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PIXHAWK PHANTOM UAV – Taranis ‘Flight Deck’ Installation



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Taranis ‘Flight Deck’ Installation


Flight Deck is software (LUA script, image and .wav files) installed on the Taranis to display telemetry data transmitted from the Pixhawk autopilot via the Frsky X6R receiver. A cable conveys the data from the Pixhawk telemetry port to the Smart Port of the X6R.

OpenTX version 2.2 or greater must be installed on the Taranis first.

For further information beyond what is provided here, refer to the Flight Deck Manual.

Audupilot Configuration in Mission Planner

Connect to the Pixhawk with Mission Planner.

FrSky Telemetry Serial Port Configuration

On the Config/Tuning page, change the serial protocol of port 4 from the default -1 to 10.

Protocol 10 is the FrSky Sport Passthrough (OpenTX) protocol.

Remember to click ‘Write Params’ to send the change to the Pixhawk.


Serial port 4 parameters are set as follows.



SERIAL4:  SERIAL4_BAUD = 57, SERIAL4_PROTOCOL = 10, (57600, FrSky)


The other serial ports are left with their default parameters. They are summarised as follows.

SERIAL0:  SERIAL0_BAUD = 115, SERIAL0_PROTOCOL = 1, (115200, MAVlink 1)

SERIAL1:  SERIAL1_BAUD = 57, SERIAL1_PROTOCOL = 1, (57600, MAVlink 1)

SERIAL2:  SERIAL2_BAUD = 57, SERIAL2_PROTOCOL = 1, (57600, MAVlink 1)


SERIAL5:  SERIAL5_BAUD = 57, SERIAL3_PROTOCOL = -1, (57600, None)

Battery Monitor Configuration

The battery monitor is configured as follows.



The battery I use is 3000mAh 4S.

Battery Failsafe



In the ‘Battery’ section, I set the ‘Low Battery’ alarm voltage as 14.0V, and I set the ‘Reserved mAh’ to 300 mAh.

Air Speed Sensor

In Mission Planner, tick the ‘Use Airspeed’ box.


Flight Deck Installation on the Taranis

Obtain ‘Flight Deck’ from here.


Purchase the cable and download the zip file.

‘FlightDeck.zip’ is the file required for the Taranis model X9D.

Taranis Configuration

Refer to the ‘FlightDeck_Manual.pdf’ file in the ‘FlightDeck’ folder to guide you through the set up.

Cable Connection

Connect the flight deck cable from the serial 4/5 port on the Pixhawk to the FLVSS.

Also, connect the FLVSS to the Smart Port of the receiver as follows.


SD Card Configuration

Unzip the file ‘FlightDeck.zip’ and the folder structure is as follows.



Transfer all the contents of the ‘IMAGES’ folder to the SD card ‘IMAGES’ folder.

Transfer all the contents of the ‘SCRIPTS\TELEMETRY’ folder to the SD card ‘SCRIPTS\TELEMETRY’ folder.

Transfer all the contents of the ‘SOUNDS’ folder to the SD card ‘SOUNDS’ folder.

Model Configuration

Select the model that will use Flight Deck.

On the ‘Display’ screen, scroll down to ‘Screen 1’.

Replace the ‘None’ parameter with ‘Script’ and select ‘fltdklua script in place of ‘---‘.



Repeat this procedure for each model that will use Flight deck.

Sensor Discovery

Connect the FLVSS voltage sensor into the smart port with the flight deck cable and with power on the aircraft, select the Telemetry screen.

Select the ‘Discover New Sensors” text and press Enter. All the data transmitted from the flight controller is discovered as sensors as well as the FLVSS cels data. After 15 seconds, Press Enter on the ‘Stop Discovery’ text to complete the process.

GPS Coordinate Display

Display the current GPS coordinates on Display screen 2 as follows.




If the plane is lost, these coordinates can be used to find it again.

Using Flight Deck

Introductory Screen




After turning on the Taranis with the Pixhawk model selected, long press the Page key to display the Flight Deck introductory screen.



Flight Screen



When the aircraft is turned on, the Pixhawk sends the telemetry data to the receiver which then transmits it to the Taranis. When the Taranis starts receiving the data, the flight screen is displayed.


The latest Pixhawk message is displayed for 10 seconds on the message bar at the bottom of the screen.



The information shown on the Flight screen is described in the areas Top Bar, Bottom Bar, Head Up Display and Status.


Top Bar

The top bar displays the following data.

Flight mode

Flight Timer

Receiver signal strength

Taranis battery voltage


Bottom Bar (Messages)

The bottom bar displays the following data.

Message No.


Latest Pixhawk Message


Head Up Display (HUD)

The HUD displays the following data.

Status Information

The Status area displays the following data.


Alerts are

- ARMED or DISARMED, displayed for 5 sec. after change.

- Failsafe Alerts (battery, EKF)


Pressing ENT key …

- adds display of lowest battery and cell voltages, and

- toggles between display of current & power, and

- toggles between GPS fix quality and the number of satellites.

Direction to Home : Arrow up means aircraft is heading home.


Message Screen


To display the message screen, press the + or – keys from the flight screen.

Messages from the Pixhawk are displayed here. Each message is preceded by a number and a severity description in square brackets.

Configuration Screen


To display the configuration screen, press the MENU key from any other Flight Deck screen.

Here all the default configuration parameter values are shown. I use the default values.





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