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

John R posted a discussion

Is PPM worth it on my RX

I am building a new quad Dji450 frame with apm 2.5 and Turnigy motors with HK esc's. My tx is a Turnigy 9x with djt module (stock firmware)That bit is ok, but I was wondering about the rx, I bought a frsky D8IIR-PLUS but I understand this cant do PPM and if I wanted to use PPM I would need a D8R-XP.Due to space available and getting things neat (the apm will be on the top plate) I thought PPM would be best, but apart from sorting out the rats nest of cables is there any real advantage to PPM…See More
14 hours ago
Don Dixon replied to Don Dixon's discussion crius multiwii se v 2.5 troubles
"Ok so I ran the diagnostics you recommended then tried to fire up the quad. No luck so far. Here is what I have tried so far. I went in to device manager and plugged in my quad and saw usb serial port (com 4) come on line clicked on properties…"
20 hours ago
Louis Wise liked Dennis Baldwin's page Retailers
20 hours ago
Don Dixon replied to Don Dixon's discussion crius multiwii se v 2.5 troubles
" I'll give that a try and get back to you thanks."
23 hours ago
Dennis Baldwin replied to Don Dixon's discussion crius multiwii se v 2.5 troubles
"No problem at all. That's why this community exists, so we can help each other out. Before you get too far into this I would make sure you see your USB device listed in Windows. That would be the first step IMO. If you're seeing the board…"
yesterday
Dennis Baldwin posted a blog post

3D Printed Honeycomb Quad w/ FPV Mounts for Camera and TX

This is a work in progress that I plan on posting to Thingiverse when I get some of the kinks worked out. Here is the original design that doesn't have any FPV gear on it:http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:463579Lately I've been experimenting with making it more modular so you can plug in a mount for an FPV camera and transmitter. Right now I'm using a Sony board cam for FPV (PZ0420) and Boscam TS351 TX with cloverleaf antenna.…See More
yesterday
Dennis Baldwin replied to John's discussion Flashing Firmware on Tunigy Plush 30A
"From my understanding it is possible to flash the atmel chip with SimonK. Go here and scroll down: https://github.com/sim-/tgy I looked into this a couple of years ago and decided it was a better option for me to purchase ESCs with SimonK already…"
yesterday
Don Dixon replied to Don Dixon's discussion crius multiwii se v 2.5 troubles
"First let me say thank you for your help. I have been trying to resolve this for months. I go to you tube,multiwii and arduino many other sites to look for help. My win. operating system is Vista. I will check the link out that you sent me…"
Wednesday
Mike Lomas replied to Mike Lomas's discussion Naza-M Lite problem
"Hey guys,  well it looks as though I have the problem sorted now.Trouble is I'm not exactly sure what I did to rectify it!? I have replaced all the bullet connectors with a power distribution board & soldered every connection, but I…"
Wednesday
Dennis Baldwin replied to Don Dixon's discussion crius multiwii se v 2.5 troubles
"You didn't mention what version of Windows so I'm going to assume it's fairly recent. To me it sounds like you either have cable or driver issue. Since cable issues are generally less frequent then I'll assume it's a driver…"
Tuesday
Steve Brown is now a member of Garage Pilots
Tuesday
Don Dixon replied to Don Dixon's discussion crius multiwii se v 2.5 troubles
"My operating system is Windows and GUI is Mw-WinGUI-2.1  "
Monday
Dennis Baldwin posted a blog post

MultiWii Flip 1.5 PIDs for Mini Quadcopter

I wanted to share the gains I'm using for my mini quadcopter with a MultiWii Flip 1.5 board. This is the frame I'm flying with. It's about 230mm diagonally from motor-to-motor:http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:463579Here are the gains from the MultiWii GUI:…See More
Monday
Platinum Hobbies commented on Barry Bennett's blog post No Arming
"I was thinking it could be the usb cord bad since the software is not recognizing the copter. I don't know if I can get face time on my ipad I will have to check. When you start up the copter the led light should go through a bunch of…"
Sunday
Regzgz replied to Regzgz's discussion Get Hexacopter or Keep Quadcopter?
"Thank you for sharing the info, I have decided to move on to the Hexa and will be building it soon, some parts are still on the way. Very good recommendations on the props, will try the Graupner props."
Sunday
Rahul is now a member of Garage Pilots
Sunday

Forum

Is PPM worth it on my RX

Started by John R in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions 14 hours ago. 0 Replies

I am building a new quad Dji450 frame with apm 2.5 and Turnigy motors with HK esc's. My tx is a Turnigy 9x with djt module (stock firmware)That bit is ok, but I was wondering about the rx, I bought a frsky D8IIR-PLUS but I understand this cant do…Continue

crius multiwii se v 2.5 troubles

Started by Don Dixon in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by Don Dixon 20 hours ago. 7 Replies

