I fly my electric single-copters in auto only. I’m not a pro. I’ve never flown quad-copters, I designed and built my single copters and that’s the only drones I’ve ever flown. In Stabilize I manage to take off and quickly land before I lose orientation. AltHold and Loiter in the Super-Simple mode, with Land and RTL at my disposal make it possible for me to fly and make them return back safely. Wired, isn’t it?
I just enjoy developing more than flying… Not much time left for buying “the real thing” and learning to fly it.
My 5" electric single copters are too heavy to fly longer than for about a minute or two. The next one will be a 12" which should finally stay in the air for 15 min or so. That should finally let me learn to fly them
But my real goal is to develop a gas powered single-copter that will stay in the air for an hour or longer. The electric copters are just stepping stones for me because they are sooooo simple.
I’m a mechanical engineer - gas engines, transmissions, airplane design… not much programming and electric toys…
Now you understand why auto modes are critical for me. I’m just not good enough to fly drones manually.
After a few crashes I managed to take off and immediately land my gasser in Stabilize. When I did it in Loiter, it took off but after 3 sec of hoover it went hey wire. Went into resonance, nose dived and committed a suicide.
I rebuilt it and half a year later put it back on test rig. Sure enough the PIDs were way too small. I also noticed that there are position PIDs that were way too tight for that size/inertia of a copter. Did not know position PIDs existed.
I’m getting ready to test fly it again, but I’m afraid it may not have enough time to “learn”. How long it takes to complete the learning?
That PILOT_THR_BHV,7 intrigued me. Will have to find out what that is.
I feel like a blind person walking in a forest created by programmers who think that everything they created is soooo obvious to everyone…
Not that I’m oblivious to programming. I know Fortran, Basic, but… I’m still lost in arducopter.