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

John Cammilleri posted a discussion
3 hours ago
B.Fun replied to B.Fun's discussion APM Voltage Problem...
"He Jonathan, LiPos don't like low temps, you should keep them warm before you fly. When did you get your APM from Banggood? "
21 hours ago
Matthew Gooch replied to Bert Lexington's discussion Radio
"FrSky Taranis, can't beat it for the price with the amount of features and custom ability it has."
yesterday
Matthew Gooch is now a member of Garage Pilots
yesterday
Mark Nyman replied to Louis Wise's discussion Pixhawk goes green but will not left off ground
"http://diydrones.com/forum/topics/pixhawk-bad-accel-health-apm-3-2-collecting-data?id=705844%3ATopic%3A1853847&page=3#comments Hi Louis, I came across this in DIY forums and it may be of some help, it is possible that you may have 2 issue's…"
yesterday
Dennis Baldwin replied to John Cammilleri's discussion Naza lite , Taranis plus and calibration
"You can upload here into the forums. Above the text box where you enter your message you should see a image icon to the right of the "LINK" icon. Select the image and then upload it. Let me know if you have any problems."
Wednesday
John Cammilleri replied to John Cammilleri's discussion Naza lite , Taranis plus and calibration
"Thanks Dennis i will try and send the window that keeps popping up. Where can I send it?"
Wednesday
Thomas Cramer replied to Thomas Cramer's discussion setting up cc3d "atom" on blackout mini quad
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Tuesday
Thomas Cramer replied to Thomas Cramer's discussion setting up cc3d "atom" on blackout mini quad
"I ended up using only signal wires and just power and ground from one ESC. I made a harness with one end a servo lead and the other a JRT SH 4 pin connector using only 3 wires to match the servo cable. The CC3D wiki has pretty detailed instructions…"
Tuesday
Dennis Baldwin replied to John Cammilleri's discussion Naza lite , Taranis plus and calibration
"What error are you seeing? From the NAZA manual: Motors Start failure caused by TX stick(s) mid point error too big: If the TX stick(s) mid point error is too big, Motors Start will fail when you execute the Combination Stick Commands (CSC) and lead…"
Monday
Louis Wise and Mark Nyman are now friends
Monday
ElDuderino replied to John Cammilleri's discussion Naza lite , Taranis plus and calibration
"If the Naza assistant is asking you to calibrate it's most likely referring to calibration of the Naza FC. This is found under the Tools menu tab. Sometimes mine takes quite a while to be ready to calibrate so if you let it sit there plugged in…"
Monday
Profile IconElDuderino and Brian Dean Tjarks joined Garage Pilots
Monday
John Cammilleri replied to Chuck Ruggles's discussion Naza Lite no response to Flysky th9x
"Hope i dont have to replace my Naza."
Monday
Louis Wise replied to Chuck Ruggles's discussion Naza Lite no response to Flysky th9x
"Chuck, glad to hear that. After replacing my NAZA Lite this weekend I'm ready to go also. I did have to do a little more work because my old NAZA had a combined BEC and LED, the new one came with two units, the LED with USB input and a BEC I…"
Monday
Chuck Ruggles replied to Chuck Ruggles's discussion Naza Lite no response to Flysky th9x
"I erased/deleted everything Naza and started all over and was able to get through the set-up. "
Monday

Forum

APM Voltage Problem...

