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@mikeller mikeller released this Apr 27, 2021

Maintenance Release

Please read the Betaflight 4.2 Release Notes.

This release contains bugfixes and target changes only. For a full list of new features see 4.2.0.

We have tried to make this release as bug free as possible. If you still find a bug, please report it back to us by opening an issue here.

If you want to talk about Betaflight, ask configuration questions, or just hang out with fellow pilots, you can do this in our Facebook group.

Betaflight also has a presence in the Slack messaging platform. Register here, and then come join us in Slack. Most developers hang out there, so this is a great place to talk about the things you are tinkering with in Betaflight, or get help with really complicated configuration problems.

Safety Improvements:

  • fixed a bug preventing disarming if the PARALYZE switch was used while armed (#10559).

Fixes:

  • fixed issue with serial ports incorrectly using pull down in bidirectional mode (#10388, #10562);
  • fixed potential underflow when using battery hysteresis (#10563);
  • fixed build error when building without MSP displayport support (#10584);
  • fixed bug preventing setting of negative values for RSSI dBm alarm in CMS (#10603);
  • fixed bug preventing the use of all ADC instances on STM32H7 (#10612);
  • fixed bug making the I2C timeout dependent on the system clock speed (#10631);
  • fixed bug making the SPI timeout dependent on the system clock speed (#10657);
  • fixed incorrect version check in MSP_SET_FILTER_CONFIG (#10661);
  • fixed duplicate code bug in the STM32H7 libraries (#10663);
  • fixed build error occurring when buidling with ICM42605 as the only MPU (#10693);
  • fixed bug resulting in a lockup in the SD card initialisation failure when CONFIG_IN_SDCARD is used (#10696).

Target Updates:

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@mikeller mikeller released this Feb 15, 2021

Maintenance Release

Important: There is a bug in the previous release (4.2.7) that potentially causes unresponsiveness of the flight controller on power up. If you experience this on your flight controller, please update to this release to fix the issue.

Please read the Betaflight 4.2 Release Notes.

This release contains bugfixes and target changes only. For a full list of new features see 4.2.0.

We have tried to make this release as bug free as possible. If you still find a bug, please report it back to us by opening an issue here.

If you want to talk about Betaflight, ask configuration questions, or just hang out with fellow pilots, you can do this in our Facebook group.

Betaflight also has a presence in the Slack messaging platform. Register here, and then come join us in Slack. Most developers hang out there, so this is a great place to talk about the things you are tinkering with in Betaflight, or get help with really complicated configuration problems.

Fixes:

  • fixed bug causing the potential for serial port configuration corruption (#10550);
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@mikeller mikeller released this Feb 14, 2021

Maintenance Release

Important: There is a bug in this release hat potentially causes unresponsiveness of the flight controller on power up. If you experience this on your flight controller, please update to 4.2.8 to fix the issue.

Please read the Betaflight 4.2 Release Notes.

This release contains bugfixes and target changes only. For a full list of new features see 4.2.0.

We have tried to make this release as bug free as possible. If you still find a bug, please report it back to us by opening an issue here.

If you want to talk about Betaflight, ask configuration questions, or just hang out with fellow pilots, you can do this in our Facebook group.

Betaflight also has a presence in the Slack messaging platform. Register here, and then come join us in Slack. Most developers hang out there, so this is a great place to talk about the things you are tinkering with in Betaflight, or get help with really complicated configuration problems.

Safety Improvements:

  • fixed bugs in the use of baro_sample_count causing potential runaway ascent (#10472, #10481).

Fixes:

  • fixed missing BLHeli32 hardware version (#10290);
  • fixed compiler warning when building the SITL target (#10363);
  • fixed problem causing high error rates with bidirectional Dshot on H7 (#10383);
  • fixed problem of getting stuck in the CMS menu when invoking multiple times with SRXL and CRSF (#10448);
  • fixed compilation errors in the AK8975 magnetometer driver (#10464, #10477);
  • fixed bug causing a lockup when setting ibata_scale to 0 (#10471);
  • fixed validation for minimum and maximum cell voltage (#10473);
  • fixed bug in displayport code leading to the potential for UART1 to be flooded with OSD messages (#10489, #10490).

