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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  • Please excuse.. I figured out my question.. 

  • Excellent video Chris.

    Definitely makes what is often a frustrating and precarious undertaking very straightforward.

    I am involved in editing the Wiki which will hopefully be getting noticeably improved with its move over to Wordpress and I believe that it might be reasonably possible and worthwhile to link to videos from within it.

    I think a whole series of short videos on many aspects could be very valuable and yours serves as an excellent example of how it ought to be done.

    I will bring this up for discussion for sure.

  • Man, I have been searching for some clarity for planning missions, and here I have it..Thanks.. Is channel 5 the only channel or can I use another channel or can I another?

  • On the money Chris. I needed to update to 2.9.

  • By the way, thanks all for the excellent feedback, you have encouraged me to do more!  Building a hexacopter today, so I'll do a series on the whole build process from start to finish.

  • Jim, if you don't see the vertical speed parameters, you probably need to download new firmware, I have version V2.9 on my quad, I believe these parameters were new with this version of the firmware.

  • Excellent video. Thanks!  And while it certainly would be more work to do, it would be nice to see/read a description in the video, of the initial/starting conditions just prior to taking the actions in the video. Anyway, what you made and offered is greatly appreciated.

  • Chris,

    I am running Mission Planner 1.2.32 and do not find the parameter setting for vertical speed. I am looking under "Standard Parameters" which appears to be the same screen you show. Any ideas?

  • Very good and super helpful got me back into multi-rotors & APMing -Like your youtube channel

  • The mission planner has a tab on the left labeled "Planner" on there you can change the default units from meters to feed and the units for speed from meters/second to fps, kph, mph, etc.

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