Flight School

Last Updated Sep 25, 2017 2:01:32 PM UTC

1. Introduction

Flight School assumes you have read the entire DJI instruction manual for your aircraft, and that you are familiar with all standard flight operation procedures. Additionally, you must install the latest version of the DJI firmware for your aircraft and remote control before using Autopilot. Download Firmware and Manuals

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1.1 Overriding Autopilot

Autopilot is designed to provide assisted flight control only. You should be prepared to override Autopilot at any moment by remaining within reach of the Remote Control at all times.

Critical To override Autopilot, toggle the Flight Mode switch to the appropriate setting for your aircraft type (S for the Phantom 4 and Mavic, P for all others). Then fly the aircraft using the Remote Control.

1.2 Understanding Autopilot

At its core, Autopilot is a highly sophisticated and robust autonomous flight control system. Each feature, setting, interface element, and safeguard has been carefully examined and refined to serve a very specific and intentional purpose, which may not always be obvious at first glance.

For example, you may encounter a scenario where Autopilot abruptly stops the aircraft and rapidly ascends or descends. While the maneuver may appear harsh, it is probably due to Altitude Priority, which is a key safety precaution that Autopilot enables by default.

Features like Altitude Priority are crucial for an app such as Autopilot, where the typical usage pattern is focused on both a moving operator and autonomous flight. This is in contrast to other apps, which assume that the operator is stationary and manually flying the aircraft.

This shift in usage patterns has many implications (some more subtle than others) and necessitates a re-imagining of the interface, particularly with respect to critical information display and control accessibility. In cases where you are manually flying the aircraft, instrument readings such as altitude and speed are high priority, but when Autopilot is flying the aircraft, knowing what the computer is doing is even higher priority.

1.3 New Possibilities

It will take time to completely digest Flight School, and we recommend that you start slowly and build on your experience over time. In the end, with proper care and attention, you will be rewarded with amazing visuals, many of which are not humanly possible to capture, at least with a single operator.

For example, this Autopilot Follow on Follow sequence was created by a single operator using an Inspire 1 and a Phantom 3 - Professional. Two instances of Autopilot were configured to follow the subject car, which the operator was driving. The first Autopilot was set to focus on the car, and the second Autopilot was set to focus on the car with an offset equivalent to the Follow Bearing, Altitude and Distance of the first Autopilot. Before Autopilot existed, capturing this sequence would have required four to five people: one driver, two pilots and one to two gimbal operators.

This sequence is even easier to capture now by using an Airspace.

1.4 Key Features

While other apps offer functionality similar to Follow and Orbit Mode, there are several key factors that differentiate Autopilot.

Additional Modes

Autopilot provides several Additional Modes, including Follow for the Inspire 1, Focus, Zip Line, Target, Intercept, and Mimic. Each Mode opens up more possibilities to capture the perfect shot for your unique situation.

Dynamic Altitude Reference

Autopilot allows selecting a Dynamic Altitude Reference (device barometer or GPS). This enables you to change altitude safely during Follow Mode (for example, driving uphill or skiing downhill) while Autopilot keeps you perfectly framed and the aircraft above ground level.

Advanced Safeguards

Autopilot enables advanced safeguards by default, such as Altitude Priority. See the full list of Settings for more details.

Real-Time Controls

Autopilot responds to control inputs in real-time. This enables you to see how different values will affect the shot without stopping and expending battery, and even allows you to create dynamic flight motions on the fly.

Pre-Flight Planning

Autopilot makes all Mode Controls available before you start your flight so you can plan your mission without wasting battery power. If you want to use a set of Mode Controls more than once, create a Flight Plan.

Custom Flight Controller

While most other apps use the DJI Flight Controller included in the SDK, Autopilot is designed around a Custom Flight Controller that was purpose-built with smooth and safe autonomous flight control as its primary function. By using a Custom Flight Controller, Autopilot is able to offer unique functionality, especially in Waypoint Mode.

The Autopilot Flight Controller has been extensively tested and proven to work in real world scenarios, and it has been in production use since the original launch of Autopilot in March 2015 - many months before any other app was available with advanced autonomous flight features.

Important The code for this Custom Flight Controller executes on the iOS Device, which means that the aircraft must be connected to the Remote Control at all times in order for Autopilot to function unless LCMC is enabled in Waypoint Mode. Additionally, older iOS Devices with limited processing power may be unable to perform the necessary calculations in certain situations.
Airspace

Autopilot offers the option to enter an Airspace. Once in an Airspace, multiple devices can share location information which can then be used to enable several use cases, including remote device tracking.

Smooth Video Framing

Autopilot utilizes predictive vector analysis and advanced PID algorithms to create silky-smooth video framing, even during high performance transitions.

2. Limitations Video

There are limitations that you should be aware of prior to operating Autopilot.

2.1 Registration

DJI requires all third-party applications to register upon installation, which requires a network connection. Autopilot performs the registration automatically in the background and does not require any input from the user. Autopilot will not be able to connect to your aircraft until the registration is complete.

2.2 Single App Connection

DJI only allows a single app to be connected to an aircraft at any given time. If another app is already connected, you need to terminate that app in order for Autopilot to function properly.

2.3 Barometer and GPS Altitude

Apple now includes a barometer on all iOS devices beginning with the iPhone 6/6+ and iPad Air 2. iOS devices with barometers can perform altitude measurements that are significantly more accurate than earlier iOS devices that are limited to GPS altitude only. If you are using an earlier iOS device, it is strongly recommended that you upgrade to a device with a barometer for optimal safety and performance while using Autopilot.

2.4 Collision Avoidance

DJI only includes sensors capable of providing collision avoidance on a limited number of aircraft types and only in certain orientations (currently the Phantom 4 facing forward). If you are using an aircraft type without collision avoidance sensors, or the flight path is not in the same direction as the sensors, Autopilot will not be capable of avoiding collisions automatically. When engaged in Modes that result in lateral flight paths, Autopilot assumes you have verified that there are no obstructions, such as trees or power lines, at or around the specified altitude.

If the aircraft is on a collision course, override Autopilot immediately and apply the appropriate flight controls to avoid the collision. In most cases, the safest action is to fly straight up.

Warning If you are using the Phantom 4, you must upgrade to firmware v01.00.0288 or later in order for Autopilot to utilize the vision detection system for collision avoidance.

2.5 Return-to-Home Failsafe

DJI provides fly-home and auto-land behavior (Return-to-Home or RTH) on all aircraft types by default. RTH can be activated manually via the hardware button on the Remote Control, or it can be activated automatically on low battery or signal loss unless LCMC is enabled in Waypoint Mode. In either case, Autopilot can not control the aircraft when it enters this mode, so you will need to be prepared to disengage and/or override Autopilot before the battery reaches 20 percent power remaining or the signal between the RC and aircraft is lost.

Critical There is currently an issue that prevents some aircraft types (Phantom 3 Standard & 4K) from executing RTH after signal loss when using Autopilot. DJI has confirmed that this issue will be corrected in the next firmware release for these aircraft types. Learn more

2.6 Altitude and Distance

DJI enforces flight limits on all aircraft types by default. This means that your aircraft — and therefore Autopilot — can only operate in a restricted cylinder around the aircraft home location. If you intend to use Autopilot over long distances or large elevation changes, make sure that you stay within the restricted cylinder. Learn more about flight limits on the DJI wiki

Important Due to FAA regulations, DJI enforces additional restrictions while flying in the United States. The maximum allowed height is 400ft (relative to where the aircraft was powered on), and there are no-fly zones around airports, military bases, and certain locations such as Washington D.C.
Learn more about no-fly zones on the DJI website

2.7 Wind and Ground Speed

Windy conditions will result in degraded flight performance as the aircraft must use some or all of its pitch/roll capability to maintain position and stability. For example, if the aircraft is flying into a 10mph headwind, the maximum effective ground speed will be reduced by at least 10mph.

Furthermore, while Autopilot does have Adaptive Horizontal Power, it takes time to construct the velocity reference frame (which means the first Orbit may be affected more than subsequent Orbits, for example). Excessive wind may result in unavoidable course deviations such as flying an ellipse pattern during Orbit Mode (instead of a perfect circle), or flying a curve during Zip Line Mode (instead of a straight line).

Warning Use caution while operating Autopilot in wind conditions over 10mph / 15kph. Operation in winds above 15mph / 25kph is not recommended.

2.8 Background Execution

If you press the Home or Lock button on the iOS device while Autopilot is engaged, or in an Airspace, or recording flight telemetry, the app will switch to background execution mode. While the app is executing in the backround, a blue status bar will appear indicating that Autopilot is using the device location. Tap the status bar to quickly return to Autopilot.

2.9 Operator Location

There are several features that depend on a valid operator location in order to function:

  • Mode Controls which allow the selection of the Device or Remote Control as a location source, such as the Follow Leader
  • Dynamic Home Location
  • User Interface elements that display the current operator location, course, and speed
  • Flight Telemetry files that record the operator location, course, and speed

When available, Autopilot can determine the operator location from the GPS of the device, the Remote Control, or an external GPS receiver. If none of these location sources are available, the location-dependent features listed above will be limited or disabled.

Some devices do not have GPS, and iOS provides no way to determine this programmatically. Similarly, some Remote Controls do not have GPS (Phantom models), but there is no way to determine which Remote Control you will be using until it is connected. Since you can modify the Mode Controls before connecting to the Remote Control, and the iOS hardware capabilities cannot be determined, Autopilot displays both options and allows you to select the best one given your hardware setup.

Warning The RC GPS does not include altitude information at this time. If you intend to use the RC GPS while moving, make sure your device has a Dynamic Altitude Reference available, such as a Barometer or GPS. If a Dynamic Altitude Reference is not available, make sure that your course does not include altitude changes.

2.10 Phone Calls

If you receive a phone call while Autopilot is engaged, you may either decline or accept the call. If you decline the call, Autopilot will continue to function as normal. If you accept the call, Autopilot will disengage and move the aircraft to a hover at its present position by default. The default behavior can be changed to allow Autopilot to run in the background after accepting a call, but this is strongly discouraged.

2.11 Settings

Autopilot does not show all possible aircraft and camera settings at this time. If you need to change a setting that Autopilot does not contain, you can do so by using the DJI GO app before engaging Autopilot.

2.12 Device Overheating

As a real-time flight control application, Autopilot can be very demanding on the system resources of your iOS device - particularly the processor. Be careful when operating Autopilot in high temperatures as this can lead to device overheating. When your device becomes overheated, iOS will automatically underclock the processor and may even terminate apps or completely shut down the device in order to prevent damage.

During an overheating scenario, you may notice the Autopilot interface becoming sluggish, the video previewer dropping frames, or the flight telemetry frequently becoming unavailable. If you see any of these indicators, immediately disengage Autopilot and place your device in a cool location if possible (not in direct sunlight).

2.13 Rapid LED Flashing

Rapid green flashing indicates that an SDK app is connected and successfully sending commands to the aircraft.

2.14 Network Connectivity

The DJI SDK uses wifi to communicate with some aircraft types such as the Phantom 3 Standard. This means that if your iOS device does not have a cellular connection, it will not be connected to the internet while it is connected to these aircraft types. Because of this, functions that require a network connection, such as loading maps or tutorials, may be unavailable.

3. Emergencies

As with any wireless and/or electronic device, service interruptions can occur at any time that may affect the normal operation of the device and may result in an Emergency Condition. In the event of such an Emergency Condition, immediately perform the Emergency Recovery Checklist.

3.1 Emergency Recovery Checklist Download

  1. Override Autopilot by toggling the Flight Mode switch on the Remote Control.
  2. Fly the aircraft to a safe location and assume a hover.
  3. If Autopilot is still responsive, disengage Autopilot via the app.
  4. If Autopilot is not responsive, terminate the app.
  5. Land the aircraft as quickly as possible.
  6. Turn off the aircraft and remove the battery.
  7. Turn off the Remote Control.
Warning These steps must be completed in order to ensure maximum safety

3.2 Emergency Conditions not exhaustive

  • Aircraft is flying erratically or off course
  • Aircraft is on a collision course with another object
  • Aircraft is unresponsive to Autopilot commands
  • Low battery indicated (iOS device, Aircraft, or RC)
  • Altimeter readings are erratic or inaccurate
  • Autopilot app freezes or crashes

4. Settings Video

Autopilot offers many settings to customize the safety, performance, and interface of the app to your needs. It is strongly recommended that you familiarize yourself with each setting and confirm/change the default values before your first flight with Autopilot.

Use caution when changing the default values for settings that affect the additional safegaurds that Autopilot imposes (such as the Max Distance Destination Parameter). The default values for these settings were carefully selected after hundreds of hours of real world flight testing to provide a balance between safety and usability.

Settings can be saved as named Profiles, and you can load Settings Profiles across multiple devices that are logged in to the same Autopilot account.

Important Settings are saved across sessions in the app, which means each time you start a new session, you should validate that the previously selected settings still apply to your current situation.

4.1 General

Unit System

Feet, Miles per Hour, Meters, Kilometers per Hour, etc.

Geo Coordinates

Display latitude and longitude as degrees or degrees/minutes/seconds

Custom Checklist URL

Specify a URL to use a custom checklist during the engage sequence. If no URL is specified, Autopilot will use the default checklist from Flight School.

Anonymous Usage Data

Toggle to send anonymous usage data to our server. Types of data include which Modes are being engaged, how often, and with what control values. This data is not tied to any identifying piece of information about you, and we use it primarily to decide where we will spend time improving future versions of the app. See our privacy policy for more information.

Custom Tile Server

The URL of a server that hosts custom map tiles. This is useful when Google Maps does not have acceptable satellite imagery for a target location and you have access to imagery on a custom (usually self-hosted) server. The URL should link to an end-point (http://customserver.com/) that Autopilot will use by appending zoom and grid parameters. The resulting URLs will be formed according to the Google Maps API specification, such as http://customserver.com/z/x/y.png

4.2 Map

Type

The map type to select when first opening screens such as the Flight Dashboard.

Icon Size

The size of the icons on the map. Larger icons are easier to select but may result in more overlapping.

Device Location

Toggle to show the device location.

Real-Time Tooltips

Toggle to show dynamic tooltips while dragging map markers.

Geo Coordinates on Tooltips

Toggle to include geo coordinates on map markers tooltips.

4.3 Flight Director

Engage Countdown

The amount of time to wait before Autopilot will engage after tapping continue on the final screen of the Engage Sequence.

Low Battery Warning

The battery percentage at which to place a visual warning on the Flight Dashboard. If Autopilot is engaged in the background, a notification will also be generated.

Dynamic Home Location

Toggle to enable updating the Home Location of the aircraft while Autopilot is running. If enabled and the iOS Device or RC has a valid location, the Home Location will be updated, at most, every 1 second.

Photo on Takeoff

Toggle to enable Autopilot to capture a single photo when the aircraft motors turn on while the aircraft is on the ground and has a valid GPS location. The photo will be captured before the Camera Action on Engage if engaging a Mode.

