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  • Multirotor
  • Aircraft
  • Drone
  • Transmitter
  • Controller
  • Controls
  • Pilots
  • Receiver
  • Modes
  • Orientation
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FLIGHT BASICS Front Front Front Front Stick is pulled back, drone flies directly in reverse With manual flying the direction of the stick movement corresponds directly to the flight direction of the rotordrone, as if you are sitting inside of it. When the stick is moved backward in this mode, the drone moves directly backwards relative to itself, not the pilot. IN MANUAL FLYING YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ADAPT YOUR RADIO STICK MOVEMENTS TO THE ORIENTATION OF THE AIRCRAFT. THIS FLYING MODE WILL REQUIRE THE MOST SKILL FROM THE PILOT. INTELLIGENT ORIENTATION CONTROL These last three flight modes mainly deal with the stability of the aircraft. But one of the beauties of these advanced multirotor aircraft is that they have the latest advances in modern technology. This also allows us to control the orientation of the flight in relationship to the pilot. This is another advantage of having GPS technology linked in with our aircraft. Let’s look at these three different modes of intelligent orientation control. Manual Flying When flying without intelligent orientation control (switch in the off position), the pilot controls the aircraft by where the nose is facing. By pressing the stick forward, the nose of the aircraft moves away from the pilot (assuming the pilot is standing behind the drone and the nose is facing away from the pilot). By pressing the stick to the right, the aircraft moves to the right, and by pressing the stick left, the aircraft moves to the left. This is all good until the multirotor’s nose is facing the pilot, then everything is backwards and can be very disorienting. Flying in this mode requires a pilot with some experience. If the aircraft is some distance away, it is hard to really see where the nose is. Even an experienced pilot can be confused at times while flying with this type of orientation control. It is best to take advantage of the other two intelligent orientation control modes and fly with one of them. 20

Front Front Front Front Front Front Stick is pulled back, drone returns to pilot In course lock flying, the direction of the nose does not matter and the multirotor aircraft will respond to stick movement in that direction from the point of origin. In home lock, the takeoff point is establishes the radius point where the multirotor will travel out and away from. Pulling back on the right stick will bring the aircraft back to that point. COURSE LOCK FLYING IS PERFECT FOR THE PILOT WHO NEEDS TO MOVE AROUND WHILE FLYING THE MULTIROTOR AIRCRAFT. THE CONTROL STICK INPUT WILL ALWAYS MOVE THE AIRCRAFT IN THAT DIRECTION REGARDLESS OF WHICH WAY THE FRONT OF THE AIRCRAFT IS FACING. Course Lock Flying The first intelligent orientation control is called course lock flying. When the multirotor is first started, the GPS locks in on the starting point of the flight. From that point on, any stick control moved forward, backward, or to the right or left will be based off of that point regardless of the orientation of the nose of the aircraft. This allows the pilot to fly the multirotor with the nose pointed in any direction the same way they would if the nose was always pointed forward. When the control stick is move to the right, the aircraft will always move right regardless of whether the aircraft’s nose is heading toward that point or away from that point. The thing to remember here is that the aircraft will travel in a straight line. For example, if you fly straight and forward 50 yards from the starting location, then 50 yards to the right, then 50 yards backward, the aircraft will still be 50 yards to the right of the starting point. You will have to fly it 50 yards to the left to make it back to the starting point. It would not make a difference how many times you rotated the multirotor around during that flight. This mode is good if the pilot needs to move during the flight; for example, if you happen to be filming something that is moving and you need to move to follow it. This is the intelligent orientation control to be in because all of the directions will remain the same throughout the flight. HOME LOCK FLYING IS PERFECT FOR THE PILOT WHO NEEDS THE MULTIROTOR TO COME BACK TO THE EXACT LOCATION IT STARTED FROM. THE DRONE CAN BE FACING ANY DIRECTION, BUT WHEN THE PILOT PULLS BACK ON THE RIGHT STICK, THE AIRCRAFT WILL RETURN BACK TO THE STARTING POINT. Home Lock Flying The second intelligent orientation control is called home (or home point) lock flying. The starting point is again selected by GPS when the multirotor is first started. However, every time the stick is pushed forward, the drone will fly away from that point, and when the stick is pulled back, the drone will fly back toward that point. Again, this is regardless of the orientation of the multirotor’s nose. In this mode, if you flew the aircraft out 50 yards and gave it right stick, it would fly a 50-yard circle around the home (starting) point. In our example above, if you fly 50 yards straight from the starting location, then fly 50 yards to the right, then fly 50 yards backward, the aircraft would be back at the home point. This is a great control mode to be in if you are always going to stand in the same spot during flight. For example, if you were standing on the dock and filming surfers out on the ocean, this is the orientation control that you would use because all you need to do is pull back on the stick and your multirotor will return to that take-off point on the dock. CONCLUSION Hopefully these explanations and examples will give you a better understanding of the different flight modes and intelligent orientation controls available on many multirotor drones. In most cases, the flight modes will be on one three-position switch and the intelligent orientation controls will be set up on a different three-position switch. Take advantage of the latest in technology and make your flight experience easier to control and much more enjoyable. K Flight Success 21

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