RC Radio Setup and Config:
Using OpenTX-Companion, copied my old Nova model to a new one and uploaded to Taranis. Radio is now mostly programmed for new model. Since this is a X8R, of course the TX and RX must be bound-together using those normal procedures. You have to touch the RX, so do this before closing-up the Nova.
Flight-Controller (FC) Software Setup and Config in Mission-Planner:
When you first use Mission Planner (MP) to Connect to the APM Flight Controller (FC), it retrieves the current parameters from it so you can work on them. When using MP, it's important to remember to click the Write button to write the parameters you just changed to the APM-FC before Disconnecting or closing the program. This includes any calibrations you just made, because calibrations are also just saved as parameters in the param config file. After you Write them to the FC, you can optionally Save them (as a file) for later Loading or Comparisons. Just because MP presents telemetry in Real-Time in some parts, don't confuse that with parameters. For params and calibrations, MP is just a temporary holding or work area.
- Follow directions. I find it easier to prop-up against a door because it must be keep still and perpendicular at each step. Use Enter/Return to go to next step.
- It should say Successful. I think it might Write them to the FC at the end.
- However, to be sure, I take a phone pic or screen-shot. Later, you can verify as INS_??????? in params list.
- Return to Full Parameters List and Write them. You might need to Connect first. Finally, I Save as a File since we made it this far.
Calibrated ESCs (especially since this is a PnF model).
Set my Flight Modes in MP interface (and write/save):
... and in Extended Tuning, CH7=SuperSimple and CH8=RTL
(which I have each on dedicated Taranis buttons)
The above should change these Flight-Mode parameters:
Also, verify or change these parameters (some might be defaults):
THR_MID,530 (Only payload is small SiK 915mhz Telemetry radio)
BATT_AMP_OFFSET,0 (This set is for installed Power-Module. Notice PINS)
FS_BATT_ENABLE,0 (This set is the Fail-Safe actions)
Tested Fail-Safe with no props installed (passed).
Completed Nova assembly.
Armed and carefully did low-throttle "hold by landing gear" test. Also, verify flight modes (passed).
Ready for it's test flight after rebuild #2.