Welcome to Garage Pilots!

Garage Pilots is a community site dedicated to amateur pilots of multirotor aircraft.  "Multirotor aircraft" include builds of all shapes and sizes: drones, quadcopters, hexacopters, and any copter configuration you can think of.

Our goal is to make getting into this hobby dead simple and hopefully provide a network of like-minded individuals that you can share ideas with, bounce ideas off of, and most importantly, learn from.

We encourage you to sign up and share you build logs through blog posts, participate in the forums by posting and answering questions, or just browse our community at your leisure. We are all "Garage Pilots" at heart and hope you join us on this incredible journey.

***** UPDATE *****

Check out our new GitHub project for 3D printed designs. Our goal with this project is to design useful parts & mods for the multirotor community. We believe in designing quality parts that can be printed and sourced locally instead of ordering from China! If you're interested in contributing then sign up for a free GitHub account and follow the project. 

https://github.com/dbaldwin/garagepilots

If you have any requests for parts or design ideas then post them in our forums:

http://garagepilots.com/forum/categories/3d-printing-multirotor-parts-design-and-requests/listForCategory

Latest Activity

Soumya Sumitra replied to Soumya Sumitra's discussion DSLR Triggerl using Turnigy Receiver Controlled Switch
"Yes Dennis, I tried to trigger by using +5V externally without the Switch, It worked. It was just fine. And so now I want it to trigger it using the Radio. First I have to check my channel, how it passes the signal. "
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Barry Bennett and Johnny Moritz are now friends
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Dennis Baldwin replied to Soumya Sumitra's discussion DSLR Triggerl using Turnigy Receiver Controlled Switch
"That looks okay to me, but let me ask you something about this setup. Are you trying to apply +5V to the shutter pin when the switch is closed?"
Thursday
Brian Martin commented on Dennis Baldwin's blog post 3D Printed Honeycomb Quad w/ FPV Mounts for Camera and TX
"Hey Dennis i finally got some time to play around with the honeycomb quadcopter design (FPV modification).  You mentioned that you were having some vibration issues with the FPV camera.  Take a look a my mods and let me know what you…"
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Terry Mahanna left a comment for Trevor Little
"Howdy partner."
Wednesday
Terry Mahanna posted a status
"I'm developing a sense of humor with all this. The worst part is that I don't even know what I don't know."
Wednesday
Terry Mahanna posted a status
"I actually have to understand what I'm doing. Dohh!"
Wednesday
Terry Mahanna posted a status
"Who knew money wasn't enough. After spending more than $1500 on this quad you'd think I would be closer. What's that you say..."
Wednesday
Terry Mahanna posted a status
"You told me to put in the time to read and understand all of this so I will."
Wednesday
Terry Mahanna posted a status
"I have one gain control knob set up on the F450. your responses suggest that there are multiple gain controls."
Wednesday
Terry Mahanna posted a status
"You said, "Gains should be adjusted until you get smooth flight on all inputs one at a time.""
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Terry Mahanna posted a status
"It may take a bit. Some have said that gain and PID settings are hard to understand even for those that have done this stuff for years."
Wednesday
Terry Mahanna posted a status
"I am trying to read/study about gain settings. (as you suggested Chris) I have PID settings as well to understand."
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Soumya Sumitra posted a discussion

DSLR Triggerl using Turnigy Receiver Controlled Switch

Hello Dennis,Regarding the Turnigy Receiver Controlled Switch, Can I use like this way... I mean the way you showed in youtube, i will connect to the Rx instead directly to a battery. That's a 2.5mm stereo plug. Mine i s Canon 600D.See More
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DSLR Triggerl using Turnigy Receiver Controlled Switch

Started by Soumya Sumitra in Gimbals, Aerial Video and Photography. Last reply by Soumya Sumitra 18 hours ago. 2 Replies

Hello Dennis,Regarding the Turnigy Receiver Controlled Switch, Can I use like this way... I mean the way you showed in youtube, i will connect to the Rx instead directly to a battery. That's a 2.5mm stereo plug. Mine i s Canon 600D.…Continue

Tags: Controlled, Switch, Receiver, Turnigy, Shutter

I welcome help with new F450 build

Started by Terry Mahanna in Getting Your Multirotor Airborne and Maiden Flights. Last reply by Platinum Hobbies on Monday. 11 Replies

Just finished first ever quad build. DJI F450 with all DJI parts...e300 motors and esc, Naza M V2 w/GPS, No extras at this point except aftermarket landing gear with accessory rails. It adds about 100 grams to the OEM landing gear.Maiden flight…Continue

