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Can a Low Impact Crash cause Corruption of APM Firmware?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Søren Kuula Oct 16, 2013. 2 Replies

I had an unplanned landing tonight (otherwise know as a crash). No real damage to speak of, Broke my Pan mount for my FPV camera. The video pretty much says it all thanks to the MinimOSD.I was…Continue

Tags: Arduplane, 2.74b, MinimOSD, Surfer, Sky

Setting Up a Mission with a Takeoff and a Landing sequence for use in a Plane

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nathaniel Caner Sep 28, 2013. 5 Replies

Greetings,I am at the stage where my plane is well tuned and I want to begin experimenting with Takeoff and Landing sequences. I can't find any good descriptions of how these commands should be setup…Continue

Tags: Arduplane, Land, Takeoff, Planner, Mission

Trouble with KML/KMZ files generated in Mission Planner 1.2.62 or newer

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nathaniel Caner Aug 5, 2013. 5 Replies

I'm having trouble generating KML/KMZ files I can use in Google Earth since MP version 1.2.62. Whenever I generate a KML/KMZ file and view it in GE all I get is a flat projection of points on the…Continue

Tags: KMZ, Droneshare, KML, Earth, Planner

Can't Extract Waypoints Using Mission planner 1.2.55,1.2.56,1.2.57,1.2.58,1.2.59 or 1.2.60

Started this discussion. Last reply by Craig Elder Jul 13, 2013. 15 Replies

I've tried to extract Waypoints from this tlog several times using MP v1.2.55 and 1.2.56, each time it reports that is was successful and has saved the file in the logs directory. When I check for…Continue

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Nathaniel Caner added a discussion to the group ArduCopter User Group

Pixhawk Arducopter SBUS proportional PWM passthrough channels 9-14: Possible??

I'm new to Pixhawk and the Arducopter code so bear with me if this is a common question. I am sucessfully using an SBUS compatible receiver with AC 3.2 r12 and I'm looking to add a proportional PWM output on one of the AUX channels of the Pixhawk. The purpose of this is to control a brushed ESC to adjust the brightness of a series of LED strips for orientation recognition.So far I can't find any documentation that clearly states weather or not it is currently possible to assign one of the…See More
Oct 24

Nathaniel Caner replied to Joe's discussion Tricopter spin.
"Joe, I thought you were referring to your transmitter setup not a flight mode :) Good luck tomorrow, I bet things will go better for you. Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
Oct 20

Nathaniel Caner replied to Joe's discussion Tricopter spin.
"Joe, I think you are on the right track. The transmitter does need to be setup in Airplane mode NOT heli mode for things to work correctly. I'm not sure what you mean by "Simple Mode". What type of radio are you using? Can you post a…"
Oct 20

Nathaniel Caner replied to Joe's discussion Tricopter spin.
"Hi Joe, Are you using a Pixhawk? Are you using a Power Distribution board and have you checked that the ESCs are connected to the PDB in the correct order? Have you tried running the Mission Planner "Motor Test" as outlined here? Just to…"
Oct 20

Nathaniel Caner replied to Todd's discussion Failsafe Triggered?
"Hey Todd, Thanks for the parameter file! So, I'm by no means an expert here, but this is what I see. The Battery Failsafe (voltage) is set with the parameter FS_BATT_VOLTAGE, and currently it is set at 10.60000038 volts. We already can see…"
Oct 19

Nathaniel Caner replied to Todd's discussion Failsafe Triggered?
"Todd, Can you post a copy of your parameter file? Your log file does show an RTL event at line 5249, volts appears to have been around 10.4v and you were drawing around 15A at the time of RTL with 663 mAH having been consumed at that time. How old…"
Oct 19

Nathaniel Caner replied to Haygood's discussion Y6 not currently available from 3DR? in the group Arducopter Y6 Owners
"Haygood, They were "Out of Stock" about a week ago too (2014 Y6 Kit). I put my email address in to be notified when they were back in stock and low and behold a few days later there were a dozen units back in stock. That was last Thursday…"
Oct 14

Nathaniel Caner replied to Elios's discussion Pixhawk or APM 2.6 on a Fixed Wings Plane
"Elie, I haven't used any version above 2.76 yet as I have a short flying season here. But in my experience, if you have the parameters tuned well it seems to work fine. That said I don't typically fly in windy conditions say above…"
Jul 4