Telemetry Timeout

The amount of time that Autopilot can use aircraft telemetry. If new aircraft telemetry is not available, Autopilot will instruct the aircraft to assume a hover and a visual warning will be displayed on the Flight Dashboard. Lower values are safer, and higher values prevent mission disruption but may result in jumpy flight / gimbal movement.

Pause on Telemetry Timeout

Toggle to instruct Autopilot to automatically pause when aircraft telemetry has timed out.

RC Flight Mode Changed

The action Autopilot will take when the Remote Control Flight Mode changes. Overriding Flight and/or Gimbal Control only applies in Computer and Combined Flight Control Modes.

Disengage on RTH / Auto-Land

Toggle to instruct Autopilot to Disengage if Return-to-Home or Auto-Land is activated.

Disengage on Answer Phone Call

Toggle to instruct Autopilot to Disengage if a Phone Call is answered while Engaged.

Reset Gimbal on Disengage

Toggle to enable resetting the gimbal to FPV Follow mode (pointing straight ahead) when Autopilot is disengaged.

4.4 Movement Parameters

Responsiveness

The shortest amount of time that Autopilot is allowed to completely reverse the power output on a given axis. For example, if 1 second is selected, the aircraft will not shift from 100% forward pitch to 100% backward pitch in less than 1 second. Higher values will favor smoother motion changes while lower values will favor precise aircraft positioning.

Altitude Priority

The maximum allowable difference between the current aircraft altitude and the target altitude. If the difference is exceeded either positively or negatively, Autopilot will ascend or descend to close the gap before performing any other operations such as lateral movement, and a visual warning will also be displayed on the Flight Dashboard. If the Aircraft is in motion when Altitude Priority is activated, you may see the aircraft stop abruptly. Autopilot must assume that danger is imminent and, therefore, it prefers powered braking over smooth flight.

Min Altitude

The minimum altitude at which Autopilot is allowed to operate, also known as the hard deck. If the aircraft is below this altitude while Autopilot is engaged, a visual warning will be displayed on the Flight Dashboard. If the selected Mode is a Computer or Combined Flight Control Mode, Autopilot will automatically ascend above this altitude before performing any other operations.

Values less than 5m / 16 ft are considered to be unsafe and should not be used in most cases. As discussed in the Limitations section, Autopilot does not have Collision Avoidance, which makes low altitude operations exceptionally risky. Additionally, due to the inaccuracy of GPS altimeters, Autopilot will not engage with a GPS Altitude Reference when using a Min Altitude less than 5m / 16 ft.

Max Altitude

The maximum altitude at which Autopilot is allowed to operate. Any limits imposed by the aircraft firmware take precedence over this setting.

Max Distance

The maximum distance from the Aircraft Home Location at which Autopilot is allowed to operate. If the aircraft is further away than this distance, Autopilot will instruct the aircraft to assume a hover and a visual warning will be displayed on the Flight Dashboard. Any limits imposed by the aircraft firmware take precedence over this setting.

Altitude Tolerance

The maximum difference in altitude that Autopilot will allow when considering if the aircraft is at a certain altitude.

Distance Tolerance

The maximum difference in distance that Autopilot will allow when considering if the aircraft is at a certain location.

Max Vertical Power

The maximum power that Autopilot is allowed to use for ascending and descending.

Adaptive Horizontal Power

When enabled, Autopilot will constantly monitor the pitch and roll power output relative to ground speed in a given direction while engaged. Over time, Autopilot will use machine learning to construct a velocity reference frame that can be used to dynamically adjust the horizontal power output. These adjustments can help overcome environmental factors such as variable wind speed and air density, but only after sufficient flight time in a given direction.

Heading if Gimbal Yaw Enabled

The preferred heading that Autopilot should use for aircraft types that support gimbal yaw. This setting only applies when Yaw Enabled if Available is on.

4.5 Destination Parameters

Max Distance

The maximum distance that Autopilot can set destinations from the current Aircraft location. If the destination is further than this distance, Autopilot will instruct the aircraft to assume a hover and display a visual warning on the Flight Dashboard.

Max Horizontal Accuracy

The maximum allowable horizontal accuracy for destination locations. For example, the destination location during Follow Mode will have the same horizontal accuracy as the Leader location. If the accuracy is exceeded, Autopilot will stop lateral movement and a visual warning will be displayed on the Flight Dashboard.

4.6 Gimbal Parameters

Responsiveness

The shortest amount of time that Autopilot is allowed to completely reverse the target gimbal angle on a given axis. For example, if 1 second is selected, the target gimbal pitch will not shift from 0 degrees to -90 degrees in less than 1 second. Lower values may result in more abrupt gimbal changes and less steady video.

Yaw Enabled if Available

Toggle to allow Autopilot to set the gimbal yaw on aircraft types with 360-degree gimbal yaw capability. If this setting is off, Autopilot will rely on the aircraft yaw to frame shots.

4.7 Camera Parameters

Photo Mode

Toggle to set the type of photos to capture.

4.8 Mode Controls

Level

Toggle to show Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced controls in the selected Mode.

Synchronize Updates

The default action to take when updating the same Flight Plan on multiple devices. Enable synchronization to automatically propogate Flight Plan updates from any device to all other devices that are also viewing the same Flight Plan.

Max Altitude

The maximum value that can be input for altitude-related Mode Controls, specified as a percentage of the Max Altitude Movement Parameter.

Max Distance

The maximum value that can be input for distance-related Mode Controls, specified as a percentage of the Max Distance Destination Parameter.

Multi-Value Selection Style

Render Mode Controls that have a defined list of possible values as a Popup (default starting with v2.2) or Inline (behavior prior to v2.2). Popup style has the advantage of reducing clutter at the expense of requiring two taps to make a change to a Mode Control.

4.9 RC Parameters

Mode Control Input

Toggle to allow Autopilot to set Mode Controls by using input from the Remote Control. For example, if you move the Left Remote Control Wheel (Gimbal Wheel) in Focus Mode, Autopilot will automatically keep the shot framed at the same angle until you move it again. If you move the Left Remote Control Joystick Up in Follow Mode, Autopilot will increase the Altitude. Each Mode Control that supports RC Input is marked in the Modes section.

C1-C2 Button

Bind a custom action to the C1 and C2 button. Possible actions include Toggle Map / Camera (on the Flight Dashboard), Use Aircraft Location (for Mode Controls), Reset Gimbal, Disengage, Pause, Toggle Framing Reticle (on the Flight Dashboard), and Allow Mode Control Input.

4.10 Flight Dashboard

Style

Set the Flight Dashboard to the classic or DJI style.

Default View

If the screen size and/or orientation only allows one view to be displayed, start with this view selected.

Hardware Video Decoding

Toggle to enable hardware video decoding. This significantly reduces the processing power required to render frames in the video previewer, which can minimize the chance of device overheating.

Telemetry Detail

Set the level of detail to control how many data points are displayed on the Flight Dashboard Telemetry Tapes.

Classic Theme

Set the Flight Dashboard to a dark or light interface. The light theme provides contrast options for various ambient light situations.

Inline Controls Preferred

Toggle to display the Mode Controls panel inline. The screen size must be large enough (iPad only at this time), and the selected Mode must have controls available for selection in order for this setting to apply.

Framing Reticle

Toggle to display a reticle over the live video preview to assist with precise framing.

4.11 Flight Recorder

Data Logging

Toggle to enable logging Flight, Engagement, and Airspace data.

Data Backup

Toggle to enable server-side backups of all logged data. Contact support@hangar.com if you need to retrieve lost data.

Record Audio while Engaged

Toggle to record audio from the microphone on your iOS Device while Engaged.

Discard Audio on Disengage

Toggle to delete the iOS Device audio that was recorded while Engaged.

Audio Format

The type of audio file to create if recording audio.

Audio Bit Rate

The bit rate to use for the audio file if recording audio.

4.12 Airdata

User Token

Enter your Airdata User Token to enable automatic upload of flight telemetry. The token will be verified upon closing the Settings dialog. When verification is complete, a success or error message will be displayed at the bottom of the app.

4.13 DroneLogbook

Username

Enter your DroneLogbook username to enable automatic upload of flight telemetry. The username will be verified upon closing the Settings dialog if there are flights to upload. When verification is complete, a success or error message will be displayed at the bottom of the app.

Password

Enter your DroneLogbook password. For security purposes, Autopilot will only save a hash of your password, not the actual password.

Server

Enter your DroneLogbook private-label server URL. Leave this setting blank if you are using the standard, hosted version of DroneLogbook.

4.14 AirMap

Anonymous Telemetry

Toggle to share anonymous telemetry with AirMap to improve real-time situational awareness during your flight.

Traffic Notifications

Display real-time traffic alerts from AirMap when manned aircraft trajectories create a potential hazard for your drone’s area of operation.

4.15 Waypoint Mode

Waypoint Markers

Toggle to show the Waypoint Markers on the Map.

Segment Markers

Toggle to show the Segment Markers on the Map.

Focus Trigger Markers

Toggle to show the Focus Trigger and Focus Trigger Subject Markers on the Map.

Drawing Markers

Toggle to show the Drawing Markers on the Map.

4.16 Pano Mode

Altitude Tolerance

The maximum difference in altitude that Autopilot will allow when initiating camera capture for a given frame.

Distance Tolerance

The maximum difference in distance that Autopilot will allow when initiating camera capture for a given frame.

Yaw Tolerance

The maximum difference in degrees (horizontally) that Autopilot will allow when initiating camera capture for a given frame.

Pitch Tolerance

The maximum difference in degrees (vertically) that Autopilot will allow when initiating camera capture for a given frame.

5. Modes

Autopilot offers multiple Modes to accommodate different usage scenarios. The Modes are grouped into categories for human, computer, and combined flight control, and the Mode Controls are segmented into Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Additionally, many of the Mode Controls respond to Remote Control Input.

It is strongly recommended that you familiarize yourself with the capabilities and controls of each Mode before your first flight with Autopilot. This will enable you to choose the best Mode to accomplish the goal(s) for your specific usage scenario. Additionally, it is strongly recommended that you practice with the various Modes in the order listed below, as each Mode is progressively more advanced.

Mode Controls can be saved as a Flight Plan, which is particularly useful for Modes that have many inputs.

When connected to an aircraft, you can tap Use Aircraft Location or press the C2 button on the Remote Control to use the current aircraft location for various Mode Controls.

Important Mode Controls serve as suggestions only.

Autopilot may not be able to completely or precisely satisfy the goals implied by the controls at all times due to safety, performance, and sensor limitations. It is possible to choose combinations of control values that are beyond the limits of the aircraft and sensors.

Additionally, if you modify the Mode Controls mid-flight, Autopilot will respond in real-time. Be careful to consider the effect that such changes will have on the flight path to ensure safety to the aircraft, people and property.

Mode Feature Overview Legend
Computer Control
Human Control via RC
Human Control via iOS Device
Flight Controls Gimbal Flight Recorder
Mode Pitch
& Roll
Yaw Altitude Pitch Yaw
Inspire 1
Data Audio
iOS Device
Camera
Aircraft
Human Flight Control
Black Box Black Box
Focus Focus
Computer Flight Control
Follow Follow
Orbit Orbit
Target Target
Zip Line Zip Line
Pano Pano
Combined Flight Control
Waypoint Waypoint
Cruise Cruise
Mimic Mimic
Intercept Intercept
Scroll right to see more.

5.1 Black Box Human Flight Control

Fly the aircraft with the Remote Control while Autopilot records audio and flight telemetry. See the Flight Recorder section for instructions on retrieving the audio and data files.

5.1.1 Controls

Camera Action On Engage / Disengage, at a Trigger, or during a Waypoint Action

Start Autopilot will start camera capture. If the camera is currently capturing in a different mode, Autopilot will automatically stop the previous capture before starting the next capture. The current camera settings will be used for the capture.

Stop Autopilot will stop camera capture if not already stopped.

Focus Autopilot will focus the camera using auto-focus at the center of the sensor (if available).

None Autopilot will not perform any camera actions. Only available on Engage / Disengage.

Camera Mode Applies when Camera Action is Start

Video Autopilot will set the camera to capture video.

Photo Autopilot will set the camera to capture photo(s).

Photo Mode Applies when Camera Mode is Photo

Single Autopilot will set the camera to capture a single photo.

Interval Autopilot will set the camera to capture interval photos.

Burst Autopilot will set the camera to capture a burst photos.

HDR Autopilot will set the camera to capture an HDR photo.

AEB Autopilot will set the camera to capture an AEB photo.

RAW Burst Autopilot will set the camera to capture a burst RAW photos.

Time Lapse Autopilot will set the camera to capture timelapse photos.

Time Interval Applies when Photo Mode is Interval

Previously Used Autopilot will not change the current time interval setting (saved on the camera).

1s - 60s Autopilot will change the time interval of the camera to the specified value before starting the interval capture. Some cameras and may not support the lowest values (e.g. only the XT supports 1s).

5.2 Focus Human Flight Control Video

Fly the aircraft with the Remote Control while Autopilot controls the gimbal. No matter where you fly, Autopilot will ensure the camera is pointing in the proper direction given the selected Strategy.

Some aircraft types, such as the Phantom 3 series, do not have 360-degree gimbal yaw capability. Furthermore, due to a limitation in the DJI SDK, it is not possible for the app to control one axis of aircraft movement (yaw), while the operator has control of the others (pitch and roll). Consider using Cruise Mode with the Focus Yaw Strategy instead (available in intermediate and advanced).

This mode is ideal for scenarios requiring high-performance maneuvers. During fast motion it may take several seconds for the aircraft and/or camera to yaw to the appropriate angle.

If your Focus Subject is not moving and the aircraft is still not pointed in the correct direction, you may need to recalibrate the compass. If the problem persists after compass calibration, it may be due to a lack of GPS signal strength and/or accuracy.

5.2.1 Controls

Strategy

Subject Autopilot will focus on a selected Subject.

Direction Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal to match a specified angle.

Pattern Video Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal to center a pattern that you define by pinching the camera screen on your iOS Device. Two fingers are required to define the pattern and you can swipe up to cancel. Smaller patterns are more difficult to track and require more processing power. For optimal results, define patterns that occupy at least 1/8 of the screen. If the image processing rate falls below 10 fps, you may need to upgrade to a more powerful device.

Touch Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal according to where you touch the camera screen on your iOS Device. Two fingers are required to activate camera motion.

Device Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal to match the direction of your iOS Device.

Passive Autopilot will let you operate the gimbal independently.

Subject Applies when Strategy is Subject

Move the Left Remote Control Wheel to adjust the gimbal angle, and Autopilot will maintain the same angle until you move it again. Autopilot accomplishes this by applying an Altitude Offset. Switch to Advanced to learn more about Altitude Offsets

Operator Autopilot will focus on the location of your iOS Device or Remote Control, whichever is available and more accurate. Offset Available

Device Autopilot will focus on the location of your iOS Device. Offset Available

RC Autopilot will focus on the location of your Remote Control. This is only possible when paired with a GPS-enabled Remote Control, such as the Inspire 1 RC. Offset Available

POI Autopilot will focus on a point-of-interest location that you select. To set the POI while engaged, drag the Focus Subject Marker on the Flight Dashboard map.

