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

Deon Dufour is now a member of Garage Pilots
1 hour ago
Michael replied to Mario Andres Ulloa Figueroa's discussion APM 2.5 Hexa problems
"Re-reading your original post, it is possible you may be missing a step. -- with throttle at 100% connect the lipo then disconnect lipo ((this tells the apm that at next power-up you want to cal the esc's). With throttle still at 100% reconnect…"
5 hours ago
Mario Andres Ulloa Figueroa replied to Mario Andres Ulloa Figueroa's discussion APM 2.5 Hexa problems
"thanks michael, but i still have the same problem. with one ESC connected to the APM board in the outputs i connect the Lipo Battery to the ESC and APM. in that moment with the throttle in the minimum the ESC start sound with a beep beep beep (all…"
6 hours ago
Dennis Baldwin replied to Mario Andres Ulloa Figueroa's discussion APM 2.5 Hexa problems
"In addition to Michael's suggestion have you tried calibrating each of the ESCs individually outside of the APM? That's normally how I do mine since it's one of the first things I do before I start connecting to my flight controller."
yesterday
Dennis Baldwin commented on Luke Aventino's blog post The Canopy is officially out!
"Good stuff, Luke! I know a couple of guys that would be interested in this. I'm going to let them know. Congrats on the release and hope you sell a ton of them."
yesterday
Platinum Hobbies replied to David Tarry's discussion Newbie struggling to get his Naza lite to accept manual mode for calibration?
"Sorry for the delay been working on a massiv build! This should help you.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mXNIM1LHeg "
Sunday
John Link updated their profile
Sunday
Profile IconJohn Link and Howard Longpre joined Garage Pilots
Sunday
Michael replied to Jeff Kubacz's discussion APM 2.5 compass question
"I'm not familiar with the KK boards. I hear they work well. I've just always stuck with the arducopter stuff (apm/pixhawk). Here is my latest build (my little boy added they Lego stuff so I thought a quick video was in order :) …"
Friday
Jeff Kubacz replied to Jeff Kubacz's discussion APM 2.5 compass question
"Thanks for your offer Micheal. I have put my apm 2.5.2 aside for a larger build project. I  built a 250 class quad and installed the KK 2.1.5 board. The problem I am having is that every time I supply power to the board it goes into…"
Aug 21
Profile IconBruno Lobo and Mike Lichfield joined Garage Pilots
Aug 21
Luke Aventino commented on Luke Aventino's blog post The Canopy is officially out!
"The canopies are available now with free shipping! http://www.hoverallrc.com/collections/spare-parts/products/r500-canopy"
Aug 20
Luke Aventino commented on Luke Aventino's blog post The Canopy is officially out!
"Thanks guys! Yes Dennis, it would fit the TBS Disco! "
Aug 20
Michael replied to Jeff Kubacz's discussion APM 2.5 compass question
"Hello Jeff. I have two apm 2.5.2's with the internal compass disabled (one on a quad and one on a tri). Also just received a RTFHawk (Pixhawk clone) to try. I'm not an expert, but if you have any questions feel free to send them my way."
Aug 20
Michael replied to Mario Andres Ulloa Figueroa's discussion APM 2.5 Hexa problems
"Hello Mario. When you brought the throttle to minimum, did you wait for the esc's to beep before disconnecting the battery? If it worked correctly: once you bring the throttle to minimum and the esc's beep, you should be able to increase…"
Aug 20
john nazareth posted a discussion

expert help required for quad

Hi i new into quad , after spending almost 4 months learning here invested into 2nd hand quad from rcindia itselfthe following is already done 450 framehobby king 30amp esc. turnigy D2836 motors10 x 5 props2200mah 11.1 lipoamp 2.5 (hextronix)gpsavionics 7xoff course the covering in plastic to protect the apm ( not shown in picture)on fitting the above and connecting the following is observedapm red and green light flickerswhat should be done?awaiting your help in taking off thank you in…See More
Aug 19

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APM 2.5 Hexa problems

Started by Mario Andres Ulloa Figueroa in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Michael 5 hours ago. 4 Replies

Hi everyone, i'm building up a Hexacopter with a APM 2.5, ESC turnigy trust 45A SBEC, motors Rimfire .25, RC futaba T10chg 2.4g fasst and a Reciever Orange RX fasst. frame is Tarot FY 680.My problem is with the calibration of the ESC, i found a…Continue

Newbie struggling to get his Naza lite to accept manual mode for calibration?

