Hi fellow droners
After some shopping around for a easy-to-fly plane with extra space to accommodate the APM, I remembered that the Sky climber is a very good plane for this.
I had one just under a year ago and it went rogue, this was my fault though. I was flying waaay over my own experience, got mixed up with orientation and lost it. Never found it :(
Any way here are some photos of the setup and the specs:
Wing span 2m
Weight: just under 1kg
Motor 2835 1050kv
The sky climber uses two servos on the ailerons. These I setup as per APM wiki. Cant wait to maiden it with the APM installed. The weather in Finland is not that good: rain rain rain.
Do you think that the GPS does not have enough sky view?
As you can see the space under the maintenance hatch to the elevator and rudder has allot of extra space.
Had to do some plucking of foam to make a nice little nest for the GPS
GPS installed partially still waiting for a good cover. (Tape)
The weather gave me a break today with a non windy and no rain window. So...i maiden-ed the APM.
Okay. Manual control worked fine no problems. Stabilize not so well. When I switched it on the plane went into a nose dive. I quickly went back to manual a continued flying. Gotta do some tweaking.
Today I went flying again and did my usual pre-flight check. While the check I noticed that i had set pitch servo to normal, once i set it to reverse and tested the stabi mode the plane flew like it was on tracks. Nice feeling to see the APM doing all the work :) I feel spoiled now. Landings are more stable and very easy! Every RC should have APM installed.
RTL worked also like it should.
Next up: Auto-mode.