Airspace Autopilot will focus on the location of one or more selected Airspace Objects. Offset Available

Altitude Applies when Subject is POI

Autopilot will add or subtract this height from the subject location.

Pitch Applies when Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal pitch to this angle.

Roll Applies when Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal roll to this angle.

Tap Reset to set the Pitch and Roll to zero.
Device Offset Applies when Strategy is Device

Absolute Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding an absolute angle to the device heading. For example, if the device heading is 90 degrees, and the offset angle is 90 degrees, the desired aircraft heading is 180 degrees. Tap Use Device Heading to use the current device heading as the offset angle.

Bearing Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding a relative angle to the current bearing from the aircraft to the operator. The specified angle defines the device heading that should represent a 0 degree relative angle. For example, if the bearing from the aircraft to the operator is 0 degrees, and the heading of the device is 180 degrees, and the offset angle is set to 180 degrees, the calculated angle will be 0 degrees. This setting is most useful when using Follow Mode with Course selected. One possible use case is riding in a boat facing opposite the direction of travel while filming someone behind the boat. Tap Use Current Offset to use the difference between the current device heading and bearing from the aircraft to the operator as the offset angle.

Camera Action On Engage / Disengage, at a Trigger, or during a Waypoint Action

Start Autopilot will start camera capture. If the camera is currently capturing in a different mode, Autopilot will automatically stop the previous capture before starting the next capture. The current camera settings will be used for the capture.

Stop Autopilot will stop camera capture if not already stopped.

Focus Autopilot will focus the camera using auto-focus at the center of the sensor (if available).

None Autopilot will not perform any camera actions. Only available on Engage / Disengage.

Camera Mode Applies when Camera Action is Start

Video Autopilot will set the camera to capture video.

Photo Autopilot will set the camera to capture photo(s).

Photo Mode Applies when Camera Mode is Photo

Single Autopilot will set the camera to capture a single photo.

Interval Autopilot will set the camera to capture interval photos.

Burst Autopilot will set the camera to capture a burst photos.

HDR Autopilot will set the camera to capture an HDR photo.

AEB Autopilot will set the camera to capture an AEB photo.

RAW Burst Autopilot will set the camera to capture a burst RAW photos.

Time Lapse Autopilot will set the camera to capture timelapse photos.

Time Interval Applies when Photo Mode is Interval

Previously Used Autopilot will not change the current time interval setting (saved on the camera).

1s - 60s Autopilot will change the time interval of the camera to the specified value before starting the interval capture. Some cameras and may not support the lowest values (e.g. only the XT supports 1s).

5.3 Follow Computer Flight Control Video

Autopilot directs the aircraft to follow a Leader at a given Bearing Angle, Altitude and Distance. The Bearing Angle is either relative to North or the Course you create.

5.3.1 Controls

Leader

Operator Autopilot will fly the aircraft relative to the location of your iOS Device or Remote Control, whichever is available and more accurate. Offset Available

Device Autopilot will fly the aircraft relative to the location of your iOS Device. Offset Available

RC Autopilot will fly the aircraft relative to the location of your Remote Control. This is only possible when paired with a GPS-enabled Remote Control, such as the Inspire 1 RC. Offset Available

Airspace Autopilot will fly the aircraft relative to the location of one or more selected Airspace Objects. Offset Available

Bearing Reference

Absolute Bearing angle relative to true north. Tap Use Device Heading to use the current device heading as the Bearing Angle.

Course Bearing angle relative to the direction the Leader is moving. The Leader must be moving faster than 3 mph / 5 kph for accurate course readings. Tap Use Device Heading to use the difference between the current device heading and Leader course as the Bearing Angle.

Bearing Angle

The angle at which Autopilot will maintain the aircraft while following the Leader. Move the Right Remote Control Joystick to the Left to decrease the Bearing Angle, and move it to the Right to increase the Bearing Angle.

Bearing Angle Applies when Bearing Reference is Absolute

Move the Right Remote Control Joystick to the Left or Right to change the Bearing Angle.

North Autopilot will fly the aircraft to the North of the Leader.

West Autopilot will fly the aircraft to the West of the Leader.

East Autopilot will fly the aircraft to the East of the Leader.

South Autopilot will fly the aircraft to the South of the Leader.

Bearing Angle Applies when Bearing Reference is Course

Move the Right Remote Control Joystick to the Left or Right to change the Bearing Angle.

Front Autopilot will fly the aircraft in front of the Leader.

Left Autopilot will fly the aircraft to the left of the leader.

Right Autopilot will fly the aircraft to the right of the leader.

Behind Autopilot will fly the aircraft behind the leader.

Altitude

The height at which Autopilot will maintain the aircraft. Move the Left Remote Control Joystick Up to increase the Altitude, and move it Down to decrease the Altitude.

Distance

The lateral distance at which Autopilot will maintain the aircraft from the Leader. Move the Right Remote Control Joystick Up to decrease the Distance, and move it Down to increase the Distance.

Focus Strategy

Subject Autopilot will focus on a selected Subject.

Direction Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft to match a specified angle.

Pattern Video Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft to center a pattern that you define by pinching the camera screen on your iOS Device. Two fingers are required to define the pattern and you can swipe up to cancel. Smaller patterns are more difficult to track and require more processing power. For optimal results, define patterns that occupy at least 1/8 of the screen. If the image processing rate falls below 10 fps, you may need to upgrade to a more powerful device.

Joystick Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft by matching movements on the Right Remote Control Joystick (similar to a slave Remote Control on an Inspire 1).

Touch Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft according to where you touch the camera screen on your iOS Device. Two fingers are required to activate camera motion.

Device Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft to match the direction of your iOS Device.

Passive Autopilot will let you operate the gimbal independently.

Focus Subject Applies when Focus Strategy is Subject

Move the Left Remote Control Wheel to adjust the gimbal angle, and Autopilot will maintain the same angle until you move it again. Autopilot accomplishes this by applying an Altitude Offset. Switch to Advanced to learn more about Altitude Offsets

Leader Autopilot will focus on the Leader location. Offset Available

RC Autopilot will focus on the location of your Remote Control. This is only possible when paired with a GPS-enabled Remote Control, such as the Inspire 1 RC. Offset Available

POI Autopilot will focus on a point-of-interest location that you select. To set the POI while engaged, drag the Focus Subject Marker on the Flight Dashboard map.

Airspace Autopilot will focus on the location of one or more selected Airspace Objects. Offset Available

Focus Altitude Applies when Focus Subject is POI

Autopilot will add or subtract this height from the subject location.

Focus Pitch Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal pitch to this angle.

Focus Roll Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal roll to this angle.

Tap Reset to set the Pitch and Roll to zero.
Focus Yaw Reference Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction and Gimbal Yaw is Possible

Course Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding a relative angle to the current course of the aircraft.

Absolute Autopilot will use a specific angle for the direction.

Focus Yaw Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal and/or aircraft yaw to this angle.

Focus Device Offset Applies when Focus Strategy is Device

Absolute Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding an absolute angle to the device heading. Learn More

Bearing Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding a relative angle to the current bearing from the aircraft to the operator. The specified angle defines the device heading that should represent a 0 degree relative angle. Learn More

Camera Action On Engage / Disengage, at a Trigger, or during a Waypoint Action

Start Autopilot will start camera capture. If the camera is currently capturing in a different mode, Autopilot will automatically stop the previous capture before starting the next capture. The current camera settings will be used for the capture.

Stop Autopilot will stop camera capture if not already stopped.

Focus Autopilot will focus the camera using auto-focus at the center of the sensor (if available).

None Autopilot will not perform any camera actions. Only available on Engage / Disengage.

Camera Mode Applies when Camera Action is Start

Video Autopilot will set the camera to capture video.

Photo Autopilot will set the camera to capture photo(s).

Photo Mode Applies when Camera Mode is Photo

Single Autopilot will set the camera to capture a single photo.

Interval Autopilot will set the camera to capture interval photos.

Burst Autopilot will set the camera to capture a burst photos.

HDR Autopilot will set the camera to capture an HDR photo.

AEB Autopilot will set the camera to capture an AEB photo.

RAW Burst Autopilot will set the camera to capture a burst RAW photos.

Time Lapse Autopilot will set the camera to capture timelapse photos.

Time Interval Applies when Photo Mode is Interval

Previously Used Autopilot will not change the current time interval setting (saved on the camera).

1s - 60s Autopilot will change the time interval of the camera to the specified value before starting the interval capture. Some cameras and may not support the lowest values (e.g. only the XT supports 1s).

5.4 Orbit Computer Flight Control Video

Orbit builds on Follow by adding a bearing angle that continually changes based on a Clockwise or Counterclockwise Pattern. Be aware that it is paricularly common with Orbit to select control values that will be affected by the Aircraft Yaw Limitation.

5.4.1 Controls

Center

Operator Autopilot will fly the aircraft around the location of your iOS Device or Remote Control, whichever is available and more accurate. Offset Available

Device Autopilot will fly the aircraft around the location of your iOS Device. Offset Available

RC Autopilot will fly the aircraft around the location of your Remote Control. This is only possible when paired with a GPS-enabled Remote Control, such as the Inspire 1 RC. Offset Available

POI Autopilot will fly the aircraft around a point-of-interest that you select. To set the POI while engaged, drag the Orbit Center Marker on the Flight Dashboard map.

Airspace Autopilot will fly the aircraft around the location of one or more selected Airspace Objects. Offset Available

Altitude

The height at which Autopilot will maintain the aircraft. Move the Left Remote Control Joystick Up to increase the Altitude, and move it Down to decrease the Altitude.

Radius

The lateral distance at which Autopilot will maintain the aircraft from the Center. Move the Right Remote Control Joystick Up to decrease the Radius, and move it Down to increase the Radius.

Pattern

Clockwise Bearing angle will increase over time.

Counterclockwise Bearing angle will decrease over time.

Preferred Speed

The preferred speed that Autopilot will use to accomplish the Orbit motion. When the Center location is moving, the speed is relative (additive) to the course and speed of the Center. When the control changes from green to red, this indicates that Autopilot will prefer faster speeds over positional accuracy.

When the Pattern is Clockwise, move the Right Remote Control Joystick to the Left to increase the Preferred Speed, and move it to the Right to decrease the Preferred Speed.

When the Pattern is Counterclockwise, move the Right Remote Control Joystick to the Left to decrease the Preferred Speed, and move it to the Right to increase the Preferred Speed.

If the speed goes below the minimum when decreasing, the Pattern will automatically be changed to the opposite Pattern.

Focus Strategy

Subject Autopilot will focus on a selected Subject.

Direction Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft to match a specified angle.

Pattern Video Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft to center a pattern that you define by pinching the camera screen on your iOS Device. Two fingers are required to define the pattern and you can swipe up to cancel. Smaller patterns are more difficult to track and require more processing power. For optimal results, define patterns that occupy at least 1/8 of the screen. If the image processing rate falls below 10 fps, you may need to upgrade to a more powerful device.

Joystick Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft by matching movements on the Right Remote Control Joystick (similar to a slave Remote Control on an Inspire 1).

Touch Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft according to where you touch the camera screen on your iOS Device. Two fingers are required to activate camera motion.

Device Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft to match the direction of your iOS Device.

Passive Autopilot will let you operate the gimbal independently.

Focus Subject Applies when Focus Strategy is Subject

Move the Left Remote Control Wheel to adjust the gimbal angle, and Autopilot will maintain the same angle until you move it again. Autopilot accomplishes this by applying an Altitude Offset. Switch to Advanced to learn more about Altitude Offsets

Center Autopilot will focus on the center location of the Orbit. Offset Available

RC Autopilot will focus on the location of your Remote Control. This is only possible when paired with a GPS-enabled Remote Control, such as the Inspire 1 RC. Offset Available

POI Autopilot will focus on a point-of-interest location that you select. To set the POI while engaged, drag the Focus Subject Marker on the Flight Dashboard map.

Airspace Autopilot will focus on the location of one or more selected Airspace Objects. Offset Available

Focus Altitude Applies when Focus Subject is POI

Autopilot will add or subtract this height from the subject location.

Focus Pitch Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal pitch to this angle.

Focus Roll Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal roll to this angle.

Tap Reset to set the Pitch and Roll to zero.
Focus Yaw Reference Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction and Gimbal Yaw is Possible

Course Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding a relative angle to the current course of the aircraft.

Absolute Autopilot will use a specific angle for the direction.

Focus Yaw Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal and/or aircraft yaw to this angle.

Focus Device Offset Applies when Focus Strategy is Device

Absolute Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding an absolute angle to the device heading. Learn More

Bearing Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding a relative angle to the current bearing from the aircraft to the operator. The specified angle defines the device heading that should represent a 0 degree relative angle. Learn More

Camera Action On Engage / Disengage, at a Trigger, or during a Waypoint Action

Start Autopilot will start camera capture. If the camera is currently capturing in a different mode, Autopilot will automatically stop the previous capture before starting the next capture. The current camera settings will be used for the capture.

Stop Autopilot will stop camera capture if not already stopped.

Focus Autopilot will focus the camera using auto-focus at the center of the sensor (if available).

None Autopilot will not perform any camera actions. Only available on Engage / Disengage.

Camera Mode Applies when Camera Action is Start

Video Autopilot will set the camera to capture video.

Photo Autopilot will set the camera to capture photo(s).

Photo Mode Applies when Camera Mode is Photo

Single Autopilot will set the camera to capture a single photo.

Interval Autopilot will set the camera to capture interval photos.

Burst Autopilot will set the camera to capture a burst photos.

HDR Autopilot will set the camera to capture an HDR photo.

AEB Autopilot will set the camera to capture an AEB photo.

RAW Burst Autopilot will set the camera to capture a burst RAW photos.

Time Lapse Autopilot will set the camera to capture timelapse photos.

Time Interval Applies when Photo Mode is Interval

Previously Used Autopilot will not change the current time interval setting (saved on the camera).

1s - 60s Autopilot will change the time interval of the camera to the specified value before starting the interval capture. Some cameras and may not support the lowest values (e.g. only the XT supports 1s).

5.5 Target Computer Flight Control Video

Autopilot directs the aircraft to fly to a Mark location and Altitude. Move the Mark in real-time to "finger fly" your aircraft to multiple points. Think Waypoint Mode but in real-time.

5.5.1 Controls

Altitude

The height at which Autopilot will maintain the aircraft. Move the Left Remote Control Joystick Up to increase the Altitude, and move it Down to decrease the Altitude.

