Assisted Builds & RTF Platforms
Maintenance, Servicing & Repair
A major aspect of working commercially with Drones is airframe consideration. They will require maintenance, servicing, and replacement of parts. Victorian UAS now offers assisted builds which take you through the assembly of your very own commercial survey airframe. During this Drone training with a twist we will show you how we calculate motor power, propeller pitch and size, ESC capabilities, battery, airframe weight, lift, centre of gravity, flight controller installation and calibration, payload (camera) positioning and wiring to the flight control, and finally tuning and flying for type training. Best of all, you leave with the airframe you build! We even provide transmitters, batteries, chargers, cameras, maintenance box, and airframe manual, literally everything you need to start flying, as well as the knowledge you would need as Maintenance Controller!
Assisted builds are devoted entirely to you. We only take one assisted build at a time, and the build itself is undertaken with two of our experienced staff, ensuring you get the most out of the experience. We currently offer two assisted builds of fixed-wing airframes; an entry-level survey platform, and a premium survey platform. Both are based on ardupilot flight controllers, and are capable of autonomous flight. Please read each below to determine which suits your needs.
Assisted Build - Fixed Wing Under 2kg
Single Operator Survey Platform - $6,500
The single operator survey platform is a 1.5 m delta-wing airframe, providing stable flight with lots of lift and a simple design. It runs a compact camera, taking 20 Mega Pixel images, capable of 2.25 cm/pixel resolution at 100 m. The camera can be configured to trigger at certain time intervals, or triggered autonomously from the flight controller to create 2D orthomosaics and 3D models. The flight controller is an open-source Ardupilot flight controller which we have tested thoroughly and found to be very successful. This airframe is capable of up to 30 minute* operational flight times, covering approximately 30 km on a single battery.
This aircraft also has a flying weight of under 2kg meaning that it will be eligible for operation under the new Sub 2-kilogram regulation recently released by CASA.
*30 minute flight times are based on real-world operations, carrying the camera and conducting surveys. However, please note that this flight time is weather dependant, and strong winds reduce flight time.
This assisted build is set over 2 days and involves building and aircraft from start to finish, from components to flying aircraft.
Day one is dedicated to building the aircraft involving all the key skills you will need to maintain and build future aircraft (soldering, foam carving and component installation).
Day two focuses on configuring of the various software used and tuning, flying and testing the airframe itself with the goal to send you home with a set of test data gathered under real world conditions.
We also give an introduction on how to create image mosaics (see below) with leading processing software using your data on your computer allowing you to take it home and use it as the basis for future operations.
Airframe including all electronics (servos, motor, esc and flight control system)
Batteries X 2
FrSky Taranis Plus transmitter*
Camera (along with memory card and spare battery)
Long range ground telemetry module
Field maintenance kit (including tools and spares)
What do I need to bring?
*The airframe comes with a FRsky Taranis Plus, however, if you already own a compatible transmitter and receiver, there is a $300 discount.
*The assisted build and airframe flying takes place over two days in Warrnambool, and are run for a single person at a time