This article provides an overview of the available flight modes for Copter and instructions for how to configure which modes are available through the RC Transmitter.
Copter has 14 flight built-in flight modes, 10 of which are regularly used. There are modes to support different levels/types of flight stabilization, a sophisticated autopilot, a follow-me system etc.
Flight modes are controlled through the radio (via a transmitter switch), via mission commands, or using commands from a ground station (GCS) or companion computer.
Recommended Flight Modes¶
In general when first starting to use Copter you should progress through the flight modes in the order listed below, being sure that you are comfortable with each before progressing to the next (click the links for more details):
Additional flight modes:
- Guided (and Guided_NoGPS)
- Follow Me
- Simple and Super Simple
- Avoid_ADSB for ADS-B based avoidance of manned aircraft. Should not be set-up as a pilot selectable flight mode.
Most transmitters provide a 3 position switch but you can find instructions here for setting up a 6-position flight mode switch.
Flight modes that use GPS-positioning data require an active GPS lock prior to takeoff. To see if your autopilot has acquired GPS lock, connect to a ground station or consult your autopilot’s hardware overview page to see the LED indication for GPS lock. Below is a summary of GPS dependency for Copter flight modes.
Requires GPS lock prior to takeoff:
Do not require GPS lock: