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)
SERIAL3: SERIAL3_BAUD = 38, SERIAL3_PROTOCOL = 5, (38400, GPS)
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.
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.
Refer to the ‘FlightDeck_Manual.pdf’ file in the ‘FlightDeck’ folder to guide you through the set up.
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.
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.
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 ‘fltdk’ lua script in place of ‘---‘.
Repeat this procedure for each model that will use Flight deck.
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
The information shown on the Flight screen is described in the areas Top Bar, Bottom Bar, Head Up Display and Status.
The top bar displays the following data.
Bottom Bar (Messages)
The bottom bar displays the following data.