Here in Boston, we have snow and wind. Not good for testing landing code. I hope to have some time in a few weeks to test and post the results of my new landing code. The old landing code can be seen in this video. Unfortunately coming in for a single approach like this has the EZ-STAR touching down at 28mph, and taking about 800 feet to land. The new landing code which I flew a few weeks ago does it in 300 feet.
The new idea is to circle in a radius of 125 feet, exit the loiter once the plane has descended to roughly 40 feet altitude, deploy flaps, and use throttle to control altitude while holding a fixed angle of attack. This worked 4/5 times for perfect touchdowns at 15 mph!! The 5th time crashed because the battery died unexpectedly. (I ignored the low battery alert so that's my fault.)
I know some of you out there argue auto land is a waste of time, but I like the idea of my plane having a failsafe that will take it to the nearest waypoint and land. Imagine what happens if a dog pees on your ground station! Things like this do happen, and autoland will save you.