Flight Modes

This article provides links to Plane’s flight modes.


Plane has a wide range of built in flight modes. Plane can act as a simple flight stabilization system, a sophisticated autopilot, a training system or a flight safety system depending on what flight mode and options you choose.

Flight modes are controlled through a radio transmitter switch, via mission commands, or using commands from a ground station (GCS) or companion computer.

Major Flight Modes

All of the flight modes below have optional additional controls that may be used to change the behaviour to suit particular flying needs. After you have read the introductory material below it is highly recommended that you look through the complete set of Plane parameters so you can explore the full range of functionality available.

MANUAL---Manual control surface movement, passthrough
FBWAss-Roll and pitch follow stick input, up to set limits
FBWBsAAYlike FBWA, but with automatic height and speed control
CRUISEAAAYlike FBWB, but with ground course tracking and terrain following
STABILIZE++-Wing-leveling on stick release
AUTOTUNEss-like FBWA, but learns attitude tuning while flying
TRAINING++-Manual control up to roll and pitch limits
ACRO++-rate controlled mode with no attitude limits
AUTOAAAYFollows Mission
LOITERAAAYCircles point where mode switched
CIRCLEAAAGently turns aircraft
GUIDEDAAAYCircles user defined point from GCS
Return To Launch (RTL)AAAYReturns to and circles home or rally point
-Full manual control of flight surfaces
+Manual control with stabilized limits or assistance
sStabilized control with limits
AAutomatic control

Mission Specific Modes

When flying an AUTO mission Plane has some sub-modes that are set using mission items. The two main sub-modes are TAKEOFF and LAND.