I am trying to better understand the dynamics of forward flight in multirotors.
Assuming I have a quadcopter with 4 motor/propeller combinations capable (each) of a propeller pitch speed of, say, SpeedMax= 100 mph.
In forward horizontal flight, the quadcopter will pitch down at a certain angle, let's say AlphaP, from horizontal. If AlphaP is, say, 45 degrees, and drag is neglected, wouldn't the quadcopter be capable of a max theoretical speed of sin (45)* SpeedMax ~ 70Mph?
Also, seems to me AlphaP cannot go all the way to 90 degree (quadcopter flying like a plane), as at that point the propellers would not produce any upward thrust to maintain the copter aloft given there is no wing loading as available in a plane. If drag was to be neglected, what factors would the optimum AlphaP be depended on, and what would that angle be, for maximum speed?