Flywing H1 Setup Tutorial & Tips

Flywing H1 setup tutorial to help you understand and configure your Fly Wing H1 GPS autopilot system.
Video Chapter Time Index:
– What tools & resources you’ll need 0:00
– Helicopter mounting & powering considerations for the H1 Autopilot system 0:34
– Downloading the software and driver from Flywing’s website 3:24
– The H1 setup assistant, USB connectivity, channel mapping & radio configuration 4:20
– Swashplate setup & leveling, collective range, tail rotor setup 13:12
– Gains, throttle output, agility, GPS settings, etc 24:30
– Magnetometer calibration 29:01
– First test flight 29:57

Useful Links:

1. Fly Wing H1 RC Helicopter GPS Flight Control System 45cm GPS wire:

2. Fly Wing H1 RC Helicopter GPS Flight Control System 13cm GPS wire:

3. Fly Wing RC Software & Instructions download page:

4. My Fly Wing H1 Autopilot Review:

5. My Swashplate Setup, Leveling & FBL Configuration eBook:

6. Learn more about RC Helicopter Tools:

7. My tail rotor setup tutorial video:


– What FrSky S-Bus RX are you using with the H1? Answer: X4R-SB

– What is DMA Collective? Answer: It’s collective to tail rotor pre-compensation mixing.

– Will the Flywing H1 work with a Spektrum/JR DSM2/X Radio? Answer: Yes with a Spektrum DSM RX that has an S-Bus output. I believe the aftermarket has a couple but I don’t fly Speky anymore so I’m out of their RX loop. I’ve also heard of Spektrum DSM to S-Bus converters. Use your Google Fu!

– What other radio systems will the H1 work with? Answer: Again, connectivity functionality with the H1 like any flybarless system or flight controller is not radio brand/ RF protocol dependent, it’s receiver dependent. Any 8 channel or better receiver (need 9 channels for full functionality of the H1) that has an S-Bus output port should work.

– Were you able to get rid of the cyclic pitch oscillation from the review video? Answer: Yes, but it’s a compromised gain setting (either flies well in GPS mode or in 3D mode, not both). Experiment with your gains. Fly Wing at minimum MUST separate the two axis of cyclic gain to give us better tuneability. This is a helicopter after all with different mass and inertia components along the roll and pitch axis, not a simple quadcopter.
Of course, try the usual RC helicopter pitch bobbing fixes as well that work with all collective pitch RC helicopter such as softer head dampening, higher head speeds, ensuring CG is bang on, or loosen blade bolts slightly for easier blade lead/lag.

– Even though I cover this in detail in the video as do the instructions, I’m still getting questions on channel mapping order. The H1 uses Futaba’s channel mapping. CH1 Aileron, CH2 Elevator, CH3 Throttle (collective function for the H1), and CH4 Tail Rotor. No, this order can’t be changed within the unit. You also need two, 3 position toggles you can assign CHs 5 & 8 to, and two, 2 position toggles to assign CH’s 7 & 9 to. Channel 6 IS NOT USED.

– So it only works with HV servos? Answer: NO. That’s the best “plug and play” option but not the only option. Anyone in the hobby should know there are several ways to power servos at lower voltages independent of the receiver’s/FBL/control unit’s input voltage. Installing rectifying diodes such as HER 503 in series to each servo’s power input lead for example would be the least expensive. This will drop the input voltage to the servo by about 0.6 to 1.0 volts (load dependent). We have been doing this for years after all when powering 4.8V tail specific servos in 6V power systems. Use your Google Fu to find other servo voltage regulation methods that may be better suited to your particular setup. Of course if you have HV servos or thinking of upgrading to HV servos, that is by far the best option.

– Can you perform the automatic circle & figure 8 function when inverted in GSP autopilot mode? Answer: NO! The H1 will lose collective & or cyclic control of the helicopter if you activate the circle or figure 8 while inverted. I almost crashed why trying this & Fly Wing has also confirmed this.