Preferred Closing Speed

The preferred speed that Autopilot will use to accomplish movement to the Mark. When the control changes from green to red, this indicates that Autopilot will prefer faster speeds over positional accuracy. Move the Right Remote Control Joystick to the Left to decrease the Preferred Closing Speed, and move it to the Right to increase the Preferred Closing Speed.

Focus Strategy

Subject Autopilot will focus on a selected Subject.

Direction Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft to match a specified angle.

Pattern Video Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft to center a pattern that you define by pinching the camera screen on your iOS Device. Two fingers are required to define the pattern and you can swipe up to cancel. Smaller patterns are more difficult to track and require more processing power. For optimal results, define patterns that occupy at least 1/8 of the screen. If the image processing rate falls below 10 fps, you may need to upgrade to a more powerful device.

Joystick Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft by matching movements on the Right Remote Control Joystick (similar to a slave Remote Control on an Inspire 1).

Touch Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft according to where you touch the camera screen on your iOS Device. Two fingers are required to activate camera motion.

Device Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft to match the direction of your iOS Device.

Passive Autopilot will let you operate the gimbal independently.

Focus Subject Applies when Focus Strategy is Subject

Move the Left Remote Control Wheel to adjust the gimbal angle, and Autopilot will maintain the same angle until you move it again. Autopilot accomplishes this by applying an Altitude Offset. Switch to Advanced to learn more about Altitude Offsets

Mark Autopilot will focus on the Mark location. Offset Available

Operator Autopilot will focus on the location of your iOS Device or Remote Control, whichever is available and more accurate. Offset Available

Device Autopilot will focus on the location of your iOS Device. Offset Available

RC Autopilot will focus on the location of your Remote Control. This is only possible when paired with a GPS-enabled Remote Control, such as the Inspire 1 RC. Offset Available

POI Autopilot will focus on a point-of-interest location that you select. To set the POI while engaged, drag the Focus Subject Marker on the Flight Dashboard map.

Airspace Autopilot will focus on the location of one or more selected Airspace Objects. Offset Available

Focus Altitude Applies when Focus Subject is POI

Autopilot will add or subtract this height from the subject location.

Focus Pitch Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal pitch to this angle.

Focus Roll Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal roll to this angle.

Tap Reset to set the Pitch and Roll to zero.
Focus Yaw Reference Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction and Gimbal Yaw is Possible

Course Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding a relative angle to the current course of the aircraft.

Absolute Autopilot will use a specific angle for the direction.

Focus Yaw Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal and/or aircraft yaw to this angle.

Focus Device Offset Applies when Focus Strategy is Device

Absolute Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding an absolute angle to the device heading. Learn More

Bearing Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding a relative angle to the current bearing from the aircraft to the operator. The specified angle defines the device heading that should represent a 0 degree relative angle. Learn More

Camera Action On Engage / Disengage, at a Trigger, or during a Waypoint Action

Start Autopilot will start camera capture. If the camera is currently capturing in a different mode, Autopilot will automatically stop the previous capture before starting the next capture. The current camera settings will be used for the capture.

Stop Autopilot will stop camera capture if not already stopped.

Focus Autopilot will focus the camera using auto-focus at the center of the sensor (if available).

None Autopilot will not perform any camera actions. Only available on Engage / Disengage.

Camera Mode Applies when Camera Action is Start

Video Autopilot will set the camera to capture video.

Photo Autopilot will set the camera to capture photo(s).

Photo Mode Applies when Camera Mode is Photo

Single Autopilot will set the camera to capture a single photo.

Interval Autopilot will set the camera to capture interval photos.

Burst Autopilot will set the camera to capture a burst photos.

HDR Autopilot will set the camera to capture an HDR photo.

AEB Autopilot will set the camera to capture an AEB photo.

RAW Burst Autopilot will set the camera to capture a burst RAW photos.

Time Lapse Autopilot will set the camera to capture timelapse photos.

Time Interval Applies when Photo Mode is Interval

Previously Used Autopilot will not change the current time interval setting (saved on the camera).

1s - 60s Autopilot will change the time interval of the camera to the specified value before starting the interval capture. Some cameras and may not support the lowest values (e.g. only the XT supports 1s).

5.6 Zip Line Computer Flight Control Video

Zip Line builds on Target by adding a second point which defines a line that the aircraft can travel along.

If Point A and Point B are at different altitudes, Autopilot will attempt to follow a straight line in three dimensions within the limitation of the max vertical speed of the aircraft. If the horizontal and vertical distance between the points does not allow a completely straight line, Autopilot will finish the vertical movement when it reaches the target Point.

Critical When Point A and Point B are at different altitudes, it is important to ensure that the entire length of the planned line of flight is clear at all altitudes between the two Points.

5.6.1 Controls

Position

The percentage between Point A and Point B that defines where Autopilot will fly the aircraft. 0% means all the way to Point A, and 100% means all the way to Point B. Move the Left Remote Control Joystick to the Left to decrease the Position, and move it to the Right to increase the Position.

Point A - Location

Operator Autopilot will fly the aircraft from the location of your iOS Device or Remote Control, whichever is available and more accurate. Offset Available

Device Autopilot will fly the aircraft from the location of your iOS Device. Offset Available

RC Autopilot will fly the aircraft from the location of your Remote Control. This is only possible when paired with a GPS-enabled Remote Control, such as the Inspire 1 RC. Offset Available

POI Autopilot will fly the aircraft from a point-of-interest that you select. To set the POI while engaged, drag the Zip Line Point Marker on the Flight Dashboard map.

Airspace Autopilot will fly the aircraft from the location of one or more selected Airspace Objects. Offset Available

Point A - Altitude

The height at which Autopilot will fly when at Point A. Move the Left Remote Control Joystick Up to increase the Altitude, and move it Down to decrease the Altitude.

Tap Set Point A to use the current aircraft location as the Point A POI, and the current aircraft altitude as the Altitude. Values outside the Mode Control limits will be bounded.
Point B - Location

Operator Autopilot will fly the aircraft to the location of your iOS Device or Remote Control, whichever is available and more accurate. Offset Available

Device Autopilot will fly the aircraft to the location of your iOS Device. Offset Available

RC Autopilot will fly the aircraft to the location of your Remote Control. This is only possible when paired with a GPS-enabled Remote Control, such as the Inspire 1 RC. Offset Available

POI Autopilot will fly the aircraft to a point-of-interest that you select. To set the POI while engaged, drag the Zip Line Point Marker on the Flight Dashboard map.

Airspace Autopilot will fly the aircraft to the location of one or more selected Airspace Objects. Offset Available

Point B - Altitude

The height at which Autopilot will fly when at Point B. Move the Right Remote Control Joystick Up to increase the Altitude, and move it Down to decrease the Altitude.

Tap Set Point B to use the current aircraft location as the Point B POI, and the current aircraft altitude as the Altitude. Values outside the Mode Control limits will be bounded.
Preferred Closing Speed

The preferred speed that Autopilot will use to accomplish movement along the line. When Point A and/or Point B is moving, the speed is relative (additive) to the course and speed of the Point(s). When the control changes from green to red, this indicates that Autopilot will prefer faster speeds over positional accuracy. Move the Right Remote Control Joystick to the Left to decrease the Preferred Closing Speed, and move it to the Right to increase the Preferred Closing Speed.

Focus Strategy

Subject Autopilot will focus on a selected Subject.

Direction Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft to match a specified angle.

Pattern Video Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft to center a pattern that you define by pinching the camera screen on your iOS Device. Two fingers are required to define the pattern and you can swipe up to cancel. Smaller patterns are more difficult to track and require more processing power. For optimal results, define patterns that occupy at least 1/8 of the screen. If the image processing rate falls below 10 fps, you may need to upgrade to a more powerful device.

Joystick Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft by matching movements on the Right Remote Control Joystick (similar to a slave Remote Control on an Inspire 1).

Touch Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft according to where you touch the camera screen on your iOS Device. Two fingers are required to activate camera motion.

Device Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft to match the direction of your iOS Device.

Passive Autopilot will let you operate the gimbal independently.

Focus Subject Applies when Focus Strategy is Subject

Move the Left Remote Control Wheel to adjust the gimbal angle, and Autopilot will maintain the same angle until you move it again. Autopilot accomplishes this by applying an Altitude Offset. Switch to Advanced to learn more about Altitude Offsets

Operator Autopilot will focus on the location of your iOS Device or Remote Control, whichever is available and more accurate. Offset Available

Device Autopilot will focus on the location of your iOS Device. Offset Available

RC Autopilot will focus on the location of your Remote Control. This is only possible when paired with a GPS-enabled Remote Control, such as the Inspire 1 RC. Offset Available

POI Autopilot will focus on a point-of-interest location that you select. To set the POI while engaged, drag the Focus Subject Marker on the Flight Dashboard map.

Mode - Point A Autopilot will focus on Point A of the Zip Line. Offset Available

Mode - Point B Autopilot will focus on Point B of the Zip Line. Offset Available

Airspace Autopilot will focus on the location of one or more selected Airspace Objects. Offset Available

Focus Altitude Applies when Focus Subject is POI

Autopilot will add or subtract this height from the subject location.

Focus Pitch Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal pitch to this angle.

Focus Roll Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal roll to this angle.

Tap Reset to set the Pitch and Roll to zero.
Focus Yaw Reference Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction and Gimbal Yaw is Possible

Course Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding a relative angle to the current course of the aircraft.

Absolute Autopilot will use a specific angle for the direction.

Focus Yaw Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal and/or aircraft yaw to this angle.

Focus Device Offset Applies when Focus Strategy is Device

Absolute Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding an absolute angle to the device heading. Learn More

Bearing Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding a relative angle to the current bearing from the aircraft to the operator. The specified angle defines the device heading that should represent a 0 degree relative angle. Learn More

Camera Action On Engage / Disengage, at a Trigger, or during a Waypoint Action

Start Autopilot will start camera capture. If the camera is currently capturing in a different mode, Autopilot will automatically stop the previous capture before starting the next capture. The current camera settings will be used for the capture.

Stop Autopilot will stop camera capture if not already stopped.

Focus Autopilot will focus the camera using auto-focus at the center of the sensor (if available).

None Autopilot will not perform any camera actions. Only available on Engage / Disengage.

Camera Mode Applies when Camera Action is Start

Video Autopilot will set the camera to capture video.

Photo Autopilot will set the camera to capture photo(s).

Photo Mode Applies when Camera Mode is Photo

Single Autopilot will set the camera to capture a single photo.

Interval Autopilot will set the camera to capture interval photos.

Burst Autopilot will set the camera to capture a burst photos.

HDR Autopilot will set the camera to capture an HDR photo.

AEB Autopilot will set the camera to capture an AEB photo.

RAW Burst Autopilot will set the camera to capture a burst RAW photos.

Time Lapse Autopilot will set the camera to capture timelapse photos.

Time Interval Applies when Photo Mode is Interval

Previously Used Autopilot will not change the current time interval setting (saved on the camera).

1s - 60s Autopilot will change the time interval of the camera to the specified value before starting the interval capture. Some cameras and may not support the lowest values (e.g. only the XT supports 1s).

5.7 Pano Computer Flight Control Video

Pano builds on Target by capturing a series of photos that can be stitched into a panorama using third-party software. Looking for a fully automated process? Check out Hangar 360

5.7.1 Controls

Altitude

The height at which Autopilot will maintain the aircraft. Move the Left Remote Control Joystick Up to increase the Altitude, and move it Down to decrease the Altitude.

Preferred Closing Speed

The preferred speed that Autopilot will use to accomplish movement to the Mark. When the control changes from green to red, this indicates that Autopilot will prefer faster speeds over positional accuracy. Move the Right Remote Control Joystick to the Left to decrease the Preferred Closing Speed, and move it to the Right to increase the Preferred Closing Speed.

Photo Mode

Single Autopilot will set the camera to capture single photos.

HDR Autopilot will set the camera to capture HDR photos.

AEB Autopilot will set the camera to capture AEB photos.

Aspect Ratio

4:3 Autopilot will set the camera to capture 4:3 photos.

16:9 Autopilot will set the camera to capture 16:9 photos.

Exposure

The exposure compensation to use for photos. Exposure bands will be offset from this value when used.

Profile

Horizontal - 180 Autopilot will capture a single row of photos covering 180 degrees horizontally.

Horizontal - 360 Autopilot will capture a single row of photos covering 360 degrees horizontally.

Vertical Autopilot will capture a single column of photos covering 20 to -90 degrees vertically.

Spherical - 180 Autopilot will capture multiple rows of photos covering 180 degrees horizontally and 20 to -90 degrees vertically.

Spherical - 360 Autopilot will capture multiple rows of photos covering 360 degrees horizontally and 20 to -90 degrees vertically.

Custom Autopilot will capture as many rows and columns of photos that are required given the other controls.

Horizontal - Center Applies when Profile is Horizontal - 180, Vertical, Spherical - 180, or Custom

The horizontal direction (yaw) of the panorama relative to true north.

Horizontal - Range Applies when Profile is Custom

The width of the panorama in degrees.

Vertical - Start Applies when Profile is Vertical, Spherical - 180, Spherical - 360, or Custom

The starting vertical direction (pitch) of the panorama in degrees.

Vertical - End Applies when Profile is Vertical or Custom

The ending vertical direction (pitch) of the panorama in degrees. If the end is greater than the start, photos will be captured from bottom to top.

Column Width Applies when Profile is not Vertical

The maximum width, in degrees, for each photo in the row at 0 degrees pitch. Autopilot will automatically reduce the number of photos captured as the pitch decreases and increase the number of photos captured as the pitch increases (to avoid props in the frame). For example, if the Horizontal - Range is 180 degrees, and the Column Width is 45 degrees, Autopilot will capture 4 photos in the row at 0 degrees. If the camera is pointed straight down (-90 degrees), Autopilot will automatically capture 1 photo at this angle. Choose smaller values for more overlap.

Row Height

The maximum separation, in degrees, for each photo in a given column. For example, if the difference between Vertical - Start and Vertical - End is 90 degrees, and the Row Height is 30 degrees, Autopilot will capture 4 photos per column. Choose smaller values for more overlap.

Settling Time

The minimum amount of time that Autopilot will pause between framing and capturing each picture. Larger values will result in longer overall mission time, but this may be necessary in order to give the aircraft enough time to stop moving (critical in low-light scenarios) and the camera enough time to adjust when using auto exposure.

Exposure Bands

The number of bands that will use different exposures. Exposure bands are defined independently of the photo rows, meaning any given band may cover zero or more photos rows. For example, if you select two exposure bands and the first band is 30 degrees tall and the Row Height is 25 degrees, the first band will cover the first two photo rows. The frame list will show the exposure offset that Autopilot will use for each row.

Band N Offset

The exposure compensation to use for the given band number. The offset is relative to the exposure compensation value at the start of the Pano. For example, if the Pano starts at +0.7ev and the offset for a band is +0.3ev, the effective compensation will be +1.0ev.

Band N Height

The height, in degrees, of the given band. The final band height is the remainder after applying all the previous band heights.

