I'd like to see if I can help to get traditional heli simulation working. If I may impose, I'd like to get some general feedback from the community so that I can best direct my energy towards a solution.
Here's some background to help explain my motivations and abilities to contribute. I'm currently an undergraduate researcher in a non-linear controls research laboratory. My end goal is to use Fuzzy Logic to replace PID feedback control for an unmanned helicopter drone. I'm currently using a Thunder Tiger Raptor 90 as the testbed.
Of course, to test a new controller (especially on something as dangerous as a 90 series nitro), one must (ideally) have a working UAV platform first. In my search for a solution to the problems of finding ground station software, HIL, etc., I ran across Arducopter (much to my joy).
So now, instead of reinvinting more wheels than Goodyear, all I need to do to have a good testbed for my controllers is to help get HIL working for traditional helis in Arducopter, and add my own code replacing the PID control with fuzzy code.
The latter is something I'll likely do on my own, to submit for inclusion later (if anyone wants it). The former is something that I'd love to help with, but I'm not entirely sure where to start.
I'm currently the Robotics chair for our IEEE student chapter, so I could possibly contribute more than one set of person-hours to overcoming the challenges that are currently preventing HIL from working for traditional helis. I'm extremely interested in helping, and it's something I'd be willing to put a lot of hours into, simply because of how greatly it would assist me in accomplishing my own research goals.
So if you're currently working on HIL for traditional helis, or you know what's holding us back, gimmie something to shoot!