Your advice for mapping plane

I would like to have a plane that allows me to do mapping. I am looking for a model that can carry a payload of about 2kg I already have the pixhawks with the downlink, Futaba radio 14sg, sony nex-7 with 16mm pancake lens. 3S, 4S and 6S 5000mah battery. I would like to fly around 40 minutes. I want it to be disassembled and easily transported in a car.

I looked at some models like Penguin and X6 Skywalker FPV wing but the payload is to low,

For now, the 2014 model skywalker 1800mm and Latest Version Black skywalker X8 Flying Wing seems  a good choice.

What are your suggestions and advice about models for mapping?

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  • Check out our latest Aeromapper 300 UAV model, it can fly for 1.5 hours with a 700 grs payload or 1 hr with a 1200 grs payload.


  • Finally, the model that seems the most appropriate for what I wish to do, is from the Zeta company, the model Buffalo FX-79. This is a light but strong model. it can take off by launching. It can handle a weight of more than 3.5kg and has a wingspan of 2M. . It can easily be disassembled and transported in a car. I will assemble for the use of the 6S

    He meets my requirements. My tests could better inform me on these performances.

    Here a thread on RCgroups

    Thank you for all your advice. They were very helpful!


  • Hi

    What do you think about the skyhunter or the new anaconda RMRC?
  • A foamie is definitely a great way to start, something like a skywalker or bixler. Easy and safe hand launches and easy to tune. If you're looking for something a bit more, check out the Lynx at Carries a variety of cameras including Nex-7 and A6000, packs down for transport, and can land vertically with a deep-stall. We also offer empty airframes for the DIY community.
    • Hi Matthew

      It looks nice. How much the plane fully loaded and its frame?
  • you can also choose to set up a skywalker x5 or a FX79 (much better design but more expensive)

    • Skywalker x5 has a high stall speed and not very stable

      I wouldn't recommend it!

      One thing if you intend to fit a NEX5 size camera is 2m wing span in order to get low stall speeds

  • Serge -

    We will be releasing a VERY affordable DIY kit for our new RF-70. If you message me privately I can send you complete details.

    RF-70 BUILD IT YOURSELF KIT (anticipated package content, not yet finalized) : 
    .            RF-70 : 1 left wing, 1 right wing, 1 center fuselage. All foam is 2.0+ density
    .            Proper brushless motor and propeller combo
    .            Electronic Speed control
    .            Necessary servo cables 
    .            Two matching metal gear servos
    .            Elevon control horns
    .            Transmitter and receiver
    .            Pixhawk with a hyperlink for downloading proper preset parameters
    .            Bungee Cord launch system (not rail launched)
    .            Complete DIY Kit Build Video
    .            Links to recommend camera sensors including NIR for precision agriculture (not currently suggesting Tetracam, Canon S100, or SX230/260. There is a better Canon camera).
    .         2 custom made carbon fiber spars with glass slip tub sockets
    .         FG rods for fuse and wing sparring
    .         Coroplast verticals
    .         Coroplast winglets
    .         Coroplast payload bay covers (2 saddle bay covers, and 2 covers for the center fuselage)
    .         Custom T6 CNC aluminum motor mount with 440 screws and lock nuts
    .         2 2" custom balsa elevons
    .         8 Delrin wing joiner clips with 4 tension 0-rings
    .         12 aluminum screw hubs with 12 match black nylon thumb screws (hold the payload covers down)



  • My opinion (and it is only that). Belly landing a $$$$$ Sony nex/lens in a foam aircraft is something to think twice about.

    This was for local mapping company - nex fully enclosed in fuselage with landing gear and automatic lens protector for take off/landing.

    Like I say others may feel this is overkill.

    • What airframe is that?

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