Walkera E-Eyes GPS FPV Plane


Project Review - GPS FPV Planes

Synopsis: Looking to quickly add to our fleet of search planes, we snooped around for some ready-to-fly GPS planes in the market for our volunteer trainers. We contacted Walkera to find out more about their new planes. We have decided to test this new model E-Eyes GPS. This selection is based on it's FPV readiness, failsafe and the GPS flight controller that is compatible with our 10 channel radios or use your own receiver/radio. During the test we will see how it handles in turbulence, flight time, payload, GPS accuracy and failsafe. Those nation flags are going to stay, as they match our volunteer list country of origins!.

Quick assembly
Gyro Self-Stabilization
GPS and "One Key" Return to Home
Failsafe auto RTH and Land

wingspan 1280mm or 50.4 inches
length is 910mm or 35.8 inches
4 channels with 4 servos
four 9 grams servo
30 amps brushless esc
stock 3 cells 11.1volts 1600 mAh 25c LiPo battery
weighs 750g at 26.5 ounces with battery
out runner brushless motor

Plans:  we will add an OSD to plane at some stage, so we can get the co-ordinates.


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... behind the scenes Friday November 28, 2014

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tips couponDesign Notes: The Quick Start Guide has to be updated.  The Lock and Unlock instructions were taken from X350, and is not the same as the e-Eyes GPS.  To unlock, you need to hold both sticks together and vice-versa for lock.  Our test shows the D/R is the RTH switch source Gear on the Devo 7 and F7.  We tried both switches. The RTF version,  stock receiver is stashed inside the fuselage and not reachable, which makes it difficult to reach, to rebind a transmitter or attach additional servo.

Pros: Quick and easy installation, designed for anyone who don't want to mess with electronics, very easy to fly.  The self leveling will help compensate for any nose heavy.  You can use any receiver and transmitter.
Cons: Limited fuselage space, but cutting down the extra foam will allow you to put a 2200 mAh Lipo.

Episode 1:  Overview [VIEW]

Episode 2:  Unboxing, installation & maiden flight [VIEW]

Missions Recaps:  During a search mission, we like to send the planes out first, as they have better endurance and flight time.  Once a point of interest (POI) is noted, GPS co-ordinates and the pilot trace will be communicated to the ground search crew as well as the multi-rotors team.  Multi-rotors are sent out for a closer look at the POI.

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