I have evaluated UGCS for use with fixed and rotary wing UAVs for my research project. We are developing lightweight SDR based GPR for arctic and alpine survey work - glacier studies and avalanche prediction. This is a project that will likely have long term benefits for the Uni I work at. It seems that UGCS is the only GCS that meets all (almost) of my requirements. So far I have only run simulations by creating emulation models of my real UAVs. They work and it is easy to use. I will try some field trials soon with my real UAVs. The Octa uses a Pixhawk and the aeroplane an APM. I am using the open version but if I am happy then I will purchase level One. Is there an enterprise deal for the entire University? I ask because it is probable I will end up as the Chief Pilot when the Uni finally gets its operating cert.
There are just couple of issues I need clarifying.
On a 4+GHz i7 the program drives the CPU into full Turbo Boost ALL of the time, even when it appears to be doing nothing. This is a bit hard on the CPU which keeps nagging me about how hot it is getting. An i7 turbo-ed at 4.7GHz is flying - what is the program doing that needs so much horsepower??? Have you built it to be multi-threaded?
When are you likely to test out the FlightAware ADS-B receiver? I cannot determine from the available information if UgCS will support it, but it seems unlikely.
As a full size pilot and flight instructor I find your flight attitude indicators and information display extremely awkward to use. Have you any plans to offer a proper attitude display which includes the system status and information? The one used in Mission Planner is one of the best I have used. If it were not for the quality and features of the rest of the program this would definitely be a show stopper.
Otherwise - good job. Looking forward to developments.