3.1     What can you do with FlightZoomer?

 

The system allows to plan, control, navigate and manage the flight of remote controlled unmanned aircraft.

Low cost solution, perfect for hobby or FPV pilots, as well as for expert applications.

FlightZoomer is a control system, that can be used to navigate, track, control and record the flight of remote controlled unmanned aircraft. The supported vehicles are fixed wing aircraft and multicopters.

A lot of features are borrowed from manned aviation: the look&feel (based on the Boeing 787 cockpit), IFR capabilities (instruments, autopilot, Flight Management System) and the support of professional procedures.

FlightZoomer consists of two apps, that are connected via cellular network. One runs on a smartphone that is onboard the aircraft and the second runs on a tablet that serves as groundstation.

FlightZoomer is supplementary to an existing setup of an unmanned aircraft, an ArduPilot-flight controller and an RC transmitter.

FlightZoomer offers these use cases:

Feature

Description

Unlimited range

Bi-directional transmission of data between an onboard smartphone and the tablet-based groundstation via cellular network.

Synthetic FPV Camera

The FlightZoomer cockpit app offers a synthetic outside view. Enjoy the unmatched experience when looking down on the landscape even when a traditional FPV setup would run into serious limitations (e.g. at night, in fog).

Real FPV Camera

Beside the synthetic camera, a traditional (real) video feed can be embedded seamlessly or as overlay in the FlightZoomer cockpit app.

Autopilot with 14 modes

Control the aircraft using real world autopilot modes like altitude capture and hold or ILS glideslope capture! The autopilot supports basic flying, as well as following flight plans or (simulated) radio navigation aids.

In-built Air Traffic Control

Be guided from cruise down to the ILS by the friendly lady from the virtual air traffic control center!

Flightplan based operations

Navigate and control the aircraft based on self-created flightplans: prepare, plan and execute routes like real pilots do (following instrument flight rules)!

Flight control using speech recognition

Fly your multicopter or RC aircraft by speaking commands! A simple yet effective grammar allows flying any desired maneuver!

Navigation Database

Create and maintain your own airspace with airports and navigation aids! This enables for navigation based on simulated radio navigation aids.

Instrument Landing System (ILS)

Capture and follow the glideslope with your RC aircraft for a precision approach! The FlightZoomer Instrument Landing System (ILS) offers the full set of real world features including the beeping at the outer, middle and inner markers.

Simulation Capabilities

Get accustomed to the system using the in-built simulation capabilities! They allow to inspect, demonstrate and train most of the features just using the cockpit app in a stand-alone operation.

Synthetic voice feedback

Experience teamwork with a simulated co-pilot who confirms autopilot commands!

Control Camera via SONY remote camera API

Start and stop video recording or continuous still shooting!

Use the smartphone camera

Make use of the stuff a smartphone brings with it by letting the camera of the onboard smartphone record images or videos of the flight!

Flight Replay Feature

Show your friends at any time, how your cockpit looked during a flight!

Flight Logging

Provide extensive flight telemetry/logging capabilities: dig into masses of data for post flight analysis!

 

The principle is very simple: Overall FlightZoomer is a pure software solution that fully relies on off-the-shelf hardware.