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1Instructables24,377Views12CommentsCobham, Surrey, United KingdomJoined August 29th, 2016
I have been a keen RC hobbyist for over 25 years, covering competitive aerobatics, gliding and scale. I strive to leverage those skills in my commercial UAV venture and hold a licence from the Civil Aviation Authority for fixed wing and rotary wing. My company, Vertech Imaging, offers videography services on a range of subjects from stately homes and places of interest, to sporting and social events. I also carry out photogrammetry work for aerial mapping/modelling and build custom UAVs for c... Read More »

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  • jacques_eloff commented on jacques_eloff's instructable Quadplane Hybrid Drone5 weeks ago
    Quadplane Hybrid Drone

    Yes, it is possible, but I have not tried it yet. Here is an extract from the Wiki: The QuadPlane code can also be configured to provide assistance to the fixed wing code in any flight mode except MANUAL. To enable quad assistance you should set Q_ASSIST_SPEED parameter to the airspeed below which you want assistance.When Q_ASSIST_SPEED is non-zero then the quad motors will assist with both stability and lift whenever the airspeed drops below that threshold. This can be used to allow flying at very low speeds in FBWA mode for example, or for assisted automatic fixed wing takeoffs.It is suggested that you do initial flights with Q_ASSIST_SPEED set to zero just to test the basic functionality and tune the airframe. Then try with Q_ASSIST_SPEED above plane stall speed if you want that func...

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    Yes, it is possible, but I have not tried it yet. Here is an extract from the Wiki: The QuadPlane code can also be configured to provide assistance to the fixed wing code in any flight mode except MANUAL. To enable quad assistance you should set Q_ASSIST_SPEED parameter to the airspeed below which you want assistance.When Q_ASSIST_SPEED is non-zero then the quad motors will assist with both stability and lift whenever the airspeed drops below that threshold. This can be used to allow flying at very low speeds in FBWA mode for example, or for assisted automatic fixed wing takeoffs.It is suggested that you do initial flights with Q_ASSIST_SPEED set to zero just to test the basic functionality and tune the airframe. Then try with Q_ASSIST_SPEED above plane stall speed if you want that functionality.From the 3.7.0 release an additional assistance type is available based on attitude error. If Q_ASSIST_ANGLE is non-zero then this parameter gives an attitude error in degrees above which assistance will be enabled even if the airspeed is above Q_ASSIST_SPEED. The attitude assistance will only be used if Q_ASSIST_SPEED greater than zero.What assistance the quad motors provides depends on the fixed wing flight mode. If you are flying in an autonomous or semi-autonomous mode then the quad motors will try to assist with whatever climb rate and turn rate the autonomous flight mode wants when assistance is enabled (ie. airspeed is below Q_ASSIST_SPEED or attitude error is above Q_ASSIST_ANGLE). In a manually navigated mode the quad will try to provide assistance that fits with the pilot inputs.There is actually a flight mode in Ardupilot code called assisted where the rotors will come on automatically when speed drops too low

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  • jacques_eloff commented on jacques_eloff's instructable Quadplane Hybrid Drone10 months ago
    Quadplane Hybrid Drone

    Hi, apologies for my late reply. Unfortunately I am using Futaba so cannot really help you as I am unfamiliar with the programming. Why don't you ask the question on the Ardupilot forum or Facebook group?

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  • jacques_eloff commented on jacques_eloff's instructable Quadplane Hybrid Drone1 year ago
    Quadplane Hybrid Drone

    Hi Wasim, 20mm carbon is fairly standard for multirotor frames where the total weight is more than +-4Kg. Trust me, the carbon weighs very little compared to other components (both booms total 130g on mine). You also need to think about motor mounts - do you have some that will fit to 14 x 12?

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  • jacques_eloff commented on jacques_eloff's instructable Quadplane Hybrid Drone1 year ago
    Quadplane Hybrid Drone

    Hello, sorry, only saw your query now. This is what I have done:Main1/Ail AileronMain2/Elev Elevator (both)Main3/Throt ThrottleMain4/Rud RudderMain5/RC5 Front right motor, counter-clockwiseMain6/RC6 Rear left motor, counter-clockwiseMain7/RC7 Front left motor, clockwiseMain8/RC8 Rear right motor, clockwise

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  • jacques_eloff commented on jacques_eloff's instructable Quadplane Hybrid Drone1 year ago
    Quadplane Hybrid Drone

    Hi, everything you need is in the wiki: http://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/common-camera-shutter-with-servo.htmlNote that you will need to purchase a tigger cable - for example Seagull, Stratosnapper of Gentles.

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  • jacques_eloff commented on jacques_eloff's instructable Quadplane Hybrid Drone2 years ago
    Quadplane Hybrid Drone

    All the materials, including radio gear, camera etc. costs around £3,000 (that's GBP/Stirling).

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  • jacques_eloff commented on jacques_eloff's instructable Quadplane Hybrid Drone2 years ago
    Quadplane Hybrid Drone

    Hi, any version of Mission Planner should be fine. You will just need to ensure that that version 3.6 (or later) firmware is installed on the Pixhawk flight controller and then enable Quadplane features (parameter is called Q_Enable).

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  • jacques_eloff's entry Quadplane Hybrid Drone is a winner in the Drones Contest 2016 contest 2 years ago
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  • jacques_eloff commented on jacques_eloff's instructable Quadplane Hybrid Drone2 years ago
    Quadplane Hybrid Drone

    All the materials, including radio gear, camera etc. costs around £3,000 (that's GBP/Stirling). Total build time, including setting up, tuning, test flights, etc. is more than 80 hours)

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  • jacques_eloff commented on jacques_eloff's instructable Quadplane Hybrid Drone2 years ago
    Quadplane Hybrid Drone

    I have updated the first step/intro to include links to where the components can be purchased. Some of the suppliers are here in the UK, but you should be able to source the same items in other contries

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  • jacques_eloff commented on jacques_eloff's instructable Quadplane Hybrid Drone2 years ago
    Quadplane Hybrid Drone

    Yes it can, it's very manoeuvrable!

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  • jacques_eloff commented on jacques_eloff's instructable Quadplane Hybrid Drone2 years ago
    Quadplane Hybrid Drone

    Yes, in fact that's exactly why I joined Instructables - a mate of mine suggested I enter the compo! :-)

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