Is PPM worth it on my RX

Started by John R in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by John R on Monday. 2 Replies

I am building a new quad Dji450 frame with apm 2.5 and Turnigy motors with HK esc's. My tx is a Turnigy 9x with djt module (stock firmware)That bit is ok, but I was wondering about the rx, I bought a frsky D8IIR-PLUS but I understand this cant do…Continue

crius multiwii se v 2.5 troubles

Started by Don Dixon in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by Don Dixon Oct 23. 7 Replies

 Ok so here is the probelm i can not the arduino soft ware to load and i cant get multiwii GUI to even see the flight controler. im a total newbe and any help would be greatly appreciated.Continue

Flashing Firmware on Tunigy Plush 30A

Started by John in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Dennis Baldwin Oct 22. 1 Reply

I am confused after searching the web for info on how to do this (if at all) with my ESCs.   Attach photos of each side.   I have read that if they are amtel chip it is not possible.   I cannot find anything out there that looks like mine . .Any…Continue

Naza-M Lite problem

Started by Mike Lomas in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Mike Lomas Oct 21. 9 Replies

Hi guys, Hoping for some insight into a little problem with my Naza Lite.   Here is my setup firstly: Alien 560 Quad, Naza-M Lite with GPS, Afro 30A Simon K ESC's, Turnigy Propdrive 28-30 900kv motors, 5000Mah 4S Nano-tech battery, Turnigy 9XR Tx…Continue

Tags: Lite, Naza-M

Get Hexacopter or Keep Quadcopter?

Started by Regzgz in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by Regzgz Oct 19. 5 Replies

I just had a very bad crash, I lost one propeller and my Quadcopter took a dive from a good 200 ft. Even that I inspect and do my pre-flight every time, is almost impossible to account for a bad propeller. I'm still trying to figure out the extent…Continue

Phantom corkscrews while climbing

Started by Chris Sinclair in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by Platinum Hobbies Oct 16. 1 Reply

My Phantom 1.1.1 has been sitting for about a week and a half due to bad weather. I took it out today and I could tell something was not right I had trouble getting the compass to calibrate yellow/red light flashing alternately. So I recalibrated it…Continue

APM 2.6 pitch goes in reverse

Started by Platinum Hobbies in Getting Your Multirotor Airborne and Maiden Flights. Last reply by Platinum Hobbies Oct 16. 4 Replies

Hi all,As you know I have never liked APM boards but I have 2 so thought I would try to get them air born. My issue is pitch is reversed on APM 2.6.In Mission planner it shows going the right direction, in controller it shows going in right…Continue

Question about monitoring batteries in parallel....

Started by Tim Lunceford in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Tim Lunceford Oct 13. 2 Replies

Hey all,I am wanting to monitor the battery cell voltages on my craft with my Taranis, but in order to do so I need the FLVSS voltage monitor.  I understand that it monitors voltages etc via the balance plug, but my question is, how do I monitor all…Continue

 
 
 

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Custom Transport Case for your Drone!

Posted by Brian Martin on October 25, 2014 at 11:51pm 0 Comments

Hey guys i finally finished my custom transport case for my quad check it out and let me know what you think?

Full Blog:  http://vantagepointrc.blogspot.com

Thanks,

Brian…

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3D Printed Honeycomb Quad w/ FPV Mounts for Camera and TX

Posted by Dennis Baldwin on October 22, 2014 at 9:43pm 3 Comments

This is a work in progress that I plan on posting to Thingiverse when I get some of the kinks worked out. Here is the original design that doesn't have any FPV gear on it:

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:463579

Lately I've been experimenting with making it more modular so you can plug in a mount for an FPV camera and transmitter. Right now I'm using a Sony board cam for FPV (PZ0420) and Boscam TS351 TX with…

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MultiWii Flip 1.5 PIDs for Mini Quadcopter

Posted by Dennis Baldwin on October 20, 2014 at 9:59am 0 Comments

I wanted to share the gains I'm using for my mini quadcopter with a MultiWii Flip 1.5 board. This is the frame I'm flying with. It's about 230mm diagonally from motor-to-motor:

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:463579

Here are the gains from the MultiWii GUI:…

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The MiniAPM with GPS

Posted by Larry Ahee on October 8, 2014 at 7:16pm 2 Comments

Does anyone know if the The MiniAPM with GPS will work with a airplane?

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