Dear fellows and developers.
I've been in copter use/testing for a long time (paparazzi, open pilot, dji, some multiwii clones own developed, px4, apm) and I have my own minor understanding of what is going on.
Nowdays APM 2.* controller series become very popular and even gain fair name among copter enthusiasts and professionals. Opposing to proprietary and "hardcoded" DJI systems or "undergrown" MultiWii products, APM platform was offering what you could call "value for money".
It has GPS, Baro, IMU, mag support with virtually endless tuning potential.
Right now it's beeing replaced by Pixhawk and PX4 systems (I own full set of PX4 hardware, so don't think that this post is because I have no means to migrate to other platform), which have great STM32 architecture and are not limited by arduino memory size.
I personally like my PX4 board, but last two weeks I got chance to meet APM 2.6 based aircraft (in fact I built it from scratch). I'll be honest, it's not OpenPilot, when you can set up aircraft in 3 clicks and 2 hours time, but if you read manual and follow everything that is written, the result will excel your expectations.
On fairly cheap APM 2.6 (original, not clone) board I built FPV/Video GPS/mag/baro assisted quad with RSSI, Voltage control (by the way, Multirotor mania (yeah, bad guys) didn't ship APM power module to me, so I had to find alternative "resistor divider" solution for voltage monitoring). On top of that I have OSD that receives all data from controller via MavLink which makes driving UAV pleasant and convenient. There are not many systems that can offer such functionality, and especially for that price.
It would be very unwise to kill everything now.
I want to ask developers not to abandon APM controller line and not to close development. There are too many people are using this autopilots and rely on you.
APM users, if you want to see further development of the board, please vote.
Here is mine +1
With regards to comunity, with respect to developers.