They call it an Auto-pilot but are a copy of the FMA Co-pilot.

Looks like it does everything Co-pilot does but
without servo reverse function.

I have no idea on pricing either and got the following specs. on it:

Voltage: +4V to 6V
Reaction Time: 1/60 of a second
Within 2 degrees accurate.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on March 23, 2009 at 9:48am
Do you know if it's available for sale anywhere? Last I checked it was being sold in Europe, but I can't find it now.
Comment by Laurent on March 23, 2009 at 10:43am
Hi, i found it at .nitrotek in UK.
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Sorry for my bad english
Comment by Gagarien on March 23, 2009 at 11:10am
This store looks like it is a Norwegian or Danish of origin at KR499 +/- $90 if I'm not mistaken but could be wrong and this site
Comment by Roberto on March 23, 2009 at 11:14am
This product was selled last year (a lot of EU shop and ebay shop) but now it's hard to find.
I know people that use it, it's accurate but they say FMA CPD4 is better.

An alternative is Futaba Pilot PA-2, but it can work with sun low at the orizont..


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Comment by Sgt Ric on March 23, 2009 at 3:11pm
Does that mean that the Art-tech is visible light like the Futaba?

That would be dissappointing.

T3
Comment by Krzysztof Bosak on March 23, 2009 at 4:43pm
"Does that mean that the Art-tech is visible light like the Futaba"
ultra high probability since FMA patented the use of IR sensor for stabilisation.

T3
Comment by Rory Paul on March 23, 2009 at 4:47pm
You will probably find that FMA's the patent on IR is for the US maybe Canada only so the Art-Tech would not be available in the US?

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on March 23, 2009 at 5:05pm
No, I think the Art-Tech one uses IR but probably violates FMA's patent. The Futaba one is indeed visible light and not good.

T3
Comment by Sami Finnila on March 24, 2009 at 3:56am
"This product was selled last year (a lot of EU shop and ebay shop) but now it's hard to find."

This seems to confirm that it probably violated some patent or that some other leagal issue arose. IMHO it sounds rather too 'general' to be allowed to patent "the use of IR sensor for stabilisation"; it's like patenting a car as mean of getting to work.. Well not quite but anyways... :)
Comment by Gagarien on March 24, 2009 at 4:37am
FMA Manual page 2 bottom say - US Patent xyz and other country's patent pending or some thing like that.

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