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.
  • Shortcut Keys:
    • F12 - 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
  • 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)