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:

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Latest Activity

Risto55 commented on B.Fun's blog post Happy New Year Everyone!
"Just noticed the Escape Pod, lol.  Have you tried a CX-10 motor as a replacement for the dead one?"
22 hours ago
Risto55 commented on Brian Martin's blog post CZMIL LiDAR China Flight
"B Fun, wow, what kind of shark research were you doing?  I take it this was before the days of drones. I surf and I have thought that it would be nice to have my quad watching my back for sharks!"
22 hours ago
elie salim replied to elie salim's discussion help needed
"my problem is i could not program the fly mode on my transmitter. i have tried the aux. see Pict. in red all the possibility and still could not assign a flight mode. can you explain to me step by step how to do it please."
yesterday
Tim Seldon replied to Tim Seldon's discussion programming bluetooth module for wireless telemetry
"yes i did install the drivers. when i run the ls /dev/cu* command i can see it as "/dev/cu.SLAB_USBtoUART" but i dont see the bluetooth module, this is why it is so confusing for me.all lights are on and i can discover it over bluetooth…"
yesterday
elie salim replied to elie salim's discussion help needed
"thank you for helping. i do appreciate it..."
yesterday
Dennis Baldwin replied to Terry Mahanna's discussion DJI 30amp opto esc
"I've read on multiple occasions that the optos don't need flashing...and can't be flashed as you mentioned. I would make sure your quad is level and do the NAZA IMU calibration. This is a pretty common setup so I'm hoping we can…"
yesterday
Dennis Baldwin replied to elie salim's discussion help needed
"I've only used the standard version of er9x, but it appears that the ArduPilot version makes some of the telemetry data available on the TX screen. You can read more here: http://er9x.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/doc/ArduPilotLCDdisplayDoc.pdf Let…"
yesterday
Dennis Baldwin replied to Tim Seldon's discussion programming bluetooth module for wireless telemetry
"I read through the comments on that adapter and it looks like it should work. One comment mentioned the drivers from the SI Labs site. Have you installed them? https://www.silabs.com/products/mcu/Pages/USBtoUARTBridgeVCPDrivers.aspx"
Tuesday
elie salim posted a discussion

help needed

i am a realy new person on this, and i have seen a video on you-tube how to flash turnigy using er9x. but i wanna use my transmitter for a quad copter i am building it my self and it is my 1rst time.i am using t5008 340kv motors. with hobbuwing fun-fly 40ai download the er9x the regular one .  but after i have seen the file  ER9x-ARDUPILOT you think it is the right one that i do have to use it to flash my turnigy for my quad copter. thank you for he;ping me. rightSee More
Tuesday
elie salim is now a member of Garage Pilots
Tuesday
Louis Wise posted a discussion

PixHawk gives "PreArm: Compass not calibrated" message and will not fly

I have a PixHawk in my 2014 3DR Quad.  I upgraded it to vs 3.2 software and have not been able to fly it since that time. I get the double yellow LED blink and the PreArm Compass not calibrated message in AMP Planner. I have done the following:- Done the new mandatory calibrations after installing 3.2 software. When using the external compass I get a Z value of +380 which is out of range of what a good calibration would be. Redid the compass cal 4 or 5 times with the same results.- Disconnected…See More
Monday
Tim Seldon replied to Tim Seldon's discussion programming bluetooth module for wireless telemetry
"no....i get all the same devices showing up as i did before. this is the usb adapter i am using http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009T2ZR6W/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1# is it possible this is not compatible with the HC-06? and…"
Monday
Regzgz and Louis Wise are now friends
Monday
Dennis Baldwin replied to Tim Seldon's discussion programming bluetooth module for wireless telemetry
"Do you happen to see it if you try: ls /dev/tty* Just thinking out loud as I don't have any idea when it's not listed trying /dev/cu*. Let me know and I'll think on it some more."
Monday
Louis Wise posted a discussion

PixHawk gives "PreArm: Compass not calibrated" message and will not fly

I have a PixHawk in my 2014 3DR Quad.  I upgraded it to vs 3.2 software and have not been able to fly it since that time. I get the double yellow LED blink and the PreArm Compass not calibrated message in AMP Planner. I have done the following:- Done the new mandatory calibrations. When using the external compass I get a Z value of +380 which is out of range of what a good calibration would be. Redid the compass cal 4 or 5 times with the same results.- Disconnected the external compass (I2S…See More
Sunday
Louis Wise replied to Dan Marsh's discussion Pixhawk auto flight
"Dan,    I'm not a Pixhawk expert by any means, and I'm having my own problems with my Pixhawk, but have you checked the Flight Mode screen under the Initial setup/Mandatory setup. When I do that I can see when I changes switch…"
Sunday

