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  • 700 size gasoline engine helicopter.
    Pixhawk2.4.8 Ver4.4.0
    GPS hovering.
  • Vortex 700 UAS, by Sophisticated R/C 

    The Vortex 700 is a Traditional style Helicopter UAS designed with Police forces and Search and Rescue in mind.  The Vortex 700 can be equipped with a variety of payloads depending upon the mission.

    The Vortex 700 is designed around the Align Trex 700 Dominator mechanics, a proven, reliable helicopter.

    The Vortex 700
    Length:  53 in.
    Height:  22 in.
    Width:  8 in.
    Main Rotor Diameter: 62 in
    Empty Weight: 9 lbs.
    Expected Flight endurance: 30-45 min
    Range:  2 miles (C2 Link dependent) 
    Payload: 4 lbs
    Auto Pilot: PixHawk from 3DR

    Mission dependable payload options include but not limited to:
    HD Stabilized video
    High Resolution mapping camera
    NiR mapping camera
    IR/Thermal video

    The Vortex Missions Capable for:
    Law Enforcement Situational Awareness
    Fire Rescue Situational Awareness
    Search and Rescue
    Precision Agriculture

    Oil Pipeline
    Power line
    Wind Mill

    Please contact Sophisticated R/C for more information......
    450 size soon to come....
  • Will APM control a Gas Heli?
    Looks like some of you are trying it.

  • 3691143776?profile=originalTrex 700L Dominator DFC powered by PixHawk. 

    Having issues arming by the Tx but no trouble arming with my laptop. any group thoughts. I have checked and double checked tx. direction and re calibrated  RC. Channel 8 on and channel 8 off. no luck.


  • Hi, I am experimenting with the AC code and need some help pointing me to a correct library responsible for mixing pitch/roll/collective pitch into the 3 servo outputs for the swash plate? also, please excuse me if this is common knowledge is there a wiki of the ac code itself, i.e. libraries, control logic? 

  • This is my Heli actualy flying (not autonomous)


  • I have been watching this project for the past few years. I am waiting for a stable release for my UAV platform.

    Here is a pic from the manufacture, not sure where mine are.


    • Length (m): 2.63
    • Height (m): 0.711
    • Main rotor diameter (m): 2.146
    • Tail rotor diameter (m): 0.403
    • Empty weight (kg): 16.5
    • Payload (kg): 13
    • Max take-off weight (kg): 35
    • Max speed (km/h): 90
    • Cruise speed (km/h): 65
    • Rate of climb (m/s): 4
    • Ceiling (km): 2.5
    • Power plant: 80 cc air cooled twin cylinder gasoline engine
    • Fuel (L): 10
    • Fuel consumption (L/h): 4
    • Endurance (min): 120
    • Operating temperature (°C): -20 to 50
  • @R_Lefebvre: Thanks Rob, as you said 10kg is much more reasonable, do you have some suggestion which heli frame I can use for this 10kg payload. we can use it to make trial first. how much could it cost ?

  • Nate, we need to talk. ;)

    that Rotor Buzz... looks like a modified Yamaha RMax?

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Trex450 with pixhawk miniVbar and RPM sensor.

HelloSeems that traditional heli is fadding off .... I'm trying to check the latest ardupilot traditional heli setup on trex450, in order to later scale up to 550 and 700 helis.i'm puzzeled about using the miniVbar flybarless controler with the pixhawk.  i have the pixhawk commanding the FPL controller via SBUS, and lacking the traditional throttle HOLD function.Started with flyber system, and had all work as requested, but on the FBL the throttle comand is working all time, even if the fixhawk…

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APM 450 Helicopter tuning

Thanks in advanceNewbie to APM helicopter and need some advice. I have used APM 2.6 and 2.8 board for a few years now on quads and tricopters. I have watched videos of APM helicopters flying waypoint missions with no input from the transmitter a they are smooth and steady, I cannot get mine to fly anything like that with me controlling the sticks? Actually heli with APM is only a small amount more stable than flybared? I am pretty much using stock parameters except in extended tuning Rate pitch…

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Using ALT HOLD with a helicopter

Thanks in advance for any HelpI have a Trex 450 clone, Tarot FBL head, APM 2.6 with v3.2.1 firmware, flysky 9X transmitter using heli1 setting.This unit is wired with the receiver ch3 connected to the APM ch8, and the receiver ch6 to APM ch3, unit flies pretty good with some parameter tweaking.Need help setting up ALT HOLD, could someone explain how I can set this up in mission planner for a helicopter, I do not know what I am doing wrong, I have used alt hold in Quads with no problem?I have…

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Can Stable Simple Mode be used with helicopter

Thanks in advanceTrex 450, Flybarless head, APM 2.6, Arducopter 3.2.1, Ublox 7 GPS with compass, flying fairly well with mostly stock settings.Question in mission planner flight modes can I use Stable with Simple mode with a helicopters?Does this work the same as with a 450 Quadcopter, as to direction unit is pointed does not make a difference to the controls?Thanks

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