As many of you have seen from my postings I am struggling to get my aircraft to fly in auto mode. Many of you have helped me chase down suspected problems with compass and various other suspected problems. I have yet to get the aircraft / APM to actually fly successfully in automatic. It has flown well inManual, FBW-A, Loiter, RTL, Circle etc.
Today I discovered a problem with my APM / Mission controller that may help us identify the real problem. I have three modes on the channel that I switch between Manual, RTL and AUTO. I confirmed on the "Flight Data Screen" of the Mission Planner that when switch the mode switch that the display on the HUD display changes when I changed the switch. HOWEVER - I learned today that there is no difference in the APM's actions between RTL and AUTO, even though the HUD display changes. Please see the attached Tlogs and waypoints for verification. I am sure there is something that I don't have set correctly, but this has been a challenge. I frankly found this by accident today when I was switching between RTL and AUTO and noticed the airplane continued to circle above the RTL site.
- I am using APM 2.5
- Today I upgraded the APM firmware to V.2.7 in the APM, but the same thing happened in V 2.69
- I am using a Hitec Aurora 9 with an Optma reciver
- After discovering the fact that the APM did not change even though the mode was changed, I re-calibrated the radio a couple times with no joy.
Below is a narration of the actives today that I sent to a friend who has been trying to help me it may contain a clue:
I learned something very interesting. I had changed one of the three remote actions to RTL (return to launch). In addition I still had manual and automatic where it is to fly the way points. I flew it out manually a ways and switched to RTL. It came back over the launch site and perfectly held altitude and circled above me 400 feet. It was so solid that I walked over to the truck and messed with the computer while it was flying! Then, flew back out a ways and switched it to "automatic". Instead of heading out to the way point it turned and headed back toward me. So a couple times I switched it back to manual and flew it back out but each time it came back to me, holing a nice altitude. So I just let it go to see where and what it was going to do. It circled around me and held a perfect altitude and around and around it went - just like the RTL. So, while it was flying over me I switched it back and forth between automatic and RTL, but it kept circling above me. I walked back over to the computer to verify that the HUD data on flight data on the mission planner displayed "RTL" when I had the switch in that position and "Auto" when I had the switch in that position. Sure enough, the switch had no effect.
If any of you can can give me some direction, I would greatly appreciate it.