ArduCopter (traditional heli) user group


ArduCopter (traditional heli) user group

User group for those flying ArduCopter on traditional helicopter platforms

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APM 450 Helicopter tuning

Started by William Billings. Last reply by Randy May 14, 2017. 1 Reply

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…Continue

Using ALT HOLD with a helicopter

Started by William Billings. Last reply by David Boulanger Apr 6, 2017. 9 Replies

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…Continue

Can Stable Simple Mode be used with helicopter

Started by William Billings. Last reply by William Billings Mar 1, 2017. 1 Reply

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…Continue

GPS problems on a Thunder Tiger Raptor E550 with Pixhawk

Started by Wolfgang. Last reply by Miguel Marta Dec 21, 2016. 5 Replies

Hi all,I started a new project with a Raptor E550 using a Pixhawk.I mounted the Pixhawk in front of the frame. Normal orientation.The GPS was mounted in the tail boom 700mm away from the Pixhawk.In…Continue

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Comment by Prabir Guha on November 14, 2013 at 7:37am

Good Morning All:

Has anyone used X-Plane 9/10 for HIL (APM 2.6) for the RC HELI that comes with X-Plane?

I saw a post by Jean-Louis Naudine using AeroSim, but I just bought X-Planes and I am having trouble with the throttle input (it does not move when flying - calibrates ok, though). 

I can get HIL to work fine with PT-60 (the RC Plane). 

So if anyone has flown the RC HELI in HIL mode, can you please let me know how you did it, and even you have not done it, but might have some idea about the settings etc., please let me know as well.





Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 12, 2013 at 6:37pm

Exactly who said that, where?  Need more info.

For sure, vibration is the enemy of the electronics.  It's best to isolate them.

Comment by Kristoffer de Jesus on November 12, 2013 at 6:03pm

Is there an issue about the durability of APM 2.5 or 2.6 on traditional helis? Will it withstand vibrations for a long period of time? Just want to confirm what someone said.

Comment by Victor Lee on July 3, 2013 at 7:58am

How does APM perform to other helicopters size besides Trex 450  ?

Comment by KM6VV on May 19, 2013 at 9:36pm

@ Jeff,

I've got the Align 450 sprot v2 and also an Align 100 to learn on.  I was surprised how small the 100 was when it arrived.  Oh well, could be fun.

I'm doing the tail in on the SIM, need to get back to it.

Alan KM6VV

Comment by Jeff Smith on May 19, 2013 at 7:47pm
Don't know about the APM with a simulator, I started with the Align 3GX (useless) on the 600efl and was to scared of crashing. I then bought an Align 250 flybarred to learn on and crashed that once every three battery packs, then got an APM for the 600efl and will not touch the 250 until I can find a flight stabilizer to fit the 23mm wide frame.

My 0.02c, only buy Align stuff and look forward to buying the PX4 in the very near future :-)

Practice on the sim, especially tail ou/ nose in flight, but nothing will teach you like actual flight time.
Comment by KM6VV on May 19, 2013 at 9:32am


That's great to hear!  Better then I expected to hear.  I'll definitely work on flying with an APM.  

Another question, I remember reading of using a simulator in connection with the APM somewhere.  I have the Phoenix simulator; are they anywhere with that yet?


Alan KM6VV

Comment by Jeff Smith on May 18, 2013 at 7:45am
@ KM6VV,
I am a new pilot as well (1-1/2 years), and LOVE my APM for learning with. It gives you self leveling which will give you time to orientate yourself again when things get out of control, also with the advances in "Agro" flight mode you can fly the heli without any stabilization then switch back to stabilize mode when you need it :-)
Crashed way too much without the APM, never crashed with it.
Comment by KM6VV on May 17, 2013 at 4:56pm

I've been working on adding APM 2.0 to a 6WD rover.  The mechanicals need work still.  I also have a Trex 450 that I built (kit), but haven't flown yet as I don't yet feel like I can fly the simulator. 

After hearing that the APM 2.0 was flying the Trex 450, I'd like to ask if the stabilization of the APM would allow me to learn to fly the '450?  Or should I just continue to learn to fly the SIM first?  Too many toys, not enough time...

Alan  KM6VV

Comment by Alexandre Heitor Schmidt on March 13, 2013 at 6:36pm

This Arming/Disarming of the trad heli can be tricky. I finally found the answer I was looking for! Channel 8 is the key in order to arm/disarm the heli! As I'm not using ch8, I lowered all the values (RC8_MAX = 800, RC8_MIN = 800, RC8_TRIM = 800). Now it works like a charm! See this thread:


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