I do not agree with these statements, comrade. I can explain. The routes are exactly the same with the difference that the fixed wing needs a larger turning radius, in principle it is the only difference.
The advantages of a fixed wing are clear when it comes to covering large areas, both for autonomy and speed when it comes to covering the area of interest. Normally the speed of a multirotor is between 5 and 8 m/s and that of a fixed wing from 12 to 15 m/s. The autonomy of a multirotor 25-minute and a fixed wing of 60 minutes. These data are averaged.
That DroneDeploy table I think is for referring to specific models. Otherwise it is completely inaccurate. It's a comparison that makes no sense to me considering that it's more comfortable in a relatively small area to use a multirotor and in a large area to use a fixed wing. Specifically, I prefer a fixed VTOL wing that allows you to take off and land more safely in very small spaces, matching the advantages of a multirotor in this sense.
If you allow me I will go over the table point by point and try to reason it so that it is understood what I want to explain, starting from the basis that I understand that it is more comfortable in small areas to use a multirotor and in large areas a fixed VTOL wing.
We have to take into account another very important factor, time. When you are working and to get the same results it is not the same to take 2 hours with one method as it takes 5 hours with another method. Time is money, so the less time you take, the more you earn.
- Maneuverability: For surveiying flight plans the routes are always straight lines that you program previously before making the flight, does everything autonomously so that it is not a problem for you the maneuvers that the flight controller has to do. If you had to do the flight manually it would be another matter but as it is not the case it doesn't make sense.
- Price: really if we only consider the price of the aircrafts, we forget about the sensors, I sincerely believe that a fixed wing is cheaper. I do not know what calculations have been made here, so I still think it refers to specific models.
- Size / Portability: It would be correct to say that it is easier to transport a multirotor than a fixed wing in most cases.
- Ease of use: The flight controller does it all, the work of scheduling the flight plan is usually done beforehand and not on the field, but still, it makes a difference when it comes to different types of aircraft but today the software allows you to do it in seconds of difference.
- Range: Definitely the fixed wing is superior.
- Stability: I also disagree here, I think that a multirotor is more stable than a fixed wing. Anyway, the important thing is to take good pictures and in both cases a gymbal solves it.
- Load capacity: Normally a multirotor of similar size is able to carry considerably more weight than a fixed wing. But when you choose a fixed wing, you do this by calculating the weight you will carry. It makes me think that this table is not referring to the topic we are talking about. I don't know....
- Safer recovery from motor power loss: Since the fixed wing plans can be better but in front of a Quadcopter. Faced with a hexacopter or an optocopter, the situation is different.
- Take-off / landing area required: Equalizes when we speak of a fixed VTOL wing.
- Efficiency for area mapping: Without a doubt it is much more energy efficient and in time a fixed wing. I don't understand what the table refers to.
I don't know, I see it that clearly. I may be confused. What do you think?