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19 Responses to “Flywing H1 Setup Tutorial & Tips”

  • John Salt:

    Fly Wing H1 GPS Autopilot Full Review Video:
    Fly Wing H1 Flybarless Autopilot System:
    Learn more about the wonderful & fascinating hobby of RC helicopters:

  • Mike Mesmer"Eyes":

    Dear Sir I have set this heli up two different times. Myself once and a heli expert the second time and everything is perfect. Then when we get every thing up to speed and try to lift off the moment it gets light it barrels over to the left. I sure appreciate your help with my issue. Thanking you in advance

  • Bob Salvesen:

    Hi John I like your video …Don't know many times I watched it BUT I bought 2 H1 one for 470 and a 500X. Now I can't get them into the program which I think is due to orange 720 I have a DX9 radio and can't find any 9 ch Sbus made for spektrum any ideas of brand receivers I can use?

  • Michael Domanski:

    I just got the FLY WING Huey UH-1 and right out of the box I got a GPS Connection Exception error (constant blinking red light). Support told me I need to calibrate the compass which i did successfully many times. I ordered a new FlyWing H1 FC GPS Long Wire which should remedy the problem. Great eye opening video presented in a professional educational format. UPDATE: Replacement GPS module installed, recalibrated and flys like good in GPS. When switching from GPS mode to 3D, the Heli descends, so I have to push up on the collective past center, need to figure out how to tune that and I'll have a good heli.

  • ???????:

    H 1 ??????????

  • Roberto Balderrama:

    could not get mine to unlock motor even after getting green flashing light any tips?

  • Gregory Johnson:

    Thanks to this tutorial i have setup my H1 on a Trex 500 how ever i can't get the invert switch to function i am using a Frsky X20S everything else works. Thanks for the video

  • Vlastimil Burian:

    Dear Mr.Salt. Thank you for very helpful videos on YouTube!!! May I have a question, please? I´m struggling with one think. Usually I´m flying on left stick cyclic completely and on right stick gas with tail, as well. Normally it is mode3. But! On the H1 diagram (setup assistant) I have problem with correct stick moving (indication). With this mode3 are changed throttle with elevator – I mean when I move collective stick (pitch) the diagram indicate moving of elevator and reversed. Correctly goes it if I change the transmiter mode from 3 to 4. But in this point I have unfortunately pitch on the left stick. I have no idea, how to harmonize the correct moving between sticks and the diagram. I suppose when it is on diagram incorrectly, will the unit also in flight incorrectly work. Do You have any tip for me please? A big thank to you in advance, Vlastimil (please, sorry for my English)

  • Kenny Wheelus:

    Kool,how much would you charge someone to setup a heli for someone if they bought a kit an sent it to you,just curious

  • Michel:

    hello minimum number of channels on a radio to install the h1 thank you to you

  • Victor Monsanto:

    I John
    Can you tell me the reference of your sbus receptor ? Thanks victor

  • Certified_sUAS_Pilot:

    Does H1 have the option for setting the tail pitch at zero degree when throttle hold switch on the transmitter is activated for auto rotation or is it set in the transmitter? Thanks for the thorough instructional video.

  • Dy Dy:

    Hi John Salt .
    what is the name of your radio control ?

  • Nick Dean:

    I have a question John when doing the tail did you end up reversing left tail stick tail or left tail right stick

  • John Blythe:

    Got all working but F1 will not fire up ? green light on but not flashing ( most frustrating)

  • skrub6969:

    Love the videos and very informative, question I have for you is what RX are you using? I have a Archer R6 and trying to get it to work with this system and I'm using a Tandem X20S radio. If or what RX do you recommend for this setup on my Algin 450L? All help or info would be great.

  • Ben Sibeijn:

    How did you manage to do a soft start? Can one program the ESC via the H1?

  • MigMig Johnson:

    Why do you get the US version and everyone else gets the Chinese one?

  • RTrent:

    nice, what is the part number for the wireless device?

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