If you are looking for the ultimate FPV plane, check out the new Skua from X-UAV. Designed from the outset for long duration FPV duty, the Skua places function over form, creating a very utilitarian platform.
The all molded EPO airframe features easy access to cameras, FPV transmitteries, batteries, or any other equipment you might place on board. The kit comes un-assembled with EPO and laser cut plywood parts, meaning you have virtually unlimited options for how you configure the model. A carbon fiber tail boom houses the rudder and elevator servos close to the tail providing very direct linkage connections, and maximizing space in the fuselage area. Transporting the Skua is easy thanks to it's 2-piece plug in wings, plus the lower fuselage pod removes easily from the main fuselage.
Using a 4S 10,000mAh battery, flight times well over 4 hours can be achieved thanks to the generous wing area and low wing loading of the Skua. A generous fuselage compartment with large top hatch, removable nose bubble and dual side doors allows you to access your FPV equipment and flight battery in any configuration you choose. It is an open canvas for your FPV needs.
• Kit - All assembly and equipment installation required
• Moulded EPO airframe
• Hinged side access doors
• Removable nose bubble for quick access to camera equipement.
• Large fuselage compartment accomodates many battery and FPV equipement configurations.
• Two Piece plug in wings with carbon wing tube
• Light weight carbon fuselage boom
• Tricycle landing gear
Flying Weight: 2500-3000g
Wing Area: 55 sq. dm.
Lower Compartment Dimensions: 270x70x93mm
4+ Channel Transmitter and Receiver
4S 14.8V 5000-10000mAh LiPoly Battery
2 x 9g Servos
2 x 17g Servos
3720 1200KV Brushless Motor
12 Inch or less diameter propeller
60A Brushless Speed Control
One of the best planes I have had FPV inside of. Without the APM it impresses me with its graceful flight. I get great video when there isn't a full glare on the bubble up front, but I am glad to have a buffer between my GoPro and the ground. Its a must buy plane! The CG is a little but forward of where they said it is in the manual so be careful. The plane will wingtip stall if you hold the aileron over completely. Don't treat it like some kind of fast flyer, because its not. I have never had a tip stall only a low speed stall trying to catch it once. Enjoy!Amazing plane this one, the plane oozes quality, for the price this is without a doubt the best frame you can buy, with proven flight times of over 2 hours with just 10'000mah it is incredibly efficient, the perfect FPV airframe in my eyes. Some may say she isn't the best looking plane out there, but it is designed entirely for function which is what you want with FPV, who cares what it looks like when it is going to be out of sight for the entire flight anyway? amazing plane.At the first flight I crashed the Skua because it stalled (broken servo?)
But today I made the real maiden and it goes very well. The skua is a steady airplane. Inside I have the apm autopilot that helps a lot while flying. I noticed that at full ailleron stick the skua stalls over the wingtip, so becarefull with that.
Used a NTM prop drive serries 35-42 1250kv and a Apc style 10x5 prop, Hobbyking 70A blue series esc and APM.I bought one of these after having used a Skywalker 1900mm. I converted the wing to include flaps (they do work well), however, the Skua is a poor plane for FPV and general utility. The Skua does fly well and is very stable once you get it airborne safely. In my experience it has a high stall speed, partly as a result of that big gondola under the wing, the comparatively low aspect ratio and the weight of motor and battery (5500mAh). So despite the flaps, it is tricky to land gracefully and will easily snap-stall on landing, resulting in all sorts of mischief. The other issue I have with the Skua is the prop position its a puller and in my view, pushers are superior for FPV, besides, the prop simply gets in the way of your camera gear. Last, I think the wing assembly is over-complicated as it uses three carbon rods and two detachable wings this is fiddly, weak and prone to fracturing the rods on heavy landings or ground loops. I suggest the Skywalker for FPV, rubber band mounted single wing, pusher prop, big camera bay on the nose.