Hi, I’m wondering on if someone could help me in my project by modify MissionPlanner a while.
So in short therm. I’m an X-plane developer with professional knowledge on X-plane plane making as well as writing plugins, making objects, texturing, PBR, etc. But I’m also interested in rc modelling (VTOLs). So I’d like to make a VTOL in x-plane to practice mission planning and parameter dial in.
What I’d need for this is to have the possibility in MissionPlanner Simulation for x-plane quadplane support, by controlling x-plane airplane motors no. 1-4 (index from 0 to 3) as vtol motors, motor no. 5 (index 4) as pusher motor and sim/aircraft/vtolcontrols/acf_vectarmZ dataref as vtol servos.
The problem is that the current version don’t send 5 throttle channels to XP, only one.
So I can’t control descent at all.
BTW I can add artifical stability within X-Plane in case low speed connection is an issue, but I’d definitelly acheve to let SITL control both hover mode and straight flight, to be able to write complex missions in planner.
Plane and Heli work well with X-Plane 11. I really struggle to get above 75-100 packets/sec from X-Plane which makes quadplane or copter difficult to fly well with ArduPilot running at the same time.
I modified SIM_XPlane previously to add a vertical jet to an aircraft that was controlled while the autopilot was running. For that I just read in the position of my slider from X-Plane as Mixture 3 to the throttle2 variable and sent it back by changing d.data to throttle2. A link to that change is here.
I see this is an old topic but I managed to tweak the Xplane11 interface to fly literally any VTOL configuration. My latest success is with a fixed wing plane with tilting rotors that flies perfectly both in VTOL.and CTOL configurations. I also had success with V22 Osprey which is a tail-sitter configuration and is readily available on XPlane as an aircraft.
XPlane 11 turns out to be a very reliable and cost-effective alternative to RealFlight with its trustable physics and the upside of flying in real-world sceneries and weather conditions.