APM configuration file for the HobbyKing Bixler posted

I spend a gorgeous morning at the field with Jason Short testing code and tuning PIDs. He was focusing on ArduCopter 2.0.40 and I was just dialing in the PIDs for the HobbyKing Bixler, which is our current recommended platform for beginners.


I think I've got them pretty close, so I've posted the config file in the manual here with the rest of the config files for standard aircraft. Just load it in the Mission Planner and write it to APM, and you're ready to go.


Here's the RTL circle:

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Comment by Warren Eather on September 3, 2011 at 2:23am

Sweeeeeet!!! Cheers Chris

Comment by avionics on September 3, 2011 at 6:40am
I couldn't be more happy! Thank you
Comment by Mike on September 3, 2011 at 6:46am

Thanks Chris. Have you made any special modifications in the Bixler? What motor and prop are you using to fly? The same parts that comes in the Bixler ARF kit?Thanks in advance

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Comment by Chris Anderson on September 3, 2011 at 9:11am

No, totally stock. Standard ARF kit. 


BTW, waypoint following is a still a little sloppy, so I've got some tuning to do there, but it's good enough to get started with.

Comment by Darren on September 3, 2011 at 9:12am

Now all we need is a X-Plane model of the Bixler (and/or the other airframes posted,) to test with...

Now that would be a sweet combo for the wiki site, Anyone here know how to create xplane aircraft?

Comment by Scott Plunkett on September 3, 2011 at 9:29am

I have built one plane in XPlanes, but I was actually modifying an Extra to match the Extra MX from Precision Aerobatics.  Bixler was my next planned plane purchase anyway, so I guess I should go ahead and buy one an contact those guys to try and get a model to start with.

Comment by Allan Harley on September 3, 2011 at 6:50pm

i like this plane but Chris is there enough room to fit everything in the fuse and is it possible to take some photos of the setup please

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Comment by Chris Anderson on September 3, 2011 at 7:08pm

Allan: I posted on it here. There's loads of room--more than the EasyStar. It's an excellent UAV/FPV platform.

Comment by Allan Harley on September 3, 2011 at 9:08pm

um dah :) sorry i never saw that thanks :)

Comment by apocolipse on September 3, 2011 at 9:58pm

Allan, the bixler is the same as the v1 sky surfer.  http://diydrones.com/photo/album/show?id=705844%3AAlbum%3A262851

Hopper here did a nice little album showing how much room it has.  I made a similar electronics deck, but am also eagerly awaiting a full electronics deck with pan/tilt from the diydrones store (they have the easy star one done and bixler next!)  I also did a post yesterday showing some good landing gear.  One thing i'm going to be concerned with is possibility of different values once i get all my stuff into it: APM + all extras, scherrer uhf rx, 500mW video tx + camera, pan/tilt pod, 2200mAh battery, and the gear, things start to look heavy! (especially since i'm going to need to be mounting the battery in the back to counter the landing gear weight)


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