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

Andrew Frasca replied to Andrew Frasca's discussion Multiwii Pro and QBrain ECS
"Here's a shot of the WIP. An entry level FPV system is also on its way. Hopefully I have enough motor/thrust. It's getting heavy!"
5 hours ago
Andrew Frasca replied to Andrew Frasca's discussion Multiwii Pro and QBrain ECS
"Making progress... Got a 3DR Quad frame in the mail today. Still need to neaten things up, but it's coming together."
6 hours ago
Jim Lacoss is now a member of Garage Pilots
6 hours ago
Don Adamson replied to James Powell's discussion GoodLuckBuy Gimbal arrived today
"I had one just like that and got two flights out of it , then there was a fire. Ended up opting for the more costly Zenmuse."
yesterday
Don Adamson is now a member of Garage Pilots
yesterday
Andrew Frasca replied to Andrew Frasca's discussion Multiwii Pro and QBrain ECS
"Thanks, Dennis. I don't know that I fully understand why, but it is all working!!! I've got full control from the Taranis through the X8R and all the motors respond... I did mess a bit with the min/max throttle settings in order to get the…"
yesterday
Dennis Baldwin commented on Ashley Leung's blog post Tarot 650 - APM 2.6 - 2-axis gimbal - Outdoor Maiden Flight
"Ashley, wow that footage looks super-stable. Are you liking the 330kV over the 690kV motors? It looks like that may have done the trick. But you're right....man those 330s are crazy expensive! Keep us updated as your setup is really starting to…"
Monday
Dennis Baldwin replied to Andrew Frasca's discussion Multiwii Pro and QBrain ECS
"I'm pretty sure you're thinking sound. At least I agree with your assessment. One thing to check is a few constant variables in the config.h file. I believe there's one called MINTHROTTLE. You need to make sure that isn't…"
Monday
Profile IconJeremy Reitman, Shakilkumar and Doogie joined Garage Pilots
Monday
Andrew Frasca replied to Andrew Frasca's discussion Multiwii Pro and QBrain ECS
"Well, I figured out my power to the receiver issue, just an idiot oversight on my part! With regards to the PWM/PPM, however, I do still have a question.  When I connect the Multiwii Pro to my computer, while the ESC as well as the receiver are…"
Monday
Wisnu Hanapie replied to Wisnu Hanapie's discussion Newbie: Bought Aerosky c6 and ran into alota problems
"Hi Dennis, thanks for the reply. I am not sure if I calibrated the ESCs is that part of the 2 things I clicked in the GUI? I know i calibrated the acc and something else in the GUI. These are the ones I have on mine:…"
Monday
Dennis Baldwin replied to Wisnu Hanapie's discussion Newbie: Bought Aerosky c6 and ran into alota problems
"Hi Wisnu, Can you give some more background on how you set this up? Did you calibrate all your ESCs? Are you flying in any of the level modes (Horizon or Angle)? Also, when you installed the firmware did you make sure to uncomment the proper IMU…"
Sunday
Andrew Frasca replied to Andrew Frasca's discussion Multiwii Pro and QBrain ECS
"Awesome - thank you Dennis!  I'm going to check all my wiring and make sure it is correct with your instructions. One other thing - I have an X8R receiver, which I think I've learned is a PWM type, but the Multiwii Pro is a PPM type,…"
Sunday
Doogie left a comment for Pete Schultze
"Pete, I also have a 9xr with flip 1.5. Got some questions. Think you can help?"
Sunday
Dennis Baldwin replied to Andrew Frasca's discussion Multiwii Pro and QBrain ECS
"Andrew, good question and I had the exact same issue when setting up the QBrain with my APM 2.5. At first I thought I had everything wired up correctly and the came to the realization it was wrong. It definitely takes some getting used to when…"
Sunday
Dennis Baldwin commented on Peter Ha's status
"I think you'll really like your decision. The TBS was my second quad and I enjoyed every second of flying it. I never had the TBS Core, but have read good things about it. Please keep us posted on your progress!"
Sunday

Forum

Multiwii Pro and QBrain ECS

Started by Andrew Frasca in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Andrew Frasca 5 hours ago. 7 Replies

Hello Everyone,I am building up my first QuadX with a Multiwii Pro and the QBrain ECS.  I've tried to find an answer to this question, but I can't seem to come up with it.  I have a QuadX config, so the motor layout (from above) for Multiwii Pro…Continue

GoodLuckBuy Gimbal arrived today

Started by James Powell in Gimbals, Aerial Video and Photography. Last reply by Don Adamson yesterday. 112 Replies

