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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  • Thanks Paul.

  • No. ArduPilot Legacy is not 2-way during flight. There is only one serial port and it's used by the GPS.

  • Paul,

    If I use Ardupilot v2.7, can it be used with gamepad through HK GCS?

    Thanks on advance.

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    Paul is exactly right.
    @Jakaria - Why this facination with replacing the APM with a PC?
    Thats opposite to what this community is all about!
  • This is not a good plan. The link between the PC and the vehicle is not good. You will have frequent drops as well as a delay in the transmit. The only way to make it work today is to have a stable platform on the plane that can actually do the calculations to fly the plane as well as a basic return to home routine in case of permanant link loss. The PC could do everything else, but not reliably.

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    Let me be the first to ask...Why???

  • 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.

  • 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?
  • Nevermind, its under settings
  • How do you add the other guages?


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

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