This little gem is great for unexperienced fixed-wing pilots and people who fly fpv. The T1000FC auto pilot system with GPS is an in-line flight stabilizing system that offers auto level, tilt angle limits and return to home functionality for conventional aircraft (fixed wing, delta, etc... excluding multicopters and heli's).

Key features:

  • autopilot mode (auto levels and does not let the aircraft roll or pitch past 45 degrees)
  • 3D mode for sport flying
  • Flight mode (stabilization off)
  • Fixed high direction mode (heading hold)
  • altitude hold mode (this will maintain the aircraft's altitude)
  • GPS return to home

The above features can be set by the flick of a 3-position switch on your transmitter


  • Barometer
  • GPS
  • Smart PID control


Comes with GPS, tool to set home position and a manual.


The price of this auto pilot is US$ 70.14. Details and a video available on the Hobbyking website.

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  • Who knows the quality of the firmware, who will maintain it? Or like a lot of other Turnigy products, will someone come along and write up decent firmware for it?

  • @Mark/R_Lefebvre:

    Yep, POTS == no need for a laptop/tablet, s/w and radios. It's value for those that want to spend $800 on a nice radio. I prefer that any autonomous flight have a telem link and laptop, but that's me.

    Tuning PIDs with pots is easy, and can get pretty decent results as Mark mentioned. I've tuned high-$$$ elmo/maxon setups this [mark's] way (e.g. hand twisting a motor axle until it goes unstable while adding/removing gain) without using Elmo's autotune features and gotten very acceptable results.

  • Cool! the device goes inline between your receiver and servos and you use your receivers throttle.

    Hang out on the web page long enough and you can get a one time offer of $65.13.

  • Don't see the point. If you really want it cheap, there are the HK/RCTimer APM 2.5 clones and the Ublox 6 Neo. So you end up paying like 30$ more. Still, if you can, support 3DR so that they can develop more cool stuff.

  • I do not see motor output. Does it mean I have to set up failsafe with about 60% of motor on? Wow, it is very safe when you turn off radio with plane powered up on the ground :-P

  • Thanks for posting that. Looks a bit bulky and heavy but if it works like advertised it will be a steal for many. Has anyone a review of that thing or personal experience?

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    R_Lefebvre, you take it up in manual mode, flip it into stabilized mode, tune it up until it gets the shakes, and then downtune it.  It's actually easier than APM if you don't have the telemetry radio.

  • indeed, junk it is.
    It doesn't even have throttle control. This means if you use a cheaper (or old) receiver without programmable failsafe, the autopilot's failsafe return to home won't trigger. Result is a flyaway.
    In the video the guy claims it has stall detection. I wonder how they do it without an airspeed sensor. (magic?)

  • What junk! Plus it's scary that thy're developed for the 'inexperienced user' to setup but who doesn't really know how to fly it or where to fly it. An accident waiting to happen.

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     I wonder why they did'nt put a receiver in there and be done with it! That's 1/3 the price of an FMA Co Pilot back in the day.

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