Martin Rüedi's Blog (19)

ILS for copter

The recently released Version 3.2 of my GCS FlightZoomer offers an automatic approach system, that is similar to the ILS for manned aviation. For plane it was working since last year but since copters can't just slip down the glideslope and then touch down with a lot of forward speed, the implemented procedure had to be changed as follows for…


Added by Martin Rüedi on May 31, 2019 at 6:57am — 16 Comments

Simulatable and repeatable camera motion with ROI sequences

These days FlightZoomer 3.2 has been released which offers a number of new features:

  • Full stop ILS landings for copter.
  • Support for the affordable RTF drone Sky…

Added by Martin Rüedi on May 10, 2019 at 3:00am — No Comments

Interactive checklists and more with FlightZoomer Cockpit 3.1

Today FlightZoomer Cockpit 3.1 has been released (in the MS store the name is still FlightZoomer Cockpit 3). The app offers a number of nice improvements over the big version 3 release from August.

The most notable one are interactive checklists, which are demonstrated in this video:

This features supports entirely…


Added by Martin Rüedi on October 25, 2018 at 2:01pm — No Comments

FlightZoomer 3 is released!

Finally, after a long development time, I am happy to announce that FlightZoomer 3 is released!

To celebrate the launch of the FlightZoomer apps, the FlightZoomer 3 Cockpit-app is available at no cost from the Windows 10 Store. Be sure to get the app for free before the price goes up.

For those who don’t know FlightZoomer yet,…


Added by Martin Rüedi on August 15, 2018 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Use speech recognition to control a flight

In this video I present the voice recognition feature in my GCS/Companion-app-combo FlightZoomer. The feature allows to control the flight of an RC aircraft (or multicopter) using simple voice commands. In order to get an additional safety level against wrongly recognized commands, the engine does read back whatever sentence it understood.…


Added by Martin Rüedi on June 15, 2018 at 5:30am — 6 Comments

Flying from overseas using the autopilot & virtual FPV from FlightZoomer 3

While beta testing for Flightzoomer 3 a spectacular test flight has been done with intercontinental contributions:

- The location of the flight was in Switzerland.

- The pilot in command (Andrew Stanley) using the FlightZoomer autopilot was sitting on his desk in New York.

- My role was the copilot/spotter/air traffic control…


Added by Martin Rüedi on May 11, 2018 at 9:42am — 3 Comments

FlightZoomer Version 3 - Simulation Edition is released!

The first FlightZoomer Version 3 app has been released!

Anybody, who has access to a Windows 10 computer, is invited to visit the MS store and install "FlightZoomer Cockpit 3 - Simulation Edition" for free!



Added by Martin Rüedi on August 2, 2017 at 2:34pm — No Comments

The Wearable Groundstation

Have a look at the wearable groundstation, that I have built as cockpit for my Boeing 787-like drones avionics suite FlightZoomer...

The wearable groundstation has these features:

  • A solid carrying bracket allows to put on the whole groundstation without neckstrap
  • Perfect symbiosis between man and…

Added by Martin Rüedi on May 30, 2017 at 1:35pm — 1 Comment

Fly With A Single Rotary Controller - FlightZoomer 3 Feature Preview

When Microsoft announced the Surface Dial last October, I immediately knew, that no better application could be developed for this controller than controlling the flight path of drones. For weeks I checked availability in Europe, only to order an overpriced device from the US Ebay finally. As it arrived I probably got one…


Added by Martin Rüedi on April 28, 2017 at 12:28pm — 8 Comments

Synthetic camera offers FPV purely as a software solution

This is my second post in the series called "FlightZoomer 3 Innovation Previews". The first was this one: Maximized terrain awareness for drone pilots

The innovation highlight presented in the video…


Added by Martin Rüedi on March 23, 2017 at 2:38pm — 15 Comments

Maximized terrain awareness for drone pilots

This is my first post in a series called "FlightZoomer 3 Feature Previews".

One of the coolest features for the next release of my FlightZoomer apps is a terrain elevation map and a vertical situation display. The look&feel of these features strongly borrow from the VSD (vertical situation display) and the TERRAIN display of the…


Added by Martin Rüedi on February 23, 2017 at 2:59pm — 2 Comments

FlightZoomer 2.1 is released! - Check out this top notch distributed avionics suite for drones!

In this post I show videos of two real flights, the first above for FlightZoomer version 2.0 and another below with the freshly released version 2.1. Both videos show the same automatic flight including an ILS approach. In the videos the replay feature is used to sync the recorded video…


Added by Martin Rüedi on July 28, 2016 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

FlightZoomer 2.0 is released!

Until now I have presented only videos with the beta version of FlightZoomer release 2. But now the final version is completed and published. The apps are…


Added by Martin Rüedi on July 3, 2016 at 4:28am — 8 Comments

New features: FlightZoomer 2.0 adds 14 automatic flight modes to Pixhawk flight controllers

This video is a showcase in which I provide an overview of the capabilities and usage of the 14 additional autoflight modes which will come with the upcoming release of FlightZoomer (version 2.0).

In the second half of the video I show the…


Added by Martin Rüedi on January 23, 2016 at 3:35am — 10 Comments

"Swissair 124, you are cleared for ILS runway 15" - FlightZoomer now allows flying procedures like real pilots do

Two months ago I have released FlightZoomer for the first time (version 1.5). Meanwhile the next version is nearing completion (version 2.0) and I am pleased to present you some of the highlights of this new version...

What are the…


Added by Martin Rüedi on December 14, 2015 at 12:11pm — 5 Comments

EASA European regulation proposal

Beside the US regulation attempts also the EASA has released a proposal for drone regulations, for which the period to make comments has ended on september 29.

More official information here:…


Added by Martin Rüedi on October 18, 2015 at 7:07am — 8 Comments

FlightZoomer is now generally available! See how the look&feel (&features) of a full scale cockpit become reality in our RC world!

The title says it all:

FlightZoomer has been released and the three required apps can be downloaded from my homepage (the relay server) and the Microsoft app store (the Sensorics- and the Groundstation-app).

What is Flightzoomer?

A smartphone based telemetry, navigation and…


Added by Martin Rüedi on September 23, 2015 at 11:57am — 3 Comments

My project FlightZoomer: realistic flight instruments, navigation systems and auto flight systems


I´d like to introduce my project of a smartphone based telemetry and navigation system called FlightZoomer.

Other than (almost?) any existing system FlightZoomer differentiates as follows:

  • There is one smartphone onboard the copter/plane (= the companion computer is the phone)
  • Another smartphone is used as glas-cockpit…

Added by Martin Rüedi on August 16, 2015 at 6:33am — 7 Comments

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