A few tips for the APM Mission Planner

Having learned the hard way on a few things, I thought I'd put together a little video that shows some tips and tricks with the APM mission planner.
The first time I tried mission planning some things were a mystery, like how do you actually get into auto mode to fly a mission? I found something that looked like a way to do it from the APM software flight data tab, but that turned out to be a disaster because there was no way to get it out of auto mode and my quad went crazy and crashed into my house. Second fun one was when the mission started but didn't finish, so I had to trudge across 60 acres of mud to retrieve my quad. Lastly I almost lost my quad on a mission that went awry, for some unknown reason it did 2 way points, then took off in the wrong direction, into the fog.  I tried to take back control, but I couldn't see it in the fog, then soon after I couldn't hear it either.  Then the sinking feeling came over me, $600 down the tubes! But fortunately I remembered to setup a safety switch that would return to home. I flipped  the switch and waited for what seemed like forever, then that wonderful sound of buzzing bees emerged out of the fog and my quad flew itself back home.  Phew!!  Learn these tips and tricks by watching this video, it could save you some money.

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Comment by Graham Dyer on January 21, 2013 at 1:53am

Any chance to put the video on YouTube or Vimeo? I can't seem to access it on SkyDrive.

Comment by Chris Lovett on January 21, 2013 at 2:23am

Perhaps it was the video format, can you try this mp4 version?

Comment by Graham Dyer on January 21, 2013 at 2:59am

It's asking to install Silverlight which is installed but I'm not using IE, rather using Firefox. However I did manage to download the video to watch but neither would actually play in the browser.

Comment by Chris Lovett on January 21, 2013 at 3:13am

Here's a YouTube video.


Comment by OlivierD. on January 21, 2013 at 4:43am

Awesome, thanks for sharing Chris. More like this please!

Comment by Adrian on January 21, 2013 at 5:08am
Thanks for the video.. Definitely going to try auto... Do you have some tips for setting of altitude both waypoints & home? I had a RTL with a minimum height set... I'll sure my quad flew lower than the set height.. I'm sure things were set correctly. Thanks.
Comment by Stan on January 21, 2013 at 10:26am
Good job, great video!
Comment by John on January 21, 2013 at 10:34am
I think instructional videos are an excellent idea. It seems like there's a lot of information in a lot of places that isn't updated. I think instructional videos on first time setup, tuning, and mission planner would be extremely helpful. All in a single location so they're easy to find.
Comment by Dean R on January 21, 2013 at 11:47am

Great post Chris, more of this type of help is greatly appreciated.

Comment by Richard Boyhan on January 21, 2013 at 12:35pm

Great post!  Loading and saving a mission was one of the hardest things to figure out when I started playing with missions.  When I started the wiki manual was not up to date.  Again, thanks for sharing.


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