The Droner's Manual: A Guide to the Responsible Operation of Small Uncrewed Aircraft

The Droner's Manual: A Guide to the Responsible Operation of Small Uncrewed Aircraft

by Kevin Jenkins
The Droner's Manual: A Guide to the Responsible Operation of Small Uncrewed Aircraft

The Droner's Manual: A Guide to the Responsible Operation of Small Uncrewed Aircraft

by Kevin Jenkins

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A Guide to the Responsible Operation of Small Uncrewed Aircraft, The incredible advancements in the field of uncrewed aircraft over the last decade have made it possible for almost anyone to build and operate their own drone, creating exciting business opportunities in numerous fields ranging from video production to agriculture. However, many beginners and even more experienced hobbyists find these ventures daunting because reliable information for construction and programming of uncrewed aircraft is often scattered across various sources, and the industry is still establishing standards for safe and efficient operation of UAVs. The Droner's Manual compiles the most important and relevant knowledge into a guide for both beginner and experienced operators. With his expertise as a UAV operator for government, industry, and hobby uses, author Kevin Jenkins offers step-by-step guidance to build, program, test, and fly multicopter, fixed-wing, and hybrid airframe aircraft for a variety of purposes. This comprehensive manual covers uncrewed system components, aircraft set up, flight controller fundamentals and failsafe features, the flight-testing process, and flight operations. The second edition incorporates regulation exceptions for recreational flying and introduces The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST), as well as offering new and updated information on smart batteries, solving GPS complications, drone photography, remote identification requirements, and the concepts of PID tuning. More than 70 illustrations provide detailed schematics and diagrams for the construction of complex systems such as first-person view (FPV) and imaging payloads. You will fly with confidence applying this book's direction on mission planning, checklists, and safe flight operations. Whether you use it to build your first unmanned aircraft or as a handy reference in the field, The Droner's Manual is essential for drone builders, pilots, and operators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781644252673
Publisher: Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc.
Publication date: 01/31/2023
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 545,454
Product dimensions: 7.25(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kevin Jenkins grew up outside of Portland, Oregon, near the airport where he first learned to fly. In 2009, he earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. Kevin spent several years as a test engineer and UAV (uncrewed air vehicle) operator, including deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. After returning to the United States, he was soon drawn back into the field of uncrewed aircraft. What began as a hobby in his garage developed into a full-time career, working with several companies developing small UAVs for civilian applications. Kevin is deeply passionate about the science of uncrewed flight and its potential to shape the world we live in.

Table of Contents

About the Author viii

Introduction ix

Abbreviations xi

Chapter 1 Uncrewed System Components 1

Ground Systems 2

Interface Device 2

Telemetry Transceiver (TX/RX) 3

Remote-Control Transmitter (RC TX) 3

Payload Interface 4

Power Sources 4

Remote-Control (RC) Systems 5

Theory of Operation 5

Configuration 7

Selecting a System 9

Aircraft Systems 11

Introduction to Airframes 11

Electrical System 35

Flight Controller 42

Flight Controller Sensors 44

Telemetry Unit 49

Maneuvering Controls 49

Propulsion Systems 55

Imaging Sensor Payloads 58

Selecting Components for a Multicopter 69

Selecting Components for an Airplane 71

Chapter 2 Aircraft Set Up 73

Assembly and Integration 74

Fastener Retention Methods 74

Using Caution with Electrical Components 74

Planning Component Placement 75

Protecting and Securing Connections 76

Wiring and Routing 76

Vibration Mitigation 77

Upgrades, Replacement, and Maintenance 78

Information Common to Multicopters and Airplanes 78

Standard RC Connections 78

Motor and ESC Set Up 79

Multicopter Set Up 83

Before Powering On 83

Set-Up Process 84

Airplane Set Up 87

Before Powering On 87

Set-Up Process 87

Chapter 3 Flight Controller Fundamentals 95

Common Flight Modes 96

Stabilize (Fixed- and Rotor-Wing) 96

Auto (Fixed- and Rotor-Wing) 97

Return to Home (RTH) (Fixed- and Rotor-Wing) 97

Land Now (Fixed- and Rotor-Wing) 97

Aircraft-Specific Flight Modes 98

Augmented Rotor-Wing Control Modes 98

Augmented Fixed-Wing Control Modes 100

Flight Controller Failsafe 101

Common Failsafe Conditions 101

Actions 102

Failsafe Summary 103

Chapter 4 Regulations 105

Recreational Use 106

Commercial Use 107

Small UAS Registration 111

Remote Identification of Uncrewed Aircraft 111

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) 113

Chapter 5 Flight Testing Process 115

Multicopter Flight Testing 116

Selecting a Suitable Test Site 116

Safety 116

Arming and Tip Over/Control Checks 116

Low Hover Check 117

Hover Throttle Setting with Dummy Payload Weight 117

Pitch and Roll PID Tuning with Dummy Payload Weight 117

Yaw Testing with Dummy Payload Weight 118

Altitude Hold Tuning with Dummy Payload Weight 118

Maximum Horizontal Speed Setting 119

Climb Rate Settings 119

Autonomous Test with Dummy Payload Weight 119

Failsafe Test with Dummy Payload Weight 120

Mode Checks with Dummy Payload Weight 122

Flight Test with Live Payload 122

Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight Testing 122

Selecting a Suitable Test Site 122

Safety 123

RC Flight Check with Dummy Payload 123

Configuring the Flight Controller 125

Stabilized Flight Check with Dummy Payload 126

Autonomous Flight Check with Dummy Payload 126

Autonomous Launch and Landing with Dummy Payload 126

Failsafe Checks with Dummy Payload 126

Flight Test with Live Payload 129

PID Loops and Tuning 129

PID Loops 129

Tuning Process 131

Chapter 6 Flight Operations 133

Mission Planning 134

Fixed-Wing Commands 134

Rotor-Wing Commands 139

Common Actions 141

Developing a Checklist 145

Power Off Preflight Checks 145

Power On Procedure 148

Power On Preflight Checks 149

Arming and Launch 150

In Flight 153

Recovery and Shutdown 154

Building a Field Kit 156

Glossary 159

Index 167

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