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

Dennis Baldwin commented on Brian Martin's blog post Custom Modified H-quad Design
"Brian, I really dig the all black frame and like how you found a way to incorporate the Tarot gimbal. Not to mention the DJI arms. I'd love to see a build breakdown when you get around to it. Thanks for sharing."
42 minutes ago
Dennis Baldwin replied to David D's discussion Issues with Aerosky H100
"From what I can tell your PIDs look okay. They may be a little on the high side but go with whatever works for you. What do you know about the firmware you installed? Is there any documentation related to the changes he made to it? Aside from…"
46 minutes ago
Brian Martin replied to Tim Lunceford's discussion Question about NazaV2 and Taranis Failsafe....
"Tim Are you using sbus with the Taranis? Do you have the GPS, Atti, and Manual modes set up on a separate 3-way switch? So my understanding is that you have or want to set up a master FS switch that will send the system into FS mode on your command…"
1 hour ago
Tim Lunceford posted a discussion

Question about NazaV2 and Taranis Failsafe....

Hey all, I am about to finish up my build and I am wondering whether or not I will need to do anything special to the failsafe menu on the Taranis other than get the failsafe enabled on the NazaV2. Right now, I have the failsafe assigned to the SF switch and that switch position is called when the receiver is triggered to go into failsafe. Do I need to do anything to the throttle or anything like that, or do I have everything that I need to have automatic failsafe setup? Right now it works…See More
5 hours ago
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5 hours ago
Luke Aventino commented on Luke Aventino's blog post A close look at the MINION - Mini H QUad
"Thanks Dennis! The Naze, for now, only with the kits, we make no money of it, we just want to complete our kit and make it easier for you guys to start building. Time cop doesn't give you a huge discount unless you are ordering massive amounts…"
20 hours ago
Henrik commented on Henrik's blog post Mini quadcopter build.
"Hi Dennis. I have not found any icon or button of any kind. /Henke"
22 hours ago
renoflash updated their profile
yesterday
Dennis Baldwin commented on Luke Aventino's blog post A close look at the MINION - Mini H QUad
"That looks so good! Quick question....do you not offer the Naze32 on its own? I'd love to order one but didn't see it listed under the flight controllers section of the site. Thanks for sharing this. "
yesterday
Dennis Baldwin commented on Henrik's blog post Mini quadcopter build.
"Very nice. I'll be looking forward to the maiden. For future reference if you want to upload photos there's a little image icon right above the box you type your message into. It's the 2nd from the left. Maybe you're not seeing…"
yesterday
Howard Longpre posted a blog post

arming problem

hi I'm howard - new to this group. I have built my own quad,-- problem-- can't get it to arm. I can get it to bind however. parts list: turnigy 980 kv, motors  kk2.1 flight control,  Qbrain 4 in 1 esc,  orange 6 channel receiver, spectrum dx5e xmitter(from my blade 350 quad)I have programed the esc 's using a turnigy programing card. I have gone thru all the programing steps for the kk2.1 board(some steps I could not get to work)the blade 350 does not allow arming unless you are at least 15…See More
yesterday
Andrew Alfano posted a discussion

MultiWii SE HELP!!!!

I recently purchased a MultiWii SE board for a quadcopter and when i plug in the motors they do there start up jingle but i have no throttle responseI am unsure of what i have to do to make the multiwii work this is for a school project any help is amazingSee More
yesterday
Terry Mahanna posted a discussion

I welcome help with new F450 build

Just finished first ever quad build. DJI F450 with all DJI parts...e300 motors and esc, Naza M V2 w/GPS, No extras at this point except aftermarket landing gear with accessory rails. It adds about 100 grams to the OEM landing gear.Maiden flight yesterday. It went up but had little to no power. Would not gain more than a few meters of altitude on attitude mode. It had a little more power in manual. Based on what little I know it is woefully inadequate power compared to everything else I've seen…See More
yesterday
Terry Mahanna posted a status
"Not sure where to go from here. Definitely not enough knowledge to troubleshoot."
yesterday
Terry Mahanna posted a status
"I just finished my first quad build (F450, all DJI stuff). Had a maiden flight yesterday that was good and bad. low to not enough power."
yesterday
Terry Mahanna posted a status
"Attended a few weeks ago at the dry lake bed. Very friendly group. All very knowledgeable and way above me. Im not sure I fit."
yesterday

Forum

Issues with Aerosky H100

Started by David D in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by Dennis Baldwin 46 minutes ago. 1 Reply

Hi guys! I am a new quad pilot and I need some help. I posted this over at rcdiscuss.com and haven't had any luck getting some help.I bought an H100 RTF and had the same flip to the back left issue as others. After reading numerous forum posts and…Continue

Question about NazaV2 and Taranis Failsafe....

