A couple weeks ago I did a PID Tuning Livestream, and it was a huge success. More than 500 people tuned in to watch me tune the Catalyst Machineworks Norris from scratch. I am really looking forward to doing more of that PID tuning and other live tutorials for you guys. It’s a blast streaming a flight with hundreds of people looking over your shoulder. Maybe in the future, we can do some kind of KWAD challenge with people on the Internet calling the shots! Wouldn’t that be amazing?!?!
If I do more PID tuning, there’s one challenge that will be tough to overcome: PID TUNING IS SO YESTERDAY.
What I mean by that is, the flight controllers and software that we use today are SO DAMN GOOD that tuning is much less important than it used to be. Used to be, you had to meticulously tune your quad to get it to fly even half-decent, and a great-flying quad was nearly impossible for most people to achieve.
Not any more. And the problem with a great-flying quad is that there’s nothing bad for you to have to solve. Kind of like a person who goes to the doctor and says, “I don’t know. I just don’t feel right.” If your quad is oscillating like crazy, then you know what needs to be fixed. But if your quad seems to fly great, then it’s hard to figure out what to do to make it fly better. What does “better” even mean?
All of this is why most of my quads are still on Betaflight default PIDs. It’s only the real favorites that get a detailed tuning. For a “pro” like me, that’s kind of embarrassing, but for the average pilot, it’s great news. It means you can have a great-flying quad out of the box, and just get on with enjoying your quad.