Started by B.Fun in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by B.Fun 21 hours ago. 6 Replies

Well, I bought an APM "2.8" from Banggood. I know...China! But at $48 I just couldn’t resist giving it a try to see if it would deliver. Well, as it turns out, it’s done pretty well except for one problem and a couple of little caveats. But I’ll…Continue

Tags: Voltage, Controller, Flight, FC, APM

Radio

Started by Bert Lexington in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by Matthew Gooch yesterday. 1 Reply

How's everyone doing, question ...what's transmitter and  receiver will  gives me the most bang for the buck. I never thought getting in to this hobby would cost so much...lol, but I really like it. Kind a in my blood now.Continue

Pixhawk goes green but will not left off ground

Started by Louis Wise in Getting Your Multirotor Airborne and Maiden Flights. Last reply by Mark Nyman yesterday. 18 Replies

I upgraded my 3DR 2014 quad's Pixhawk software to version 3.2 and boy am I having problems. I finally have it calibrated but now it will not fly. I connect the battery and it goes through setup, finds GPS sats and gives me the Green LED.  I arm it…Continue

Tags: props, PixHawk

Naza lite , Taranis plus and calibration

Started by John Cammilleri in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by Dennis Baldwin on Wednesday. 4 Replies

I having trouble setting up my quad with my Taranis plus , Naza Lite, Afro 30 amp escs and sunny sky motors. Naza assistant keeps telling me to calibrate my tx before I can go on with the set up. Ive been calibrating but no luck.   Help please !Continue

setting up cc3d "atom" on blackout mini quad

Started by Thomas Cramer in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Thomas Cramer on Tuesday. 4 Replies

I'm using a cc3d atom F.C. on my blackout mini set up. I don't have any experience with open pilot or cc3d. I noticed that on the wiki page for cc3d power connection it says..."If you power the flight controller through the servo connectors…Continue

Tags: atom, cc3d

Naza Lite no response to Flysky th9x

Started by Chuck Ruggles in Getting Your Multirotor Airborne and Maiden Flights. Last reply by John Cammilleri on Monday. 21 Replies

  Hey everyone,     I have been/am building a Turnigy Herculez 500 with DJI 2212 920 kv motors, ZTW 40 amp spider opto esc's, Naza Lite with gps, Flysky th9x tx and Flysky, Flysky fs R9B rx.  I am able to bind tx & rx but that's all the response…Continue

3dr apm 2.6

Started by Tom Carter in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by renoflash on Saturday. 1 Reply

I have been using my APM 2.6 for a while now. however a major problem has now arisen. Gyros and Accelerometer are not sending any data to mission planner therefore I cannot re-calibrate the accelerometer the live data shows nothing happening even…Continue

3DR Radio Telemetry

Started by Vitor Dallasta in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Vitor Dallasta Feb 18. 6 Replies

Well guys, I recently got a chinese telemetry for my APM 2.6 and it came with only USB output. It has a FTDI chip attached to the main board.I'm having trouble in finding information on how to connect it to a JY-MCU bluetooth module, as I was…Continue

Tags: bluetooth, jy-mcu, quadcopter, apm, 3dr

No go Ardupilot Tri

Started by Ivor Nathan in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by Ivor Nathan Feb 17. 6 Replies

Hi all.Nearly finished my tricopter with Hk frame and components.Using a Ardupilot 2.6, with power module, turnigy 9 radio and setup as per Ardu specs,ie, using only 1 pos neg and program for both input and output.Not quite sure where to go from…Continue

Tags: turnigy9, go, no, Arduopilot

 
 
 

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Blog Posts

Radio question

Posted by Bert Lexington on February 19, 2015 at 4:46pm 1 Comment

 I bought the Naza  M Lite and have a question, can I use a Aerosky transmitter and receiver   with the Naza or does it need to be  a Spectrum ? I'm getting mixed Information about this. please help thanks.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Posted by B.Fun on January 1, 2015 at 9:13pm 8 Comments

CZMIL LiDAR China Flight

Posted by Brian Martin on December 30, 2014 at 2:15am 8 Comments

Its no drone but this is the Optech Teledyne Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging LiDAR (CZMIL).  Its capable of clear water depth penetration up to 80 meters.  It was designed to simultaneously generate 3D imagery of the beach and shallow water seafloor.

The video shows a night flight where you can clearly see the green laser firing from the belly of the…

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Cats have flying dreams too!

Posted by B.Fun on December 27, 2014 at 3:25pm 1 Comment

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