3DR Telemetry Radio drivers for Q Ground Control and OSX

Using OSX to connect 3DR telemetry radios to QGround Control may require a driver for the FTDI chip used in the 3DR Radios​. You will need to install this driver if QGroundControl does not recognize the telemetry radio you are attempting to connect to your Mac. For instance, when you are completing a compass calibration of your Skycatch UAV.
  1. Skycatch UAV
  2. 3DR Telemetry Radio
  3. QGround Control
  4. Instructions and drivers can be downloaded here:

Identifying if the radio is recognized
When the telemetry radio is connected and recognized by OSX you can open a terminal window and enter this line:
Thomas‐Waclo‐81:~ thomaswaclo$ ls /dev/tty.*
/dev/tty.Bluetooth‐Incoming‐Port /dev/tty.usbserial‐DN009GYG
where thomaswaclo will be the name of your computer. /dev/tty.usbserial‐DN009GYG is the 3DRradio and shows up in QGround Control with this same name.  This name will vary from radio to radio.
Installation Directions ‐ also located in dmg folder
Welcome to APM Planner 2.0
APM Planner 2.0 Alpha Release is the first version of a new Ground Control Station for Linux, Windows andMac OSX.
APM Planner will allow you to configure your APM2.x or PX4 platform for multi rotor, fixed wing and groundvehicle use i.e.. APM:Copter, APM:Plane and APM:Rover
NOTE: When installing on OSX you will need to, once installed, open the app by overriding gatekeeper protection
see for OSX Mountain Lion 10.8
see for OSX Mavericks 10.9
see for OSX Yosemite 10.10
  1. Option install the FTDI USB Serial Driver_10_4_10_5_10_6_10_7.pkg (version 2.2.18 from FTDI)
    • NOTE: CTRL‐click or ‘right mouse click’ to open
    • NOTE: This is optional for 10.10 & 10.9, but some users have needed to install the driver.
    • NOTE: This is the correct driver for 10.10/10.9/10.8
    • This is required for 3DR telemetry radios
  2. Drag APM Planner 2.0 application onto the Application shortcut.
    • This will copy APM Planner 2.0 to your applications directory
  3. Go to Applications folder in Finder and open APM Planner 2.0
    • NOTE: CTRL‐click or ‘right mouse click’ to open
    • Enjoy! 
Please raise any issue here
Credits:Bill Bonney
Michael Carpenter
and all at‐and‐contributors/
You can also view and download the above instructions here:
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