I'm still doing my research on building my first UAV and so far the Skywalker looks like a pretty good candidate but I'll be operating in high wind areas (like the tops of hills) in unrestricted airspace. I was wondering if anyone has played around with a variable sweep wing such as those found on the F-111 and F-14.
My initial thought was to have the wing sweep automatically based on forward airspeed thus reducing drag (and lift) when heading into the wind and improving upwind and cruise performance.
I would replace the pusher prop with 2x 40mm ducts mounted to the side of the fuse and move the battery to an external compartment on the belly. The freed up space would be used to mount the pivot and servo for the wing sweep.
My payload would be a gymbaled camera and transmitter.
The mechanism for sweeping the wing is quite simple so I don't see any issues there but I'm concerned that I've overlooked something and being conservative (read poor) I really don't want to make any more mistakes than I have to. (I'm quite comfortable making the required amount)
Your thoughts and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.