HK GCS 1.3.0 released - With new instruments from Max Levine

A special thanks to Max Levine for his fantastic work on the new instruments. The instruments and 3D model can be set to a "smooth" setting for those of you with processor to spare. This setting can be changed in the File, Settings, Instruments tab. For the best performance, do not select smooth for the instruments and don't select the 3D model instrument. Plus the turn coordinator is working much better now....


Download available here:


This version also contains the ability to save the data files as a .HEX on binary protocols which will show the same data as what's showin in the serial data tab (plus time and date).


Plus there's a Vario tab at the bottom left for those of you searching for thermals.


Guided mode is ready. Connect to APM, click the Control tab and click Guided Mode. Then double-clicking on the map will set the waypoint.


New "text" versions of the instruments and status tab are now available as well as 3 pitch/roll/yaw instruments for those of you setting up your quads.



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Comment by Paul Mather on June 23, 2011 at 6:24pm mean the 3D model on Google Earth? There is a slider bar below the Google Earth window. Is that what you mean?

Comment by Allen Bishop on June 24, 2011 at 1:03pm

Paul:  You are correct.  Sometimes I stay up too late and can't see the forrest for the trees or in this case the controls for the interface.





Comment by Allen Bishop on June 24, 2011 at 1:05pm
Paul:  I still have an issue with the compass.  It is not responding.  I do have GPS LOCK, 12 satellites.  GPS location is perfect on the Google Map View.
Comment by Paul Mather on June 24, 2011 at 7:50pm

How are you identifying that the compass is not working?


I wrote something up about what might be going on:

Comment by Allen Bishop on June 24, 2011 at 10:37pm
Paul:  In the other GCS programs, when you yaw the quadra copter the compass instruments show the movement in degrees on the compass instruments in real time and very accurately.  When I yaw the craft using HK GCS LITE the compass instrument does not move.  It is almost always in the NORTH display.
Comment by Paul Mather on June 25, 2011 at 6:18am

The compass in my program does not use yaw. It uses heading. I took a look at Michael O's planner and he's using something completely different than I am. If you're not moving forward, your compass won't show anything of value on my GCS (in reality, with the magnetometer connected, yawing the plane will show about 50% of the yaw value and 50% GPS bearing as a change on the compass).


If the compass never moves at all, that's a problem. But I have yet to see that issue with or without the mag conneced.

Comment by Chuck on June 26, 2011 at 11:50am

How do you add the other guages?


Or does the 1.3.7 lite version not have the new gauges?

Comment by Chuck on June 26, 2011 at 11:51am
Nevermind, its under settings
Comment by John Grouse on June 27, 2011 at 4:25pm
Is there a generic quad X model floating about for HK GCS? If so where do I get it and how do I add it to the list in HK GCS?
Comment by Jakaria on November 15, 2011 at 3:39pm

Dear Mr Paul,


Your GCS is amazing. Your creation has created a new idea in my mind. I want to make a PC based Autopilot and want to use your HK GCS since this is the best. But I'm very new to do such thing. Pl read my idea below and give me a good solution.


Suppose I'm in a real Ship and I want to run it with a PC based autopilot and Gamepad. GPS should be connected to the PC and all calculations should be done by the PC. Then PC should send the final servo commands to a simple Microcontroller (not APM) and Microcontroller will do the speed control, servo control etc. I want to do the project with HK GCS since this is the best. I don't need any RC as I'm onboard the ship and your GCS supports Gamepad.


My question is how can I get the autopilot features (calculations) in PC? Is it possible that you can make your GCS such that if it gets GPS data it can do all the calculations of APM or an autopilot and will send the final values to a simple Arduino board? That would be great. Also what should be the code for a simple Arduino Board (For Ex:Uno) if I use your GCS and the PC based Autopilot?


 Pl suggest me  elaborately because I've almost zero knowledge about programming. Thanks in advance.


Thanks in advance.


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