This is the first official test flight of the on-board ArduPilot autopilot in my Hobby-Lobby Senior Telemaster. The Senior Telemaster is over 62" long, and has a wingspan of 94" while it weighs only 10 1/2 lbs. It is equipped with a FlyCamOne2 light weight 640 x 480 video/still camera capable of being remotely triggered. The autopilot consists of Arduino micro-controller based boards and sensors consisting of the main autopilot "ArduPilot V2", an IMU 6DOF (inertial measurement unit) "ArduIMU+ V2, a differential pressure sensor to tell the autopilot how fast were going and tell us what our battery voltage is "ArduPilot Shield V2",and a GPS unit, to tell the autopilot where it is in 3D, a uBlox 5. With the exception of the "ArduPilot" main board available at, all other autopilot hardwware is available at! The Senior Telemaster and the FlyCamOne2 are available at

In this flight I am testing one of many different flight modes. This is Fly By Wire mode A. Essentially, the ArduPilot in this case maintains commanded bank and pitch angles, constrained to within user programmed maximum values, based on user transmitter stick deflection.

The user programmed values for this flight were 45° maximum bank, +10° to -15° pitch.

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Comment by space_nut on August 21, 2010 at 6:37pm
Thanks for sharing your flight. Great to see you up in the air, finally.

What camera are you using?

Comment by Nathaniel Caner on August 21, 2010 at 6:45pm
Space Nut,

That's a FlyCamOne2 V2 from Hobby-Lobby $79, very easy to use and better than expected quality. It's not HD by any means, but for 640 x 480 not bad!

BTW It's great to be in the air finally, this was my first try at doing any video editing. I'll get better, and probably take shorter videos more topic related than whole flights. I really just wanted to try the whole editing uploading experience. I originally posted it on you-tube, that's why the description looks like I'm describing it to someone who has no idea what they are looking at!

Comment by Curt Olson on August 21, 2010 at 6:49pm
Wow, you have a gorgeous place to fly! Should be spectacular in the fall!!!

Comment by Nathaniel Caner on August 21, 2010 at 7:13pm

Yes it is I am blessed! Believe it or not the leaves have started to turn already. Peek color will probably be in about six weeks! I have time to practice my video technique between now and then.

Thanks for watching,

Best Regards,


Comment by Mark Colwell on August 23, 2010 at 12:27pm
Great video! Nice performance in wind, I liked watching the 2 loitering circles as it fights into the wind. Good landing. Do you plan on sending TM down with Xbee?

Comment by Nathaniel Caner on August 23, 2010 at 6:44pm
Thanks! Yes I do, baby steps! I have the x-bee installed, but I still have a little interference (servo jitter). I'm hoping to add a choke to it or isolate the power, not sure yet. That's going to be in part 2 of my blog post along with the pitot tube installation, and the mod to the uBlox case recommended by Jani, as well as venting the area to the outside.


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