Target Updates:

  • added more features to target IFLIGHT_H743_AIO(#10451);
  • added the AK8975 magnetometer driver to the Unified Targets (#10468).
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@mikeller mikeller released this Jan 6, 2021

Maintenance Release

Please read the Betaflight 4.2 Release Notes.

This release contains bugfixes and target changes only. For a full list of new features see 4.2.0.

We have tried to make this release as bug free as possible. If you still find a bug, please report it back to us by opening an issue here.

If you want to talk about Betaflight, ask configuration questions, or just hang out with fellow pilots, you can do this in our Facebook group.

Betaflight also has a presence in the Slack messaging platform. Register here, and then come join us in Slack. Most developers hang out there, so this is a great place to talk about the things you are tinkering with in Betaflight, or get help with really complicated configuration problems.

Fixes:

  • added missing CLI parameter osd_warn_rssi_dbm (#10405);
  • fixed problem causing lockups when sending blocking Dshot commands with bitbanged Dshot enabled (#10406);
  • fixed incorrect limits for range checks for RACEFLIGHT and KISS rates (#10429);
  • fixed bug causing voltage sag compensation to be applied in crash flip mode (#10442).

Target Updates:

  • added support for additional flash chips to IFLIGHT_H743_AIO target (#10419).
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@mikeller mikeller released this Nov 22, 2020

Maintenance Release

Please read the Betaflight 4.2 Release Notes.

This release contains bugfixes and target changes only. For a full list of new features see 4.2.0.

We have tried to make this release as bug free as possible. If you still find a bug, please report it back to us by opening an issue here.

If you want to talk about Betaflight, ask configuration questions, or just hang out with fellow pilots, you can do this in our Facebook group.

Betaflight also has a presence in the Slack messaging platform. Register here, and then come join us in Slack. Most developers hang out there, so this is a great place to talk about the things you are tinkering with in Betaflight, or get help with really complicated configuration problems.

Fixes:

  • disabled non-working HEADFREE flight mode when GPS Rescue is active (#10309);
  • fixed define block in the CC2500 SPI RX driver (#10326).
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@mikeller mikeller released this Oct 20, 2020

Maintenance Release

Please read the Betaflight 4.2 Release Notes.

This release contains bugfixes and target changes only. For a full list of new features see 4.2.0.

We have tried to make this release as bug free as possible. If you still find a bug, please report it back to us by opening an issue here.

If you want to talk about Betaflight, ask configuration questions, or just hang out with fellow pilots, you can do this in our Facebook group.

Betaflight also has a presence in the Slack messaging platform. Register here, and then come join us in Slack. Most developers hang out there, so this is a great place to talk about the things you are tinkering with in Betaflight, or get help with really complicated configuration problems.

Fixes:

  • fixed some errors occurring with custom builds (#10113);
  • fixed problem causing unnecessary screen redraws on MSP displayport (#10229);
  • fixed problem breaking ADC on H7 for some configurations (#10232);
  • fixed scaling of Dshot motor output when controlling motors from configurator (#10223);
  • fixed bug causing invalid DMA option id to show for TIMUP in CLI (#10237);
  • fixed bug in CC2500 SPI RX code (#10260);
  • fixed a bug making a pin unavailable on H7 (#10286).

Target Updates:

  • enabled BMP085 / BMP180 for STM32F405 and STM32F745 targets (#10258).
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@mikeller mikeller released this Sep 20, 2020

Maintenance Release

Please read the Betaflight 4.2 Release Notes.

This release contains bugfixes and target changes only. For a full list of new features see 4.2.0.

We have tried to make this release as bug free as possible. If you still find a bug, please report it back to us by opening an issue here.

If you want to talk about Betaflight, ask configuration questions, or just hang out with fellow pilots, you can do this in our Facebook group.

Betaflight also has a presence in the Slack messaging platform. Register here, and then come join us in Slack. Most developers hang out there, so this is a great place to talk about the things you are tinkering with in Betaflight, or get help with really complicated configuration problems.

Fixes:

  • fixed bug affecting DMA based UART data transfer (#10118);
  • fixed bug in Spektrum RSSI processing (#10121);
  • fixed inconsistencies in the HID joystick code affecting Windows (#10150, #10153).

