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 available for free so there is nothing that could stop you from flying your drone according to IFR rules (except the regulatory requirements, which should strictly be followed)!
In the video above, I go through the highlights of FlightZoomer version 2.0, so you not only see the system "working" but also get an impression of the look&feel as well as the capabilities of the new autopilot.
The covered topics in this video are:
- The autopilot simulation mode. It allows to demonstrate and train the autopilot features with just the groundstation app as a stand-alone unit. All the other components are simulated
- The autopilot itself
- The Flight Management System
- How a flight plan is created on the fly in a couple of seconds
- How an ILS radio receiver is tuned
- The camera control panel on the groundstation looks
- And - last but not least - a demonstration of an ATC-guided (air traffic control) approach to the tuned ILS
Some screenshots from the video:
For those who hear about this project the first time, here are some bullet points:
- Smartphone based systems, that aim to recreate the avionics of a real aircraft for UAV usage
- One smartphone is attached to the UAV and runs the FlightZoomer Sensorics app
- A second smartphone (or tablet in the near future) runs the FlightZoomer Groundstation app
- Both are connected via cellular EDGE, 3G or 4G networks.
- The communication links runs via a relay server, which can run at home and hosts the navigation database plus adds logging capabilities
- There are extensive downlink (telemetry) capabilities and uplink control capabilities
- The onboard smartphone is mated with an APM based flight controller via Bluetooth
- Currently supported is Arducopter 3.3 or higher.
- Supporting Arduplane is on the to-do list
- For about 200$ you can get everything mentioned working (assumed, you need to buy two Windows Phones for the groundstation and the sensor device)
Much more details you can find on my homepage flightzoomer.com.
The full documentation for version 1.5 is still valid for the basic functionality:
For the version 2.0 the additional features are described in this 50 page addendum:
So, that's enough for this time, hope you enjoyed the video and this post!
The music in the video is composed by myself.