5.8 Waypoint Combined Flight Control

Video - Part 1 Video - Part 2 Video - Part 3

Waypoint builds on Zip Line by adding multiple points (Waypoints) which define a Flight Path for the aircraft to travel along.

Primary Purpose

The primary purpose of Waypoint Mode is to script cinematic aerial sequences for the purpose of video production. To see an example of the level of sophistication that is possible, check out this Flight Plan over Augusta National Golf Club (home of The Masters).

Warning By default Autopilot uses a Custom Flight Controller that executes on the iOS Device. This means that Lost Connection Mission Continuation (LCMC) is not enabled by default and if the aircraft loses connection during a Waypoint Mission, it will automatically initiate the Return-to-Home failsafe assuming it is enabled in DJI GO. You can enable LCMC but Autopilot will be forced to use the DJI flight controller, which means certain unique features will be disabled. These features will be disabled even while the aircraft is still connected because it is only possible to use one flight controller per engagement.
Unique Features

While the DJI SDK offers a basic implementation of Waypoint Mode for third-party developers, it has several key limitations, particularly around the Flight Path and Focus Stratgies. Since Autopilot uses a Custom Flight Controller, we are able to side-step these limitations and offer many features that are unique to Autopilot.

Feature Autopilot Flight Controller
LCMC Disabled
DJI Flight Controller
LCMC Enabled
Multiple Mission Types Supports Patrol, Mark, and Joystick Missions Supports Patrol Missions (once through forward only)
Dynamic Velocity & Acceleration Supports per-waypoint speeds, with smooth acceleration (positive or negative) over the entire length of a Segment between two Waypoints with different speeds. Not Supported
Waypoint Actions Supports Vertical (ascent / descent) and Pano actions at Waypoints. Not Supported
Multiple Focus Strategies Supports unlimited Focus Strategies via Focus Triggers, which can be defined at arbitrary points on the Flight Path. Supports limited Focus Strategies via Focus Triggers, which must be defined at Waypoints on the Flight Path.
Camera Triggers Supports unlimited Camera Triggers, which can be defined at arbitrary points on the Flight Path. Not Supported
Checkpoints Supports unlimited Checkpoints, which can be defined at arbitrary points on the Flight Path. Not Supported
Start Condition Supports distance based start conditions. Not Supported
Dynamic Missions Supports updating the Flight Path and Focus Strategies in real-time during mission execution. Not Supported
Dynamic Altitude References Supports altitude references other than the aircraft take-off location. Not Supported
Curved Flight Paths Supports Composite Bézier Curves and rounded corners. Supports rounded corners only.
Closed Flight Paths Supports using the First Waypoint as the Last Waypoint, which allows the aircraft to continously loop through the Flight Path during Patrol missions. Not Supported
Moving Flight Paths Supports anchoring the Flight Path to a Reference Point, which can be a moving Location Source such as the Operator or even an Airspace Object (think Follow Mode meets Waypoints).
See Example
Not Supported
Concepts & Terminology

Due to the unique features in Waypoint Mode, it is necessary to introduce a few new concepts and terminology.

Where the traditional approach is to define Waypoints in terms of absolute coordinates on a map, Autopilot defines Waypoints in relation to a Reference Point. In addition to enabling Moving Flight Paths, the Reference Point allows Flight Path Transforms - including position, expansion, and rotation.

The portion of the Flight Path between two Waypoints is called a Segment, and the aircraft altitude and speed during each Segment is determined by the Waypoint settings. Flight Paths can be either Open or Closed, depending on selected End Point.

The direction and duration of movement along the Flight Path is determined by the Mission Type, and some Mission Types offer Mission Completion actions. It is possible to change the Mission Type while Autopilot is Engaged, and it is also possible to execute more than one mission during a single Engagement.

Resuming Missions

If you are unable to complete a Mission with one Engagement, it is possible to resume a Mission by placing the Mission Start Marker at any location along the Flight Path (by long-pressing the Map).

Path Inspection and Mission Preview

Where most other Modes require a relatively small amount of configuration before flight, Waypoint Mode typically requires at least a moderate amount of planning before each Mission. Since this planning usually occurs at a different location than the actual flight, it is particularly important to examine all aspects of the Flight Plan before engaging Autopilot.

To facilitate this pre-flight activity, Autopilot offers Path Inspection and Mission Preview functionality. The Path Inspector is a Map Marker that shows the exact Altitude, Speed, Course, etc. of the aircraft at a given point on the Flight Path. The Altitude information is especially important for scenarios such as crossing tree-lines, but be aware that the reported Altitude may not be achievable. To activate the Mission Preview, tap the Path Inspector tooltip and you can watch a preview of the Mission play out in real-time (or at 2x and 4x speed). The preview will not only show the aircraft position and heading, but also the gimbal direction and Focus Subject when applicable.

5.8.1 Controls

Mission Format

Freestyle Waypoints can be placed directly to define a custom path.

Mapping Waypoints will be generated from Boundary Points in order to capture data for orthomosaics and point clouds.

Lost Connection

End Mission The aircraft will end the mission on signal loss.

Continue Mission The aircraft will continue the mission on signal loss (LCMC).

Critical It is your responsibility to ensure the safety and legality of using LCMC in your location.
Mission Type

Patrol The aircraft will fly along the Flight Path a set number of times, or indefinitely, according to the Patrol Limit.

Mark The aircraft will fly along the Flight Path to a specified mark. If the Flight Path is Closed, the aircraft will fly in the direction that will result in the least distance travelled. Pushing up or down on the Left Remote Control Joystick will move the mark forward and backward through the Flight Path.

Joystick The aircraft will fly along the Flight Path according to the Left Remote Control Joystick. Pushing Up will cause the aircraft to fly forward along the Flight Path, and pushing Down will cause the aircraft to fly backward along the Flight Path. If the Joystick is not pushed to the limit, the speed at the current Flight Path location will be reduced to match the Joystick percentage.

Patrol Limit Applies when Mission Type is Patrol

The number of times that the aircraft will fly the length of the Flight Path before executing the Mission Completion action. If set to None, the aircraft will continue the Mission indefinitely.

Closed Flight Path End Point Behavior
The aircraft will fly forward through the Flight Path throughout the Mission. That is, the aircraft will continue to loop through the Flight Path.

Open Flight Path End Point Behavior
The aircraft will fly forward through the Flight Path on odd numbered patrols and backward through the Flight Path on even numbered patrols. That is, the aircraft will fly back and forth along the Flight Path.

Start Condition Applies when Lost Connection is End Mission

None Autopilot will fly to the Mission Start location from any distance.

Start Point Proximity Autopilot will only fly to the Mission Start location from a specified distance.

Distance (Start Point Proximity) Applies when Start Condition is Start Point Proximity

The maximum lateral distance from the Mission Start location that Autopilot is allowed to control the aircraft movement (effectively a cylinder of infinite altitude). If the aircraft is outside of this cylinder, the operator must manually fly the aircraft closer to the Mission Start location before Autopilot will take control. Autopilot will immediately take control of the aircraft once it enters the cylinder. The Mission Start location is defined by the Mission Start marker, or a designated Checkpoint, or the first Waypoint, in that order.

Mission Completion Applies when Mission Type is Patrol and a Patrol Limit is specified

Hover The aircraft will come to a Hover at the end of the Mission

Return-to-Home Autopilot will activate the Return-to-Home feature on the aircraft at the end of the Mission.

Auto-Land Autopilot will activate the Auto-Land feature on the aircraft at the end of the Mission.

Reference

Operator Autopilot will position the Flight Path around the location of your iOS Device or Remote Control, whichever is available and more accurate. This enables follow-me style Waypoint Missions. Offset Available

Device Autopilot will position the Flight Path around the location of your iOS Device. Offset Available

RC Autopilot will position the Flight Path around the location of your Remote Control. This is only possible when paired with a GPS-enabled Remote Control, such as the Inspire 1 RC. Offset Available

POI Autopilot will position the Flight Path around a point-of-interest that you select. To set the POI while engaged, drag the Waypoint Reference Marker on the Flight Dashboard map.

Airspace Autopilot will position the Flight Path around the location of one or more selected Airspace Objects. Offset Available

Default Altitude

The height at which Autopilot will maintain the aircraft at any Waypoint that does not specify an Altitude.

Warning When engaged, Autopilot will navigate directly to the First Waypoint at the Altitude configured for that Waypoint within the bounds of Altitude Priority. Even still, it is important to ensure that the entire Flight Path between the starting location and the First Waypoint is clear of obstructions at all altitudes.
Default Preferred Speed

The preferred speed that Autopilot will use to accomplish movement at any Waypoint that does not specify a Preferred Speed. When the Reference point is moving, the speed is relative (additive) to the course and speed of the Reference. When the control changes from green to red, this indicates that Autopilot will prefer faster speeds over positional accuracy.

End Point

First Waypoint The end of the Flight Path is the First Waypoint, meaning the Flight Path is Closed

Last Waypoint The end of the Flight Path is the Last Waypoint, meaning the Flight Path is Open

Waypoints

The total number of Waypoints that define the Flight Path. Tap to open the Waypoint Editor. There are multiple ways to create Waypoints, including:

Tip Always try to use the minimum number of Waypoints that are necessary to create your desired Flight Path. This will help reduce map clutter and make editing easier.
Waypoint Altitude Source Visible in the Waypoint Editor

Default Use the Default Altitude.

Previous Use the Altitude of the previous Waypoint.

Input Input a specific Altitude for the selected Waypoint.

Interpolated Interpolate the Altitude given the Altitudes of the nearest Waypoints with non-interpolated Altitudes. The Default Altitudes will be used when interplation is not possible.

Waypoint Altitude Visible in the Waypoint Editor
The Altitude for the selected Waypoint. The value will be grayed-out if the source is either Default or Previous, indicating that it is dependent. If neighboring Waypoints are at different Altitudes, Autopilot will linearly interpolate the Altitudes to smoothly ascend or descend along the Segment between the Waypoints.
Critical When neighboring Waypoints are at different Altitudes, it is important to ensure that the entire length of the Segment is clear of obstructions at all altitudes between the two Waypoints. Additionally, Flight Path Time estimates do not account for vertical ascent / descent rates. If the distance between Waypoints is too short given the speed of the Segment, Autopilot may be forced to stop lateral motion and finish the Altitude change before moving on to the next Segment.
Waypoint Preferred Speed Source Visible in the Waypoint Editor

Default Use the Default Preferred Speed.

Previous Use the Preferred Speed of the previous Waypoint.

Input Input a specific Preferred Speed for the selected Waypoint.

Interpolated Interpolate the Preferred Speed given the Preferred Speeds of the nearest Waypoints with non-interpolated Preferred Speeds. The Default Preferred Speed will be used when interplation is not possible.

Waypoint Preferred Speed Visible in the Waypoint Editor
The Preferred Speed for the selected Waypoint. The value will be grayed-out if the source is either Default or Previous, indicating that it is dependent. If the value is input and the control changes from green to red, this indicates that Autopilot will prefer faster speeds over positional accuracy. If neighboring Waypoints use different Preferred Speeds, Autopilot will linearly interpolate the Preferred Speeds to smoothly accelerate or decelerate along the Segment between the Waypoints.
Waypoint Actions Visible in the Waypoint Editor

The total number of Actions defined. Tap to open the Waypoint Action Editor.

Waypoint Action Type Visible in the Waypoint Action Editor

None The aircraft will pass through the Waypoint without performing any action.

Hover The aircraft will hover at the Waypoint for a specified duration.

Vertical The aircraft will ascend or descend to the specified altitude at a given vertical speed.

Pano The aircraft will capture photos for a Panorama with the same controls as Pano Mode.

After creating a Hover or Vertical Waypoint Action, you can optionally specify a Camera Action to execute at a certain time from the start of the Waypoint Action.

Path Type Applies when more than two Waypoints are defined

Bézier Curves Autopilot will use Bézier Curves to accomplish smooth turns through Waypoints, which promotes both aircraft / gimbal stability and Flight Path adherence.

Rounded Corners Autopilot will use straight segments with rounded corners to accomplish smooth turns, but the aircraft will never move exactly through Waypoints.

Straight Autopilot will not apply any smoothing to the Flight Path, which may result in overshooting Waypoints if the Preferred Speed exceeds the aircraft acceleration limits.

Corner Rounding Applies when Path Type is not Straight and more than three Waypoints are defined
The extent to which Autopilot should round the corners around the Waypoints.
Segment Smoothing Applies when Path Type is not Straight and more than three Waypoints are defined
The extent to which Autopilot should sample the Flight Path in order to create discrete movement commands from a continuous curve. Less smoothing will result in visible straight-legs within a segment. More smoothing will approach a truly continuous curve.
Focus Strategy

Triggers Autopilot will use Focus Triggers that can be defined at arbitrary points along the Flight Path. Each Focus Trigger specifies a Focus Strategy that will be activated when the aircraft reaches the Focus Trigger Point. In order to ensure that Autopilot always has a Focus Strategy to execute, the first Focus Trigger is mandatory and it must be positioned at the first Waypoint. If neighboring Focus Triggers use the same Focus Strategy, it is possible to interpolate between the Focus Triggers, which allows for flexibility in timing camera movements. It is also possible to reference one Focus Trigger from another. This is useful, for example, when you want to Focus on the same exact Subject as a previous Focus Trigger

Subject Autopilot will focus on a selected Subject.

Direction Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft to match a specified angle.

Pattern Video Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft to center a pattern that you define by pinching the camera screen on your iOS Device. Two fingers are required to define the pattern and you can swipe up to cancel. Smaller patterns are more difficult to track and require more processing power. For optimal results, define patterns that occupy at least 1/8 of the screen. If the image processing rate falls below 10 fps, you may need to upgrade to a more powerful device.

Joystick Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft by matching movements on the Right Remote Control Joystick (similar to a slave Remote Control on an Inspire 1).

Touch Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft according to where you touch the camera screen on your iOS Device. Two fingers are required to activate camera motion.

Device Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft to match the direction of your iOS Device.

Passive Autopilot will let you operate the gimbal independently.

Focus Subject Applies when Focus Strategy is Subject

Move the Left Remote Control Wheel to adjust the gimbal angle, and Autopilot will maintain the same angle until you move it again. Autopilot accomplishes this by applying an Altitude Offset. Switch to Advanced to learn more about Altitude Offsets

Reference Autopilot will focus on the Reference Point of the Waypoints. Offset Available

RC Autopilot will focus on the location of your Remote Control. This is only possible when paired with a GPS-enabled Remote Control, such as the Inspire 1 RC. Offset Available

POI Autopilot will focus on a point-of-interest location that you select. To set the POI while engaged, drag the Focus Subject Marker on the Flight Dashboard map.

Airspace Autopilot will focus on the location of one or more selected Airspace Objects. Offset Available

Focus Altitude Applies when Focus Subject is POI

Autopilot will add or subtract this height from the subject location.

