Here's what you gotta do before you fly the ARDrone
You may wish to use 'absolute control' option when flying with the iphone/android client. This will make flying a bit more intuitive.
If you want a larger, more tablet-y display (and you don't have one of your own), the interface for both the Helo TC and the AR Drone 2.0 have been installed on our ASUS android tablet.
The Continuing Saga of the HackRSpace Air Force
Alex was able to get ROS to work connecting to the ARDrone and issuing commands
Kaushal proved to be very adept at flying the ARDrone, leading Charles to believe it was very simple, and easily controlled.
Shortly afterward, Charles was disabused of this notion, as somebody cracked the center supports clean in half. Charles bought a bunch of spare parts.
While waiting for these to arrive, Charles bought the Syma and Helo as training devices (they're fun by themselves, too, by the way), while he grumbled.
The Syma and Helo proved rugged and useful, and Lawrence replaced the busted crosstree in very quick time. We're ready to fly again.
As part of the continuing saga, you can watch the how-tos that Lawrence had to go through to replace the cross-tree. (These are the official Parrot how-tos. Slightly more informative how-tos from 'tomstrong67' follow.)
(Yes, we have the special tools they show.)
TomStrong67's excellent howtos as well (pulled from youtube)