Originally Posted by KondorFPV
I think you guys should consider the use of a RTH function.
It's not a full-blown autopilot. There are several on the market. All they do is bring the plane back to the launch site.
Since you guys often lose sight of it, it would be so easy to just flick a switch on the radio and back it comes.
We are not talking about an autopilot with programmed waypoints, but one that has only one in its memory and brings the plane back circling over the pilot's head.
You could even agree on a specific brand and model that costs around 100-150$
so you know everyone has the same with just that simple function.
Probably a good idea. And you'd score it like using a motor in full-size soaring: you get credit for distance (no speed points since you technically "landed out") up to the point you flip the switch to activate RTH. The RTH switch could also be programmed to mark that position on the GPS logger (full-scale uses motor noise to mark that spot in the GPS logger).