Target Updates:

  • changed IFLIGHT_H7_TWING target to store config in internal flash (#10174);
  • added new target IFLIGHT_H743_AIO (#10181, #10195).
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@mikeller mikeller released this Aug 16, 2020

Maintenance Release

Please read the Betaflight 4.2 Release Notes.

This release contains bugfixes and target changes only. For a full list of new features see 4.2.0.

We have tried to make this release as bug free as possible. If you still find a bug, please report it back to us by opening an issue here.

If you want to talk about Betaflight, ask configuration questions, or just hang out with fellow pilots, you can do this in our Facebook group.

Betaflight also has a presence in the Slack messaging platform. Register here, and then come join us in Slack. Most developers hang out there, so this is a great place to talk about the things you are tinkering with in Betaflight, or get help with really complicated configuration problems.

Fixes:

  • disabled GPS RESCUE if mixer is fixed-wing type (#10057);
  • fixed bug corrupting the dashboard output (#10082);
  • fixed a bug in the FrSky X SPI code affecting the RX range (#10091);
  • fixed a bug corrupting the range check error message output in CLI (#10092);
  • fixed a bug in the RSSI calculation leading to '99' output for failsafe for some hardware (#10097).
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@mikeller mikeller released this Jul 24, 2020

Maintenance Release

Please read the Betaflight 4.2 Release Notes.

This release contains bugfixes and target changes only. For a full list of new features see 4.2.0.

We have tried to make this release as bug free as possible. If you still find a bug, please report it back to us by opening an issue here.

If you want to talk about Betaflight, ask configuration questions, or just hang out with fellow pilots, you can do this in our Facebook group.

Betaflight also has a presence in the Slack messaging platform. Register here, and then come join us in Slack. Most developers hang out there, so this is a great place to talk about the things you are tinkering with in Betaflight, or get help with really complicated configuration problems.

Fixes:

  • fixed rounding error in the barometer altitude calculation (#9951);
  • made it possible to arm in crash flip mode without a GPS fix even if normal arming is disabled (#10005);
  • do not count arming in crash flip mode as 'arming' for first arming detection (#10006);
  • fixed build error when USE_DSHOT_TELEMETRY_STATS is disabled (#10031).
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@mikeller mikeller released this Jun 14, 2020

Just in time for summer...

...for most of us, and in time for the end of COVID-19 related lockdowns in a lot of places, we are proud to announce the release of Betaflight 4.2.0!

This is the third release of Betaflight after the switch to our new approach of how we support targets for different boards, and we have put effort into making support for these 'Unified Targets' easier and more seamless than before. We have also managed to convert most of the existing targets to use this new approach. This is enabling us to add support for new targets without additional effort for the developers, and as a result Betaflight is now supporting more different hardware than ever before (currently we are supporting 185 different flight controller models and counting).

As usual, our flight performance wizards have kept busy as well, and have added a bunch of improvements to how Betaflight flies. On top of that, they have improved the defaults, and made the firmware easier to tune than ever before.

One new feature that will be of interest to pilots still forced to stay inside is the new battery sag compensation: This feature results in a more consistent stick feel for the entire duration of the battery. The feedback that we are getting from many of our test pilots is that this is particularly useful for small indoor setups, like whoops or similar. Have a look at the 4.2 Tuning Notes to find out how to set this up.

Last but not least, we have also reworked how the gyro loop works, and it now runs at a fixed speed that is identical to the native update speed for the model of gyro that is used. This has simplified the setup of loop speeds, and allowed us to add support for a number of new gyro models - hopefully we'll see manufacturers pick this up and start offering exciting new flight controllers with these new gyros.

For an extended list of new features see below.

To make sure you get the latest version of your target installed, head over to this page and make sure you have got the latest version of Betaflight configurator installed before updating your firmware.

To get the best out of the flight performance improvements, please read the Tuning Notes.

If you are upgrading from an earlier version of Betaflight, please read the following section containing a list of things that you might have to change in your configuration.

We have tried to make this release as bug free as possible. If you still find a bug, please report it back to us by opening an issue here.

If you want to talk about Betaflight, ask configuration questions, or just hang out with fellow pilots, you can do this in our Facebook group.

Betaflight also has a presence in the Slack messaging platform. Register here, and then come join us in Slack. Most developers hang out there, so this is a great place to talk about the things you are tinkering with in Betaflight, or get help with really complicated configuration problems.

