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

Chuck Ruggles replied to Chuck Ruggles's discussion Noobie with an Aerosky H100
"B. Fun,    I took my H1oo down to Hobby depot, they said they don't work on that type of quad.  He was trying to sell me a Phantom. I was thinking of  getting a Naza system and a different Radio.  Dude at Hobby…"
7 hours ago
Chuck Ruggles replied to Chuck Ruggles's discussion Noobie with an Aerosky H100
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7 hours ago
Barry Bennett posted a blog post

Taranis with FrSky D4R-II and NAZE32 no arming

I was able to find the stick positions for the NAZE32 Full flight controller to arm the motors. The FrSky D4R-II Rx is bound to the Taranis Tx and I tested the function by hooking up a servo and it worked. This is a simple configuration with the FrSky D4R-II, the NAZE32, 4 10amp SimonK ESCs, and 4 SunnySky 2300Kv motors. When I try to arm nothing happens. The Baseflight software  allows me to spin the motors and see the stick movements but cannot get the arm to spin motors. Any ideas.See More
10 hours ago
B.Fun replied to Chuck Ruggles's discussion Noobie with an Aerosky H100
"Chuck, you’re very welcome. I don’t feel like I had much to offer, but hope it helped. If your antenna looks damaged then it could just be that your receiver is not receiving. That’s where I would start troubleshooting anyway if…"
yesterday
B.Fun commented on Frederic Peter Pochinko's status
"Hi Frederic, I was just warning another new member last night who's post I was responding to. I had an attempt made on me after joining too (they deliberately target new members) and have seen a few of these guys trolling here from time to…"
yesterday
Frederic Peter Pochinko posted a status
"Alert Abraham Akim is a scammer tryng to tell me he has several million dollars to give me because of some bulshit story"
yesterday
Chuck Ruggles replied to Chuck Ruggles's discussion Noobie with an Aerosky H100
"Hey B.Fun thanks for your reply.  I will look a little deeper.  I did see what appears to be an excess amount of burn right at the electronic piece at the antenna wire in the receiver.  Thanks for the heads up about Mr.…"
yesterday
B.Fun replied to Chuck Ruggles's discussion Noobie with an Aerosky H100
"Hello Chuck, Welcome to Garage Pilots. Sorry to hear you are having a frustrating experience with your new quad. Not the preferred way to start a new hobby. If it is any consolation, I’m sure most of us have been there at one time or another…"
Monday
Chuck Ruggles posted a discussion

Noobie with an Aerosky H100

Hello everyone My name is Chuck,  I am as new as you can get to this hobby and this site, very excited about flying quadcopters and glad to be a member of Garage Pilots.   After spending not enough time learning to fly on a small quad I bought an Aerosky H100 RTF.  It was not setup right.  I was going to try and configure it with the help of Dennis Baldwins youtube video but I couldn't get my PC to launch the app.  I took the H100 back and got it replaced.  When I flew it for the 1st time…See More
Monday
Mark A updated their profile
Monday
Thierry BEAU replied to Roby's discussion Brushless Gimbal board type?
"A clean video showing how to calibrate ACC   6 position is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNrUNJOb4tY enjoy"
Saturday
Thierry BEAU replied to Roby's discussion Brushless Gimbal board type?
"Hi Roby, I have got mine last week; the same as yours. This sBGC is a 8 bits alexmas controller. Install the usb driver for the 8 bits board here http://www.silabs.com/products/mcu/Pages/USBtoUARTBridgeVCPDrivers.aspx More info and download here…"
Saturday
Thierry BEAU left a comment for Thierry BEAU
"you can contact me via my personal email thbau@gmail.com.  B rgds Thierry "
Saturday
Błażej Szajrych commented on Dennis Baldwin's page DIY Mini Quadcopter w/ 3D Printed Frame
"Hey,I'm attempting to build one of these. I have some questions: How long does it fly with the 800mA battery? What do you think - how much more capacity (size+weight) battery can this "guy" take without a meaningfull impact on the…"
Dec 12
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Dec 12
B.Fun replied to mrock's discussion FrSky L9R sbus setup help
"Mrock, Here are a couple of photos of my current setup and an older one that shows nav lights a little better.  In the first photo you can see the cable from the Sbus port of the RX running under and up into the front of my APM flight…"
Dec 11

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Noobie with an Aerosky H100

Started by Chuck Ruggles in Getting Your Multirotor Airborne and Maiden Flights. Last reply by Chuck Ruggles 7 hours ago. 5 Replies

Hello everyone My name is Chuck,  I am as new as you can get to this hobby and this site, very excited about flying quadcopters and glad to be a member of Garage Pilots.   After spending not enough time learning to fly on a small quad I bought an…Continue

Brushless Gimbal board type?

