APM 2.8

I have on order an APM2.8 with the M8N GPs/compass option.

What I need now is  a manual,wiring & installation info as well as software to calibrate/install the control on my quad copter.

I tried the 3DR site but found nothing.

Any assistance is appreciated!


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  • If you don't mind me asking, why didn't you go with the Pixhawk flight controller instead of the APM 2.8?

    • Well I have a Quanum Nova with an APM 2.5 in it and the APM 2.8 is essentially an APM 2.6, plus the unit with GPS/compass module was only $52 online I decided to go this route.

      Although I've heard of it I'm not familiar with the PixHawk.

      Any pro's or con's?

  • http://copter.ardupilot.com/

    • I went to the site but any page I tried to go to came back as "this page not available"

      Any particular file I should look for ?

      I need an install and wiring manual.

      • http://copter.ardupilot.com/wiki/connecting-the-apm2/

        You sould start at the beginning, "Home" and read everything, then do it again, and again, until you start to understand how things work. If you just want a quad to fly, with little input from you, get a phantom or one of the many clones. BTW, an APM 2.8 is a clone/knockoff.

        • Thanks much steve!

          I do fly an Eflite Blade 350 QX3 quad.

          I'd like to know the wiring for the LED's that confirm GPS lock and system armed.

          What is the arming procedure? I'm using my Spektrum DX6 radio

          Any chance I could have your personal mail address so I could contact you directly?

          Mine is arissluap@gmail.com

          Send mail any time.

          • Moderator

            All the information is there Paul, just start on page one and work trough it. http://copter.ardupilot.com/wiki/common-apm-board-leds/ There is too much for one person to help you with via email. Its all in the wiki, which really is an excellent resource.

            • One last question.I'm told that the APM 2.8 is a clone.

              A clone of what?

              • An APM 2.5 or APM 2.6 depending on if it has an internal compass or not.

                • It has an external module with GPS & compass.I guess it is a APM 2.6 clone then.

                  Not bad for $40

                  The module is an M8N

                  Where can I find info on adding external LED's for Arming and GPS lock?

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