Focus Pitch Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal pitch to this angle.

Focus Roll Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal roll to this angle.

Tap Reset to set the Pitch and Roll to zero.
Focus Yaw Reference Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction and Gimbal Yaw is Possible

Path Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding a relative angle to the ideal path of the aircraft.

Course Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding a relative angle to the current course of the aircraft.

Absolute Autopilot will use a specific angle for the direction.

Focus Yaw Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal and/or aircraft yaw to this angle.

Focus Device Offset Applies when Focus Strategy is Device

Absolute Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding an absolute angle to the device heading. Learn More

Bearing Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding a relative angle to the current bearing from the aircraft to the operator. The specified angle defines the device heading that should represent a 0 degree relative angle. Learn More

Camera Action On Engage / Disengage, at a Trigger, or during a Waypoint Action

Start Autopilot will start camera capture. If the camera is currently capturing in a different mode, Autopilot will automatically stop the previous capture before starting the next capture. The current camera settings will be used for the capture.

Stop Autopilot will stop camera capture if not already stopped.

Focus Autopilot will focus the camera using auto-focus at the center of the sensor (if available).

None Autopilot will not perform any camera actions. Only available on Engage / Disengage.

Camera Mode Applies when Camera Action is Start

Video Autopilot will set the camera to capture video.

Photo Autopilot will set the camera to capture photo(s).

Photo Mode Applies when Camera Mode is Photo

Single Autopilot will set the camera to capture a single photo.

Interval Autopilot will set the camera to capture interval photos.

Burst Autopilot will set the camera to capture a burst photos.

HDR Autopilot will set the camera to capture an HDR photo.

AEB Autopilot will set the camera to capture an AEB photo.

RAW Burst Autopilot will set the camera to capture a burst RAW photos.

Time Lapse Autopilot will set the camera to capture timelapse photos.

Time Interval Applies when Photo Mode is Interval

Previously Used Autopilot will not change the current time interval setting (saved on the camera).

1s - 60s Autopilot will change the time interval of the camera to the specified value before starting the interval capture. Some cameras and may not support the lowest values (e.g. only the XT supports 1s).

Camera Triggers
In addition to the Camera Actions on Engage and Disengage and at Waypoints, Camera Triggers can be defined at arbitrary points along the Flight Path. Each Camera Trigger specifies a Camera Action that will be activated when the aircraft reaches the Camera Trigger Point. When using multiple Camera Triggers, take care to space the triggers far enough apart to allow for sufficient time to execute the Camera Action. If the Camera Triggers are too close together, subsequent actions may be delayed or fail to execute.
Checkpoints
Checkpoints can be defined at arbitrary points along the Flight Path to facilitate multi-battery Flight Plans. Autopilot will automatically designate a Checkpoint when the aircraft reaches that point on the Flight Path during execution. The next time you engage Autopilot with the Flight Plan, Autopilot will allow you to resume execution from the designated Checkpoint, or from the first Waypoint. You may also manually designate a Checkpoint, and only one Checkpoint can be designated at once.
Checkpoint Action

None No action will be performed when reaching this Checkpoint.

Pause Autopilot will pause execution when reaching this Checkpoint.

Disengage Autopilot will disengage when reaching this Checkpoint.

Return-to-Home Autopilot will activate the Return-to-Home feature on the aircraft when reaching this Checkpoint.

Auto-Land Autopilot will activate the Auto-Land feature on the aircraft when reaching this Checkpoint.

Tap Designate to identify the Checkpoint as the point at which Autopilot should attempt to start from during the next engagement.

Camera Applies when Mission Format is Mapping

Model Autopilot will use predefined values given a specific camera.

Custom Autopilot will use values that you provide for your camera.

Lens Focal Length Applies when Camera is Custom

The custom camera lens focal length, in millimeters.

Sensor Width / Height Applies when Camera is Custom

The size of the custom camera sensor, in millimeters.

Image Width / Height Applies when Camera is Custom

The size of the custom camera image, in pixels.

Capture Interval Applies when Mission Format is Mapping

The time period between photos. This determines the speed of the aircraft and should be selected given the write-speed of the SD Card.

Capture Angle Applies when Mission Format is Mapping

The gimbal angle when capturing photos (supports borth nadir and oblique imaging).

Pattern Applies when Mission Format is Mapping

Standard Autopilot will generate Waypoints in a single direction across the boundary points.

Crosshatch Autopilot will generate Waypoints in two, perpendicular directions across the boundary points.

Ground Sample Distance (GSD) Applies when Mission Format is Mapping

The desired resolution of the mapping imagery (distance per pixel ratio), which determines the resolution altitude.

Resolution Altitude Applies when Mission Format is Mapping

The computed altitude of the aircraft, given the GSD.

Altitude Reference Offset Applies when Mission Format is Mapping

The offset to use when computing the actual flight altitude of the aircraft. This is important when you are taking off from a different location than the ground level.

Overlap Along Path Applies when Mission Format is Mapping

The overlap of images along a single segment (rows).

Overlap Across Path Applies when Mission Format is Mapping

The overlap of images across adjacent segments (columns).

5.9 Cruise Combined Flight Control Video

Fly the aircraft with the Remote Control while Autopilot uses one or more strategies to control the throttle, pitch/roll, and yaw. You can achieve many different flight behaviors by using various combinations of strategies (See Examples).

5.9.1 Controls

Vertical Strategy

Joystick The aircraft will respond directly to the Left Remote Control Joystick.

Altitude The aircraft will fly at a specified Altitude.

Percent The aircraft will ascend or descend at a specified Percent.

Visible when Vertical Strategy is Joystick

Tap Hold Altitude to switch the Vertical Strategy to Altitude and use the current aircraft altitude as the Altitude. Values outside the Mode Control limits will be bounded.

Tap Hold Percent to switch the Vertical Strategy to Percent and use the current Remote Control input as the Throttle Percent.

Altitude Applies when Vertical Strategy is Altitude

The height at which Autopilot will maintain the aircraft. Move the Left Remote Control Joystick Up to increase the Altitude, and move it Down to decrease the Altitude.

Throttle Percent Applies when Vertical Strategy is Percent

The percent (up or down) at which Autopilot will apply the throttle. Move the Left Remote Control Joystick Up to increase the Throttle Percent, and move it Down to decrease the Throttle Percent. Descent and ascent are limited by the Min Altitude and Max Altitude Movement Parameters respectively.

Tap Reset to set the Throttle Percent to zero.

Pitch/Roll Strategy

Joystick The aircraft will respond directly to the Right Remote Control Joystick.

Vector The aircraft will fly at a specified Course and Speed.

Percent The aircraft will pitch and roll at specified Percent.

Visible when Pitch/Roll Strategy is Joystick

Tap Hold Vector to switch the Pitch/Roll Strategy to Vector and use the current aircraft movement and speed as the Course and Speed.

Tap Hold Percent to switch the Pitch/Roll Strategy to Percent and use the current Remote Control input as the Pitch and Roll Percent.

Pitch/Roll Joystick Orientation Applies when Pitch/Roll Strategy is Joystick

Aircraft As if you are flying the aircraft manually with the Remote Control Joysticks.

Device As if the front aircraft is pointed in the same direction as the iOS Device.

Bearing As if the front of the aircraft is pointed in the same direction as the angle between the iOS device and the aircraft.

Absolute As if the front of the aircraft is pointed toward a specified direction.

Course Applies when Pitch/Roll Strategy is Vector

The direction in which Autopilot will fly the aircraft. Move the Right Remote Control Joystick to the Left to decrease the Course Angle, and move it to the Right to increase the Course Angle.

Tap Use Device Heading to use the current device heading as the Course.

Speed Applies when Pitch/Roll Strategy is Vector

The direction at which Autopilot will fly the aircraft. Move the Right Remote Control Joystick Up to increase the Speed, and move it Down to decrease the Speed. Movement is limited by the Max Distance Movement Parameter.

Tap Use Aircraft Speed to use the current aircraft speed as the Speed.

Pitch Applies when Pitch/Roll Strategy is Percent

The percent (front or back) at which Autopilot will apply the elevator. Move the Right Remote Control Joystick Up to pitch more to the front, and move it Down to pitch more to the back.

Roll Applies when Pitch/Roll Strategy is Percent

The percent (left or right) at which Autopilot will apply the aileron. Move the Right Remote Control Joystick to the Left to roll more to the left, and move it to the Right to roll more to the right.

Movement is limited by the Max Distance Movement Parameter.

Tap Reset to set the Pitch and Roll Percent to zero.

Yaw Strategy

Joystick The aircraft will respond directly to the Left Remote Control Joystick.

Focus The aircraft will point in the Focus direction.

Heading The aircraft will point in a specified direction.

Course The aircraft will point in the same direction that it is moving.

Percent The aircraft will continuously yaw at a specified Percent.

Visible when Yaw Strategy is Joystick

Tap Hold Heading to switch the Yaw Strategy to Heading and use the current aircraft heading as the Heading.

Tap Hold Percent to switch the Yaw Strategy to Percent and use the current Remote Control input as the Rudder Percent.

Course Applies when Yaw Strategy is Heading

The direction in which Autopilot will point the aircraft. Move the Left Remote Control Joystick to the Left to decrease the Heading Angle, and move it to the Right to increase the Heading Angle.

Tap Use Device Heading to use the current device heading as the Heading.

Rudder Percent Applies when Yaw Strategy is Percent

The percent (left or right) at which Autopilot will apply the rudder. Move the Left Remote Control Joystick to the Left to yaw more toward the left, and move it to the Right to yaw more toward the right.

Tap Reset to set the Rudder Percent to zero.

Focus Strategy

Subject Autopilot will focus on a selected Subject.

Direction Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft to match a specified angle.

Pattern Video Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft to center a pattern that you define by pinching the camera screen on your iOS Device. Two fingers are required to define the pattern and you can swipe up to cancel. Smaller patterns are more difficult to track and require more processing power. For optimal results, define patterns that occupy at least 1/8 of the screen. If the image processing rate falls below 10 fps, you may need to upgrade to a more powerful device.

Joystick Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft by matching movements on the Right Remote Control Joystick (similar to a slave Remote Control on an Inspire 1).

Touch Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft according to where you touch the camera screen on your iOS Device. Two fingers are required to activate camera motion.

Device Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft to match the direction of your iOS Device.

Passive Autopilot will let you operate the gimbal independently.

Focus Subject Applies when Focus Strategy is Subject

Move the Left Remote Control Wheel to adjust the gimbal angle, and Autopilot will maintain the same angle until you move it again. Autopilot accomplishes this by applying an Altitude Offset. Switch to Advanced to learn more about Altitude Offsets

Operator Autopilot will focus on the location of your iOS Device or Remote Control, whichever is available and more accurate. Offset Available

Device Autopilot will focus on the location of your iOS Device. Offset Available

RC Autopilot will focus on the location of your Remote Control. This is only possible when paired with a GPS-enabled Remote Control, such as the Inspire 1 RC. Offset Available

POI Autopilot will focus on a point-of-interest location that you select. To set the POI while engaged, drag the Focus Subject Marker on the Flight Dashboard map.

Airspace Autopilot will focus on the location of one or more selected Airspace Objects. Offset Available

Focus Altitude Applies when Focus Subject is POI

Autopilot will add or subtract this height from the subject location.

Focus Pitch Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal pitch to this angle.

Focus Roll Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal roll to this angle.

Tap Reset to set the Pitch and Roll to zero.
Focus Yaw Reference Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction and Gimbal Yaw is Possible

Course Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding a relative angle to the current course of the aircraft.

Absolute Autopilot will use a specific angle for the direction.

Focus Yaw Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal and/or aircraft yaw to this angle.

Focus Device Offset Applies when Focus Strategy is Device

Absolute Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding an absolute angle to the device heading. Learn More

Bearing Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding a relative angle to the current bearing from the aircraft to the operator. The specified angle defines the device heading that should represent a 0 degree relative angle. Learn More

Camera Action On Engage / Disengage, at a Trigger, or during a Waypoint Action

Start Autopilot will start camera capture. If the camera is currently capturing in a different mode, Autopilot will automatically stop the previous capture before starting the next capture. The current camera settings will be used for the capture.

Stop Autopilot will stop camera capture if not already stopped.

Focus Autopilot will focus the camera using auto-focus at the center of the sensor (if available).

None Autopilot will not perform any camera actions. Only available on Engage / Disengage.

Camera Mode Applies when Camera Action is Start

Video Autopilot will set the camera to capture video.

Photo Autopilot will set the camera to capture photo(s).

Photo Mode Applies when Camera Mode is Photo

Single Autopilot will set the camera to capture a single photo.

Interval Autopilot will set the camera to capture interval photos.

Burst Autopilot will set the camera to capture a burst photos.

HDR Autopilot will set the camera to capture an HDR photo.

AEB Autopilot will set the camera to capture an AEB photo.

RAW Burst Autopilot will set the camera to capture a burst RAW photos.

Time Lapse Autopilot will set the camera to capture timelapse photos.

Time Interval Applies when Photo Mode is Interval

Previously Used Autopilot will not change the current time interval setting (saved on the camera).

1s - 60s Autopilot will change the time interval of the camera to the specified value before starting the interval capture. Some cameras and may not support the lowest values (e.g. only the XT supports 1s).

5.9.2 Examples

Example 1 Focus-like behavior for aircraft types without gimbal yaw

While Focus Mode does pitch the gimbal on aircraft types without gimbal yaw, it leaves you in control of the aircraft yaw. Since it can be challenging to keep a point-of-interest center-framed, especially a moving subject, use Cruise Mode to fly the aircraft with the RC joysticks (altitude, pitch, and roll), while Autopilot handles the aircraft yaw and gimbal pitch.

Strategy Selection
Vertical Joystick
Pitch/Roll Joystick
Yaw Focus
Example 2 Long distance flight

Perform a long distance run without cramping your thumbs. Let Autopilot maintain a course and speed in an outbound direction and then an operator-based course and power output in an inbound direction.

Important It is always your responsibility to operate Autopilot within the rules and regulations of the governing body in your location.
Outbound Strategy Selection
Vertical Joystick
Pitch/Roll Vector 0 Degrees at 35 mph
Yaw Heading 0 Degrees
Inbound Strategy Selection
Vertical Joystick
Pitch/Roll Percent 100% Front Pitch
Yaw Focus Operator
Example 3 Complex Maneuver

Execute an ascending corkscrew maneuver to record a long-exposure still photo at night with glowsticks.

Strategy Selection
Vertical Percent 15% Up
Pitch/Roll Percent 20% Right Roll
Yaw Percent 20% Left
Example 4 Panorama

Execute a constant panning motion at 100 ft while taking still photos.

Strategy Selection
Vertical Altitude 100 ft
Pitch/Roll Joystick
Yaw Percent 20% Right

5.10 Mimic Combined Flight Control

Tilt your iOS device in any direction. The aircraft will mimic the tilting motion of the iOS device to the directed pitch and roll. The Yaw Strategy determines if the aircraft will match your iOS device Heading, or point at your iOS Device. Autopilot will lock the orientation of your iOS Device while this Mode is active.

