Complete Guide To APM2.5 Ardupilot V3.0.1 Setup For F450 Quadcopter Flamewheel Or F550 Hexacopter




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Marcus Keeler: It's interesting this video is 36 minutes long. A similar setup video for a Naza would be probably 4 minutes long and the thing would work perfectly afterward unlike the random results from this open source POS

stephen newman-whitworth: hi peter simple question what is the difference between the ardu pilot and the hk pilot mega ? doing a search for setups takes me to the same place everytime ? help

Juan Esteban Jaramillo: Hey Peter, I've been watching your videos and It has really helped me to get my f450 in the air. I'm having 2 problems right now with my build, when I put my gopro and my tarot gimbal the quad struggles to mantain altitude, and no matter what I do I can't get rid of small yaw oscillations on my videos. I'm using your F450 PIDs btw

giorgos arab: hi very nice video where can i find your price lists?

Alexander Dumbhead: Hi Peter, When I plug my battery into my quad, it emits three short beeps, and then one long beep. What does this mean?

rabone1963: here you go bud have a look at this APM 2 5 flight board you can make this

Johnny Chang: Hi Peter, I've tried your setups for the 680pro, but only 4 motors span when I raised the throttle. The motors and escs are fine. What is the problem? By the way, Do you have the Pids for the 680pro on your google docs? I'm stuck. Please help me.

beaver2206: Great Vid. I am taking notes! I cannot see the Parameters file you mention in your google docs folder. Will this work for a Tarrot 650 frame? Thanks

MrTaz0079: You mention fastex, have you got any more information please. 

MrCorby4: Everything moves but the throttle indicator. throttle input proved to be bad. However just when i was about to give up,I discovered a setting all the way down near the bottom of the advanced parameter list to change throttle input channel. I re mapped channel 3 to channel 8 . calibrated radio and presto, throttle moves as well as ch 8 indicator. So i loose a function but i can continue set up.All motors working. YAY ! New info for all forums.

Philip Price: I have been flying mine for over a week on dead cat setup works great...using taranis for controller .....next step a bixler with apm....`Big thanks Peter will send you a couple of pint via paypal the very least I can do.

Stentoumis C: Dear sir Please let me know which update Is the most accurate and up to date

carlos eduardo: HI PETER, NICE VIDEO I'M USING IN MY 720 MM HEXA: APM 2.5, LAST M.P .VER 3.1, AX 4008D 680 KV MOTORS, HK 60 AMP ESC OPTO, 13-4,7 carbon mixed SF PROPS, 8400 MAH 4S BATTERY TOTAL FLIGHT WEIGHT 2,4 KGM WITH GIMBAL (LESS CAMERA) I MADE ALL THE PROCEDURES YOU DID IN THE VIDEO, BUT IN FLIGHT THE HEXA IS VERY UNSTABLE, AND IS VERY RESPONSIVE (I THINK TOO MUCH), SOMETIMES GO CRAZY AND TH LANDING IS VERY DIFFICULT, I THINK ALL THE PID SETTINGS ARE NOT GOOD FOR THE MOTOR POWER, (THEY HAVE A LOT OF POWER) I THINK I NEED ALL THEESE POWER TO LIFT THIS WEIGHT (3,5 KGM WITH CANON CAMERA) , AND HERE IN BOGOTA WE ARE 8000 FEET, (2.600 METERS OVER SEA LEVEL). CAN YOU HELP ME TO FIND THE CORRECT PID SETTINGS FOR THIS CONFIGURATION? THE ALT HOLD AND LOITER SETTINGS TOO? THANKS FOR YOUR TIME (sorry for my english)

pedz2010: Hi peter im about to order the spider kit but it says * "F450 Spider (like TBS) Quadcopter frame with camera mount (All Black)" is not available in the requested quantity. 1 of the items will be backordered Do you not have that in stock at the moment? 

DAVE NORTH: hi peter could you help me please.I am trying to connect my APM 2.6 to mission planner.i have selected correct com port.it will download firmware.but when i try to connect to mavlink,it stoped at "got param RC6-TRIM".i figuered that one out by pluging in my gps + compass.but now it keeps stopping at," got param RC10-TRIM". i have tried hundreds of times to connect.but no joy.Hope you can HELP thx Dave

Henry Lee: Hi Peter, many thanks for taking the effort to make this video. I just bought my first quad with apm . It's definitely not easy BUT after watching yr video, it's seriously not that bad. I have a query though. I m using dsx9 or x9303. I could only manage to get 5 flight modes out of radio 5. Any suggestions on how I can get 6 modes or am I stuck owing to the hardware limitations of this old transmitter? Thanks again for the hard work put in.

Tick C: Does this work with APM2.6 also?

GeekSpot: Hello there, thanx a lot for the video. I'm still a beginner, so i've got a newbie question: Why do we need to use that Radio Control, can't we make the APM fully Autonomous? Without any RC's? 

al h: Have just set up my arducopter using this guide. I watched it twice - once before starting and during my set up. Took my machine out for maiden just now - Hovered on the spot +/- 1m in breezy conditions for entire battery on loiter mode. Cant thank you enough for your guidance. Al.

mat green: Ok apm cost about 100 quid for every thing. Naza lite, very basic 180 quid approx and no where near the features of apm

Ron Merigold: Hi Peter great video. I was planning on using the quad ESC for my build. You mentioned that the bec in the esc's generate allot of noise for the Ardupilot. Have you had any experience with the Q brain quad esc and it's bec? The whole esc unit would mount near the Ardupilot.

MrMiguu1: Lol, cables transferring vibration... how about making a real APM than can handle the 4x BEC..

