Traditional helicopters now supported by ArduCopter2, too!

Check out the firmware loading screen from the latest Mission Planner (1.013). Have you ever seen anything more beautiful??

 

Yes, APM is the first autopilot in history to support every kind of flying machine out there! (We already covered lighter-than-air with Blimpduino). Thanks to the great work of team leader Randy Mackay, the Trex 450 (traditional heli) version of ArduCopter is now fully compatible with ArduCopter 2, which means 2-way MAVLink and all the other mission planning goodness.

 

Randy will be updating the Traditional Heli manual soon with the ArduCopter2 details. One thing he discovered is that the Trex 450 flies a lot better with APM if you go flybarless. A Guai 450 flybarless head can be found for as little as $24.

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Comment by Knuckles904 on June 20, 2011 at 8:29pm
Must have videos!
Comment by Nick on June 20, 2011 at 8:42pm
Thank you!
Comment by Peter on June 20, 2011 at 8:43pm

One word................ GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Regards Pete

Comment by diego colonnello on June 20, 2011 at 8:45pm
now i want a heli!!!!!!!

Developer
Comment by Randy on June 20, 2011 at 9:31pm

As Chris says, I'll be updating the wiki pages soon and will post a video.

 

Personally I use the RJX 450 flybarless head which can be found here on ebay for $31.

 

Comment by simonl on June 21, 2011 at 12:14am
YEAH! Brilliant news. Well done Randy. Wuup Wuup.
Comment by Şuayb TOZMAZ on June 21, 2011 at 12:38am
That is what i am waiting. :)
Comment by Matthias Badaire on June 21, 2011 at 12:49am
I suppose that "going flybarless" means new flybarless head + fbl gyros , or APM does the job and we need to change only the mechnical head...?
Comment by Matthias Badaire on June 21, 2011 at 12:51am

answering my own question RTFM :

"for best performance you should invest in a flybarless head but no need for a separate flybarless controller (the APM does that). I use the RJX."

Comment by Chris Appleton on June 21, 2011 at 1:22am
These guys seems to think they were the first: http://www.openpilot.org/products/openpilot-coptercontrol-platform/

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