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  • Does any body know....

    Can Shield board on APM2 be separated by a 50 cm cabel?

  • Just Flying my new GAUI X5, the best heli made price/quality.

  • Have an e-Flight 400 3D with the Spectum 6Xi along with a backup radio that has never been flown off a stand.  Am thinking(?) of trying to convert over to a Drone.  Pros and Cons and any help possible! 

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    @Jeff Re whether Arducopter for TradHeli will work on a helimax AXE CP,

         I suspect that the heli has enough power to lift an APM2 but the problem I see is that the AXE comes with a consolidated esc, radio and tail gyro.  You'll probably need to remove that completely and replace it with a normal ESC, receive and the APM2.  That'll add weight but also a lot of cost.

         The other problem is that the AXE has a flybar which we know adds trouble when it comes to doing loiter.

         So it might work but it's not going to be completely straight forward.

  • I have a helimax AXE CP.  Is that powerful enough to support the weight of the additional hardware?

  • APm 2 on traditional heli, any test with this new APM 2 ?

  • Does any body know how the fast the execution rate of the Ardupilot or Arudcopter software is the with current build without adding more code?

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    Trad Heli user group members,

       Just wanted to let you know that the trex450 mounting plates made from stylish and durable carbon fibre are now available in the diydrones store for $15.

    3692302994?profile=originalThese plus a 3d printed sonar and gps mounts available from shapeways (at cost) can help you get up and running quickly (if you're using a trex450 or HobbyKing clone)

  • Has anyone tried the latest code? We wanted to try it for stabilize and loiter. Hopefully with navigation. Would there be a problem in flying the latest code with waypoints?

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         As Marianne just found out the hard way, since version 2.0.43 (or thereabouts) you must arm your motors in order to get the APM to start saving logs.  This is not something that quad people would every notice because of course they must arm their motors in order to fly.  But with the heli, because the servos move whether armed or not and because you control the throttle yourself, there's been little need to go to the trouble to 'arm'.


         ..but now you must if you want logs!  Actually it serves some other good purposes as well:

              1. reinitialises the barometer

              2. sets "forward" for simple mode.


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