Having a ball with my AP and my new airframe...

These are pics of our team learning to fly FPV, playing with ardupilot....


ArduPilot autopilot.



HappyKillmore GCS.

Xbee Telemetry. 900 mHz

RangeVideo TX and RX 1,3 Ghz

Homemade Pan tilt camera.

0.40 glow O.S. fp engine

Big nitro tank to fly 50 minutes.....

2.4 Ghz 1 watt amplifier.

Futaba 9z radio TX

Assan 2.4 TX and RX modules.

RangeVideo V dipole antenna.




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Comment by Marco Glattfelder on June 25, 2011 at 11:51pm
Nice job! Congrats! What is the wingspan and the TOW of your airframe.
Comment by Teejay on June 26, 2011 at 12:47am
Good to see there are some ArduPilot Legacy users still flying. What version were you flying on this?
Comment by Azam Shahani on June 26, 2011 at 4:26am
Cool airframe! I'd like to know more! Scratch build or kit? And what range do you get on the vid Tx Rx using the amplifier?Airframe finish looks very professional. And I love the ample space you have for electronics
Comment by Kyle Pace on June 26, 2011 at 5:38am
Setup looks great. What OSD are you using for FPV? This is a similar setup I want to have (one screen for FPV and one for GCS). Nice job!
Comment by diego colonnello on June 26, 2011 at 6:08am
Osd is a remzibi one. This airframe is a.modified hangar 9 solo trainer the fuselage was redesigned to ease the equipment install.
Comment by diego colonnello on June 26, 2011 at 6:12am
Teejay, i use ardupilot because mi APM is on the quad! But let me tell you, the ardupilot behaves really good.... next week will be ordering a pair of APM kits...
Comment by Paul Mather on June 26, 2011 at 7:26am
Diego, you make some fantastic planes!
Comment by diego colonnello on June 26, 2011 at 7:46am
Thanks Paul, it is a big thing for me that you say that.
Comment by Paul Mather on June 26, 2011 at 8:07am
I've always wondered with a twin boom like that, do you have to do anything special to get the lateral CG right or does it not matter so much? I assume you're not going to be doing loops and rolls with this plane...
Comment by diego colonnello on June 26, 2011 at 3:47pm

Paul, if you fly the original trainer and this UAV side to side, you will notice no changes at all, this one does as good as it was when i took it out of the hangar 9 box....!!!!! also, makes rolls and loops and inverted.......

A difference is the really BIG space on the fuselage to install almost everything you may dream of installing on a UAV......... also have been thinking of a parachute!!!!!!    another difference is that the fuel tank is very big and goes in the center of gravity, so, empty or full, i almost can´t see any change on the C.G....


I have estimated something like 55 to 60 minute fly time in this configuration, (there is space for a bigger tank or a second one to gain 25 minutes extra......)


Taking of and landing is very easy, i will make a video of the live video feed from the plane so you can see how stable it is on the air.....


The tail booms are ALIGN helicopter tails..................


Take a new or old trainer, make the mods and i am sure you will enjoy it....




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