Autonomous flight control for an RC helicopter

Michael Camilleri, Kenneth Scerri, Saviour Zammit

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This paper presents an autopilot system for a Radio Controlled(RC) helicopter, in a simulation environment. The controller is designed using Fuzzy Logic in order to achieve simplicity and cost effectiveness. The system controls the helicopter from takeoff to landing, allowing the craft to reach any position and hover stably with a defined yaw attitude at the request of the user. The Fuzzy Inference Systems (FIS) in use were able to allow for these operations with more than satisfactory results, even in simulated winds.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2012 16th IEEE Mediterranean Electrotechnical Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4673-0784-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-0782-6
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2012
Event16th IEEE Mediterranean Electrotechnical Conference 2012 - Medina Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia
Duration: 25 Mar 201228 Mar 2012

Publication series

ISSN (Print)2158-8473
ISSN (Electronic)2158-8481


Conference16th IEEE Mediterranean Electrotechnical Conference 2012
Abbreviated titleMELECON 2012
CityMedina Yasmine Hammamet
Internet address


  • Autonomous Helicopter Flight
  • Fuzzy logic control
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles


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