[ Peter Barker, Andrew (Tridge) Tridgell and Leonard Hall analyzing flight logs ]
Take three software developers, a bunch of flying robots, a windy day, some
coffee and mix. What you will get is a fun day of exciting flying just as
we did when Arudcopter Developer Leonard Hall visited the Canberra UAV
team at the Canberra Model Aircraft this week.
Leonard dropped in to do some flying with fellow Ardupilot developer
Andrew Tridgell and other CUAV team members to catch up with CUAV progress
on various projects and to demonstrate how to tune aircraft. We even
learned the theory of how heli software uses a virtual leash to control
The highlight of the day was most certainly watching what happens when you
attempt to fly a 15Kg Porter quadplane in the wind when it's been poorly
tuned. I've never seen a plane pitch ninety degrees on landing before and
I hope that I'll never see that again. Other highlights were watching
Leonard tune a racing quad and a very smooth autonomous Gaui GX9
helicopter flying in high wind.
As the sun set on a cold windy day there was only one thing left to do,
dinner at a lovely Thai restaurant. You just couldn't ask for a better
More pics on the Canberra UAV Flickr page.