Started by Roby in Gimbals, Aerial Video and Photography. Last reply by Thierry BEAU on Saturday. 7 Replies

First of all sorry if I'm posting this in the wrong forum but I need a little help or somebody who can point me in the right direction.I'm very much a newbie on the whole multirotor 'world' and I just got one of those Gopro brushless gimbals that…Continue

FrSky L9R sbus setup help

Started by mrock in Getting Your Multirotor Airborne and Maiden Flights. Last reply by B.Fun Dec 11. 6 Replies

Hello!I ran into this site looking for help on understanding how sbus works on my Disco Pro using the L9R reciever.   I've been scouring the web and Dennis Baldwin has some great…Continue

Tags: lights, L9R, taranis, sbus

WTF NAZA M V2 Control issue

Started by Dan Fishter in Multirotor Electronics Dec 8. 0 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

KK2.1 flyaway - beware-

Started by Anatoly Vizitiu in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions Dec 8. 0 Replies

Had a small quad with KK2.1 which flew away yesterday. As soon as I armed KK2.1 it went into full throttle and disappeared overhead into the clouds. Never seen the quad coming down. Did not respond to shutting the radio down. Checked the throttle…Continue

Diversity For First FPV Project?

Started by Stefan Dessalines in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by Platinum Hobbies Dec 2. 3 Replies

Hey Everyone. I'm brand new to this forum. So first let me say greetings from Los Angeles. I've been flying RC planes for about 1 1/2 years now and want to transition into FPV. I'm going the quadcopter route.I'm going in low end just to get my feet…Continue

two and three toggled switches

Started by Mike Hanna in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by Platinum Hobbies Dec 2. 1 Reply

Greetings All  Hope you all have a safe and wonderful holiday season                                                         I have a question can a Trunigy TGY 9X transmitter with the 9XBC receiver and the Naza autopilot have a 3 toggled switch for…Continue

Taranis usb programmer

Started by jimmy gray in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by jimmy gray Nov 25. 18 Replies

 i need a little help.which is the correct USB programmer for the taranis.i seem to be selecting the wrong one each time and i get this message .Started AVRDUDEC:/Program Files (x86)/companion9x/avrdude.exe -c usbasp -p m2560 -U…Continue

What happens when you connect all switched ESC BECs to your flight controller

Started by Anatoly Vizitiu in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions Nov 25. 0 Replies

Recently I found out the hard way what happens when you connect all 4 switched ESC BECs to your Naze32 flight controller.  I was flying this quad for many hours with this setup and no issues, until the one  of the motor had to stop.  I was testing…Continue

H Quad electrical connections plans

Started by Hampus in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Hampus Nov 24. 1 Reply

Hello,I'm building my first quad and started thinking about the electrical side of things.I've seen a lot of different versions and most seem to use a serie circuit but I've seen some that (seems) to use a parallel circuit.See attached, what should…Continue

 
 
 

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Taranis with FrSky D4R-II and NAZE32 no arming

Posted by Barry Bennett on December 17, 2014 at 4:22pm 0 Comments

I was able to find the stick positions for the NAZE32 Full flight controller to arm the motors. The FrSky D4R-II Rx is bound to the Taranis Tx and I tested the function by hooking up a servo and it worked. This is a simple configuration with the FrSky D4R-II, the NAZE32, 4 10amp SimonK ESCs, and 4 SunnySky 2300Kv motors. When I try to arm nothing happens. The Baseflight software  allows me to spin the motors and see the stick movements but cannot get the arm to spin motors. Any ideas.

Jumpy and distorted FPV

Posted by Barry Bennett on November 30, 2014 at 6:03pm 1 Comment

I am having trouble getting a clear video from my FPV system. The components are:

RC305 5.8 Rx

TS5823 5.8 200Mw Tx

5.8GHz Circular Polarized Antenna RP-SMA

The Rx is set to channel 5 as is the Tx. The video is wavy and distorted Any suggestions? Thank you for…

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The Santa Drone Finally Takes Flight!!!

Posted by Brian Martin on November 29, 2014 at 10:43pm 1 Comment

Santa Claus is really embracing technology ;-)  Move over Amazon!!

http://youtu.be/AiUusoWqmNU?list=UUl5iixHauezcEZAmYsFzU-g

Let me know what you think of this one.

Brian

QAV400 - Build & FPV Maiden with the Fatshark Dominator V2's - APM 2.6

Posted by Ashley Leung on November 11, 2014 at 2:00am 0 Comments

Hi guys, 



Thought i'd share my latest build with you, I bought this frame after Dennis confirmed how easy it was to separate the clean and dirty section of this frame as my purpose is to try take this around the world with me in January.  

Since then I have fallen in love with this frame as it is super portable, robust and flies so well.  This was my first experience using the googles which absolutely blew my mind, i've been wanting to fly like…

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