Forum

help needed

Started by elie salim in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by elie salim yesterday. 3 Replies

i am a realy new person on this, and i have seen a video on you-tube how to flash turnigy using er9x. but i wanna use my transmitter for a quad copter i am building it my self and it is my 1rst time.i am using t5008 340kv motors. with hobbuwing…Continue

programming bluetooth module for wireless telemetry

Started by Tim Seldon in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Tim Seldon yesterday. 6 Replies

hey everyone! i am trying to configure my bluetooth module (HC06) to work with my 3dr telemetry radio on my tablet. i have seen Dennis's videos on how to set everything up and configure it, but for some reason i cant get it to connect to my macbook…Continue

DJI 30amp opto esc

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

I upgraded a Bumblebee ST 550 FC with a Naza Lite and DJI 30 amp ESCs. Now that I have it all put together I can't calibrate the ESCs. After many tries of getting the esc calibrated I now have only two motors that spin at all. Two of the motors…Continue

PixHawk gives "PreArm: Compass not calibrated" message and will not fly

Started by Louis Wise in Multirotor Electronics on Monday. 0 Replies

I have a PixHawk in my 2014 3DR Quad.  I upgraded it to vs 3.2 software and have not been able to fly it since that time. I get the double yellow LED blink and the PreArm Compass not calibrated message in AMP Planner. I have done the following:-…Continue

Tags: calibration, compass, PixHawk

PixHawk gives "PreArm: Compass not calibrated" message and will not fly

Started by Louis Wise in Multirotor Electronics on Sunday. 0 Replies

I have a PixHawk in my 2014 3DR Quad.  I upgraded it to vs 3.2 software and have not been able to fly it since that time. I get the double yellow LED blink and the PreArm Compass not calibrated message in AMP Planner. I have done the following:-…Continue

Tags: calibration, compass, PixHawk

Pixhawk auto flight

Started by Dan Marsh in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Louis Wise on Sunday. 1 Reply

I am trying to get my Pixhawk Quadcopter to fly a Waypoint mission but have not had any success yet.  It looks like it loaded into the Pixhawk but when I take off and flip the switch for 'Auto' it does NOT go in the direction of the first Waypoint,…Continue

Tags: auto, flight, planner, mission, Pixhawk

turnigy 9x and cc3d setup

Started by Jared in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Chuck Ruggles on Sunday. 3 Replies

trying to settup a stock turnigy 9x rx and tx to a cc3d . everything goes as should in GCS radio setup wizard but the end stick calibration doesnt work. ive tried everthing posible. its settup as pwm in GCS. is there a simple radio setting im…Continue

CX-20 with FlySky TH-9X TX/RCVR motors spin up when flight mode switch it toggled to ID2

Started by Jack Kaye in Multirotor Electronics. Last reply by Dennis Baldwin on Sunday. 3 Replies

Recently replaced the stock CX-20 TX/RCV with a FlySky TH-9X TX/RCVR combo. Configured TX for 6 flight modes using Dennis Baldwin's youtube video. Using APM Mission Planner flight mode page indicates 6 different modes can be selected. Problem is…Continue

250 mini

Started by Francisco Santos in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions. Last reply by Matt D Schors on Saturday. 5 Replies

i am new on rc. i would try to make a 250 mini. frame, dys 2300k motors, cc3d controller, 10a esc. can i use the devo 7e transmitter or what transmitter i can use economic. thank you.Continue

Megapirates AIOP with extend GPS board APM planer 2.0

Started by Jonathan in Welcome and General Multirotor Flight Discussions Jan 21. 0 Replies

new project Crius clone from HK Megapirates AIOP FC / w GPS extend boardwhen plugged into APM planner the setup crashes when trying to calibrate the radioboard is not recognizing the RC receiver at all?????tried a new down load - any Ideasthanks JDHContinue

 
 
 

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Happy New Year Everyone!

Posted by B.Fun on January 1, 2015 at 9:13pm 6 Comments

CZMIL LiDAR China Flight

Posted by Brian Martin on December 30, 2014 at 2:15am 7 Comments

Its no drone but this is the Optech Teledyne Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging LiDAR (CZMIL).  Its capable of clear water depth penetration up to 80 meters.  It was designed to simultaneously generate 3D imagery of the beach and shallow water seafloor.

The video shows a night flight where you can clearly see the green laser firing from the belly of the…

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Cats have flying dreams too!

Posted by B.Fun on December 27, 2014 at 3:25pm 1 Comment

Taranis with FrSky D4R-II and NAZE32 no arming

Posted by Barry Bennett on December 17, 2014 at 4:22pm 4 Comments

I was able to find the stick positions for the NAZE32 Full flight controller to arm the motors. The FrSky D4R-II Rx is bound to the Taranis Tx and I tested the function by hooking up a servo and it worked. This is a simple configuration with the FrSky D4R-II, the NAZE32, 4 10amp SimonK ESCs, and 4 SunnySky 2300Kv motors. When I try to arm nothing happens. The Baseflight software  allows me to spin the motors and see the stick movements but cannot get the arm to spin motors. Any ideas.

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