 Ok so here is the probelm i can not the arduino soft ware to load and i cant get multiwii GUI to even see the flight controler. im a total newbe and any help would be greatly appreciated.Continue

Flashing Firmware on Tunigy Plush 30A

Started by John in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Dennis Baldwin yesterday. 1 Reply

I am confused after searching the web for info on how to do this (if at all) with my ESCs.   Attach photos of each side.   I have read that if they are amtel chip it is not possible.   I cannot find anything out there that looks like mine . .Any…Continue

Naza-M Lite problem

Started by Mike Lomas in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Mike Lomas on Wednesday. 9 Replies

Hi guys, Hoping for some insight into a little problem with my Naza Lite.   Here is my setup firstly: Alien 560 Quad, Naza-M Lite with GPS, Afro 30A Simon K ESC's, Turnigy Propdrive 28-30 900kv motors, 5000Mah 4S Nano-tech battery, Turnigy 9XR Tx…Continue

Tags: Lite, Naza-M

Get Hexacopter or Keep Quadcopter?

Started by Regzgz in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by Regzgz on Sunday. 5 Replies

I just had a very bad crash, I lost one propeller and my Quadcopter took a dive from a good 200 ft. Even that I inspect and do my pre-flight every time, is almost impossible to account for a bad propeller. I'm still trying to figure out the extent…Continue

Phantom corkscrews while climbing

Started by Chris Sinclair in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by Platinum Hobbies Oct 16. 1 Reply

My Phantom 1.1.1 has been sitting for about a week and a half due to bad weather. I took it out today and I could tell something was not right I had trouble getting the compass to calibrate yellow/red light flashing alternately. So I recalibrated it…Continue

APM 2.6 pitch goes in reverse

Started by Platinum Hobbies in Getting Your Multirotor Airborne and Maiden Flights. Last reply by Platinum Hobbies Oct 16. 4 Replies

Hi all,As you know I have never liked APM boards but I have 2 so thought I would try to get them air born. My issue is pitch is reversed on APM 2.6.In Mission planner it shows going the right direction, in controller it shows going in right…Continue

Question about monitoring batteries in parallel....

Started by Tim Lunceford in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Tim Lunceford Oct 13. 2 Replies

Hey all,I am wanting to monitor the battery cell voltages on my craft with my Taranis, but in order to do so I need the FLVSS voltage monitor.  I understand that it monitors voltages etc via the balance plug, but my question is, how do I monitor all…Continue

3DR Pixhawk

Started by Larry Ahee in FPV Setup and Configuration. Last reply by Larry Ahee Oct 12. 2 Replies

Is there some one out there that has a video on setting up a 3DR Pixhawk? I'm going to set it up on a airplane the FPV Raptor, with a Taranis radio. and can you use a Ipad?Continue

Tags: radio, Taranis, Pixhawk, 3DR

DJI Naza Lite Loiter Issues

Started by Tom Davis in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Louis Wise Oct 12. 6 Replies

I have the naza lite installed on a tbs disco all dji esc's motors and props standard build nothing fancy.I have had loiter issues from the first flight, drifting, toilet bowling,near flyaways,etc. Some days better than others but all in all not…Continue

 
 
 

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Blog Posts

3D Printed Honeycomb Quad w/ FPV Mounts for Camera and TX

Posted by Dennis Baldwin on October 22, 2014 at 9:43pm 0 Comments

This is a work in progress that I plan on posting to Thingiverse when I get some of the kinks worked out. Here is the original design that doesn't have any FPV gear on it:

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:463579

Lately I've been experimenting with making it more modular so you can plug in a mount for an FPV camera and transmitter. Right now I'm using a Sony board cam for FPV (PZ0420) and Boscam TS351 TX with…

Continue

MultiWii Flip 1.5 PIDs for Mini Quadcopter

Posted by Dennis Baldwin on October 20, 2014 at 9:59am 0 Comments

I wanted to share the gains I'm using for my mini quadcopter with a MultiWii Flip 1.5 board. This is the frame I'm flying with. It's about 230mm diagonally from motor-to-motor:

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:463579

Here are the gains from the MultiWii GUI:…

Continue

The MiniAPM with GPS

Posted by Larry Ahee on October 8, 2014 at 7:16pm 2 Comments

Does anyone know if the The MiniAPM with GPS will work with a airplane?

Quadcopter Canopy Review by AerialGP

Posted by Luke Aventino on October 2, 2014 at 12:42am 3 Comments

Hey guys, 

What a week we are having up here! we just received this amazing review from the AerialGP guys.

They are developing a nice series of circuits to race down in L.A, different classes and sizes and they put a couple of the Canopies we developed and if you have seen any of the developments here at the garage, you will understand how excited I am and would like to share with you.

here's the video!

Enjoy!…

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