I frequently read posts where folks 'think' their vehicle was in mode X or the battery was 'probably' getting low. And then they crash... Please read on for how to avoid this...
So the main reason I wrote Andropilot was that I wanted an easy way to know what was happening to my vehicle out at the field.
If you can afford to spend $100 and have an Android device, I think many of us would recommend that you run (not walk) to do the following things ;-):
- Buy this (or the version appropriate for your country) ($85) (some small assembly will be required for this kit)
- Buy this USB adapter ($2) (correct for most Androids, if not sure ask in the forum or read our wikis)
- Download either Andropilot or Droidplanner (free!)
- Plug in the radio
- Start seeing live data from your vehicle
After you do this:
- No longer will you need to remember 6 mode switch positions. If you change modes from the tablet or radio, a voice will tell you what happens
- If your vehicle enters a failsafe mode, your phone will tell you
- You will always know where your vehicle is
- If it is running low on power or doesn't see GPS, your phone will verbally warn you
- As you come into land your phone will talk you through each altitude
- If you want your vehicle to go somewhere, you click on the screen and choose GOTO. etc...
- You can draw a practice box and if your vehicle leaves it it will recover (plane only - see wiki instructions)
Sorry to be so blunt, but <$100 is a great added safety feature even for beginners...