Started by Tim Lunceford in Getting Your Multirotor Airborne and Maiden Flights. Last reply by Brian Martin 1 hour ago. 1 Reply

Hey all, I am about to finish up my build and I am wondering whether or not I will need to do anything special to the failsafe menu on the Taranis other than get the failsafe enabled on the NazaV2. Right now, I have the failsafe assigned to the SF…Continue

MultiWii SE HELP!!!!

Started by Andrew Alfano in Getting Your Multirotor Airborne and Maiden Flights yesterday. 0 Replies

I recently purchased a MultiWii SE board for a quadcopter and when i plug in the motors they do there start up jingle but i have no throttle responseI am unsure of what i have to do to make the multiwii work this is for a school project any help is…Continue

Tags: School, Help, MultiWii

I welcome help with new F450 build

Started by Terry Mahanna in Getting Your Multirotor Airborne and Maiden Flights yesterday. 0 Replies

Just finished first ever quad build. DJI F450 with all DJI parts...e300 motors and esc, Naza M V2 w/GPS, No extras at this point except aftermarket landing gear with accessory rails. It adds about 100 grams to the OEM landing gear.Maiden flight…Continue

Turnigy 9x and Whitespy Flip 1.5

Started by Cole Haddad in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Dennis Baldwin Sep 14. 3 Replies

Hello, I recently got my Flip 1.5 in the mail to replace my KK2 FC. I am trying to set up the board but I cannot arm my board. I have been into the MultiWiiConf configuration and it does not show any movement from my sticks. I have tried looking up…Continue

Be Aware

Started by Rich Wilson in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by Dennis Baldwin Sep 14. 2 Replies

  Garagepilots users BE AWARE there is a person under the name of Mrs. Stella Kwale is Phishing for victims using the Jawa Earthquake Scam. These people are not to be trusted. Just look it up on any reputable search engine. Beware of…Continue

Tags: paradise, in, Fraud

Drone repairs

Started by Kevin isaacs in FPV Setup and Configuration Sep 14. 0 Replies

Hey my name is Kevin I just wane know do you guys do repairs on dji phantom drones I have 3 that needs sum work dun to them and if so can you pls. Let me know thanks

Introducing Dronetrotter.com

Started by Dronetrotter.com in Gimbals, Aerial Video and Photography. Last reply by Dronetrotter.com Sep 11. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,I just recently joined the forum and am already looking forward to some great discussions with you guys.I am the founder of Dronetrotter.com (…Continue

need help with naza m 2 and turnigy 9x with open 9x FW

Started by jimmy gray in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by jimmy gray Aug 30. 10 Replies

i am setting up the naza m v2 with the turnigy 9x/frsky module on my dji f550.so far i have been able to assign the only 3 position switch to atti, gps and failsafe. now i am faced with a stumbling block. to enable ioc, course lock and home lock…Continue

APM 2.5 Hexa problems

Started by Mario Andres Ulloa Figueroa in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Mario Andres Ulloa Figueroa Aug 28. 5 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

 
 
 

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Blog Posts

arming problem

Posted by Howard Longpre on September 22, 2014 at 5:32pm 0 Comments

hi I'm howard - new to this group. I have built my own quad,-- problem-- can't get it to arm. I can get it to bind however. parts list: turnigy 980 kv, motors  kk2.1 flight control,  Qbrain 4 in 1 esc,  orange 6 channel receiver, spectrum dx5e xmitter(from my blade 350 quad)

I have programed the esc 's using a turnigy programing card. I have gone thru all the programing steps for the kk2.1 board(some steps I could not get to work)

the blade 350 does not allow arming unless you…

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Modified H-quad Design Continued...(second flight)

Posted by Brian Martin on September 21, 2014 at 1:43am 0 Comments

Hey guys this is just an update to my progress with the modified h-quad design.  So far she flies beautifully, very stable and responsive.  I set up my controller to adjust the gains in flight and i will try to experiment tomorrow if i have time.

Check out this video of the h-frame in flight!!!

http://youtu.be/rDb2Ptb5rBE

Below are some pictures of the thermal characteristics of the quad after a flight.…

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A close look at the MINION - Mini H QUad

Posted by Luke Aventino on September 19, 2014 at 3:21pm 3 Comments

Hey guys,

I just wanted to share a video showing a Minion build.

Mini quads are undeniably a trend and this is a great option if you are looking into quad racing and flying into tight spots.

I hope you…

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Custom Modified H-quad Design

Posted by Brian Martin on September 17, 2014 at 10:45pm 4 Comments

Hey guys i just finished up my custom quad build.  Let me know if you are interested and i will post a complete build blog.  Maiden flight went great!  Now i just need to fine tune the gains, and better characterize the flight dynamics.…

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