Just noticed that
Nitroplanes' has a flying prototype of the RQ-11 featured on a pair of YouTube videos.
Model appears to be a final test version, as they've created copies of plans and other
packaging details which would only exist if they were planning to go to market with it.
I've also checked their website but didn't find any reference to this kit. I'll keep this
topic updated as more information becomes available.
Here are the links to the two YouTube clips they've posted on this so far.
Note: Photo from US Army, is similar but not
identical to actual version featured in video.
Hi Jim, Do you have any of these RQ-11 parts still available? I basically need a Fuselage with gear mod and tail boom with servo mounts.
If not can you refer me to a company or someone that might carry a bare fuselage.
On the RCG site one of the criticisms of the RQ-11 was that it was too fast in comparison to an EZ*. Can anyone comment on this and the low speed capabilities of the RQ-11 and its general flying characteristics - please?
I use an RQ-11 for FPV and have about 50 hours of flight time with it. With respect to speed, the biggest variable is wing loading which is mostly dependent on what battery configuration you are using. I fly with a 5000 mAh 3s pack for the motor, R/C receiver and Eagle Tree Systems gear. I use an 800 to 1000 mAh 3s pack for the video transmitter. On a standard day I can get about 50 minutes of flight time. This plane is great for sitting down in a reclining lawn chair making long flights wearing video goggles. It slows up enough to make safe FPV landings (biggest risk is the horizontal stabilizer will suffer occasional damage). I find the plane's biggest drawback is not having enough speed/penetration when the winds aloft are greater than 15 knots. Its very easy to get far downwind flying FPV and then watch an almost stationary image as you try and make your way back and the biggest movement the screen is your pack voltage going down! Things get a bit squirly when you get back down into ground turbulence as well. This plane can get bounced around with surface winds. It looks cool but it is fragile.
Bottom line is I am moving on to something with a wider speed envelop that is less fragile, simpler to assemble at the field (FPV requires enough junk and setup as it is) and will support both FPV and APM setups. Keep in mind the RQ-11 has only elevator and rudder (YAW) and nothing that is pure roll which the APM will work better with. On the other hand it was not difficult getting the Eagle Tree RTH to work without using an IMU based autopilot and its fun to watch it fly home only using GPS. Adding alerons to a RQ-11 could be a pain due to its built up wing.
I have decided to move to a flying wing and am building my own swept wing design.
I've had my Nitroplanes-003 Raven flying for a couple of weeks now, but have had it since last father's day. At first I was very disappointed but because of the way I setup the plane. I'll post some pictures because I do thing I've a couple of upgrades that are good, but I can not stress more than the single most important thing to do is follow the guidelines on setting the throws on the control surfaces. I'm used to just slapping the plane together and tossing it up. That approach does not work with this plane. With out adjusting the throws the plane would just go crazy. Little movements would cause super changes in flight and several times I landed pretty hard. I had to rebuild the nose, but it's now a great flying plane. It is pretty fast compared to my last plane (Skyfly Max) but I get great flight time on pair of 22's in parallel. I have also upgraded the tail, it's now coraplast with some lightening holes covered by clear tape. It's super strong and still light, plus now it's removable. I'll post my pics soon, but if others are thinking of this plane I say get one!
THanks for the update Brian, looking ofrward to your photos, especially how you upgraded the tail assembly.
I'll be publishing some videos in the morning. Probably late but may still help.
Would the RQ-11 make a good plane for a beginning pilot? I notice some mentioning its speed and am wondering if it would be too fast for someone starting out.
It's nowhere near as slow as an Easystar or similar, but it's pretty docile in how it flies. I think the flight characteristics aren't going to catch a beginner out, but being made of fibreglass and balsa, it's not the toughest plane in the world and it's much harder to repair than foam.
I'd recommend a foam aileron plane like the Easystar 2/Bixler. It will fly better than the raven, it can be repaired in minutes at the field and will be a better trainer.
The RQ-11a was ended? In Nitroplanes last 2 months is "out off stock".
Andrew, let me know about. I'm interested in this UAV.
I still have a NIB PROJECT RQ-11 which I purchased when they first became available.
If you're interested feel free to get in touch with me. Offering it for $135.00 plus shipping.
Andrew Van Der Plaats
Thanks for everyone's interest. I sold the kit to a buyer in Thailand.