New product at Hobbyking, which looks like a stripped-down autopilot (just four waypoints, and no GCS) for $159. Fixed-wing only. Does anyone have any experience with it? 

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Comment by Hunter Parris on December 16, 2012 at 1:59pm

Nope, but from the sound of it it's a waste of money.  Ardupilot - $179, unlimited waypoints, free GCS, great support, wiki user manual, fixed and copter vs. Arkbird - $159, 4 waypoints, no GCS, Chinese-based support, probably no manual or poorly translated, fixed wing only....Its a no-brainer to me.

Comment by Hunter Parris on December 16, 2012 at 2:02pm

It doesn't matter how good the product is or how "plug & play" it is, if you don't have the great support, it's not worth a dime.

Comment by Bill Bonney on December 16, 2012 at 2:30pm
Comment by Veikko Vierola on December 16, 2012 at 2:51pm

Parris, you are totally right...there is a lot of autopilots on the market but the configurability and support of those are not good. I think the Ardupilot is really way ahead compared to the other pilots because it has so much possibilities and great support...and the price is also reasonable...

Comment by Tim Green on December 16, 2012 at 6:13pm
Manuals here ...
And here ...
They're slightly different. But not too shabby.
No speed sensor. But they'll sell a bunch of these, it seems - provided they work.
Comment by Ravi on December 17, 2012 at 7:51am

APM alogorithm and code is way advance belive me. nobody can even come close to it when u restrict the price to $200. it would be very frustrating to buy a chinese autopilot and then try to configure it. ofcourse do not exepct any support.

Comment by John Sheehy on August 26, 2013 at 5:02am

Can anyone tell me what GCS is?

Comment by Bill Bonney on August 26, 2013 at 7:06am
Comment by John Sheehy on August 26, 2013 at 9:35am

Thanks Bill, I found out GCS means Ground control station but the link you put up is really helpful.


Comment by Michael M. on October 5, 2013 at 12:17pm

Comparing this to the Ardupilot seems like apples to oranges. This is sold as an OSD for FPV pilots not as a true auto pilot. You have the addition of having an auto pilot. built in for return to home


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