Other Mission Planner Features¶
Other features that aren’t specific to the modes already described in the menu:
The Mission Planner Console: When you first open Mission Planner you will see a small window with a black background with a lot of text scrolling by. When Mission Planner finally opens, the window may disappear. That window is called the console. You can keep it alive by checking a box at the bottom of the Mission Planner help screen.
F12 or CTL-T - disconnect or connect from/to USB or Telemetry
F5 - Refresh parameters
F2 - change to Flight Data tab
F3 - change to Flight Planner tab
F4 - change to Configuration tab
F5 - Refresh parameter list
CTL-G NMEA Output
CTL-W Wizard config interface
CTL-P Plugin enable and disable
You can display video from your aircraft on the Mission Planner’s HUD if you are digitizing it with the same laptop (with a video capture card or USB device). Just select the device in the Configuration/Planner screen, chose video format and press “Start” to begin recording. If you select the HUD checkbox, the video display will replace the artificial horizon in the HUD.
You can also record the video that you’re displaying to an AVI file. Just right-click in the HUD and choose from the menu that will pop up.
You can send NMEA (GPS) output to the serial port. Press control-g and you will get a box asking for a comport and baud rate to output standard NMEA data at 2 Hz, to any serial port. One application would be to use com2com to emulate a serial port to use with third party applications.
You can have the Mission Planner load non-standard firmware (any .hex files that you’ve made or got elsewhere) to APM by pressing Control-C on the firmware loading screen.
Mission Planner can give you audio speech alerts for events that you choose, such as hitting waypoints or low battery. Just go to Configuration | Planner | Speech | Enable Speech
Mission Planner can be scripted - see Using Python Scripts in Mission Planner (planner wiki)