Nathaniel Caner replied to Elios's discussion Plane Speed without airspeed and Wind Speed
"I believe if you don't have an airspeed sensor enabled, then the APM relies on the GPS data to determine ground speed. This is fine as long as your cruise airspeed has a sufficient safety margin above stall speed. If your cruise airspeed is…"
Jul 4

Nathaniel Caner replied to Elios's discussion Pixhawk or APM 2.6 on a Fixed Wings Plane
"APM 2,6 is more than capable, so since you already have one, use it! In case you haven't done so already, be sure to take the time to tune your parameters before attempting "auto" missions. Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
Jul 4

Nathaniel Caner commented on Alex Wong's blog post DJI Phantom flies through fireworks and over crowd. Brave or Foolish?
"It makes me really upset when I see videos like this. Morons with little or no common sense are sealing our fate and influencing what I can do in a hobby I have participated in for over 25 years. I'm afraid that it has come time for regulations…"
Jun 29

Nathaniel Caner commented on Quadzimodo's blog post Trent@MyGeekShow USA Trip Conclusion
"Trent, I share your disappointment at the outcome of the USA trip. That said you absolutely did the tight thing, both from a safety prospective as well as for the public relations point of "Drone/sUAS/UAV" community. I think you made the…"
Jun 26

Nathaniel Caner commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post Trent has started his cross USA trip.
"It would be nice to have a map of the continental United States showing his cumulative progress, and perhaps some highlights such as miles/kilometers covered each day. Great work Team Trent! Keep up the good work we're rooting for…"
Jun 16

Nathaniel Caner replied to Suwandy's discussion FPV assumption
"Just my 2¢ here..... I have both a set of FatShark Dominator goggles w/diopter adjustments and a laptop connected via an A/D RCA-USB converter/capture device. I have used both but find that I like flying from the laptop better for one simple…"
Jun 2

Nathaniel Caner commented on Thomas J Coyle III's blog post Woman claims drone harassed her at Virginia Beach
"@Pedals2Paddles It's not the same thing laying on the beach in public and having people glance occasionally in your direction. If she were laying on the beach and some guy setup a blanket six feet from her and started staring at her, or worse…"
May 18

Nathaniel Caner commented on Mark Harrison's blog post I'll be on the CrashCast Tonight
"I got it....for some reason the direct link didn't work for me. Good job Mark! Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
Apr 30

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About Me:
R/C Aviator 20+ Years Fixed wing, 2 Years Rotary.....Looking to expand my horizons. Started my interest in robotics with the Basic Stamp 2 Years ago...then moved to Arduino and learing C C++ 1 Year ago, now I am jumping feet first into UAV tech combining my interests. It's all about the challenge and learning!
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
My primary reason for getting involved with UAV's at DIY Drones is for the technical challenge. However I plan on using my UAV for aerial photography and videography with perhaps eventually a FPV platform.
Keene Valley, NY (near Lake Placid in the Adirondack Mtns.)

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My Senior Telemaster equipped with an Ardupilot Legacy board had an unfortunate incident last year when I got too low in FBW-A Mode and couldn't pull up fast enough to avoid the tree line! Pilot error, I realized too late that all I had to do was switch to Manual. Alas instinct took over and I had a tremendous crash into the trees. Despite the sickening sound if the impact (snap, crash, bang) the Telemaster will fly again someday. (I'm not very ambitious when it comes to rebuilding!)

That derailed my UAV interest for a while and my interest shifted to light weight easy to build profile scratch build foamies! Had a great time building and flying some incredible aircraft from It was a nice distraction for the summer, but now I'm back to the UAV community her at DiyDrones and have reequipped myself with a new APM 2.5, uBlox LEA-6, Airspeed sensor, Attopilot 90Amp voltage and current sensor, 3DR 900MHz telemetry, MinimOSD Extra, Maestro contoller for use with an Antenna Tracker. I have also ventured into FPV with the help of who supplied all my FPV gear, Fatshark Dominator goggles, Immersion RC 5.8GHz vTX vRx.

I am enjoying all the new challenges and hope to bring a contribution or two to the community. Though I can read and understand the code for the most part, I am definitely not a programmer. What I am good at is devouring the concepts and providing assistance to those who have trouble knowing where to start and or need help clarifying concepts that haven't yet found their way into the wiki.

