My first ArduCopter flight--perfect, right out of the box!

I'm a bit late to the party in actually building a beta ArduCopter kit, but I just finished last night, loaded the code and set the motor rotation directions this morn. Then the kids and I took it out to our tiny backyard and just took off. This is the result--amazing. Rock-sold stability (this was in windy conditions, too) and no tuning required--these are the default settings. So much better than the Gaui 330 XS, both in terms of performance and setup!

Ted Carancho's configurator software is the key. Best setup experience I've ever had. It not only tests all your hardware, but really walks you through the process in an intuitive way. It looks great, too:

My only issue was the the rudder channel seemed reversed in the configurator, but worked fine on the quad. I'll dig into that a bit more. But the main point is this: ArduCopter is in great shape, and as far as I can tell, ready for prime time. Really looking forward to the commercial release in a few weeks. Huge congrats to the team!

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Comment by Öncü Kayalar on September 19, 2010 at 1:51pm
Good stable flight. May I ask what are your PID settings? :))

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Comment by Chris Anderson on September 19, 2010 at 1:53pm
I didn't touch them. They're the defaults.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 19, 2010 at 2:31pm
Well done that's very impressive! Father Christmas is going to have some issues soon. Delivering all those boxes.
Comment by iw28 on September 19, 2010 at 2:34pm
cant wait ! :D
Comment by Jeffrey batista on September 19, 2010 at 6:02pm
When can we buy the frame?
Comment by Rana on September 19, 2010 at 7:12pm
Well done Chris ! thanks to the Arducopter Team !

Comment by Jani Hirvinen on September 19, 2010 at 7:31pm
Congratz Chris, another airborne ArduCopter..

Jeffrey and to others. I'm happy to inform that production of next batch has started. First parts will start to arrive in week or two. Motors/ESCs takes a bit longer but we try to speed them up as much as possible.

And we are prepared to keep Father Christmas happy..
Comment by Toby Stein on September 19, 2010 at 10:56pm
got it thanx! :)
Comment by Peter Seddon on September 20, 2010 at 3:26am
The rudder being the wrong way around in the Configurator is a known feature ;)

Comment by Chris on September 20, 2010 at 6:31pm
jani i hope you guys ordered enough as not to run out as i definitly want a full set with some nice big hauler engines and props w00t, then gonna get my x9 radio and truerc battery


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