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

Donald W. Jacobson replied to Dan Fishter's discussion WTF NAZA M V2 Control issue
"I have had intermittent fly aways, I noticed that when I plug in the battery, if it starts to boot up and I don't continue to connect completely, and any break in connection while connecting, I will have a very interesting flight. I will be…"
8 hours ago
Donald W. Jacobson posted a status
"On the subject of camera gimbals, buy cheap, if you crash you will appreciate the advice, I have 6 broken gimbals from numerous crashes."
8 hours ago
Donald W. Jacobson posted a status
"A split second disconnect while connecting gives me a very interesting roller coaster flight, usually ending in a crash."
8 hours ago
Donald W. Jacobson posted a status
"My 2nd problem Naza V2 flyaway. It seems it happens if I have a split second cut in power as I connect the battery."
8 hours ago
Donald W. Jacobson posted a status
"Motor failure, solved, (I hope), I was using screws that were too long, they contacted the motor windings, shorting them out from vibration."
8 hours ago
nikiforos replied to B.Fun's discussion APM Voltage Problem...
"hi there i have the exact same problem with my apm 2.6 bought from banggood in summer of 2014.i power the apm,gps,telemetry,minimosd,receiver, from a power module which give me a stable 5,3v output.no jp1 jumper installed. the problem is that the…"
yesterday
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Risto55 replied to B.Fun's discussion AeroSky Motors?
"Hey Bfun, those motors do look interesting and those are pretty good prices.  I've been searching too, but can't find any other info either. Are you thinking about them for your Disco or a new build?"
Wednesday
Ivor Nathan replied to Ivor Nathan's discussion No go Ardupilot Tri
"Will try the new Neo 6M when it comes and let you know how it goes. Also might look at the Nexus 7..."
Wednesday
aidan quill replied to aidan quill's discussion HELP!!! radio problems
"I've programmed it according to the video which said I was finished after I tested the output of the motors and saved everything. During the programming the motors worked so that's not the problem but I don't know anything about what…"
Wednesday
Louis Wise replied to aidan quill's discussion HELP!!! radio problems
"Aidan, I don't fly a CC3D FC, but others here do. Hope they comment soon to help you. But if you could give a little more information I know it will help. Did the motors spin up? Did the quad flip over? Could you tell if the FC and/or radio…"
Wednesday
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Tuesday
aidan quill posted a discussion

HELP!!! radio problems

hello, i really need help with my quadcopter, this is my first build and i've had few troubles until now. i followed the website myfirstdrone.com and followed all of the instructions, my problem is after i finished programming the drone according to the video i tried to fly it but nothing happened, is there something im not doing right or a certain thing im skipping? im using a CC3D as my flight controller and a turnigy 9x as the radio, everything went well up until i "finished programming"…See More
Monday
Louis Wise replied to Ivor Nathan's discussion No go Ardupilot Tri
"Yes. That is one item that always works. I use it with a MacBook Air laptop running Mac OS and I purchased a Nexus 7 tablet and run DroidPlamner on it. I Velcro the radio to the back of the tablet. Very compact. But not all Android tablets work as…"
Monday
Profile IconAdam Chiu, 2peng and Russ Martinez joined Garage Pilots
Monday
Ivor Nathan replied to Ivor Nathan's discussion No go Ardupilot Tri
"Will give it a go. Have you had any luck setting up the mavlink ground and air station telemetry thingy? "
Monday

Forum

WTF NAZA M V2 Control issue

Started by Dan Fishter in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Donald W. Jacobson 8 hours ago. 2 Replies

Been having random control issues with my naza v2.I have a discovery looking home build quad with 4 TBS ESCs, 750kv century motors with 12x6 props controlled by a 3 month old NAZA MV2. Have the newest firmware and when flying, I'm always walking…Continue

APM Voltage Problem...

Started by B.Fun in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by nikiforos yesterday. 18 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

AeroSky Motors?

Started by B.Fun in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Risto55 on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Does anyone have experience with AeroSky motors?  They look interesting, but I can't find any published performance data or reviews on them from hobbypartz.com/XHeli.com or elsewhere. I would be interested to hear some feedback.…Continue

No go Ardupilot Tri

Started by Ivor Nathan in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by Ivor Nathan on Wednesday. 14 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

HELP!!! radio problems

Started by aidan quill in Getting Your Multirotor Airborne and Maiden Flights. Last reply by aidan quill on Wednesday. 2 Replies

hello, i really need help with my quadcopter, this is my first build and i've had few troubles until now. i followed the website myfirstdrone.com and followed all of the instructions, my problem is after i finished programming the drone according to…Continue

QAV540G Pixhawk alexmoss gimbal setup

Started by Phil Horner in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions on Sunday. 0 Replies

Hi all, can someone please help?I have a QAV540G with the standard Alexmoss gimbal setup. F/C is a Pixhawk clone with an EZUHF 8ch LR RX. I've had to use one of the AUX outputs on the "Pixhawk" to manually alter the pitch of the gimbal using the…Continue

Tags: gimbal, Pixhawk, QAV540G

Pixhawk goes green but will not left off ground

Started by Louis Wise in Getting Your Multirotor Airborne and Maiden Flights. Last reply by Phil Horner on Sunday. 26 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

qav 400 flips over

Started by christopher gannon in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions on Sunday. 0 Replies

built a qav 400 with a CC3D flight controller and now when I start to fly it it just flips itself end over end or to one side or the other. not really sure what to do here please help thanks.Continue

Unable to arm ardu 2.6 GPS prob

Started by Ivor Nathan in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions Mar 16. 0 Replies

I think it might be a gps issue. I have only 3 satellites at the moment. I know I will have to setup outside but are thereparams I need to adjust to improve this?Continue

Naza lite , Taranis plus and calibration

Started by John Cammilleri in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by John Cammilleri Mar 15. 19 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

 
 
 

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T960 build

Posted by Jaime Castillo on March 16, 2015 at 9:32am 2 Comments

Building a Hex Tarot T960, Naza-M v2, Multistar 4010 x 6, Multistar 45 OPTO x 6, Taranis -Plus/X8R. No issues at the moment but I'm  an amateur pilot.. I'll be posting.

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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