This is the first official test flight of the on-board ArduPilot autopilot in my Hobby-Lobby Senior Telemaster. The Senior Telemaster is over 62" long, and has a wingspan of 94" while it weighs only 10 1/2 lbs. It is equipped with a FlyCamOne2 light weight 640 x 480 video/still camera capable of being remotely triggered. The autopilot consists of Arduino micro-controller based boards and sensors consisting of the main autopilot "ArduPilot V2", an IMU 6DOF (inertial measurement unit) "ArduIMU+ V2, a differential pressure sensor to tell the autopilot how fast were going and tell us what our battery voltage is "ArduPilot Shield V2",and a GPS unit, to tell the autopilot where it is in 3D, a uBlox 5. With the exception of the "ArduPilot" main board available at sparkfun.com, all other autopilot hardwware is available at store.diydrones.com! The Senior Telemaster and the FlyCamOne2 are available at Hobby-Lobby.com
In this flight I am testing one of many different flight modes. This is Fly By Wire mode A. Essentially, the ArduPilot in this case maintains commanded bank and pitch angles, constrained to within user programmed maximum values, based on user transmitter stick deflection.
The user programmed values for this flight were 45° maximum bank, +10° to -15° pitch.