Had a great time maidening Andreas' new RiteWing Zephyr II with the APM.  The Zii flies very nicely, and works well with APM.

We flew in manual, stabilized, fbw-a, and auto modes.  We reduced the default speed from 45 to 35, which gave a nice smooth flight with a comfortable airspeed for our flying site.

There's some onboard video as well.  It's interesting to see the differences in turning in manual, fbw-a, and auto mode.

Next up: try using APM in conjunction with FPV.

More details and videos here:

http://eastbay-rc.blogspot.com/2011/12/ritewing-zephyr-ii-ardupilot...

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Tags: ardupilot, maiden, zephyr


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Comment by Ryan Beall on December 19, 2011 at 10:42pm

motor esc?


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Comment by Mark Harrison on December 19, 2011 at 11:26pm

NTM Prop Drive 35-36A 1800
TURNIGY TRUST 70A SBEC


Comment by Alex on December 20, 2011 at 3:39pm

Did you use  for elerons "Y" connector?


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Comment by Mark Harrison on December 20, 2011 at 3:53pm

@alex no, we used the standard zephyr elevon configuration: 3 channels, motor, left wing, right wing.  We used the radio transmitter mixing on Turnigy 9x.  This allows proper operation in manual mode.  We set elevon mode in the flight planner.

Comment by Alex on December 20, 2011 at 3:57pm

OK Thank you

Comment by Hein du Plessis on January 6, 2012 at 3:16am

Stunning flight Mark, can you estimate what's the maximum flight time one would get from the Zephyr II?

Comment by steve F11music.com on February 13, 2012 at 6:20am

I just ordered mine from ritewingrc.com so it's good to see APM plays nice with it. Does the stable mode make it easier to fly? My only experience with APM and a plane is with the skywalker AKA flying pig :)

Comment by vilnis.lauva on March 1, 2012 at 7:23am

APM flies great with wings, I used it in falcon wing, just amazing, how smooth and nice it goes, in stabilization mode flies like on rails even with default parameters. 

Comment by steve F11music.com on March 2, 2012 at 3:13am
Nice! Can't wait!
Comment by dudz on July 2, 2012 at 11:34am

What prop are you using Mark ?

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