5.10.1 Controls

Yaw Strategy

Device Heading The aircraft will point in the same compass direction as your iOS device.

Focus The aircraft will point in the Focus direction.

Altitude

The height at which Autopilot will maintain the aircraft. Move the Left Remote Control Joystick Up to increase the Altitude, and move it Down to decrease the Altitude.

Focus Strategy

Subject Autopilot will focus on a selected Subject.

Direction Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft to match a specified angle.

Pattern Video Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft to center a pattern that you define by pinching the camera screen on your iOS Device. Two fingers are required to define the pattern and you can swipe up to cancel. Smaller patterns are more difficult to track and require more processing power. For optimal results, define patterns that occupy at least 1/8 of the screen. If the image processing rate falls below 10 fps, you may need to upgrade to a more powerful device.

Joystick Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft by matching movements on the Right Remote Control Joystick (similar to a slave Remote Control on an Inspire 1).

Touch Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft according to where you touch the camera screen on your iOS Device. Two fingers are required to activate camera motion.

Passive Autopilot will let you operate the gimbal independently.

Focus Subject Applies when Focus Strategy is Subject

Move the Left Remote Control Wheel to adjust the gimbal angle, and Autopilot will maintain the same angle until you move it again. Autopilot accomplishes this by applying an Altitude Offset. Switch to Advanced to learn more about Altitude Offsets

Operator Autopilot will focus on the location of your iOS Device or Remote Control, whichever is available and more accurate. Offset Available

Device Autopilot will focus on the location of your iOS Device. Offset Available

RC Autopilot will focus on the location of your Remote Control. This is only possible when paired with a GPS-enabled Remote Control, such as the Inspire 1 RC. Offset Available

POI Autopilot will focus on a point-of-interest location that you select. To set the POI while engaged, drag the Focus Subject Marker on the Flight Dashboard map.

Airspace Autopilot will focus on the location of one or more selected Airspace Objects. Offset Available

Focus Altitude Applies when Focus Subject is POI

Autopilot will add or subtract this height from the subject location.

Focus Pitch Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal pitch to this angle.

Focus Roll Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal roll to this angle.

Tap Reset to set the Pitch and Roll to zero.
Focus Yaw Reference Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction and Gimbal Yaw is Possible

Course Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding a relative angle to the current course of the aircraft.

Absolute Autopilot will use a specific angle for the direction.

Focus Yaw Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal and/or aircraft yaw to this angle.

Focus Device Offset Applies when Focus Strategy is Device

Absolute Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding an absolute angle to the device heading. Learn More

Bearing Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding a relative angle to the current bearing from the aircraft to the operator. The specified angle defines the device heading that should represent a 0 degree relative angle. Learn More

Camera Action On Engage / Disengage, at a Trigger, or during a Waypoint Action

Start Autopilot will start camera capture. If the camera is currently capturing in a different mode, Autopilot will automatically stop the previous capture before starting the next capture. The current camera settings will be used for the capture.

Stop Autopilot will stop camera capture if not already stopped.

Focus Autopilot will focus the camera using auto-focus at the center of the sensor (if available).

None Autopilot will not perform any camera actions. Only available on Engage / Disengage.

Camera Mode Applies when Camera Action is Start

Video Autopilot will set the camera to capture video.

Photo Autopilot will set the camera to capture photo(s).

Photo Mode Applies when Camera Mode is Photo

Single Autopilot will set the camera to capture a single photo.

Interval Autopilot will set the camera to capture interval photos.

Burst Autopilot will set the camera to capture a burst photos.

HDR Autopilot will set the camera to capture an HDR photo.

AEB Autopilot will set the camera to capture an AEB photo.

RAW Burst Autopilot will set the camera to capture a burst RAW photos.

Time Lapse Autopilot will set the camera to capture timelapse photos.

Time Interval Applies when Photo Mode is Interval

Previously Used Autopilot will not change the current time interval setting (saved on the camera).

1s - 60s Autopilot will change the time interval of the camera to the specified value before starting the interval capture. Some cameras and may not support the lowest values (e.g. only the XT supports 1s).

5.11 Intercept Combined Flight Control

Point your iOS device in any direction as if the iOS device were a laser pointer. Your aircraft will intersect the imaginary laser created by your device.

5.11.1 Controls

Origin

Operator Autopilot will calculate the target location as if the laser originates from the location of your iOS Device or Remote Control, whichever is available and more accurate. Offset Available

Device Autopilot will calculate the target location as if the laser originates from the location of your iOS Device. Offset Available

RC Autopilot will calculate the target location as if the laser originates from the location of your Remote Control. This is only possible when paired with a GPS-enabled Remote Control, such as the Inspire 1 RC. Offset Available

POI Autopilot will calculate the target location as if the laser originates from a point-of-interest location that you select. To set the POI while engaged, drag the Intercept Origin Marker on the Flight Dashboard map.

Airspace Autopilot will calculate the target location as if the laser originates from the location of one or more selected Airspace Objects. Offset Available

Min Altitude

The minimum height that Autopilot can direct the aircraft to maintain (if you point at or below the horizon). Move the Left Remote Control Joystick up to increase the Min Altitude, and move it Down to decrease the Min Altitude.

Direct Distance

The direct distance (lateral and altitude combined) at which Autopilot will maintain the aircraft from the Origin location. Move the Right Remote Control Joystick Up to decrease the Direct Distance, and move it Down to increase the Direct Distance.

Focus Strategy

Subject Autopilot will focus on a selected Subject.

Direction Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft to match a specified angle.

Pattern Video Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft to center a pattern that you define by pinching the camera screen on your iOS Device. Two fingers are required to define the pattern and you can swipe up to cancel. Smaller patterns are more difficult to track and require more processing power. For optimal results, define patterns that occupy at least 1/8 of the screen. If the image processing rate falls below 10 fps, you may need to upgrade to a more powerful device.

Joystick Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft by matching movements on the Right Remote Control Joystick (similar to a slave Remote Control on an Inspire 1).

Touch Autopilot will pitch and yaw the gimbal (if possible) and/or yaw the aircraft according to where you touch the camera screen on your iOS Device. Two fingers are required to activate camera motion.

Passive Autopilot will let you operate the gimbal independently.

Focus Subject Applies when Focus Strategy is Subject

Move the Left Remote Control Wheel to adjust the gimbal angle, and Autopilot will maintain the same angle until you move it again. Autopilot accomplishes this by applying an Altitude Offset. Switch to Advanced to learn more about Altitude Offsets

Origin Autopilot will focus on the Origin location. Offset Available

RC Autopilot will focus on the location of your Remote Control. This is only possible when paired with a GPS-enabled Remote Control, such as the Inspire 1 RC. Offset Available

POI Autopilot will focus on a point-of-interest location that you select. To set the POI while engaged, drag the Focus Subject Marker on the Flight Dashboard map.

Airspace Autopilot will focus on the location of one or more selected Airspace Objects. Offset Available

Focus Altitude Applies when Focus Subject is POI

Autopilot will add or subtract this height from the subject location.

Focus Pitch Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal pitch to this angle.

Focus Roll Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal roll to this angle.

Tap Reset to set the Pitch and Roll to zero.
Focus Yaw Reference Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction and Gimbal Yaw is Possible

Course Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding a relative angle to the current course of the aircraft.

Absolute Autopilot will use a specific angle for the direction.

Focus Yaw Applies when Focus Strategy is Direction

Autopilot will set the gimbal and/or aircraft yaw to this angle.

Focus Device Offset Applies when Focus Strategy is Device

Absolute Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding an absolute angle to the device heading. Learn More

Bearing Autopilot will calculate the direction by adding a relative angle to the current bearing from the aircraft to the operator. The specified angle defines the device heading that should represent a 0 degree relative angle. Learn More

Camera Action On Engage / Disengage, at a Trigger, or during a Waypoint Action

Start Autopilot will start camera capture. If the camera is currently capturing in a different mode, Autopilot will automatically stop the previous capture before starting the next capture. The current camera settings will be used for the capture.

Stop Autopilot will stop camera capture if not already stopped.

Focus Autopilot will focus the camera using auto-focus at the center of the sensor (if available).

None Autopilot will not perform any camera actions. Only available on Engage / Disengage.

Camera Mode Applies when Camera Action is Start

Video Autopilot will set the camera to capture video.

Photo Autopilot will set the camera to capture photo(s).

Photo Mode Applies when Camera Mode is Photo

Single Autopilot will set the camera to capture a single photo.

Interval Autopilot will set the camera to capture interval photos.

Burst Autopilot will set the camera to capture a burst photos.

HDR Autopilot will set the camera to capture an HDR photo.

AEB Autopilot will set the camera to capture an AEB photo.

RAW Burst Autopilot will set the camera to capture a burst RAW photos.

Time Lapse Autopilot will set the camera to capture timelapse photos.

Time Interval Applies when Photo Mode is Interval

Previously Used Autopilot will not change the current time interval setting (saved on the camera).

1s - 60s Autopilot will change the time interval of the camera to the specified value before starting the interval capture. Some cameras and may not support the lowest values (e.g. only the XT supports 1s).

6. Flight Dashboard Video

Autopilot features a responsive, information-dense Flight Dashboard that automatically adapts to the current device dimensions and orientation. Each layout has been carefully considered with the goal of using the available space efficiently while minimizing information overload.

As with the Settings and Modes, it is strongly recommended that you familiarize yourself with the presentation and organization of the Flight Dashboard before your first flight with Autopilot.

6.1 Section Details

Flight Dashboard
1. More Menu
2. Mode Name

The name of the selected Mode

3. Mode Actions

Disengaged Done - return to Pre-Flight screens

Engaged Mode Pause/Resume button - this can also be toggled via the RC Pause button if available

4. Instrument Panel Scrollable

RC Signal Strength, Satellite Count, Altitude, Distance, Horizontal Speed, Vertical Speed

Waiting Engaged Warning Danger

5. Battery Indicator

The aircraft battery level

Normal Warning Danger

6. Left Telemetry Tape Scrollable

Real-time telemetry for aircraft, recording, RC information, sensors, gimbal, home location, and motion data

7. Content

Displays the camera and/or map view. The Map view includes various markers. The camera view allows one-finder touch to focus if connected to an aircraft that has a focusable camera, such as the X5.

8. Right Telemetry Tape Scrollable

Real-time telemetry for movement and gimbal commands, and Mode data, device information, and altitude reference

9. Content Control

Camera Start/Stop Recording, Camera Mode, Total Recording Time, and SD Card Remaining Indicator, Camera Settings

Map Tracking, Position, and Layers

10. Flight Mode

The aircraft Flight Mode set by the RC

11. Alert Message

The current Flight Director alert message

Waiting Engaged Warning Danger

12. Status

Disengaged The current Flight Director status

Engaged The elapsed time since the Flight Director was engaged

13. Content Toggle Single Pane Layouts

Toggle between the camera and map

14. Flight Director Actions

Disengaged Start Engage Sequence

Engaged Disengage

15. Mode Contols No Inline Controls

Show the Mode Controls for the current Mode

6.2 Map Markers

Device
Device

The current device position. This is a built-in feature on iOS maps, and it represents the best known location of your device as automatically determined by iOS. In cases where the device does not have GPS, iOS uses known wifi hotspot locations and cell tower triangulation to estimate a location, but it may have poor horizontal accuracy.

Home
Home Draggable

The aircraft home location, draggable if Dynamic Home Location is enabled.

Remote Control
Remote Control

The Remote Control location

Aircraft
Aircraft

The current aircraft location

Aircraft Projected
Aircraft Projected

The projected location of the aircraft in one second

Destination
Destination

The destination location in Follow, Orbit, Target, Zip Line, or Intercept Mode

Field of View
Field of View

The field of view based on the current gimbal direction

Focus Subject
Focus Subject Draggable

The Subject location in Focus, Follow, Orbit, Target, Zip Line, Waypoint, Cruise, Intercept, or Mimic Mode, which is available when Focus Strategy is set to Subject

Focus Trigger
Focus Trigger Draggable

A Focus Trigger in Waypoint Mode, which is available when Focus Strategy is set to Triggers. The letter indicates the Focus Strategy of the Trigger, and the dashes, if present, indicate when previous and / or next interpolation is enabled.

Follow Leader
Follow Leader

The Leader location in Follow Mode

Orbit Center
Orbit Center Draggable

The Center location in Orbit Mode

Target Mark
Target Mark Draggable

The Mark location in Target Mode

Zip Line Point
Zip Line Point Draggable

The A, B, or Center location in Zip Line Mode

Pano Mark
Pano Mark Draggable

The Mark location in Pano Mode

Waypoint Reference
Waypoint Reference Draggable

The Reference location in Waypoint Mode. Tapping the tooltip will reveal options to Reverse Waypoints, Move the Reference to Center, and Delete All Waypoints.

Waypoint Path Inspector
Waypoint Path Inspector Draggable

The Path Inspector in Waypoint Mode. Tapping the tooltip will start a real-time Mission Preview. Tapping the Mission Preview aircraft tooltip will speed up the Mission Preview, or stop it.

Waypoint
Waypoint Draggable

A Waypoint in Waypoint Mode. The top number indicates the Waypoint number, and the bottom number indicates the altitude.

Waypoint Insert / Append
Waypoint Insert / Append Draggable

Append or insert a Waypoint in Waypoint Mode

Waypoint Drawing Tool
Waypoint Drawing Tool Draggable

Draw a line to create a pattern of Waypoints in Waypoint Mode

Waypoint Segment
Waypoint Segment Draggable

A Segment between two Waypoints in Waypoint Mode. The number indicates the Segment number and dragging the marker will split the Segment by creating a new Waypoint.

Waypoint Start / Mark
Waypoint Start / Mark Draggable

In Waypoint Mode, the Start point (visible with Advanced Controls, denoted by an S) and the Mark point when the Mission Type is Mark (denoted by an M)

Waypoint Camera Trigger
Waypoint Camera Trigger Draggable

A Camera Trigger in Waypoint Mode. The letter indicates the Camera Action of the Trigger, and the dashes indicate which Directions (forward, backward) the Trigger is specific to.

Waypoint Checkpoint
Waypoint Checkpoint Draggable

A Checkpoint in Waypoint Mode. The color indicates if the Checkpoint is designated (orange), or undesignated (gray).

Intercept Origin
Intercept Origin Draggable

The Origin location in Intercept Mode

Airspace iPhone
Airspace iPhone

The location of an iPhone in your Airspace

Airspace iPad
Airspace iPad

The location of an iPad in your Airspace

Airspace Aircraft
Airspace Aircraft

The location of an aircraft in your Airspace

Tip In order to drag most circular map markers, first tap the marker to select it. An information bubble will appear above the marker once it is selected. Then tap and hold on the same marker until it rises off of the map under your finger. Then drag your finger to the desired location and let go. Pin map markers are draggable even before selection. You can also long-press the map view to place any of the available markers.

