It's time to start thinking about INAV 2.1. No, I will not give you any timeline, but I can point two features that are very likely to go into the upcoming INAV release.
The first one is Braking Mode for multirotors. I already made a video about it, so you might want to watch it first. Right now there is an open test phase for this feature made as part of my fork of INAV. If you want to test Braking Mode, please visit this page and download the hex file for your board.
On top of that, it's very probable that DSHOT will finally make it to INAV too! DigitalEntity started to tackle with the DSHOT implementation so yes, this is finally happening for INAV!
What are Motor Stop and Airmode features in INAV and how they differ from each other when used on multirotors and fixed-wing airplnes? Should you use Motor Stop on multirotor? Should you use Airmode on a fixed wing? Long story short:
On multirotors, Motor Stop not recommended to use while Airmode is recommended to use. More than that, you can not use them both at the same time, since they exclude each other!
On fixed wing aircrafts Motor Stop and Airmode are highly advised to use together.
I like my 7-inch endurance quadcopter. It might not be the fastest one. Or the smoothest one. But it gives quite a lot of fun when just cruising with interesting views. And, since the battery lasts for more than 10 minutes, you can have this fun for a long, long time
INAV 2.0 changes a lot. Including OSD. One of the new functions is something called "OSD Profiles". You can set up 3 independent OSD layouts to radio switches and change them during flight. One OSD profile can display all the data, second one minimal set of data and the third one Map or Radar mode.
The common cranes (Grus grus) in a middle of the video really could not decide if they are scared of my drone or nor. In the end, I've decided to leave them alone… Storks are usually more friendly. They tend to ignore drones at all. The locals call this place The Carpathia. Why? Perhaps because those are the only "hills" on a completely flat area around.
INAV 2.0: Wind estimator. What does it do? Tries to estimate the speed of the wind (obviously) as well as wind direction. Let's be honest, it's experimental and relays only on the difference of predicted and actual flight path. So do not even try to think it will give accurate measures. But my tries says that wind estimator results are plausible as long as an airplane is stable in the air.
With INAV 2.0 you have an awesome OSD font called Vision. It's designed with readability in mind. Looks awesome, works awesome, has super nice graphical touches! From my perspective, the INAV Vision OSD font is the best font out there.
Autotune (or Auto Tune) that is present in INAV for quite a long time is a working solution for tuning PID (or rather PIFF) controller used by INAV on fixed wings (all airplanes, flying wings). Not like all the attempts designed for multirotors, this one actually works.
INAV Autotune can be used on any airplane and is fairly simple to use as long as you follow a few simple steps:
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