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 improvements?
- Version 1.5 mainly only provided feedback, Version 2.0 now is fully bi-directional, which means that my groundstation is extensively involved in controlling the flight path.
- Air Traffic Control simulation.
- Recreating all the autopilot modes of the real Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
- Sophisticated autoflight capabilities, like turn rate (= radius) definition, automatic course, altitude or glideslope capturing and - last but not least, the cherry on the cake - an automated ILS approach mode.
- The supported features of the guided mode via MAVLink have been stressed to the utmost to get a satisfying handling.
- Tested only with copters so far.
So what can you see in the video above?
- The video is a live recording of the first succesfully completed ILS approach under the guidance of the in-built Air Traffic Control from last saturday.
- You can see how the FlightZoomer groundstation is manipulated like real pilots would manipulate their Mode Control Panel (see below) in order to conduct an IFR/ILS approach.
- You can hear my comments, but also the Air Traffic Control (female synthetic voice) and my co-pilot reading back the instructions (male synthetic voice).
- 10 months ago I posted a youtube video, where I have hand-flown an ILS approach using FlightZoomer. At that time only one of 10 approaches would pan out so well as shown in the video. But the new version 2.0 will deliver a consistent and outstanding autoflight performance and precision.
Presentation of the real 787 Mode Control Panel (MCP):
Earlier FlightZoomer posts:
More details (about version 1.5):