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Posted by FlightZoomer | Aug 12, 2018 @ 11:48 AM | 1,241 Views
FlightZoomer 3 is released! (3 min 39 sec)


This weekend FlightZoomer 3 has been released. For the time being a launch discount is activated so you can get the app for free!

FlightZoomer 3 is an app, that offers unparalleled flying experience! Running on a Windows 10 tablet, notebook or PC, the app is connected with a ArduPilot flight controller onboard the aircraft (copter or fixed wing). Connectivity is done via radio telemetry or, alternatively, 3G. With the cockpit app you can:
  • Fly with the same autopilot modes, that are present in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner!
  • Embed the FPV feet from a classical onboard FPV camera in the cockpit or enjoy a synthetic FPV camera (that works without video transmission) or use both side-by-side!
  • Another absolute novelty is the terrain map, where surrounding terrain is colored to show lower, about equal or higher terrain (compared to the current flight altitude)!
  • In-built simulation mode, to try out and train everything before flying the real thing!
  • And many things more...


More info on https://flightzoomer.com
Posted by FlightZoomer | Jun 15, 2018 @ 03:55 AM | 1,538 Views
Flight Control By Speech Recognition - FlightZoomer 3 Feature Preview (3 min 58 sec)

In this video I present the voice recognition feature in my GCS/Companion-app-combo FlightZoomer. The feature allows to control the flight of an RC aircraft (or multicopter) using simple voice commands. In order to get an additional safety level against wrongly recognized commands, the engine does read back whatever sentences it thinks, it has understood. By affirming the readback, the command is then activated. Just check out the video to see how this works.


On this image you can see the flown route. At point 1 I activated the autopilot (which b.t.w. is a copy of the Boeing 787 autopilot), then I commanded some left turns: first to a western course of 270 (point 2), then south 180 (point3), then 50 (point 4), 270 again (point 5) followed by a right turn to 50 into the downwind (point 6). At point 7 a descend to 470 meters is initiated. Finally there is a turn to 150 into the base (point 8) and at point 9 the ILS approach is activated. The turn into the final approach (point 10) and the subsequent landing (point 11) was then performed fully automatic.

As you can see on the video, the voice engine really performs nicely and understands my commands well. You can also see how it misunderstands me in once case (and how the misunderstanding is resolved) when I pronounce a number wrongly (I am not a native English speaker).

FlightZoomer is a software solution, that runs on off-the-shelf devices and offers all you need for instrument flight and much more (e.g. a cellular network databus between gcs and companion computer, the companion computer is a smartphone, optional usage of 3rd party radio telemetry, embedding of the FPV camera feed in the cockpit app, synthetic FPV view based on telemetry alone).

The solution runs on top of the Ardupilot stack and will be released shortly.
Posted by FlightZoomer | May 13, 2018 @ 02:06 AM | 1,548 Views
FlightZoomer 3 flown from overseas, fully automatic landing (ILS) (2 min 54 sec)


While beta testing for Flightzoomer 3 a spectacular test flight has been done with intercontinental contributions:
  • The flight was performed in Switzerland.
  • The pilot in command (Andrew Stanley) was sitting on his desk in New York and used the FlightZoomer autopilot .
  • My role was copilot/spotter/air traffic control giving Andrew instructions (vectors) how to fly the manual part of the flight (the video shows the approach).
  • During the flight we communicated using a Skype call.
See in the video how nicely this all worked!

FlightZoomer 3 is a pure software solution that runs on commercial-of-the-shelf devices (minimally a PC, a notebook or a tablet). The app(s) are currently under beta testing and will be released soon. When released, the early adopters will get the software for free.

More info on my homepage https://flightzoomer.com/
Posted by FlightZoomer | Jul 31, 2016 @ 04:12 AM | 2,393 Views
FlightZoomer News! +++ FlightZoomer News! +++ FlightZoomer News!

Since my last blog post, I not only have released the next major version 2.0 of FlightZoomer, but also a minor release 2.1, where the autopilot algorithms are improved quite a bit.

Check out this video, to see how FlightZoomer version 2.1 works:
FlightZoomer Version 2.1 - A real flight showing the improvements (7 min 25 sec)


As a comparison the same flight done with version 2.0:
FlightZoomer Version 2.0 - a real flight! (9 min 8 sec)
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Posted by FlightZoomer | Jul 03, 2016 @ 09:37 AM | 9,747 Views
FlightZoomer Version 2 has been released! Check the new features! (14 min 38 sec)


After my last post, a lot of work has been put into my project FlightZoomer to prepare the version 2.0 release. Today I am pleased to announce that the software is finished.

The apps are available for free so there is nothing that could stop you from flying your drone according to IFR rules (except the regulatory requirements, which should strictly be followed)!

In the video above, I go through the highlights of FlightZoomer version 2.0, so you not only see the system "working" but also get an impression of the look&feel as well as the capabilities of the new autopilot.

The covered topics in this video are:
◾The autopilot simulation mode. It allows to demonstrate and train the autopilot features with just the groundstation app as a stand-alone unit. All the other components are simulated
◾The autopilot itself
◾The Flight Management System
◾How a flight plan is created on the fly in a couple of seconds
◾How an ILS radio receiver is tuned
◾The camera control panel on the groundstation looks
◾And - last but not least - a demonstration of an ATC-guided (air traffic control) approach to the tuned ILS

Some screenshots from the video can be found below.

For those who hear about this project the first time, here are some bullet points:
◾Smartphone based systems, that aim to recreate the avionics of a real...Continue Reading
Posted by FlightZoomer | Dec 27, 2015 @ 04:17 AM | 3,827 Views
Lets talk for a moment about a somewhat disturbing fact:

We build fantastic RC aircraft (e.g. just check this blog https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/member.php?u=3728) but let's face it: If we look at the supporting systems, instruments, the flying procedures and methods, each and every RC aircraft out there is barely flown as real pilots would fly this:
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Here is the solution for this "problem":
FlightZoomer - 1st automatic ILS approach with Air Traffic Control guidance (7 min 16 sec)


So let me quickly give an overview over the system:
  • Probably by far the most "scale" avionics suite for RC aircraft.
  • You really can experience flying like real pilots do, including flying according to IFR, fly ILS approaches, voice of co-pilot/Air Traffic Control.
  • Navigate using nicely modeled cockpit instruments.
  • Follow planned routes.
  • Smartphone based.
  • There are two smartphones, one is a companion computer, the second is the groundstation.
  • Between the two there is cellular network connectivity.
  • Transmission of the full set of flight parameter from the air to the ground.
  • 14 auto flight modes can be controlled from the FligthZoomer ground station.
  • Whenever feasible FlightZoomer recreates the avionics of the real Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
  • Camera control.
  • Built-in Air Traffic Controller simulation.
  • Synthetic voice output.
  • Mated with ardupilot flight controllers via MAVLink.
  • Available for free (version 1.5, version 2 will follow soon).

More details:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2157797
http://flightzoomer.com

The release video for version 1.5 (which was not yet equipped with the auto flight modes):
Flightzoomer has been released! Learn&see how the system works! (13 min 48 sec)