Happy flying, enjoy summer

Important information when upgrading

  • Betaflight 4.2 brings some changes to how targets are downloaded and installed. The latest release of Betaflight Configurator, 10.7.0, contains the changes necessary to support this. For this reason it is important that you update to the version 10.7.0 or newer of Betaflight Configurator (installation instructions here) in order to get the latest version of your targets installed;
  • if you are using the Blackbox Explorer, there is an updated version 3.5.0 to go with Betaflight 4.2 (installation instructions here);
  • version 1.5.0 of the Betaflight TX lua scripts has been released. This includes changes to go with Betaflight 4.2 (installation instructions here);
  • as you have come to expect, there is a detailed Tuning Notes for Betaflight 4.2. Use them, or use the improved tuning sliders in the Betaflight configurator 10.7.0 to get your craft tuned. Please do not paste tuning configurations from previous versions of the firmware. Some defaults have been changed, and some parameters are used in different ways, so previous tuning settings will not work well with Betaflight 4.1 (#8623, #8736);
  • after installing new firmware or resetting the configuration, the motor output protocol selected by default is now 'disabled'. This means that the correct motor protocol has to be selected before the craft can be armed. But this also removed the limitation on the maximum possible PID loop speed imposed by the pre-selected legacy protocol (OneShot125) in earlier versions, resulting in the maximum possible PID loop speed for each MCU type being pre-selected. Arming will be disabled and a warning displayed in configurator until a motor output protocol has been selected (#9619);
  • when enabling bidirectional Dshot, the maximum possible PID loop speed for Dshot protocols will be reduced by half to accommodate for the time taken by the ESC to send the RPM data packet to the flight controller. This does not affect Dshot600, but if bidirectional Dshot is used with Dshot300, the maximum PID loop speed is 4 kHz, and 2 kHz for Dshot150 (#9642);
  • the threshold for activation of the yaw spin recovery feature has had an automatic mode added - this mode sets the threshold to a value that is based on the currently configured maximum yaw rate, with a buffer added on top of it. This new mode is the default for yaw spin threshold, since it provides a setting that is safe to use for most users. Manual configuration of the yaw spin threshold is still possible (#9455);
  • accelerometer calibration is now required before arming is allowed if any feature is enabled that requires the accelerometer. This is to prevent situations arising where the craft may try to self-level with an uncalibrated accelerometer, leading to unexpected or dangerous results. Arming will be disabled and a warning displayed in configurator until the accelerometer has been calibrated (#9031);
  • the calculation for the virtual current meter device has been changed to be based on the throttle value used in the mixer, instead of the throttle channel RC input. This means that this value has things like throttle limiting and throttle boost applied, resulting in more accurate prediction of current and consumption. If you are using the virtual current meter device, make sure to calibrate it again after updating the firmware to make sure the calibration is still correct (#9153);
  • the way that the 'RSSI dBm' value is tracked in the firmware has changed to use actual dBM value in a range of -130 to 0, instead of the previous version's 130 to 0 range. This means that if a custom setting for osd_rssi_dbm_alarm is used, this will have to be changed to be the inversion of its previous value (e.g. 60 becomes -60) (#9550);
  • since stick arming is not recommended for multirotor craft because it can lead to accidental disarms, it has been disabled by default. If you want to use stick arming (at your own risk), it has to be enabled by setting enable_stick_arming to on (#9183);
  • the name CLI command has been removed. Use set name = <name> instead (#8837).

Major Features:

  • completely reworked the gyro loop, improved performance and made it always run at the native speed of the gyro (#9444);
  • added new selectable ACTUAL and QUICK rates models (#9495, #9506);
  • added compensation for sagging battery voltage, resulting in more consistent throttle / PID behaviour over for the entire flight time (#9561);
  • Added level race mode ('NFE race mode' in Silverware) (#9481).

Minor Features:

  • added the option to display the OSD logo on arming (#9244);
  • added support for enhanced OSD / CMS devices, made it possible to support highligting of text or symbols (#9212);
  • added support for FrSkyOSD OSD devices (#9127);
  • added support for the Redpine RC protocol on devices with an SPI connected CC2500 chip (FrSky SPI) (#7601).

Changes from the previous Release Candidate:

  • fixed bug resulting in RC modes missing on startup (#9884).
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