I thought it was about time to start a U.K group, mainly due to the time difference between us and USA, so members can discuss their issues here and hopefully get the help they require sooner? Also it possible there is someone living not far away from yourself that you could swap ideas with and get first hand help and advice with your project.

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  • Moderator

    Patrick, Have you found it yet? did you lose control? was the gps locked in before you took off? switching into rtl should have bought it back to you? unless something was wrong?

    Please tell me you have it back now?

  • Lost Y6 !!!

    It was flying better than ever. Got it up to around 40meters, and it drifted nearly out of sight, so I tryed ''return to launch".....it dissapeared into the countryside !  :(

    The gopro was on it at the time.....so there will be some good footage, IF I ever find it !

  • I will wait until i get my wireless telemetry sorted before I embark on that mission I think, although I purchased some APC220 units and I am becoming hesitant as to whether they will work or not. If is unclear from this thread: http://diydrones.com/forum/topics/apm-mission-planner-with-apc220-r... whether it will work with 2.6 and the latest version of planner.

  • Distributor

    Trial and error is the most common method, however its also a good idea to get a feel for what each parameter does before trying it for real, as some paramaters are dependant on one another.  A good idea is to play around with arducopter sim http://jasonshort.com/  to get a feel for how the parameters effect things.

    ArduCopter SIM
  • *1090KV should read 1020KV

  • Ok, well essentially I wanted some advice on PID settings (I know this must be a very often queried topic). I am using:

    • An xaircraft diy x450 frame
    • 25A ESCs
    • 1090KV motors
    • 10*4.5 props
    • 5000 mAh 3s 50C battery

    My frame weighs around 1.5kg i think, but I have yet to weigh it. Is there some calculator I can use to estimate better PID settings for loiter and nav or is trial and error the best way forward?

    Thanks in advance,


  • Distributor

    @ Luc, if you have any questions or want advice the best place is to ask here if you cant find anyone nearby ;-)

  • Anyone fly quads in Lancashire in this group? Wondered if there were any meets where I could get some advice about a few issues I am having.

  • RC Timer BC2836-9 880KV Outrunner Brushless Motors

    12x3.8 props  (6 of)

    Motor to motor 685 cms

  • Lipo : http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=...

    escs are 30A hobbywing. I have a prog card. My scales arnt that accurate.Max 3kgs.

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A Newbie Question

Hello there,Have waited a long time to finally dive into DIY drone construction, but after a few years I wanted to jump into something that I love, but have only experienced through other people.I'm willing to spend sometime and money to do this right, buying parts instead of one ready to go kit; but of course I would like advice.I don't want to get into something too involved too early, as I think caution and going slow to get to grips is probably the best way with these things.Found this…

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UK Newbie

Hi all,I am Jason - 42 years old in the Midlands UK.I have been a recreational quad flyer for just over a year - using a flywheel f450 with a go pro - no fpv set up yet.I run my own specialised cleaning business and have done for 10 years but i would like to become CAA certified and i am just about to book the course. I would like to then get a better set up and then slowly start doing some commercial work, probably free at first to build a portfolio before setting about trying to make a career…

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