Well it arrived today in a box in an envelope. I go the one for the dji phantom as it looked to be the most compact. I ordered it less than ten days ago, I must say, I am fairly impressed with the speed at which they shipped it. It comes with…Continue

Newbie: Bought Aerosky c6 and ran into alota problems

Started by Wisnu Hanapie in Getting Your Multirotor Airborne and Maiden Flights. Last reply by Wisnu Hanapie on Monday. 2 Replies

I bought a quad from xheli.comThis particular one:http://www.xheli.com/05h106-quad-c6-carbon-rtf-24g.htmlWell its been troublesome getting it airborne. I went thru Dennis' video…Continue

Unexplained crash

Started by Martin Ouellette in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Donald W. Jacobson on Saturday. 3 Replies

Hi,After flew a lot with my custom quad, since 1 month I just have problem.In a last discussion I talked about peak vibration.…Continue

Tags: apm2.5, apm, crash

MultiWii + Mac

Started by Robert Conrad in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by Dennis Baldwin Jul 16. 8 Replies

How do I upload a Sketch to my MultiWii from my Mac.Continue

Turnigy 9x/ Frsky 9x Throttle moves U port on NAZA

Started by Platinum Hobbies in Getting Your Multirotor Airborne and Maiden Flights. Last reply by Dennis Baldwin Jul 15. 3 Replies

So I was setting up a new model on the 9x and I can not fiqure out why all of a sudden the throttle is moving the Uport/ GPS 3 position switch.When I give it throttle the uport moves as well moving it from GPS to failsafe and back as I raise the…Continue

setting up auto level on a dx6i

Started by Jerry Monshor in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Jerry Monshor Jul 14. 2 Replies

trying to set up auto level on my new dx6i and i can't find anything on you tube.  I want to use the gear switch.  I'm using a KK2.1.5 board.  any help? Continue

erractic motor rpm

Started by Joe Macripo in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Joe Macripo Jul 14. 2 Replies

I have a quad that is using a multwii board with gps.....I had a mid air with another quad and my quad fell to the ground from only about 10 feet...everything works except when i go to hover or fly the quad my motors seem to be jumping up and down…Continue

For Sale Apm Gear

Started by jimmy gray in For sale, trade, and deals Jul 12. 0 Replies

After trying the kk2.0 and the APM 2.5 the following are now for sale:APM 2.5 modified to disable on board compass.power module for APM3dr telemetry radiosminimOSD ,with telemetry cable so it works with the 3dr telemetry radiosUblox Gps with…Continue

ESC CONNECTIONS

Started by Mario Albarillo in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by Platinum Hobbies Jul 11. 1 Reply

If I'm using Turnigy Flush ESC with BEC, is it necessary to disable the power lead from the 3 ESCs out of the set of 4? Can I just use  them as they are without alterations? I'm using the KK2.1.5 flight controller.ThanksContinue

 
 
 

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Blog Posts

DIY Mini Quad V2

Posted by Dennis Baldwin on July 9, 2014 at 3:43pm 0 Comments

Just posted to the latest progress on the mini quad. I hope to have a build log soon. Thanks for all the suggestions.

thank you dennis for the info on the taranis but i went a diffrent route

Posted by christopher harris on July 7, 2014 at 3:01pm 3 Comments

hi , Dennis i got the devo 12 and im up ,programmed and flying ,thanx for lall your help bro i really do appreciate it.or touch screen is very cool  and eight  2 and 3 way switches 45 three and 3 twoway .the 4 sliders on side are great as well as two knobs.all wrapped up in a very sturdy polished aluminum case.it was a breeze to set up w naza lite and mv2.im keeping the new spektrum 6 because it has a setting for multirotors but ima put the dx7s on here for trade or sell.thank u for…

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Tarot 650 - APM 2.6 - 2-axis gimbal - Outdoor Maiden Flight

Posted by Ashley Leung on June 15, 2014 at 5:30am 8 Comments

Hi guys, 

Since my last build I have been working on the APM 2.6 on the Tarot 650 quad frame - Wow the APM is just another level - got everything else working but still a lot of tweaking to do with auto pilot flight modes etc but for now just testing the mechanics. Here is some test footage I shot on Friday :…

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Mini quadcopter build.

Posted by Henrik on June 6, 2014 at 11:35am 3 Comments

Hi everyone.

Soon i will begin building my first miniquad.

I have just ordered a cnc cut frame from a guy on a another forum.
The plans come from untestedprototype.com.

Maybe u heard of it?

Props and frsky receiver is on its way from hobbyking.

More blogs to follow.....

http://untestedprototype.com/2012/10/simple-mini-quad-plans/

/henke.

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