Finally Got the maiden flight of APM 2.5+ done

I waited until I was able to get the Bixler Chassis installed before I went out on a flight with my APM 2.5+.  Once I turned it on, the uBlox got position really fast.  It was really windy today.  I took off in manual mode, flipped the switch to "Stabilize" and it leveled off like a champ.   I alternated between Manual and Stabilize for a while, then I switched to RTL and it performed perfectly!  Really glad I got the Chassis, because it made attaining the CG super simple.  Thanks to everyone that helped to answer my questions.  Looking forward to many more flights.

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Comment by LanMark on December 25, 2012 at 3:04pm
What are you flying? Specs?

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Comment by David Anders on December 25, 2012 at 3:15pm

Congrats John, well done! (: 

 

Quick question, did you change modes as often as it looks like on your google map output?

Comment by Mike Thorlin on December 25, 2012 at 4:52pm

Looks great John!

Where were you flying?  I live in Scottsdale az well (Shea/Via Linda)  I can tell it's in the general area, but don't recognize the roadway...

If you are interested in getting together for a flying day, let me know...

Mike

Comment by John OBrien on December 25, 2012 at 4:58pm

Flying a Bixler ARF 1.1 w/ 30A ESC, 2200 mah lipo,  2220kv motor. 

I did change modes very often as I wanted to make sure it performed as expected.  Went out today with a mission programmed in and it worked well.  I did have a little anxiety as it flew away until it banked into the first turn as it headed from way point 1 to wp 2:)   After changing out batteries and trying a second flight - I discovered a loose connection on the ESC:(.  Had to abort today's session earlier than I wanted.

Comment by John OBrien on December 25, 2012 at 6:51pm

I bought this one at DIY Drones store:

http://store.diydrones.com/Bixler_SkySurfer_Chassis_No_Pan_Tilt_p/b...

Not sure it would fit the Bixler 2.  I hear that the Bixler 2 canopy is larger than Bixler 1.x, which is what I have. Question for you, Darrell - How long did it take you to get the Bixler 2 from Hobby King?  Seems like there is a strong demand for that model.

Comment by John OBrien on December 25, 2012 at 7:03pm

Mike, This location is at:   33 43 36 N 111 49 23 W   (East end of Jomax Rd. on the north side of Tom's Thumb in McDowell Mtn Park).   Would love to fly over the McDowell Mtns, but I'm afraid of getting fined:)

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