Alexander Dumbhead: Hello again, Peter! After following your instructions and answers to my questions, I have finally successfully put my F450 in the air (stabilize mode)! Thanks for all the help! However, there are still some things that are quite unclear to me, for instance: 。When I put my quad in Loiter mode, it starts bobbing up and down quite violently, losing, and then regaining altitude, which almost every time, ends in a crash. Any Idea what might be causing this problem? 。Another weird fact about my quad is that when I put it through the setup "compassmot", it indicates as only 1%. Is this normal? 

MrTaz0079: Is it possible to do every part of this set up using the 3DR Telemetry Kit instead of using the USB or only parts??

MrCorby4: Thank you for all your help . without this video I would have had a much harder time. I have had a few successful flights so far.But I have another problem. When I hit RTL it comes back but does not land . It just hovers over launch point about 40ft high.Have you ever had this happen? All RTL settings are set correctly I believe. I've tried 3 times and always got the same result. Thanks,Rich

Philip Price: Just followed you video step by step really easy to understand replaced my naza m v-2 with apm 2.6...only thing i couldn't calibrate was the qbrain esc throttle with my taranis otherwise pretty slight forward a big thanks...I just couldn't get the red amber blue...but reboot osx and recycled apm and everything now sweet..thanks....going to look at your tarains setup next 

Stentoumis C: dear sir Thank you for your time and your applies I ve tried ESC calibration and the throttle response was perfect.After arming APM the problem still exist no sitable response. Any advice,?

Tick C: i didn't think you could plug in the apm to your computer and the Battery at the same time .... ? thanks for the video... Great help

Alexander Dumbhead: thanks you Peter for the awesome video, however, when I try to arm my quad by pulling the throttle to the right, it doesn't work. Any suggestions? Btw, I use a DX6i.

Philip Price: Hi is this the same instruction for your new dead cat model? The spider FPV

MrCorby4: Well followed all directions , I'm using DX7S But no matter what i do i cant get the throttle indicator to move during radio calibration process. Motor test wont work either , but i'm guessing that's because its not seeing the throttle. Any ideas as to what i'm missing.

Stentoumis C: Dear sir I had a ppm encoder update to apm and still no suitable response to my motors when I arm it they start to spin in low speed and when push forward the throttle takes 2-3 sec to response In the calibration in mission planner all looks perfect. Please advice . Maybe the remote system or esc??

george g: very useful info.

Akbar Akbari: proper British setting!

SuperDoroto: Hi Peter I did what you said 3.1 beta firmware from Mission Planner and my 3.1 tuned params file in my x copter but I get this message prearm: acro_bal_roll/pitch How can I fix it sorry for my english (google translate) greetings Toon

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patrick douglas: I find your videos very good technically and easy to follow. Earlier this year I purchased an APM 2.6 to mount on a tri6copter I will be assembling in 2014; I already have the APM 2.5 installed on a 3Drobotics hexcopter. I find the software easy to use and the APM 2.5 is an awesome autopilot. Keep up the great work you do and thanks for those helpful videos.

MrCorby4: Hi Peter I see that you have the battery connected along with the usb power . Is the jumper in place on the motor side of the board? I'm a little nervous plugging 2 sources at the same time.I don't want to see any smoke. I'm pretty sure they're in parallel though. Thanks Rich

Alexander Dumbhead: When I switch off my transmitter, the PWM jumps from 1099 to 1612. How do I solve this problem?

Stentoumis C: dear sir Please let me know if you ever had a problem in radio reaction to throttle I use a futaba T6EX .I move forward throttle and the controller reacts after 5 sec. Please advice

al h: Have just finished mounting the brushless gimbal you supplied - works so well! check out this video of a short flight: Arducopter 2.6 - gimbal stabilised footage Although not used in this video it has an amazing loiter - seems not to move at all! 

DAVE NORTH: well it just does not seem to work its been driving me mad.looks like ill have to buy one off you next week.thanks again for your help.

Cismas Alexandru: Hi Peter, I have a frame just like yours. I am doing the exact same steps, but my quad is not working the only think i can control at it is throtle. Also nothing from the PID controling meaning the stabilization . Tell me what i am missing. I am trying to make this for someone if i will succeed i will take more quads and i will take it from your shop . REspectfully alex.

Travis Elliott: This tutorial was awesome my quad flies just like yours. I'm going to upgrade to carbon props should I run 8" or 10" for the dii f450 with 30 amp simonk esc with 920kv motors looking for stable video not stunts.

Rolf Varga: Good day sir.I have a problem with a throotle,when i arming end giw a ful throotle the motors go up 20% immediately,not enough turn to take of the qwadcopter. Sorry for the bad English

rob bailey: Hi do you know if the parameters you have set work with a HJ X-450 MWC X-Mode frame and APM2.6 instead of 2.5? Thanks

DraveMotions: before you put the apm on, whas the quad fully assembled? if i plan to mount the apm, what should i not connect and leave to be modified(used as apm input/output) on the regular f450?

mehmood jafri: i have uploaded the firmware on to the FMU. and then i try to connect it i get the message "cannot connect com 3 access is denied" . can anyone help me with this problem ?

crazypasser: Hi Peter, awesome video, thanks a lot. I have one problem that I can not get enough power to the motors and it does not take off. I tried calibrating escs over and over again like you showed, as well as all other calibrations for remote and acc and compass too... I have upgraded the whole system from kk2.0 to APM 3.1 with gps and telemetry... system was working fine and I was able to fly with the same esc and motors before but now I can't get the same rpm/power to the motors somehow... I tried adjusting throttle amount from turnigy 9x as well as APM pid settings, but no chance... Could you share your opinion ? Thanks a lot in advance... 

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