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Feb 21, 2015, 05:50 PM
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Maxi Swift with APM


Here is my new bird:

- Maxi Swift wing, 1m38 / 54 inches wingspan
- Arduflyer board (clone of APM 2.5) with Arduplane 3.2 software + Neo6M GPS
- Turnigy Aerodrive xp C3542/1250kV & 10x6 CAM folding prop
- ESC: Plush 60A
- Two 2200mAh 3S lipo in parallel
- Servos: Hitec HS-82MG
Total weight < 1200g

The first flight was... today :-) So far I only tried the manual & stabilize modes. I will soon try the more advanced modes: FBWA, AUTOTUNE, LOITER, RTL, ...

I am also planning to add several things: 3DR radio, current sensor, camera & video TX, minim OSD and airspeed sensor [Done!]. Of course I will update this blog !

EDIT on June 2017: Now the wing is equipped for FPV:

- pan-tilt camera mount
- 900Mhz/200mW videoTX (+inverted vee antenna)
- MinimOSD [hidden under the red cover, with the FrSky RX]
- Airspeed sensor (Pitot tube)
- LC filter on the power lines to the camera & vTX
- 3DR radio modem (for tuning only, removed for regular flights)
- Max speed in level flight ~100km/h.
Last edited by grmis; Jun 22, 2017 at 03:06 AM. Reason: Updated config
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Oct 16, 2016, 03:50 PM
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Pitot tube

I recently added a velocity sensor (Pitot tube + analog differential pressure sensor) to the Maxi Swift.

As expected, this has improved a lot the way the APM/Arduplane manages the throttle and the speed.
Jun 20, 2017, 05:36 PM
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Maxi Swift FPV flying wing at sunset (4 min 49 sec)

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