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Updating FirmWare to V1.2

Note: For early Extra customers, this is a mandatory update. Flying the Extra with V1.0 is not authorized. Aircraft shipped to consumers in the USA before August 10, 2015 require this update.

  • QQ Extra Aura Requires V1.1 or higher
  • Open Stock Aura requires V1.2 or higher. (V1.2 is the first version shipped for Open Stock)

Note: This is a long description of a relatively simple procedure.

Firmware 1.2 offers these updates for Extra Users

  • Improved booting. Fixes a rare issue where the Aura could hang during power-up
  • Added 'Quick' features; Quick Trim, and Quick Check.

Required Items and Preparations

You will need:

  • Access to your Aura
  • Your Transmitter and Receiver
    • Only Spektrum brand DSM2/X Remote and SRXL Receivers are tested and approved for use
    • Only Futaba and FrSky brand S.Bus receivers are approved for use
    • Only JR brand X.Bus receivers are approved for use
  • A Micro USB Cable (provided with products)
  • A power source for your Aura
  • A Spektrum Bind plug (it shorts the two 'end' connectors together (signal and ground)
    • One can be made from and old servo or extension lead, be SURE NOT to make any connection to the center positive (typically red) wire.

Preparations to model

  • Your Transmitter should be programmed (starting with a blank model) with the settings in the manual, or as test flown.
  • Remove your Propeller for safety and/or disarm the propulsion system
  • Bind receiver to transmitter if required using procedures described in the related manuals (DSM Satellite, JR DMSS, and conventional servo lead (PWM) customers should refer to the included Manual Addendum)
  • On the ground, verify your radio is 'detected' and linked, and your transmitter controls the model. Troubleshooting Guide is here.
  • Disconnect the power (flight battery) to the model and switch off the transmitter

Preparations to PC

  • If you have not already done so, download and install the Aura Config Tool PC Application
  • If you have previously installed PC Application, make sure it is closed, and re-open it. You may have an update available. If not prompted, click on HELP->Update Aura Config Tool, and let the application update if needed.
  • Click on HELP->Aura Config Tool Info. Your Aura Config Tool version should be 1.1.0 or higher
    • If you do not have ACT 1.1.0 or higher, restart you PC and check again.

Update Procedure

Update the Aura Firmware

  • Confirm power is NOT connected to your Aura
  • Launch the Aura Config Tool
  • Plug the Micro USB connector into your Aura
  • Plug the USB connector into your PC (this will power up the Aura unit)
  • Allow a minute for the drivers to find the Aura (look for indications that it was successful)
  • Click the CONNECT button at the lower right of the Application window
  • Click on Aura Tools -> Update Aura Firmware
  • Follow the dialog boxes to accomplish the update. (OK->Download and Install Firmware Update->Insert Bind Plug in Aura port S7->YES->)
  • After the procedure is complete, follow prompts to remove bind plug and power, then click OK.

Verifications and Flight Readiness Checks

Verify the Update

  • Turn on your transmitter and apply power to your Aura/airborne system. Leave the model stationary for a few seconds to allow it to calibrate and boot
  • Verify that you have control of the model
  • Check your Aura status lights. You should see:
    • Orange Solid LED indicating the sensor is calibrated and the Aura is powered and running
      FW1 2 image.PNG
      • A slow blinking Orange LED indicates excessive movement during sensor calibration, and it is best to do the power-up over.
    • Green Solid LED indicating the Aura has a valid signal from the Tx/Rx
      • You should NOT see a Blue Solid LED which is an indication of Failsafe for a DSM Satellite (other radio installs just follow the Receiver's 'valid' failsafe commands). Satellite users can test this by switching off your transmitter if you choose.
  • With the Transmitter and Receiver still powered, Reconnect the USB cable
  • Click the CONNECT button at the lower right of the Application window
  • Check the Aura Status Monitor at the top right of the Application window. Verify Firmware (version) 1.2
Note: This information will not be displayed if your Rx/Tx is not connected and Aura is allowed to go into Auto-Detect mode

Preparation for flight

  • Conduct and pass the Flight Control Sensing Direction Test on per your manual.
  • Conduct and pass the (transmitter) Control Direction Test on per your manual.
  • With the model secured, perform a Failsafe Test (Include the throttle servo for fuel powered aircraft with the engine OFF)
  • Re-install the Propeller/enable your power system (with the model secure and the prop clear, repeat Failsafe test again)
  • Perform a normal range check, and Fly!!

For any questions, contact us at AuraSupport