skype sounds like the best option.  I'll PM you to arrange.  Thanks."

David Anders replied to David Anders's discussion Remote arming and mode override in the group ArduBoat User Group
"Thanks for the response Grant. Re the failure to arm point, i'm not sure that would fix it.  We can see the Pixhawk reboot and connect to it with telemetry, but when doing remote arm through MP, it comes up with that error.  We have…"
Dec 12
Grant Morphett replied to David Anders's discussion Remote arming and mode override in the group ArduBoat User Group
"Hi David.  Not quite sure what your after - but this might help. On my radio transmitter I have a 3 way switch and a 2 way switch bound to different modes.  It looks like this SW1      SW2       MODE UP        UP          Manual MID      …"
Dec 12

David Anders replied to David Anders's discussion Remote arming and mode override in the group ArduBoat User Group
"Thanks Tom."
Dec 9

Thomas J Coyle III replied to David Anders's discussion Remote arming and mode override in the group ArduBoat User Group
"@David, I have alerted Grant Morphett, our Developer/Programmer, to your issue with the remote arming of the Pixhawk. Regards, TCIII AVD"
Dec 9

David Anders added a discussion to the group ArduBoat User Group

Remote arming and mode override

Hi all,I'm involved with an amazing ardurover/boat project that is kicking some major goals.  However, there are a couple of things that I would like to chat about.1. Remote arming.  I know this is possible via MP, however, the times we have tried it, it's failed.  The message is "Error: Arm message rejected by MAV".  There was a time on the weekend where the boat was stuck on a sandbar and power safety switches has tripped.  Pixhawk rebooted, telemetry established and was going to put it into…See More
Dec 9
Michael Burmeister commented on David Anders's group IRIS
"8.1 is blocking the port it needs to download the firmware code.  Please open a discussion next time instead of using this comment."
Dec 8
Roberto Andrade commented on David Anders's group IRIS
"Hi , I'm trying to use Mission Planner 1.3.15 on Windows 8.1 to load ArduCopter 3.2 on my IRIS.  When I select ArduCopter V3.2 Quad, I get this error: thanks."
Dec 8
Thor Thor commented on David Anders's group IRIS
"Hello, Does anyone have suggestions on what to do with IRIS components replaced by the IRIS+ upgrade kit?  Is there a frame one can purchase that would work with the original IRIS arms?   Thanks!"
Dec 7

David Anders replied to Grant Morphett's discussion Recommendations for boats to buy in the group ArduBoat User Group
"Hi Grant, I am involved in an Arduboat project that is kicking some major goals (based on the east coast of Australia) and is being used by non-technical people.  Happy to have a chat about that privately, but as Tom rightly pointed out, Hobby…"
Dec 5

David Anders replied to Gábor Zoltán's discussion Adding extra functions to MinimOSD
"Hi Gabor, Shoot me a PM when you're around next.  I'm a distro in Australia and whilst it's a long way, i'd like to see how I can help. Cheers,David."
Dec 1

David Anders commented on Crispin's blog post Spektrum DX8 and AR8000 Failsafe setup
"Hi all, I can confirm that this works very well. It's freaky being able to turn off your transmitter and still have your copter fly. (;"
Dec 1

David Anders commented on simon grech's group IRIS+ OWNERS
"Hey guys, just a FYI that there's already an Iris group. Would be great to have one group for the Iris and not to start splitting out."
Nov 28

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Comment Wall (15 comments)

At 8:16am on December 15, 2012, Richard Collmann said…

Hi David

I've asked my students to also participate in this very useful group. It is close to xmas now, but I hope they will become involved with your group before semester 1 in 2013. I hope you have seen the YouTube N7project footage. I have been very pleased with what they have done with what was only a bare concept in late-2011.


Thanks, Richard

At 11:56pm on February 14, 2013, Mr. Jay Moulton said…
hello David, how are you mate?
At 4:51am on April 3, 2013, Jarrod Smith said…

HI David,

I am based in Melbourne and am new to this whole drones world, but am keen to learn more, where do you think is a good place to start for a first build?



At 12:41pm on April 3, 2013, Jake Wells said…

Thanks David.

At 10:12pm on April 20, 2013, Geoffrey A Whatley said…

Hi Dave,

Don't know whether you got my message yesterday re APM problem setting up, have spent hours on the "B" system, don't know where I going wrong the problem is in the setup with the 3 position control switch set on manual the motor will run, on Stab mode motor slows  on RTL motor stops, in fail safe settings I note that manual setting "radio in "channel 3 there is a full set of green bars, "servo/motor out" the same for manual, less on stab. mode and none on RTL. Channel 8 " radio in" a full set of bars on all switch settings, nothing on "servo/motor out" regardless of switch setting, hope you can point me in the right direction  Regards Geoff.

At 1:12am on April 22, 2013, Geoffrey A Whatley said…

Hi David, Thanks for the reply,Firstly I gather you mean tick the check box
in fail safe nothing changes if it's ticked or not, don't understand what
you mean by TX responses are correct under Radio Calibtation and I only have
switch set fo RTL, Stabalise and Manual, have been having another problem
today, Picture but no GPS, push reset button, it trys to reboot, then comes
up with a message Waiting for MAULINK HEARTBEAT. sorry to be such a pain
Regards Geoff.

At 1:34am on April 22, 2013, Geoffrey A Whatley said…

Hi David

I have found the OSD problem,It doesn't show if you are connected to PC, looking at OSD I find It doesn't matter where the 3position switch is the OSD shows Stabilised Mode maybe someone has an answer  Regards Geoff

At 3:38am on May 21, 2013, Nick Young said…

Hi David,

Thanks for getting in touch. Me being a newbe on the subject, can you get the ball rolling? I have a load of questions and am somewhat shooting in the dark right now.

At 12:16am on June 2, 2013, Andrew Pan said…

Hey David,

Do u live in Melbourne

At 7:39am on June 3, 2013, Mark Edwards said…

David - looking for some likeminded multi-pilots to network with here in Melbourne. I'm flying a 6X Naza-M F550 frame with a view to moving towards a heavy lift build and a CASA commercial certificate for cinematography. Very much like to meet up with some local pilots to discuss techniques and build options etc. Notice there is a Melbourne group meeting periodically...

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