The categories for posts are a touch restrictive so I opted for posting this as interesting as it does not really go well anywhere else…
I am guessing I am not the only person on the planet to dive head first into Quadcopters, Autonomous drones and all things rotary wing shaped with the IRIS. As a complete and utter noob to this brave new world you all have created I have found it rather a daunting experience but the mist is starting to clear.
With hindsight scanning the supplied manual and then binning it in favour of online documentation would have been a good idea because there is sooo much more to this thing than first impressions give - not that first impressions were in any way lacking because they were absolutely not but reality is much better than I anticipated.
One thing that I was a bit disappointed with was the flight modes, Stabilize - yeah good, ALT and Loiter - superb, full auto - that was the one that sold it for me; but before buying an IRIS I checked out a lot of competition and one thing which I thought it really should have was the Intelligent Orientation Control of the DJI Phantom - being a noob I could see that being VERY much easier to get the hang of.
But the GPS waypoint navigation swung it so I got the IRIS, and now I have decided to check the online documentation I discover it does indeed have the exact same thing as IOC in the form of simple and super simple modes. A quick fiddle in the mixer screen of the TX, quick param change in the PID’s and I have it all set up.
Of course it is becoming quite apparent that it is not possible to cover all the features of IRIS in an advert, or a web page, or quite a lot of webpages it would seem, but I am somewhat surprised to find features such as this hidden away in the background especially with respect to an RTF drone which surely will attract attention from the less experienced out there.
So anyone else like me just diving in for a swim with an IRIS, forget the printed manual and get yourself over to http://copter.ardupilot.com/wiki/table-of-contents/ and find out what it is REALLY like!