Hi stikmunkey :) I really love the aerosonde, must be a pleasure to fly. Yeah, my UAV is composite thoughout. If you get a chance to come to Adelaide let me know and it would be a pleasure to show you first hand. I forgot to mention that I've also been flying an XtremeStick, check it out on youtube; http://www.youtube.com/user/AvionaEvolution
The MicroAviona has plenty of power and penetration through the wind is great. I did a couple of tuning flights on Thursday and Friday on 15 knot winds with gusts upto 20 knots – no issues at all. Maybe I’ll post the Google Earth plot of the flights, but its not impressive because I was going in and out of autonomous - but the one I posted was all autonomous. I find the most limiting factor is that I can’t set the max bank angle much above 40 degrees because GPS starts to drop out to the point which navigation is effected.
Point taken on the standard rate turn,... but as you noted, as the bank angle increases, the nose will tend to dip, and some altitude is lost. I like taking advantage of this because this results is more elevator (because the autopilot is trying to maintain altitude), and the turn rate as a result increases - giving a nice sharp turn towards the next waypoint. :)
I think one of the big disappointments people doing DIY Drone projects at the moment will face is that of the low turn rates of their UAVs. If the waypoints are set too closely, they will miss their waypoints and their plane will be doing donuts in the sky. I've found this to be unnerving, because the longer you stay in the turn, the GPS don't work as well, and you start loosing height,... and conditions are ripe for a spiral dive.
I was designing and building a fuselage for my UAV and really liked your fuselage shape.
I was wondering whether you designed and tested on CFD first or straight away built this masterpiece out of prior experience. Since I am new to this area, please guide me how to proceed with such design.
Hi Ryan. For one reason or another your post doesn't seem to be working. I for one, am very interested in you design. Thank you for looking into the problem. If you wish to go direct pls use the follwoing web site address, Richard T. Leiterman