Taranis Apps for

Focus on the Mission


As the pilot, you need to know what and how your aircraft is doing at all times.
FlightDeck is the most intuitive solution for visualizing and hearing ArduPilot information.
No need to take your laptop or tablet with you. All the information is displayed at your fingertips!

What’s new

Version 3.3.0 (11/14/2017)

  • Dual battery support (batteries in parallel) including:
    • ArduPilot Battery Monitor 1 and 2; and
    • dual FLVSS/MLVSS cell sensor configuration
  • One parameter file (.cfg) per model instead of one parameter file for all models
  • Interface text language change does not require a reboot anymore
  • Moved flight timer from timer 2 to timer 3
  • Added SmartRTL flightmode for Copter (texts and sounds in all languages)
  • Popup warning about voltage difference between cells now has configurable voltage value (default: >=0.1V voltage difference between cells triggers popup warning). Can also be disabled (“—“)
  • Added popup warning based on a configurable % of difference in current draw between the two batteries (this helps with early detection of battery failures)
  • Fixed incorrect displayed value for Taranis voltage

Intuitive Interface

  • Heads-Up-Display (HUD)
  • Dual Battery level indicators
  • Flight mode, flight timer, RC signal strength
  • Failsafes, statuses, and error messages with audio annoucements
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“I am a bit hesitant to fly without FlightDeck now.”Henny

ArduPilot Information
All in One Screen

  • Single Battery Display
  • Dual Battery Display

Dual Battery Indicator

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  • Battery pack and lowest cell voltage
  • Lowest recorded pack and cell voltages
  • Current and power draw
  • Dual parallel battery monitoring

Heads-Up Display

  • Familiar layout (same as Mission Planner)
  • Pitch and roll indicators
  • Heading and compass bezel
  • Home direction indicator
  • Altitude, horizontal speed, and vertical speed
Refresh rate
10 Hz

ArduPilot Messages

  • Status and error messages
  • Message severity (e.g., Info, Warning, Critical)

Flight Mode Indicator

  • Know the current flight mode at all times: no more guessing!
  • Makes your Taranis speak out the flight mode, so you don’t have to look down!
Distance from home
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Aircraft Position

  • Distance above ground (if equipped with a rangefinder) or above home position
  • Distance from home
  • Direction of home

GPS Fix Status

  • GPS fix indicator (No GPS, No fix, 2D fix, 3D fix, DGPS fix, RTK)
  • Number of satellites and GPS fix quality (HDOP)
  • GPS lost announcement

Flight Time and Transmitter Status

  • Flight time as determined by autopilot (paused when landed)
  • RC link signal quality
  • RC transmitter battery voltage

Alerts

  • Failsafe alerts flashing
  • Low/critical cell voltage alert flashing
  • Low battery alert flashing
  • GPS signal alerts flashing
  • Current and cell balancing alerts
It was always a drag for me in the field, to be deprived from the basic status messages of my flight controller. Many a problem could have been avoided with this information. Everything is just clear now. It is a quantum leap for my work with planes and flight controllers.Roland

Compatible Hardware

Craft & Theory Telemetry Cables for

Pixhawk flight controllers

  • Pixhawk
  • Pixhawk 2.1 “The Cube”
  • Pixhawk 3 Pro
  • PixRacer
  • Pixhack
  • Dropix

All FrSky Smart Port receivers (e.g., X8R, R-XSR, S8R, R9)

FAQ

FlightDeck is designed for the Pixhawk, Pixhawk 2.1 “The Cube” and other flight controllers running ArduPilot flight stack. Linux-based flight controllers are not guaranteed to work.

Telemetry cables can be used on the ArduPilot and the PX4 flight stacks (without FlightDeck) to get basic FrSky telemetry displayed on a compatible RC transmitter (Taranis and others).

FlightDeck comes in two flavors:

  • For the FrSky Taranis X9D, X9D Plus, and X9E, use FlightDeck
  • For the FrSky Taranis Q X7 and Q X7S, use FlightDeckQ

FlightDeck also requires the use of a Smart Port telemetry receiver (e.g., X8R, R-XSR, S8R, R9).

FlightDeck is an OpenTX app which must be installed on your Taranis.

FlightDeck requires the ArduPilot firmware/flight stack on your flight controller, and works with ArduCopter, ArduPlane, and ArduRover.

While battery pack voltage is usually a good indicator of remaining flight time, flight time is actually limited by the lowest cell voltage. Once the voltage of a cell drops below a certain level, that cell’s voltage will continue to drop dramatically, which in turn causes the battery pack voltage to drop and may irreparably damage the battery pack.

By using a FrSky FLVSS or MLVSS LiPo Voltage Sensor, FlightDeck displays the lowest cell voltage (which is not available through Mission Planner) in addition to the battery pack voltage. You can actually connect up to two FLVSS/MLVSS sensors, as FlightDeck supports up to two 6S batteries!

FlightDeck generates visual and audible alerts if the battery voltage or cell voltage levels are too low, or if the cells are out of balance. When that happens, it’s time to land!

The HUD is wicked fast! The transmission delay of the FrSky telemetry is extremely short and the bandwidth allows for over 24 updates per second.
The RC transmitter and receiver included with the IRIS+ do not support FrSky Smart Port technology, and thus are not compatible with FlightDeck. However, if you install a FrSky Smart Port telemetry (X series) receiver (e.g., X8R, XSR) on the IRIS+ and have a Taranis, you can use FlightDeck! Please check out the installation video below:


This cable and program are distributed in the hope that they will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.