I am having some issues with my new ground control set up and I think it might have to do with the fact I'm using and older APM 2.5 with arduplane 2.72 firmware. That is a new Mac so must run APM Planner. I like it but it doesn't seem to work %100 right with my old set up. For instance it doesn't let me change the modes in the correct window. I just can't seem to get myself to upgrade to the latest firmware as it seems the tuning guide alone seems so much more complicated and the L1 controllers worked just fine for me. But... if in the end it's more robust I guess it's worth the set up time. Anybody have any thoughts on this?

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upgraded to 3.0.3 guess I'll find out

Hey guys, I don't want to derail the conversation but what are the limitations of the ardupilot system? Altitude? Speed? What you can and cannot reprogram the servos to do? I'm kinda new here so I'm not sure where these questions have been answered, or how to use the site yet.

Seek an ye shall find, here's a good place to start: http://plane.ardupilot.com/wiki/apmplane-current-release-information/

Thank you but I don;t think that answered any of my questions. I'll let you go back to the previous conversation and I continue my inquiry elsewhere on this forum.

The limitations on speed and altitude are a result of the limitations from a battery and motors not so much ardupilot. As far as what you can and can't ask it to do that is a very very broad question that cannot be answered very easily it's something that will require learning. Graham's link has a wealth of information if you take the time to read it. Good luck. 

And to answer my own question.... yes it was worth it.... updating firmware that is. It just keeps getting better! I have a great respect for those constantly upgrading the codes for this system and the great contributions to this hobby. If it were not for them, and guys like them,  I'd still be flying control line :] 

Richard, can you tell me the latest Mac which can give atleast more than 80% result oriented work. I got some recommendations at http://www.droneblog.com/2017/08/07/5-tips-to-choose-the-best-drone... for new ardupilot bit need more ideas.

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