iNavFlight 1.1 has been released

Few hours ago official release of iNav 1.1 has been published. Comparing to few month old version 1.0, there were many changes, including few very very important. In my personal order of importance they are:

  • Default settings for Position Hold and Return To Home has been retuned, so they behave almost perfectly. Take a look at videos I’ve been posting here from time to time. Outstanding performance on defaults!
  • There is only one PID controller now. It’s is called FP-PID and I already wrote few words about it here
  • GPS signal handling has been greatly improved. Both number of satellites and well as HDOP should be rock stable now. Previous versions had a tendency to loose signal from time to time
  • Fixed Wind airplanes support
  • Waypoints
  • Surface Following mode using Sonar.
  • Single page OLED Display showing useful data instead of many screens showing all available data
  • HeadingLock mode that helps UAV to keep desired heading even with external forces and applied. It does not require magnetometer! I will try to write few words on this topic soon
  • New 4-way BLHeli passthough interface
  • Cleanflight Configurator reports HDOP fix quality instead of number of satellites now
  • GCS NAV Follow me mode to be used together with EZ-GUI
  • Many, internal changes and small features that makes iNav experience really incredible!

Happy flying everyone!

Drone vs. passenger airplane

Let’s be honest here: some drone pilots are stupid and fly very close to airfields. Big commercial airfields with tons of passenger traffic. Why? Ignorance, lack of knowledge, craziness, lack of imagination or just plain stupidity. On the other hand, commercial airplane pilots see drones everywhere. Few weeks ago grand hysteria: drone hit a plane at Heathrow. Who did it? Why? Laws should be more restrictive! Two days later: do, drone did not hit anything. So, what pilot reported? Probably it was white plastic bag. Eh…

The main problem with drones and commercial air traffic is that nobody know what would happen if for example DJI Phantom would hit Boeing 747. We more less know what happens when a goose hits one. It happens quite often. We also know when happens when a turtle hit and airplane on runway. Yes, it happens too. Hey, we even knows what happens when frozen chicken hits windshield. But drone? “Keine Ahnung” like Germans would say.

Now there is chance our knowledge on that topic would improve. EASA, European Aviation Safety Agency, decided to create a task force that will investigate potential results of drone-airplane collision. It will:

  • investigate incidents
  • analyze existing research
  • investigate weak points of airplanes: windshields, wings, engines in context of UAV collision
  • consider the possibility to do further research and perform actual tests

First results should be available at the end of July.