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Futaba - motors won't arm

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mick Nov 4, 2013. 12 Replies

Greetings...  I just bought a new Futaba T8FG Super. After going through the process of setting it up with APM 3.0.1 , the ESC's/motors wouldn't arm. I checked off everything in the troubleshooting…Continue

Tags: arming, esc's, motors, Futaba

Dramatic fall from the sky

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mick Jul 23, 2013. 6 Replies

Greetings,  this has happened twice:  perfect flight, 6 or 7 minutes in, climb to about 60 feet, suddenly motors dead stop, power gone, drop from the sky with no response from the TX. Hit the ground…Continue

Tags: failure, total, loss, power

Radio Calibration

Started Jun 5, 2013 0 Replies

Had a small crash with my hexa, latest APM (pilot error). Replaced a couple of props, checked over, and went out gain. Couldn't arm motors. Hooked up to the computer, & found that the radio…Continue

Tags: responding, not, calibration, radio

Mexican jumping bean Hexa...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mick May 7, 2013. 12 Replies

Hi all, the Mexican jumping bean reference is what my Hexa acts like when I activate RTL & Alt Hold. Please read on:Started with drifting Simple mode, heading goes off by up to 90 deg. Then a…Continue

Tags: Pos, Hold, RTL, drift, Simple

 

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Mick replied to Mick's discussion Futaba - motors won't arm
"I turned off the pre arm-check, no go. All modes are on stabalize, so that's not it either.  The Tx is getting through the receiver to the mission planner and calibrating no problem. I did multiple all-at-once ESC calibrations, and I just…"
Nov 4, 2013
Tom Mahood replied to Mick's discussion Futaba - motors won't arm
"If it's a GPS issue you could test by turning off the pre-arm check in Mission Planner. It's the first item in the Standard Parameters. If you can then arm you know it something in the pre-check. But here's a dumb question....Are you…"
Nov 3, 2013
Mick replied to Mick's discussion Futaba - motors won't arm
"Thanks Tom, so I followed your directions and got the channel 6 re assigned. The throttle now registers on it's own ok. However, the base problem is still there. The motors just wont arm after the ESC calibration is done. The LED's…"
Nov 3, 2013
Tom Mahood replied to Mick's discussion Futaba - motors won't arm
"Mick, if you pull up "SERVO" in the TF8G linkage menu it will give you a visual display of what that transmitter is putting out on each channel. When I move my throttle, only the bar for  Channel 3 moves. That's as it should…"
Nov 3, 2013

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Chris Anderson replied to Mick's discussion Futaba - motors won't arm
"I've never used that model, but I do know that the new Futabas did break the older PPM encoder software and an update was released in March. If your APM is older than that, you should update your PPM software by following the…"
Nov 3, 2013
Mick replied to Mick's discussion Futaba - motors won't arm
"Tom, since we have the same model Futaba, is there any other settings you can think of on your radio that might be set up differently on mine, that is causing the problem?"
Nov 3, 2013
Mick replied to John's discussion APM won't remember RC calibration
"Hi John, I just came across your post looking for answers to my problem. I have a new Futaba radio, and I can't get it to arm. Is that the problem you were having? Thanks Mick"
Nov 3, 2013
Mick replied to Mick's discussion Futaba - motors won't arm
"Thanks for the replies...  in fact, I already have the throttle reversed on the Tx. I had done that because that's the way my old transmitter was set up. So I'm still unable to arm, accept during the last step of ESc calibration. Then…"
Nov 3, 2013
Tom Mahood replied to Mick's discussion Futaba - motors won't arm
"I just looked at my TF8G.  I do indeed have the throttle reversed for my aircraft running APMs. Press "LNK", then select "Reverse" and set "3 THR" to "REV". It reverses the PWM signal the transmitter…"
Nov 2, 2013

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Thomas J Coyle III replied to Mick's discussion Futaba - motors won't arm
"@Mick, Yes, reverse the transmitters throttle channel. On Futaba transmitters the value of the throttle PWM signal becomes smaller when the throttle joystick is pushed forward instead of getting bigger. The ESCs expect the value of the throttle…"
Nov 2, 2013
Mick replied to Mick's discussion Futaba - motors won't arm
"Do you mean to reverse the direction of the throttle ?"
Nov 2, 2013

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Thomas J Coyle III replied to Mick's discussion Futaba - motors won't arm
"@Tom, I believe that you are correct about the Futaba transmitter's throttle channel having to be reversed. I had an EX6 transmitter that did not seem to work with an airplane ESC until I read in a discussion post that the transmitter's…"
Nov 2, 2013
Tom Mahood replied to Mick's discussion Futaba - motors won't arm
"I also have that radio. Not sure if this is your problem but I've found in most cases I have to reverse the transmitter's throttle output in order to get it to properly work with whatever I'm flying. Seems to to be something common…"
Nov 2, 2013
Mick posted a discussion

Futaba - motors won't arm

Greetings...  I just bought a new Futaba T8FG Super. After going through the process of setting it up with APM 3.0.1 , the ESC's/motors wouldn't arm. I checked off everything in the troubleshooting guide down to calibrating the ESCs, which I did using the "all at once" method. When I was instructed to bring the throttle down, and then apply it to turn over the motors, it worked!..... but, after I unplugged and replugged the LiPo as instructed, once again they wouldn't arm. I went through the…See More
Nov 2, 2013
Mick replied to Mick's discussion Dramatic fall from the sky
"I am using the Frsky WFT09. Yuu're right, something wrong with my graph. I was sure I downloaded the right one because it was the last fatal flight. Ill check again tonight. Thanks for the thoughts M"
Jul 23, 2013
R. D. Starwalt replied to Mick's discussion Dramatic fall from the sky
"What TX/RX are you using? My Spektrum DX6i will beep at me if I have set the timer to run. The beep occurs at an interval (I don't remember what interval). If the screen grab posted above is actually from your crash flight, it does not indicate…"
Jul 23, 2013

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