New product: i86AP Flight Stabilization Control Board

Today Hobbyking added a stabilisation control board for fixed wing aircraft to their catalogue. This board supports conventional, flying wings (delta) and v-tail aircraft, easily selectable by on-board jumper. Unfortunately for v-tail aircraft an y-cable is needed if you are using 2 servo's.

The board is controlled by an Atmel Mega168PA 8-Bit RISC based micro controller and utilizing a single high precision 3-axis MEMS gyro and independent gyro gain adjustment for tuning aileron, elevator and rudder.

Not includeded are servo leads to connect your receiver to the i86AP Flight Stabilisation control board. You will need 3 of them, don't forget to include in your order.

I had a quick glance at the manual (which can be downloaded here) and it seems that it provides good information how to use this board.

Input Voltage: 4v to 6v DC
PWM Output: 50Hz, 1020-2020us
Gyro scale: +/- 1000dps
Gyro sample rate: 1KHz
Operating temp: -40° C to 85° C
Size: 30mm x 40mm
Weight: 8g


More information at the Hobbyking product page here:

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Comment by Chris Anderson on July 3, 2012 at 7:04am

It seems that there's no way to turn it on or off from the ground?

Comment by CrashingDutchman on July 3, 2012 at 7:50am

@Chris: Seems not, but that didn't hold me back from getting one. May be some genius finds a way to make that functionality.

Comment by CrashingDutchman on July 3, 2012 at 7:52am

btw, I noticed in the picture above that there *seems to be* a 'provision' for an ICSP header.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on July 3, 2012 at 10:30am

I wonder why that did'nt just go straight into a receiver. Has to happen soon....

Comment by Mark Harrison on July 3, 2012 at 11:45am

It seems this is like the AS3X from e-flite.  It won't auto-level your plane, but it will help compensate for wind, etc.

By all accounts it (a) makes flying planes possible/pleasurable in higher winds than normal and (b) makes it easier to fly 3D since the gyros will do things like assist in harrier balancing.

Comment by John Arne Birkeland on July 4, 2012 at 12:27am

If you are willing to pay a little more, the Eagle A3 and Eagle A3 Pro are very good. 3-axis rate or head-hold stabilization for 3D maneuvers, more stable flight in wind gusts etc. But like the HK board they are gyro only, so no auto leveling.

Comment by CrashingDutchman on July 4, 2012 at 12:47am

Someone presenting himself as 'OpenAero' has posted on the product page that he is going to look into modifiying code for this stabiliser.

Some others say that they see similarities between this stabiliser and the Eagle A3. Looking at the pictures, they might be correct

Comment by Yusuf Pirgali on July 4, 2012 at 3:02am

Wow this is a good price, as i have a few foamies that i was waiting to put the EagleTree system in, this is a cheaper alternative you can play with. As Mark had said above this can be used like the AS3X in micro planes, which opens up even more models to fly :-)

Comment by Brian on July 4, 2012 at 8:34am

I have a few go fasts that I wouldn't mind having a little assistance with...  Too bad it's backordered...

Comment by Ellison Chan on July 4, 2012 at 9:31am

My question is why?  The KKboard HK already has, can control planes with the Minsoo firmware, which is probably what this is anyways.


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