I would like to get into flying drones and i'm really excited I just don't know what to buy. Since I would like to have a FPV system and of course Ardupilot. I'm about to purchase the already made system from Udrone but I was really hoping for some longer flight times than the standard 30-40 minutes. How about 3+ hours?
Is Nitro out of the question or really that much harder to use with Ardupilot? I'm thinking generally I could get better flight times. I guess you could say i'm a stereotypical redneck engineer that lives in North Dakota in the middle of the oil boom so I don't think oil/loud engines is necessarily a problem for me..
I have read a lot of people saying they are getting longer flight times but reading on later in the post it becomes more and more apparent that they are making up stories so I would appreciate an honest opinion.
I am leaning towards an already made kit but I wouldn't mind just a plane with an FPV system to calibrate/practice with before I start using APM. Eventually I would like to add some thermal imaging/image tracking to the live video stream which I might not be able to accomplish but it sure would be fun to try and I will of course post updates about my progress.
With these future goals in mind where should I start? What airframe/model will have a high payload capacity and 3+ hour flight time?
I know all of you veteran APM guys are busy and maybe this seems like a silly post to answer I would appreciate any help/guidance/direction/patience I can get.