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

Ivor Nathan posted a blog post

Finally working...

Hi Louis, thought I'd give you an update. Got it all working yesterday. Finally twigged, upload software to ground station, can't fire up 57600 until software is loaded, doh!Some fine tuning needed. Having a few compass issues. Will use that other compass you suggested to isolate interferance issues. Will let you know how I go.thks LouisSee More
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May 20
Gareth Love posted a blog post

Trying to upgrade aranis firmware using a mac

Trying to upgrade the software on my taranis from the stock firmware.  Keep getting: No DFU capable USB device found dfu-util 0.7.  I have installed the dfu-util file on my mac...any tips anyone?  Thanks!  GarethSee More
May 17
Gareth Love is now a member of Garage Pilots
May 17
wally krusee is now a member of Garage Pilots
May 15
Zach Sebastian posted a status
"new podcast!…"
May 15
Zach Sebastian posted a discussion

FLight Club is looking for video content- DIY fixes, pilot tips, fails, etc

Hey,I produce Flight Club on EpicTV:http://www.epictv.com/media/podcast/the-new-dji-and-3d-robotics-drones-are-about-to-hit-the-market-%7C-flight-club-news-ep-1/602044I'm looking to connect with pilots who are video makers who can supply us with DIY fixes, Hacks, pilot tips, fails, reviews, whatever. Looking for really cool and relevant content.…See More
May 14
Zach Sebastian posted a status
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May 14
Zach Sebastian posted a status
"I'm the producer of EpicTV's FLIGHT CLUB. Please check it out:"
May 14
Zach Sebastian is now a member of Garage Pilots
May 14
Regzgz posted a blog post

Flying at Stone Mountain

I was over at Stone Mountain lat week and manage to get some good video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F02t9eQtWH8See More
May 14
Douglas J. Marti is now a member of Garage Pilots
May 10
Ben is now a member of Garage Pilots
May 7
Louis Wise replied to Tex Reeves's discussion difficult launch?
"Tex,    One more item, I got this from 3DR tech support. It's for a PixHawk and not a APM 2.6 but maybe you have the same parameter? I couldn't get off the ground because my THR_MAX was set a 80 and not 1000!   Good luck,…"
May 6
Louis Wise replied to Tex Reeves's discussion difficult launch?
"Have you done an ESC calibration directly to the receiver? What it the ESC calibration curve was such that it was very non linear?  "
May 6
Dennis Baldwin commented on Dennis Baldwin's page DIY Mini Quadcopter w/ 3D Printed Frame
"Pete, I guess that's an unintended positive outcome from my laziness. At the point in time when I did the original design I didn't have any motor mount screws so I went the zip-tie route. I've found they hold up really well for these…"
May 6

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F550 flight time?

Started by cpt_hexa in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Donald W. Jacobson May 15. 1 Reply

helloF550  E300  motors +h3-3d+naza v2+ isodmini+fpv+ gopro3 on boardwhich combination will acheive a 10+ min flight timeusing 4s or 3s?? ,mah?  and what "prop?thanksContinue

Tags: h3-3d, flight, time, v2, naza

difficult launch?

Started by Tex Reeves in Getting Your Multirotor Airborne and Maiden Flights. Last reply by Louis Wise May 6. 3 Replies

Hi, a total noob here. We've built a canadadrones version of a 3dr quadcopter (basically 3dr quad body with apm 2.6 and JDrones motors/esc). It seems to fly ok once it is in the air, but it is very difficult to get off the ground, will flip over…Continue

esc throttle high/ low

Started by Jerry in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by Jerry Apr 28. 2 Replies

HELP- my set up t8j,tarot 650 sport,4006/620kv hobby-wing xrotor 40a esc naza m ..calibration throttle-high/low using tx. got all signals motors start up @ mid range and sound good. All set up in naza program look good. When I turn on my tx motors…Continue

Retracts

Started by Dwight Mc Lean in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by Dwight Mc Lean Apr 21. 3 Replies

Hi guys. Does anyone know how to get retracts working on a Quad using Pixhawk? I am using a Taranis radio, with a X8R, Someone told me to use the camera control in Mission Planer. I tried that and all it does is retracts them, but it will not let…Continue

Tarsnis flight modes

Started by Bobby Combs in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by Bobby Combs Apr 17. 8 Replies

Could someone here that has more experience with the Taranis than myself look over my program and see if it would work or be ok to use. Right now I"m having a hard to figuring out what switch would be for what mode.Continue

cc3d + taranis+ ezuhf+ discovery , setup problem

Started by jacklab in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions Apr 16. 0 Replies

Hi, I'm a new member of this site. I found this thanks to your user Dennis Baldwin looking on youtube info to make setup a FC cc3d. Arrival from the model on wheels and I've never flown a UAV until recently. My setup is the following and I would be…Continue

Led srips for quad and how to set up switches to turn on and off .

Started by John Cammilleri in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by John Cammilleri Apr 15. 2 Replies

I have a set of leds attached with the hobby king LED controller unit. Should be simple but having trouble setting switches to turn on and off with my Taranis plus. Im using  S bus setup with the full 16 channels.can someone shine some light ?…Continue

Hexacopter build, problem with throttle not working!

Started by Regzgz in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Regzgz Apr 11. 6 Replies

Hello Garage Pilots,After a long brake due to work, I was able to continue my build and moved from the Quad to an Hexacopter.The build went great but now on the testing face I hit a problem with either the Naza V2 maybe the Receiver, a bit of info…Continue

Tags: Opto, V2, Naza, Hexacopter

No go Ardupilot Tri

Started by Ivor Nathan in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by Louis Wise Apr 3. 16 Replies

Hi all.Nearly finished my tricopter with Hk frame and components.Using a Ardupilot 2.6, with power module, turnigy 9 radio and setup as per Ardu specs,ie, using only 1 pos neg and program for both input and output.Not quite sure where to go from…Continue

Tags: turnigy9, go, no, Arduopilot

 
 
 

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Finally working...

Posted by Ivor Nathan on May 24, 2015 at 5:13pm 0 Comments

Hi Louis, thought I'd give you an update. Got it all working yesterday. Finally twigged, upload software to ground station, can't fire up 57600 until software is loaded, doh!

Some fine tuning needed. Having a few compass issues. Will use that other compass you suggested to isolate interferance issues. 
Will let you know how I go.

thks Louis

Trying to upgrade aranis firmware using a mac

Posted by Gareth Love on May 17, 2015 at 4:43am 0 Comments

Trying to upgrade the software on my taranis from the stock firmware.  

Keep getting: No DFU capable USB device found dfu-util 0.7.  

I have installed the dfu-util file on my mac...any tips anyone?  Thanks!  

Gareth

Flying at Stone Mountain

Posted by Regzgz on May 14, 2015 at 8:41am 0 Comments

I was over at Stone Mountain lat week and manage to get some good video,


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F02t9eQtWH8

PIXHAWK CANNOT CONTROL SPEED

Posted by Dwight Mc Lean on April 12, 2015 at 8:23am 1 Comment

 (PIXHAWK) I AM USING A Taranis RX. I cannot control the speed. THE TROTTLE HAS NO CONTROL. I CHECKED MY SETTING. Do I need a new controller, is this on defected. Why? When I go to right Ail it speeds up and when I go to left it slows down I am talking about the motors. When I engage the throttle the motors only run at the same speed, no matter where the throttle is. Has anyone encountered this problem?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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