I've just released ArduPlane 2.71 for your flying pleasure.

As was described in the 2.71-beta thread, these are the major changes from 2.70:

  • prevent control mode changes due to receiver input change when in throttle failsafe
  • auto-scale analog input based on board voltage. This also removes the INPUT_VOLTAGE parameter, as it is no longer needed
  • added TKOFF_THR_MINSPD and TKOFF_THR_MINACC parameters. These allow you to set a minimum ground speed or X acceleration before the motor is started in auto mode. This is to better support hand launching in AUTO mode, and bungee or catapult launching.
  • added TKOFF_HEAD_HOLD option. This determines if auto takeoff will try to hold heading while climbing out. For a hand launch it is often better just to hold the wings level, instead of trying to hold heading.
  • changed FBWB altitude control from elevator to lock in the altitude when the elevator stick is neutral. This fixes a problem with altitude changing in FBWB mode due to slight tuning errors. You can set the climb rate for FBWB with the FBWB_CLIMB_RATE parameter. It default to 2 m/s
  • auto-detect when the compass is way off due to interference and switch to GPS navigation until the compass is healthy again. This is designed to prevent flyaways due to very bad magnetic interference.
  • prevent servo output overflow on large PID gains. This is especially important for elevon aircraft
  • changed default STICK_MIXING behaviour to use FBWA style stick mixing in AUTO mode. This prevents the pilot from causing radical turns if they don't know that the plane is in an AUTO mode. You can get the old behaviour by changing the STICK_MIXING parameter to 2.
  • Added a software VTail mixer, enabled using the VTAIL_OUTPUT option.
  • Fixed loading of missions with DIGICAM control commands, so DIGICAM control works again
  • Don't trigger a GCS failsafe if the GCS has never connected
  • Fixed fence MAVLink target IDs (fixes a problem with AndroPilot)
  • Added HIL_SERVOS parameter to allow real servos to move in HIL mode
  • Fixed an off-by-one in PX4 channel output (last PWM output channel wasn't sent)
  • Fixed scaling of joystick speed when controlling a camera gimbal with a joystick
  • Fixed creation of APM directory on SDCard on PX4
  • fixed auto-config of uBlox baudrate for uBlox modules set to 9600 baud
  • Fixed PX4 startup in FMU only mode
  • Added APM/boot.log on SDCard on PX4

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this release!

One thing that isn't in this release but will be in the next release is the new L1 navigation controller from Brandon and Paul. They are doing fantastic work and testing is good so far, but I wanted to get the new features above out first before adding the new navigation code. I hope we will release a 2.72 release with the new L1 controller in the next couple of weeks.

Happy flying!

Cheers, Tridge

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Amazing! I will load this in my "need to maiden this weekend" Twinstar right away!

Does anyone here have a clue if a twin motor setup differs in stability with the default APM2.5 PIDS compared to a single engine setup?

Good job!

Does anyone here have a clue if a twin motor setup differs in stability with the default APM2.5 PIDS compared to a single engine setup?

It should be very similar, but I haven't actually tried a twin-engine plane with APM, so please let us know!

If you fly with a airspeed sensor and 3DR pitot tube then I'd strongly suggest you read this:

http://diydrones.com/group/apmusergroup/forum/topics/a-batch-of-fau...

Cheers, Tridge

Sorry, I have still version 2.70 with APM 1.0 and I had little bit too interesting test flight with it.

But you (or somebody) can maybe read tlog's like you mother tongue ;-)

It twiched modes itself randomly to unknown and back wtf.

At home everything is solid.(of course)

I know there is some radio interference, but it should'nt so bad.

First manual, then mostly stabilize, one trial to Auto, and back (lost my nerves), one test radio shut down-> circle-rtl (nose dive)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZgWtngSdjs

Quite messy I know, N/NE wind and flight ended to ditch with minor injuries ;-)

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Oh yeah! Those pitot tubes are just bad. I have tree of them now and all of them were faulty until I started to fix them!

Thanks Tridge, I just checked mine and fixed it with thick ca. Was defiantly leaking.

everything was normal, but started to have this problem, the artificial horizon

started to get crazy, somebody knows what is this problem?

Please see the video of the problem


 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-ZBHFn_3dk

Hi Djalma,

Unfortunately a video doesn't really help. Do you have a tlog? And can you explain the specifics of what I should be looking for? ("started to get crazy" isn't really specific enough)

Cheers, Tridge

thanks for the reply, in time 3:24, you can see that the artificial horizon is tilted, but I'm leveled, causing poor stabilization.

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ArduPlane v 2.69, v2.70 and v2.71 HIL are broken, APM LED's don't flash and sim doesn't work.

CH7 Camera Trigger opt. does not work as CH7 IN does not seem to recognise a PWM signal in v2.7x

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