Had a scary near fly-away today flying ArduPlane on a X-UAV Talon air-frame. Setup is Pixhawk 1 with usual GPS, Compass, I2C Airspeed, PM and 900Mhz telemetry. Talon has flown many missions with no problem and flew a 45 minute flight right before this one.
Launch was an auto take-off thrown by hand but after a few seconds the altitude read out dropped to 0 yet the plane kept executing a full power climb and was visually clearly climbing normally. As the altitude was near 0 the take-off waypoint didn’t complete so the plane went shooting off over houses. Eventually managed to switch to RTL to get it to navigate back but could not stop the full power climb (by the time it was back, it was too high for RC take-over)
Remembered that there is a alt_source parameter which I could adjust to use GPS as alt source which worked (final climb altitude once I switched to GPS was 887 metres!) Airspeed read out seemed to not make sense either at this stage.
Once altitude was valid I could get it to descend and managed to land intact which was a relief. After many checks of everything couldn’t re-produce problems on the ground and did another flight afterwards which worked normally.
Have attached both logs below, really keen to identify if this was a sensor failure, driver issue, EKF issue as it was pretty scary.
(Note that the t-log has two UAV in it as this flight was intended to be a test of some docking approaches. You can ignore the quad-copter on the ground as we never armed and took off as were focused on the main fixed-wing)