I need a bit of help......i am not technically minded, but i am patient and good at building model planes.
I am very interested in the FULL ARDU PILOT MEGA 1 KIT. i have spoken to the ardu people, but i think i am asking the wrong questions.
The plane i am building at the moment is not built for speed ,but for endurance....it has a 100" wing span and the os 91 engine has been converted to unleaded gas, (spark plug, halle effect timing etc).
It also has a sullivan genesys system for on board continuous power to recharge the batteries.
Along the length of the wingspan , there are 19 seperate fuel tanks ,,and i figure that the plane can do about 800 miles.
QUESTION......will the mega 1 kit allow the plane to fly all on its own from a waypoint in scotland uk.....down to a waypoint on the south coast of england uk...........could it then be taken control of, by another hand unit and landed.
QUESTION.....is there a system where the whole trip can be flown by joystick and laptop...
Hope the question can be answered
You might want to avail yourself of CAP 722, you will be subject to it Jim.
Thanks for the reply gary,,,,but i am lost already......what is a cap22'''''''''''is my initial first step,to purchase the mega 1 kit
Sure. I'd get an APM2 with external GPS though. You'll also want a fast telemetry radio like the 3DR, or one of the 1W 3DR-style radios that Seppo is building.
You can fly the APM with just a laptop and joystick, but the APM sends a lot of telemetry data so slow telemetry radios like xbees have too much of a lag from what I've read. Some people are using two of them, but it would probably be easier to just use a 3DR.
thanks for the reply jake/.....i think i have bitten off more than i can chew.......I would really like to fly the plane all the way from scotland to the south coast by joystick,,,,,,so can you give me a list of purchases..i feel very inadequite at the moment .....as i said i am not technically minded......but i really want to do this
A lot depends on your exact mission. Do you want to fly with video, visual, IFR, or on autopilot?
The APM is a good solution for all of these, but all the other equipment really depends on what your range from the plane is going to be.
Are you going to follow the plane or have multiple pilots or want it to be autonomous?
As some people have mentioned, there are rules, regulations, and laws involved. I can't comment because I don't live in your country and don't know much about the applicable rules.
I would warn you though that you incur a lot of legal liability when you undertake things that some might find reckless or illegal. I highly suggest that you build a record of safe operation and knowledge of the hardware which you can later use to defend your actions should something unfortunate happen. It would be really hard to defend yourself if you crash into someone with 800 miles worth of fuel onboard during your first try at a long mission.
we initially thought about one man setting it on its way,and another man landing it....we want to video the flight, a good course would be a coastal route for the scenery,,,,i am sure i could tickle it up to get a thousand miles out of her.i have done a lot of research on the spirit of butts farm and maynard hill
then i thought about a joystick and a laptop for a pilots view.........i think this would be better......that way i can control things, but i would still be well over the horizon......can it be done......providing i can do it legally of course
Jim, CAP 722 is guidance for Unmanned Aircraft System Operations in UK Airspace, I've attached it, have a read through and it will give you an idea of the certification you'd need for such a flight.
Flying from Scotland to the south coast with APM is not really feasible, Paul
i have read about 4 pages ......a bit too much for the moment....i will read the rest later......there is a lot of it...thanks
do you have the fuel tanks in the wings?
yes 19 in total plus genesys plus spark gas conversion
I think, that in honest answer the AP / APM can do it, it is doable over a given time period (refueling, etc, the problem as gary correctly postulated is that its not legal.(CAP 722, CAP 658, CAP 652,,so forth and so on...)
We fly very long missions with AP on board and whether you fly, in a confined area or in a straight line, makes no odds, its still distance.Its down to the powers that be allowing you to fly/drive along a coast road from scotland right through england, with built up areas, children, nunneries, in fact everything that isnt bare land..the CAA would never let it happen....
It takes me 7 hours to drive from here to my inlaws in Port Patrick, so its going to take you a while to do this.
lol they dont even like private aircraft being flown here.. (hence all the very cool vintage jets are all grounded, and fly in the US or SA)
personally you are going to have a serious issue getting approval to do it, let alone the logistics to manage a flight like that...
Anyway..as we both know the weather is always crap here! :)
looking forward to your thoughts on how you plan and execute a mission like this.
at this point i would like to thank you all for all your help......i dont think the law is going to let me do it......its a hell of a learning curve.....but now i have started ,,,,,i want to at least finish the plane and the electronics......probably a white elephant....but i want to build it anyway.