Did you just get a rider for an existing policy for your UAS? I know my insurance companies dont sweat the equipment replacement costs, even though its roughly $25,000 to replace it including camera gear etc. It was the bodily injury and major property damage they worried most about.
It should be noted we have had a couple claims with the insurace company covering the UAS equipment and they dident raise our rates. It was non UAS related, water damage by tenants in our apartment building, but nonetheless they dident give a rate hike.
I completely understand going with what you know though, hence the reason ive stuck with FBL. It is what I have the most experience with, and although i havent used Pixhawk up until this point, it certainly has a farmiliar feel to it. Ive flown a few flybarred models at the field and as I recall it was an altogether different feeling in flight. They are just very different characteristic wise. I think i have just learned to correct for the snappy behavior automatically over the years so it just feels right to me now.
I dont know how the pixhawk will respond, but my 3D models always get a varied flight. I usually do a couple min of low headspeed work as im digging the smooth flow these days, then before the esc heats up too much i flip into IU2 and beat it to death for a bit, then finally i flip into IU3 and pretty much always finish with a high speed run, bring it in and hit the wall per say and flip throttle hold and do a mini auto to land. So throughout the flight the helicopter see’s many different aspects of flight and when i tune i make sure it will respond well through all of it. That was much harder to accomplish with BeastX i will say, had some head wobbles and tail issues i could never tune out at low headspeed, not the case with the Spirit Pro’s im using now. Other than the FBL, there were no changes to the helis, just a new unit with the same e headspeeds I was running before. I guess the point of all this is clearly Spirit has progressed further than BeastX when it comes to their firmware, as they both use accelerometers and gyros and wuite possibly the same sensors, it all comes down to firmware and its implementation.
As we have talked about, i understand the market was designed and built on hype, but at this point there are some companies out there, small companies that dont hit you in the wallett for all your worth selling you $30.00 worth of sensors for $450.00 and giving you little in return.
I went with Spirit because i have active dialogue with the person who designed and built it. He does it because he loves helis, not to make millions and has no big ads on RCgroups and in Model Avation like Spektrum and others do. Tomas listens to the people using his product and has made many changes in direct response to what people asked for. In any case they have some kind of advanced signal processing that totally filters out vibrations incredibly well and turns even the worst setup, heavily vibrating gasser helicopter into something that flies great. I know from first hand experience using many other FBL’s that alot of the hyped up earlier fbls like Ikon1, beastx dont hold a candle to this guys pet project.
Whatever filtering Spirit is using would be helpful for Pixhawk I am sure. It works, i know from firsthand experience and testing. As i stated above, i have helicopters that are great at low speed flight as well as speed runs without making any changes. No pitch ups, no wobbles, no gain issues. Just great, stable flight. So using that logic, im positive Pixhawk can perform the same way, it just need the right filters and settings. As ive noted before, other FBL systems have some steps involved, like teaching geometry etc that I think are likely key to their success and the newer units have signal processing that is proving very reliable. Those are the things that would totally redefine the way FBL works with Pixhawk and improve performance tenfold i bet.
Then again, pretty lofty hopes for my opinion though.
I understand you position with FBL vs flybar. Its what you kbow and have had great results with. My position is that with some of the newer hardware, i have great flight and reliability along with mechanical simplicity and longevity. I have servos in some of my 3D helis that have endured hundreds of flights and are still going strong with no slop so it is possible to have a reliable FBL setup.