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 on: Yesterday at 08:56:35 PM 
Started by English Turbines - Last post by English Turbines
The apm has auto tune which does change the pid settings and does a brilliant job when done on a calm day.

Gps is notoriously bad for altitude hold which is the reason why apm has / uses its onboard barometer.

 Hi Lola,
             At the moment, Im using the Z84 Preset PIDs available inside iNAV for the Falcon. They seem to work fine, so I dont actually need to do the Autotune available with iNAV on this model, although Im sure I will need to use Autotune one day, your right.

  Although GPS derived altitude may not be deadly accurate in terms of actual "real" altitude, it does a very good job of picking up the change in altitude which is all that is needed in a RTH scenario or Altitude Hold Mode. Barometers are really only required on a Quad doing that Auto Land trick thingy, I won't be needing that...lol.
  I have an APM, which is a more competent AP, I would agree....it's just that I find it hard work wading through all that MR stuff I really dont need inside Mission Planner. Besides, the F4 is tiny and light, with an onboard OSD, which is exactly what I need for small models like the Falcon or the Skyfun for example. The Skyfun would be epic with an F4 in it for sure.

                                     :vulture:


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 on: Yesterday at 08:12:10 PM 
Started by English Turbines - Last post by Lola

  I must try out "Autotune Mode"...I assume this does some sort of automatic PID tuning? to suit the particular plane and setup?

  The other Mode Im keen to try out is "Altitude hold", I assume the FC uses GPS derived altitude to control it? Im always going too high up when I fly..


                                                  :vulture:

The apm has auto tune which does change the pid settings and does a brilliant job when done on a calm day.

Gps is notoriously bad for altitude hold which is the reason why apm has / uses its onboard barometer.

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 on: Yesterday at 07:02:35 PM 
Started by English Turbines - Last post by English Turbines
Interested to know more about the flux pen. I have used one before, not this manufacturer, and had issues with the flux being conductive and shorting out pins. Have you had this? Also what's the supplier of the lead solder?

 Hi BigT,
              I got the solder and the Flux Pen from RS as I have an outlet right on my doorstep and I have a business account still active with them...I dont normally use them as they are pricy but on this occasion I didn't want to wait.
  If it has Loctite brand on it, its pretty good stuff.
  The solder is french, so it wasn't the best...but it works (40% Lead)...lol.

 The EU enjoyment free solder is completely useless for soldering small PCBs....No surprise there then...:)

                                                :vulture:


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 on: Yesterday at 06:51:52 PM 
Started by English Turbines - Last post by English Turbines
Skywalker Falcon with F4 Autopilot and iNAV.....3rd Flight....L9R and 5.8G Video.

  Still trying to dial it in, but after some mechanical adjustment of the Elevon linkages, and some board alignment tweaks, it's beginning to feel better. I still think it needs a bit of down thrust on the motor as pitch trim is changing with speed, but its manageable. Can't wait to fly the Falcon in calmer conditions, it flies pretty good and I think it will even thermal soar in some lift.
 It's easy to hand launch now with the wooden skid plate glued to the underside. It's a bit of a boring clip and you may want to turn the sound right down, but it shows the F4 board in action with iNAV loaded...:)

         

                                                                        :vulture:

   

 5 
 on: Yesterday at 06:46:20 PM 
Started by Ratty - Last post by Ratty
Nice one Big T. Come say hi if you do, ill either have a microphone or a walking stick.  ;D

 6 
 on: Yesterday at 11:56:32 AM 
Started by English Turbines - Last post by BigT
 

 This gives this little FC a total of Six Servo outputs.  Oh, and I can recommend the Loctite Flux Pen in the picture, makes soldering PCBs so much easier...and I used real solder with real Lead

                                                                                     :vulture:
Interested to know more about the flux pen. I have used one before, not this manufacturer, and had issues with the flux being conductive and shorting out pins. Have you had this? Also what's the supplier of the lead solder?

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 on: Yesterday at 09:27:58 AM 
Started by electrotor - Last post by elmattbo
There used to be a site where you could register your property as a 'no drone zone'. A complete scam though as you can legally do no such thing. I think the idea was to lure people who were wanting to safeguard their property into paying cash to protect their airspace. The website then relied on drone users to also register and then they would be able to access a map showing where people had requested a 'no drone zone'.



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 8 
 on: Yesterday at 02:47:44 AM 
Started by electrotor - Last post by Steve W
That's been around for ages

 9 
 on: Yesterday at 02:29:32 AM 
Started by electrotor - Last post by electrotor
Does anyone know when this registration will come into force??

To the best of my knowledge no date has yet been announced as the details have still to be thrashed out and a register set up. However I recently chanced upon a website which claims to be "The Official UK Drone Register". Make what you will of this.

http://dronereg.co.uk/

 10 
 on: August 19, 2017, 10:58:58 PM 
Started by urbanfpv - Last post by urbanfpv
Thanks dude! ;D

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