Xplane simulation does not work on newer firmwares

I can not get newer firmwares then 2.7 in hil mode to work with xplane. I can run a simulation fine using older firmware but not with newer firmware as i want to test out geofencing that is not in the older firmware.

With the newer firmware there is no control what so ever and if i go back to older firmware such as 2.7 it works fine

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mission planer stays in initialising in the latest firmwares and does not change.

 I can verify HIL is broken past AP 2.70 perhaps Google did something that broke it? Anyway I guess we need to open an issue.


How do you open an issue please? Is it something the site administrators get involved with, or what? I would very much like the HIL failure to be looked at/resolved ASAP.

I am sure that we all appreciate the work done by the project teams, and hope they continue.

Incidentally, is it possible to still download the 2.70 HIL Plane file - I'm not code-literate though,,,,,,

Hi Keith, I have the latest HIL version of Arduplane working on my PC right now with no issues, I'm using Windows 7and X-Plane 10. It is working with my arduflyer 2.5 clone board and my original APM1 too.

I did have a problem with the more recent HIL versions, but Andrew Tridgell listed this as a fix on the latest version of Arduplane 3.1.0. :)

Martin thank you for your reply,

When I look at the Firmware screen on 1.3.9 I see Plane as 3.1.0, but I also see HIL plane as 3.1.0 (without any HIL suffix)! Is this what you have please? I've tried it a few times, with the red APM light flashing only, then gone back to normal plane 3.1.0 where all is fine i.e GPS blue lock etc.

I'm 2.6 with Win 7 and X-plane 10.

Am I missing something here? 

Yes, when I select the HIL version of ArduPlane halfway down the Mission Planner "install firmware" page it reads "Are you sure you want to upload ArduPlane V3.1.0?" and I select yes.

But you're correct it used to to say" are you sure you want to upload HIL ArduPlane Vxxx" I think that the HIL just got left off, but it works fine.

Re the GPS flashing, when you use the HIL version the APM uses data fed back from the flight sim, and doesn't use the actual sensors at all, hence no GPS lock is required. so you don't need to calibrate the mag or set the plane level on start up either, like you do when you use the flying version of the code. 

There was an issue. However it has been solved and HIL should now be working again.

Rocket Man,

Tried APM Plane 3.1.0 (HIL?) again just now - loads up OK, but then remains initialising i.e red flashing!! Any more ideas please? Everything works perfectly on normal Plane 3.1.0 with correct lights GPS lock etc,,,, help,,,,

Also, in messages on Flight Data screen reads - Waiting for first HIL_STATE message

Keith are you running Mission Planner and X-Plane on the same computer?

yes I am running them on one PC

On the simulation configuration page of Mission Planner, is there live data showing against each of the headings.

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