Just did a “hangout” with Gary from SUAS news, covering multirotors and VTOL platforms
heres my latest attempt, with a newly built Vtail, 54 seconds, the best in New Zealand is 49 seconds and worldwide 46 seconds (from Australia)
5 laps around a cricket pitch (20.1 meters / 66 ft) flowen in a figure 8
What are you waiting for, give it a go and post up your video :)
September 24th , 2011, fly-in at “petes park” in Hamilton – a great day of nothing but multirotors
The next progression from the Vtail quad, naturally is a Vtail Hex !
the following video is not very good, and the tuning wasn’t finished.
The Controler is an open pilot board, the front two motors were controlled from one channel, only used for pitch, the center motors controlled roll, and the rears yaw and pitch, so in total 5 channels for 6 motors.
only issue was in a side wind, the front motors needed to be able to be used for roll as well, it tended not to have enough authority…..i didnt continue with this one….built something better
My favorite Vtail, as a general purpose machine
heres some footage with a crash (as alot of my flights end in a crash)
Its a great machine, with alot of load carryin capacity in a compact size, it also manages to fly if you loose 1 front prop
Vtail’s hold a special place with me, more yaw authority than a normal multirotor, and the graceful turns like a tricopter without that pesky yaw mechanism.
The first one was a quad, it was an experiment after converting a standard frame to a Y4, the Y4 performed well indoors, but lacked YAW authority when handling a breeze outside
so, not to be beaten, i remember reading a post on RCgroups about a vtail built by revritchie, so decided to give it a go. a piece of 20mm by 2mm aluminum bar, bent into a 120 deg Vee shape, and the Vtail was born :)
and some fun flying at the Hawera MAC field
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