At last I managed to go out flying with ArduPilot Mega.
I was setup with:
- Skywalker : http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1223595
- APM +OilPan and no AirSpeed sensor yet
- Ublox GPS
- 3 modes : MANUAL, STABILIZE, RTL
Worringly, with the last svn the red led does not go solid anymore to tell that the GPS is fixed but I decided to go ahead with that.
unfortunately today was more windy than what I thought (it is always like this, isn't ?) but after launch and after taking enough distance from ground ...
I tried STABILIZE and at first I did not feel a big difference piloting it. The plane had safe behaviour even against the wind and I tried to rock it a bit and left it stabilize by itself with success.
When going back to MANUAL mode , then I felt the difference ... I am afraid that I will forget how to pilot if I use this too much 8))..
Then I tried RTL and waited to see what the plane was doing but the wind was not allowing it to make nice turn and keep a clean direction. I am not sure as well what Loiter radius is set by default (30m ?).
The plane is a bit heavy doesn't glide as much as I would like and in RTL, the engine speed did not seems to be enough to fight the head wind and to stay safely afloat. I might need to change the CRUISE speed to make it better.
I need to retry all that with Airspeed sensor and less wind.Overall it was a resounding success for me and you should be proud how what you do guys !.
PS: Just one detail. For those using svn, it is not easy to keep track of what you changed in headers everytime: eg: lately APM_Config_xplane.h has been the default config file and APM_Config.h was not read anymore ... took me some time to understand .