Started by David Tarry in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by Platinum Hobbies on Sunday. 30 Replies

Hi I am new to the hobby and have a TBS discovery (Ebay) with a Turnigy TGY9X and would like to know how to calibrate the compass. I have the system on my mac and can toggle the modes between GPS, Atti and Failsafe though cannot change failsafe to…Continue

APM 2.5 compass question

Started by Jeff Kubacz in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by Michael on Friday. 7 Replies

If I understand correctly the APM 2.5 has a built in compass. The APM 2.6 uses an external compass to help keep the compass away from electrical interference. Is it possible to disable the internal compass on the APM 2.5 and plug in an external…Continue

expert help required for quad

Started by john nazareth in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions Aug 19. 0 Replies

Hi i new into quad , after spending almost 4 months learning here invested into 2nd hand quad from rcindia itselfthe following is already done 450 framehobby king 30amp esc. turnigy D2836 motors10 x 5 props2200mah 11.1 lipoamp 2.5…Continue

Setting Gear switch as Forced Failsafe on a Turnigy TGY9x

Started by David Tarry in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions Aug 18. 0 Replies

Hi I found a video which explains how to assign the gear switch as the forced failsafe leaving the three toggle switch for GPS - Atti - Manual which means i can calibrate the compass easily. However the TX channel no that i need to change in the aux…Continue

GoodLuckBuy Gimbal arrived today

Started by James Powell in Gimbals, Aerial Video and Photography. Last reply by Chris Sinclair Aug 18. 114 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

APM 2.5 Hexarotor

Started by Mario Andres Ulloa Figueroa in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions Aug 15. 0 Replies

Hi everyone, i'm building up a Hexacopter with a APM 2.5, ESC turnigy trust 45A SBEC, motors Rimfire .25, RC futaba T10chg 2.4g fasst and a Reciever Orange RX fasst. frame is Tarot FY 680.My problem is with the calibration of the ESC, i found a…Continue

See-thru Glass Quadcopter!

Started by Peter Ha in Getting Your Multirotor Airborne and Maiden Flights. Last reply by Peter Ha Aug 15. 4 Replies

Decades ago, I remember watching TV show "Wonder Woman" who flew a 'glass-airplane."…Continue

Tags: quadcopter

Still no progress :(

Started by Pat Smith in Getting Your Multirotor Airborne and Maiden Flights. Last reply by Platinum Hobbies Aug 14. 12 Replies

Hello everyone! I'm coming to you guys to see if you could help me with getting my drone airborne. I have a F450 quad with a DJI naza lite with Dji 30 opto and dji motors and I'm using a dx5e with AR500 receiver. The wall I keep hitting is in dji…Continue

 
 
 

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Fast Reconstructing a 3D Environment using a Multi-Rotor

Posted by Chad Netto on August 13, 2014 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

This was a test using a small unmanned aerial system sUAS to create a 3d image. Im using an APM 2.6 mounted on a Y6 Hexacopter. The images were captured with a GoPro3 with a 2 axis gimbal.  The camera was set to take a picture every 2 seconds and I used 20 images from the flight to create the following. The images were uploaded to Autodesk 123d Catch for the point cloud reconstruction and 3d model construction. This process took a total of 7 minutes…

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Las Vegas Drone and FPV Club

Posted by Platinum Hobbies on August 9, 2014 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

We have launched a much needed club in Las Vegas NV called the Las Vegas Drone and FPV Club!

All people are welcome no fees no requirements except operating safely! 

Our goal is to to educate the community on what drones are and how safe and helpful they can be!

We will offer our services free of charge to local search and rescue operations!

We will meet once a week on the outskirts of town away from people and buildings!

We will…

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The Canopy is officially out!

Posted by Luke Aventino on August 8, 2014 at 12:44am 5 Comments

Today I can officially say our first original product is out! And it's just the beginning.

I don't know how many of you followed our developing process here at the garage. Today, we have our supplies ready, our machine is working perfectly and out first models in the air.

I put together a…

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DJI S900 Has been revealed and soon in stock!

Posted by Platinum Hobbies on August 7, 2014 at 9:00pm 2 Comments

 DJI is about to release the DJI S900!

Available for pre order at www.info@platinumhobbies.com Expected ship date early September!

Prices start at 1,400.00 with free shipping in the lower 48!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aC9Z7-Qxwk

Frame only kit $1.400.00…

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