Not new to ardupilot, but have been using the autopilots since APM 1 with the multi-layered boards. However, lately I’ve been toying with the idea of putting one on my large gas helicopter just for the fun of it. This will be my first ardupilot project on a single rotor heli. I feel confident I can do this, especially with the help of these forums and with all the hard work by developers getting the new 3.6 firmware to where it is today. I just get a little overwhelmed with all the pixhawk variants and potential future hardware that’s hitting the market. I know Chris Olson has started using the newest CUAV Pixhack V5 and seems to really like it, so is that the route I should take over the Pixhawk 2.1, or to wait for another updated variant? I’m a patient person lol.
The heli frame is a variant of the Airstar International Mongoose (stretched to swing 1200 sized blades). I have a ton of room on the frame for mounting locations and can even make an isolator mount if need-be (I’ve read it’s actually not recommended with the internally damped imu’s (cubes).
I plan to take on this project slowly and methodically since single-rotor helis are no joke. I have been flying the heli for the past couple years with a flybarless head but without a flybarless controller, so taking over full manual in case of bad tuning parameters does not scare me thankfully.
Thanks for reading!