ARTF is an expression that stems from the model making industry and stands for Almost Ready to Fly. It describes a glider model that possesses almost all of the components needed in order to be able to fly. In most cases however ARTF models lack a remote control (both transmitter and receiver). Here it is simply assumed that the customer is already in possession of his own specialized RC transmitter and that the only thing left to do is fit the ARTF model with a compatible RC receiver.
Since the expression ARTF is usually only implicitly applicable to glider models and the gimbal is not always exclusively used in combination with a copter we use the term ARTO (Almost Ready to Operate).
For us ARTO means that, according to our customer's individual wishes and requirements, we fit one of our standard products with all additional hardware components that are required to make the device entirely functional. This can include for example the motors, propellers, motor controllers or flight regulators for a copter or the control unit or FVP system for a gimbal. Furthermore we can evaluate the appropriate remote control for you.
One thing that is never included in our ARTO products are various software readjustments. These will have to be conducted by our customers themselves. We are also not able to demonstrate the functionality of an ARTO product but can guarantee that all components are technologically in working order. This is primarily due to two reasons. Firstly we would like to achieve that our customers themselves take a look at the product and come to understand through a hands-on approach which software parameters have what influence on flight characteristics and camera controlling. Furthermore we are supplying our products all over the world and our broad, modularly designed range of products obviously makes it difficult for us to offer RTF (Ready to Fly) products.
Below you will find possible ARTO configurations for a selected range of products. The links provided either reference the website of the producer or the retailer. Which source you eventually decide on depends on several criteria. If you wish, we at Skygraphy are able to acquire all necessary building components for you after making you an appropriate offer.
The gimbal used is of the CM-M-G3D make, which is a 3-axes gimbal with two motors for the pitch axis (double pitch drive). The camera mount is ideal for cameras such as the Sony A7 or the Panasonic Lumix GH4.
For this set we decided on the simplest version CM-M-G2S of our gimbal, which is a 2-axes gimbal with a motor for the pitch axis (single pitch drive). This camera mount is ideal for lightweight cameras such as a Sony Nex5/7 or a Blackmagic Pocket.
AF6-800 Basic AirFrame
As part of this set we offer a copter that already possesses all of the components in its initial configuration that are necessary for a stable support system to transport various payloads.
The copter can be expanded at any time to, in conjunction with a gimbal of the CM-M make, later be operated as an AirJib (AJ6-800-BAJ, AJ6-800-AAJ).
We recommend this set if you would first like to familiarize yourself with the AF6-800 copter and then decide at a later time which version of the CM-M gimbal is most suitable to your needs.
AF4-350-3D Base frame
The AirFrame AF4-350-3D is a small quadrocopter with a diagonal axis-center distance of 350mm.
The entire copter in its basic version consists of no more than seven CNC-milled carbon plates of the highest quality that are connected by only 12 screws. This makes the copter extremely lightweight at only 120g (excluding the rubber elements that come with it) while maintaining highest possible stability.
CM-M CameraMount 3-axes double pitch drive
3-axes camera mount with two pitch-drives consisting of the gimbal CM-M-G3D in combination with the hand frame CM-M-HFR.
CM-M CameraMount 3-axes single pitch drive
3-axes camera mount with one pitch-drive consisting of the gimbal CM-M-G3S in combination with the hand frame CM-M-HFR.
CM-M CameraMount 2-axes double pitch drive
2-axes camera mount with two pitch-drives consisting of the gimbal CM-M-G2D in combination with the hand frame CM-M-HFR.
CM-M CameraMount 2-axes single pitch drive
2-axes camera mount with one pitch-drive consisting of the gimbal CM-M-G2S in combination with the hand frame CM-M-HFR.