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Jittery APM-controlled Gimbal

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Smith Jul 29, 2014. 4 Replies

The title says it all. I am using a servo actuated gimbal with the APM as the controller, and the roll axis is very jumpy. It is not smooth, but seems to take large jumps, or steps. This doesn't…Continue

[SOLVED] I cannot embed a YouTube video!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Smith Jul 7, 2014. 11 Replies

I have tried using visual mode and HTML Editor. I know nothing about HTML, so I tried pasting the new and old HTML code at the point in my blog post that I want it. I may be missing some code. Thanks!Continue

Updated MP, now the waypoint numbers are gone.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steven G Mar 18, 2014. 3 Replies

In flight planner, the actual number are gone in the first column of the command interface. Anyone know what this is about? I can post a screen shot later if need be.

Ideal HK Bixler v1.1 motor/prop Setup

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Smith Oct 28, 2013. 1 Reply

There is a thread that I cannot find with the info I need. I am getting ready to set up a HK Bixler v1.1 and would like to know the best motor/prop setup for long flight times. I will probably start…Continue


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Mathieu commented on Dave Smith's blog post HobbyKing Releases the Bixler 3!
"100% agree with you Artem"
Jul 30, 2014
Artem commented on Dave Smith's blog post HobbyKing Releases the Bixler 3!
"imho they should've put a mobius sized hole in the front and the pan/tilt pilot cam on the deck. "
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Josh Potter commented on Dave Smith's blog post HobbyKing Releases the Bixler 3!
"Looks fun.  I like the camera hole at the front of the plane."
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Hein du Plessis commented on Dave Smith's blog post HobbyKing Releases the Bixler 3!
"The one change which dwarfs any other is the easy wing attachment! The bix 2 was completely impractical. Love this one! If only I can justify a sixth fpv aircraft ..."
Jul 30, 2014

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About Me:
Registered Nurse, Simulation specialist (healthcare), Dad. Former army NBC officer, manufacturing and quality engineer.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
R/C Heli pilot who was bitten by the Arducopter bug. My (current) goal is to push the absolute limits of the HK Bixler 1.1 in terms of performance.
Chillicothe, OH

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HobbyKing Releases the Bixler 3!

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 6:00am 6 Comments

HobbyKing™ Bix3 Trainer/FPV EPO 1550mm (PNF)

Bixler 3 

A few nice improvements, including a (slightly) larger wingspan, a plywood tray for the canopy, wheels, and flaps.

HobbyKing™ Bix3 Trainer/FPV EPO 1550mm (PNF)  

HobbyKing™ Bix3 Trainer/FPV EPO 1550mm (PNF)


• Easy and fun to fly

• Plug and Fly -…


Remote Power Cutoff Switch (Video)

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 8:44am 4 Comments

I had quite a experience trying to embed this video in my original blog post. Now that I can embed videos (my fault, btw), I wanted to add this video to my How-To blogs. The original blog with the electrical schematics and links can be found…


Comment on the Recent FAA "Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft"

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 7:33am 13 Comments


The link for actually sending your comments to the FAA on the rule interpretation was buried in the first blog post. Thank you, Colin Snow, for posting…


A Bulletproof Failsafe, Switchable Power Supply, and Cutoff Switch for $10

Posted on May 17, 2014 at 3:42pm 7 Comments

After getting my plane stuck in a tree three times now thanks to Google Maps elevation errors, I wanted a way to shut down my aircraft remotely. My latest mishap resulted in my plane being held hostage overnight and over-discharging a perfectly good battery. The relay control with APM is no…


Comment Wall (2 comments)

At 1:41pm on January 2, 2014, James Ward said…


Would you mind posting your Bixler project build? I'm looking to purchase a known good set of components so I can learn without too much wheel re-invention. I see the ARF Bixler at HK. Is that what you started with? If so, what did you add (e.g. batt, apm, telemetry, radio, servos, landing gear, etc)?

My goal is to practice flights that are as autonomous as possible. If that could include both take-off and landing it would. Mostly want to gain proficiency with the Planner and the APM with recorded telemetry. No FPV yet.

Thanks, James

At 6:57pm on January 2, 2014, James Ward said…

THAT would be great! I'll take whatever you give. I have a line on a discounted APM2.5 with GPS and 3DR telemetry I'm hoping to get for it. Need to get a radio too. Thinking the Turnigy 9 Ch from HK. Look forward to your list.





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