This guide will show you how to configure the settings and calibrate arducopter so that you are ready for your first flight
Warning: Before you configure your arducopter please make sure that you remove the PWM cable from your ArduPilot mega board. This is for your own safety, if the motors start spinning by accident they can cause serious damage
When you connect the motors (for some testing functions/calibration please make sure you are alert and take the relevant precautions like removing the propellers.
Reset the board: This just clears the EEPROM and otherwise ensures a clean setup. In Mission Planner click the Terminal tab, type 'setup' & hit Enter, then type 'erase'.
First Time Setup
1. Setup and Calibrate Radio Transmitter
Caution: This section assumes you have set up and programmed your RC transmitter and receiver correctly. This might be a good time to review the manual that came with your RC controller system. Pay special attention to the sections on:
Instructions for setting up the WFT07 transmitter are can be found here
Please refer the your Radio Transmitter radio manual. In general make sure your radio is set to Airplane/ fixed wing mode (helicopter mode uses mixing which is not required for Arducopter).
The first tab that will open will be the radio calibration screen. Please make sure that your reciever has power (via APM), and your transmitter is on. Make sure your radio is turned on and the receiver is connected to the ardupilot mega board.
When you move the sticks on your transmitter you should see the green bars move accordingly. If they are not, please make sure your receiver has power. If you notice that any channels are reversed, you can either tick the reverse button on the planner, or change the settings on your radio (suggested)
Here is how the outputs should be setup for each channel:
2. Choosing your Flight Modes
You can choose different flight modes that you can change while you are flying with your RC transmitter (channel 5). Some radios dont have a 6 position switch, so you may only be able to use 2 or 3 modes. If you mix some channels you can use more flight modes. Toggle your channel 5 switch to see which mode you are currently in (indicated by the green highlighted mode)
Make sure that you have at least one mode as stabilise so you can take control of your arducopter if things are going wrong
3. Configure additional hardware
With Arducopter, you can use extra sensors like sonar, or an optical flow sensor. This screen allows you to enable them. Since the compass is build into Ardupilot mega v2, this is enabled and you will need to set the compass settings.
4. Choosing Frame Orientation
This screen allows you to set your Arducopter orientation. Before you start you must first Level your arudcopter. Make your your arducopter is on a level surface, and click the Level button to calibrate the sensors. Now you can choose between an X or + orientation of your frame by clicking on the image that is the same as your arducopter frame
5. Calibrate the accelerometer (level arducopter)
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6. Calibrating your ESC
There are two ways to calibrating your ESC's for Arducopter. An easy was and a longer, but better way.
Automatic ESC calibration
This method works once you have all the ESCs connected to the power distribution board and have connected all your RC cables as instructed earlier in the manual and otherwise set up your quad.
Safety First! - Remove the props!
Manual ESC calibration
Make sure your transmitter end points are set at +100%/-100% if using a programmable transmitter.
Safety First! Remove the prop from the motor you're calibrating.
Once you have calibrated your ESCs, you can test your APM by turning it on (pluggin in the battery). Once APM boots up, arm your ESCs by pushing the yaw stick all the way to the right for at least four seconds. You can then give a small amount of throttle (stand clear of the props!). All motors should spin about same speed and they should start same time. If not you may need to try re-calibrating your ESC.
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