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May 2017

Making a Smart Plane with iNav – Article #3

Here's a look at the software and the flight controller between your radio and servos on your model. Here, we use a fixed wing which can be applied to any plane using iNav.
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April 2017

Building a ‘Smart’ Plane with iNav – Article #2

In the last article we looked at one of the versions of Cleanflight/Betaflight that focused on the GPS code and also spending time on supporting us fixed wing pilots too. This time let's look at what it all entails!
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Fabrikator II Overview and Review

In recent years, as with many parts of the hobby, there has been a huge increase in the availability and affordability of what was once expensive technology. 3D printing is one of those parts of the hobby. he Fabrikator II Mini’ doesn’t seem to know it costs only about £170 and (once dialled in) prints better here than other printers costing a lot more.
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March 2017

Building a ‘Smart’ Plane with iNav – Article #1

This is the first in a new series covering how to install iNavflight onto a flight controller in a fixed wing model. iNav provides stabilisation modes as well as useful modes like GPS return to home and great failsafe features. In the coming months we will cover how to add iNav to your model for very little money and add a whole new dimension to your flying on fixed wing..
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Quadcopter Build 6: Finishing and Adding FPV

In the last instalment we installed and configured the software into the model and took our first test flight. Adding a video camera and transmitter will allow you to fly the model using a set of FPV goggles or screen. It’s become one of the most popular ways to fly and the main reason that most builders make a model.
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February 2017

Quadcopter Build 5: setting the flight controller

In this series we have already connected the last of the electronics together so now we are ready to plug the flight controller back to the computer, start the graphical user interface (GUI) that allows you to setup everything and get the model ready for the first test hover.
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January 2017

Quadcopter Build 4: Connecting it all up

Last month we looked at how the power systems worked on a multirotor and explored why we needed to have both a main battery connection for the motors but also a 5v system to power the flight controller and radio receiver too.
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December 2016

How to Build a Racing Drone: Part 3

Last month we looked at the flight controller and how we could test it was good and we also looked at the cabling options for connecting the radio receiver to the model. This month we will start to put things together and by the end of this lesson we should have a much clearer view of how the power systems work on a Multirotor (yes, there is more than one!) and some tips and tricks on how to layout the various components onto the frame.
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November 2016

How to Build a Racing Drone: Part Two

This month we will look at one of the most critical parts of the model – the flight controller – that will make a huge difference on how the model flies an behaves. Once we’ve looked at what the flight controller does for us and we know it is working and where the key connections are on it, we will have a much better idea of how to mount it into the frame we have. Let’s look at what the flight controller actually does..
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So you want to buy a Quadcopter?

Many new pilots are looking for advice on what to buy when it comes to multirotors. The sheer amount of choice on the market at the moment can be overwhelming and there is no perfect model for every pilot (despite what a few in the forums may tell you!). In this article we will look at some of the things to consider and, hopefully, by the end you will have a better idea of what you should be looking for in your next model..
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