This year also saw me compete my HAM radio license exam and pass with a General Class license! KD2DEY, doesn't exactly roll off the tongue but hey maybe I'll get a vanity call sign someday! Anyway this will now allow me to operate legally here in the USA on additional frequencies for FPV and RC control. I hope sometime this year to equip my Futaba T8FG radio with a DragonLink UHF 433MHz long range transmitter and move to 1.3GHz band for my FPV system. All in all I'm just having a great time learning and immersing myself in all the new possibilities!

Keep up the great work 3D Robotics and the DiyDrones Community!


Nathaniel ~KD2DEY

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National Model Aviation Day August 17, 2013

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 12:01pm 0 Comments

The Governor of the Great State of Indiana Michael R Pence becomes the first to sign the proclamation declaring August 17, 2013 to be National Model Aviation Day! What about your state? Read the full details here on the AMA…


"From The Ground Up" : One persons experience with DIY drones and ArduPilot - Part One

Posted on August 15, 2010 at 7:01pm 33 Comments

This is a Blog I decided to start chronicling my experience in the hopes that I might make it easier for newcomers to get involved with these amazing machines we call UAVs!…


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At 4:06pm on April 28, 2010, Bill G said…
Hey Nat
I teach Robotics ( VEX and First Robotics) so we use Robotc and labview for programming. I am located in long beach (south of long island). Wind is always a factor down at the beach. I am brand new to flying but building a robot plane was just to freakin cool to pass up. I got my school to pay for some parts because we do use it in school. The kids beg me to go outside every sunny day since we have been ready to fly (2 weeks) but wind and rain have kept us inside. Winds hitting 35mph today.
At 2:55pm on June 9, 2010, phillip padley said…
Hi yeh it is all scratch built no plans will be a smaller version lazer cut cooming soon and a few more designs, specs are wing span 14 ' length 8' , 10 channle 30 lbs in weight.
45cc powered
At 6:50am on August 8, 2010, Mark Whitehorn said…
Enjoy the Senior Telemaster ARF build. I'd be interested to see photos of your autopilot installation. I'd also like to know how you go about trimming and adjusting CG when you start flight testing. I think I had my CG too far aft on the last few flights; plane was stable but needed down elevator trim for level cruise at half throttle, and climbed too steep at full throttle.
At 6:55pm on August 28, 2010,
Sgt Ric
Yes, you're right about that!

I do have to remember to be a little more understanding sometimes instead of coming across frustrated.

Rereading a comment is helpful as you say.

I often catch myself often sounding more dry and sarcastic than I mean to.
At 4:32pm on March 1, 2013, James Dean said…

Hi Nathan,

Thanks for the youtube link (
) It certainly looks like that is the technique we need to give my quadriplegic client access to the control system. We did some tests yesterday using an analogue air pressure sensor. He has good control, and wants to use that as a throttle control for his RC race car. (He competes against able-bodied racers at club level.)

The "Balloon Switch" we make has a Pic microprocessor which has lots of spare capacity. I'l like to re-write the software in this to provide the PPM data to the RC transmitter training port.

The key thing I need is electrical and timing specifications for the signal to feed into the port. Whoever made the system in the video clip certainly must know all this!

Cheers, James

At 12:05pm on July 3, 2013, Keshan Dass said…

Hi Nat, I´ve add you as my friend. This is the issue:

Guys I need your help, APM 2.5 is new for me it´s the first time.  When I connect my usb cable to my bixler on the field, the red plane on the mission planner is opposite (almost everytime) to the true north.

What I did to solve the problem:

1- Check on “enable” magnetometer in MP/Configuration/hardware

2- Correct the declination and confirm in MP/configuration/adv parameter

That solution didn’t work completely, what I mean with that is that it corrects the orientation a little bit.

I don´t have an external magnetometer.

The question is:

What I have to do so that when I power up my APM 2.5 in the field and my bixler is pointing to N,E,W or S, in the mission planner that little red plane point to the same direction? 

I flew my bixler alredy, several time in manual, stabilize, auto and RTL. The funny thing is that all these flight when I power up my board inoccently I did it towards the true north.

At 4:43am on August 6, 2013, Pedro Capredoni said…

Hi Nathaniel, Ive made the small circuit to convert the RSSI PWM-AM signal of the 6208SB, but Ive measure 1,6v at full signal, not 2,2 as you wrote in the sketch. Also with power out TX, i measure 0,10-0,12v not 0... its that ok?

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