7. Pre-Flight

To ensure maximum safety and an enjoyable flight experience, always execute all checklists before engaging Autopilot.

7.1 Aircraft Preflight Checklist Download

  1. Confirm Aircraft is running the correct firmware.
  2. Confirm Aircraft props are secure.
  3. Insert fully-charged battery into Aircraft.
  4. Remove camera lens cover and gimbal lock.
  5. Confirm Micro-SD card is inserted and has sufficient storage space available for video.
  6. Turn on Remote Control and confirm four green lights (full charge).
  7. Point Remote Control antenna(s) up.
  8. Toggle Flight Mode switch to the appropriate setting for your aircraft type (P for the Phantom 4, F for all others).
  9. Turn on Aircraft.
  10. Confirm four green lights on battery display panel (full charge).
  11. Perform compass calibration procedure per the DJI Instruction Manual
  12. Confirm GPS lock when the aircraft back lights flash and display as static green.

7.2 iOS Device Preflight Checklist Download

  1. Confirm fully-charged battery for iOS device.
  2. Adjust screen brightness given ambient light conditions.
  3. Connect to the aircraft:
    • Inspire 1, Phantom 3 Pro / Advanced, etc Connect iOS Device to remote control with Lightning cable.
    • Phantom 3 Standard, 4K, etc Open iOS Settings app and connect to Phantom wifi.
  4. Confirm DJI GO app is terminated.
  5. Open Autopilot app.
  6. Confirm all Autopilot settings are set as desired.
  7. Choose a Mode
  8. Confirm that Autopilot is connected to the aircraft by looking at the status bar:
    • Aircraft Disconnected App is not connected, return to Step 3.
    • Connected to Aircraft App is connected and ready to engage.
  9. Confirm Open Flight Dashboard button is illuminated.
  10. Confirm control settings for selected Mode, or select a flight plan.

7.3 Autopilot Engage Checklist Download

  1. From any Mode, tap Flight Dashboard and the Flight Dashboard screen will appear.
  2. Tap Start Engage Sequence and the Engage Sequence screen will appear.
  3. Answer a series of questions that will assist in selecting an appropriate Altitude Reference.
  4. If Autopilot determines that you need to calibrate your aircraft altimeter, position your aircraft at the same height as the indicated Altitude Reference (may be your iOS Device or an Airspace Object).
  5. If using the GPS altimeter, wait for the altitude reading to settle and confirm that Autopilot reports the true MSL altitude for your location.
    Go here if you are unsure of your true MSL altitude
  6. Tap Confirm to complete calibration and the Take-off screen will appear.
  7. Position the aircraft in the desired take-off location (either on the ground or fly it to a safe location).
  8. Tap Continue and the Engage Countdown will begin (countdown is set to 5 seconds by default). At the conclusion of the countdown, the aircraft will initiate propulsion and Autopilot will fly the aircraft to its initial hover position (see Flight) before beginning to fly the aircraft according to the specified Mode.
  9. Tap Abort during the countdown if you are not ready for Autopilot to engage for any reason.
Warning When the countdown reaches zero, Autopilot will engage and the aircraft will take-off within a few seconds. It is vital that proper safety protocols are followed and all persons and property are clear of the aircraft.

7.4 Altitude Reference

Autopilot can utilize several different instruments to measure both aircraft and device altitude, including absolute and relative altitude. Given your desired flight plan, it is crucial to select and properly calibrate the appropriate instruments to ensure a safe flight and produce well-framed video. The reason Autopilot requires this, where other apps may not, is because the normal usage pattern within Autopilot is a moving operator as opposed to a stationary operator (see Understanding Autopilot).

With a stationary operator, there is much less danger in using the power-on altitude as the reference, since the assumption is that the operator will be flying line-of-sight and the terrain cannot change that dramatically within sight range. Furthermore, even if the terrain does change, the operator is manually controlling the aircraft and has the ability to compensate.

With a moving operator, there is a very real danger that as you move, your altitude will change. If altitude does change, Autopilot must know about it or else you risk letting it fly the aircraft into obstacles, or worse, the ground.

Critical Improper instrument selection and/or calibration may result in erratic flight behavior or even crashes. The calibration procedure establishes the effective ground level for your flight, so it is strongly recommended that you perform calibration while the aircraft is not flying (on the ground).

7.4.1 Instruments

Barometer Dynamic Altitude

Altitude is measured as the difference between the aircraft and an object relative to where each is during calibration. Object altitude is determined from barometric pressure. The object can either be your device, or an Airspace Object.

Autopilot will select Barometer if the object will change altitude relative to the aircraft altitude.
GPS Dynamic Altitude

Altitude is measured as the difference between the aircraft and and object relative to where each is during calibration. Object altitude is determined from GPS. The object can either be your device, or an Airspace Object.

Autopilot will select GPS if the object will change altitude relative to the aircraft altitude and the object does not have a Barometer.

Warning iOS does not provide a way to programmatically determine if GPS hardware is present. It is your responsibility to determine the capabilities of your device before allowing Autopilot to select this option.
Takeoff Fixed Altitude

Altitude is measured relative to where the aircraft took off.

Autopilot will select Takeoff if you intend to operate Autopilot from the same location and altitude where the aircraft took off for the entire flight.
Offset Fixed Altitude

Altitude is measured relative to where the aircraft is during calibration.

Autopilot will select Offset if you intend to operate Autopilot from a fixed location and the current aircraft altitude should be used as ground level.

7.5 Flight Plans

Autopilot allows saving and sharing Mode Controls as named Flight Plans. You must create a free Autopilot user account to save Flight Plans, which enables synchronized updates across multiple devices. You may also import a KML/KMZ file as a Waypoint Mode Flight Plan.

Saving
To save a Flight Plan, first open the Mode that you intend to use and set the Controls to the desired values. Then tap the Flight Plan icon in the toolbar and choose the Save option.

Loading
To load a Flight Plan, tap the Flight Plan option from the main screen and choose from a list of previously saved Flight Plans in the Flight Plan Manager. It can load Flight Plans while engaged, but if the Flight Plan is for a different Mode, Autopilot will not switch Modes until you disengage.

Updating
Once a Flight Plan has been saved or loaded, you can make changes and either ovewrite the existing Flight Plan, or save the changes as a new Flight Plan. To edit the name or description of a Flight Plan, open the Flight Plan Manager and swipe to the left on the Flight Plan. This will reveal a menu of options, including Edit, which allows you to change the name and / or description of the Flight Plan.

Sharing
To share a Flight Plan, either swipe to the left on the Flight Plan in the Flight Plan Manager, or tap the Flight Plan button in the bottom right toolbar on the Mode Controls screen. In either case, tap the Share option, and you will be prompted to either Allow Collaboration or Send a Copy.

Allow Collaboration Autopilot will create a unique link with a sharing token that can be claimed once. The first person to open the link will be granted access to view and update the shared Flight Plan in your account.

Send a Copy Autopilot will create a unique link that will allow anyone with the link to import a copy of the Flight Plan into their own account. Any updates after the import to either Flight Plan will not be reflected in the other person's account.

Importing
To Import a Flight Plan, send a KML/KMZ file to your device via Airdrop, text message, email, etc. Once the file is available on the device, Autopilot will appear as one of the available apps capable of opening the file. Open the file in Autopilot and any points that are found in the imported file will automatically be used as Waypoints in Waypoint Mode.

Deleting
To delete a Flight Plan, open the Flight Plan Manager and swipe to the left on the Flight Plan. This will reveal a menu of options, including Delete, which allows you to remove the Flight Plan.

8. Flight

If the aircraft is on the ground when Autopilot is first engaged, Autopilot will perform a take-off. Once in the air, the aircraft will assume a hover altitude at approximately 3-15 ft / 1-5 m for several seconds. When the aircraft is ready to take commands, Autopilot will apply the necessary flight controls in order to fly the Mode specified. If the aircraft is already flying when Autopilot is first engaged, Autopilot will begin sending commands immediately.

8.1 Autopilot Inflight Checklist Download

  1. Confirm that the aircraft achieves the appropriate location (according to the specified Mode) before attempting to change your location.
  2. Constantly monitor the aircraft battery and telemetry to ensure maximum safety and flight operating efficiency.
  3. Tap Disengage when you are ready to finish your Autopilot flight.
  4. Autopilot will then disengage and you will gain control of the aircraft.
  5. Perform manual landing with the Remote Control.

9. Post-Flight

9.1 Post-Flight Checklist Download

  1. If you want to fly again, proceed to Pre-flight, otherwise continue.
  2. Turn off the aircraft and remove the battery.
  3. Turn off the Remote Control.
  4. Reinstall the camera lens cover and gimbal lock.

10. Flight Recorder

If data or audio recording is enabled, Autopilot will create files in the app's documents directory, which can be accessed as follows:

10.1 File Access

  1. Connect your iOS device to your computer or other device and open iTunes.
  2. Find the Settings pane for your device and click the Apps category.
  3. Scroll down to the File Sharing section and select Autopilot from the list of Apps.
  4. Select the flights, engagements, and airspaces directories in the list of documents to the right
  5. Click Save to... and choose a location to save the directories.
  6. You should now have the following directories saved on your computer:
    1. flights - contains files corresponding to motors on/off events
    2. engagements - contains files corresponding to engage/disengage events
    3. airspaces - contains files corresponding to airspace entered/exited events

Files are named using the event start date and time (UTC), e.g. YYYY-MM-DD-HHMMSS-mode. The engagement files depend on the current app settings and the mode (see below).

Engagement Audio Recording Enabled
  • All Modes generate audio.aac or audio.m4a, depending on the format selected in the app settings.
Engagement Data Recording Enabled
  • All Modes generate settings.tsv
    • This file contains a snapshot of the settings in the app when Autopilot was engaged
  • All Modes generate telemetry.tsv
    • The frequency of data is at most every 100ms
  • All Modes (except Black Box) generate commands-gimbal.tsv
    • The frequency of data is as often as commands are sent
  • All Modes (except Human Flight Control Modes) generate commands-movement.tsv
    • The frequency of data is as often as commands are sent
  • Modes with controls (all except Black Box or Focus) generate controls-[mode id].tsv
    • The frequency of data is as often as the controls change during flight
    • The columns in this file are specific to the controls available for the given Mode

The units for values in each file can be either Metric or Imperial, depending on the app setting. The column headers list the units in (parenthesis) after the name. For example, Device Speed (kph).

10.2 Third-Party Integration

The following third-party services are capabable of importing Autopilot data logs directly:

The following events will trigger automatic upload:

  • Motors turning off, even if the aircraft did not fly while the motors were on
  • Opening Autopilot from the iOS home screen
  • Entering new credentials into the Settings dialog
If there is any error during an upload attempt, Autopilot wait for a pre-configured time period before making the next attempt. Possible errors include no network connection, server unresponsiveness, or third-party specific conditions like rate-limiting. The time period is specifc to the third-party service:
  • Airdata: 60 min
  • DroneLogbook: 10 min

11. Airspace Video

Autopilot offers a powerful networking feature called Airspace. Airspace allows multiple devices to share telemetry in real-time, including both location and altitude information. If a device is connected to an aircraft, it will also share the aircraft telemetry with the other devices in the Airspace.

Once connected to an Airspace, Autopilot will continue to run even if with the app in the background. Background execution enables use cases where it is desirable to lock the device screen, such as an athlete performing an action sport.

Additionally, any location source Mode Control (such as the Focus Subject or Orbit Center) will display an Airspace option allowing you to select one or more Airspace Objects. If you select more than one Airspace Object, Autopilot will continually calculate a 3-D bounding box that contains the selected Objects and use the center point as the location.

If you have friends that want to participate in your Airspace at no cost, they can download the free Airspace companion app.

Autopilot currently supports Peer-to-Peer and Network Airspaces. Peer-to-Peer Airspaces have limited connection range, but lower latency. Network Airspaces have unlimited connection range, but may have higher latency.

11.1 Use Cases

There are many possible use cases for Airspace, including but not limited to:

  • Using the location of an iPhone as the Focus Subject where the iPhone is attached to an athlete
  • Using the location of an iPhone as the Follow Leader on a wifi-only iPad
  • Using the barometric altitude of an iPhone as the Altitude Reference on an older iPad without a barometer
  • Using the location of an aircraft as the Focus Subject for a second aircraft (chase plane)
  • Using the location of an aircraft as the Follow Leader for a second aircraft (formation flying)

11.2 Choosing the Right Airspace Type

Since each type of Airspace has both advantages and limitations, it is necessary to select the appropriate type for your situation.

  • Conditions appropriate for Peer-to-Peer Airspaces:
    • Eight or less devices required
    • Maximum distance between devices will not exceed 250-400 ft
    • Tracking objects capable of making abrupt course corrections, such as other aircraft or action sports
    • Network connection unavailable on one or more of the devices
  • Conditions appropriate for Network Airspaces:
    • More than eight devices required
    • Maximum distance between devices expected to exceed 250-400 ft
    • Tracking objects that are expected to make relatively smooth course corrections, such as cars
    • Network connection available

11.3 Peer-to-Peer Airspaces Limited Range, Lower Latency

Peer-to-Peer Airspaces use bluetooth and ad-hoc wifi networks to enable communication, which means the connection distance is limited to the maximum range of those signals (about 250-400 ft), but the connection latency is low. The maximum number of devices in a Peer-to-Peer Airspace is eight, each of which can be connected to one aircraft for a total of sixteen possible Airspace Objects.

Entering a Peer-to-Peer Airspace
  • From each device, tap the Airspace option from the main screen to open the Airspace Manager
  • Tap Enter Airspace in the toolbar
  • Choose Peer-to-Peer as the Airspace Type
  • If this is the first device, choose Wait to wait for connection invitations
  • If this is not the first device, choose Search to send connection invitations
  • If new devices are ready to connect after the initial setup, tap Search for Devices to send more invitations
  • Optional: If your device is connected to an aircraft, tap Calibrate to record the relative altitude between your aircraft and any Airspace Object that you may want to track

Tip Testing shows that enabling a Personal Hotspot on your iPhone may interfere with Peer-to-Peer connections. If you experience connection issues, make sure to disable your Personal Hotspot.

11.4 Network Airspaces Unlimited Range, Higher Latency

Network Airspaces use infrastructure wifi and cellular data to enable communication, which means the connection distance is unlimited, but the connection latency maybe be higher, depending on the quality of the network connection. There is no limit to the number of devices in a Network Airspace.

Entering a Network Airspace
  • If this is the first device:
    • Tap the Airspace option from the main screen to open the Airspace Manager
    • Tap Enter Airspace in the toolbar
    • Choose Network as the Airspace Type
    • Choose Create New to create a new Airspace
    • Once the Airspace is created, Choose Continue on the next dialog to invite other devices
  • If this is not the first device, there are two options:
    • Option 1:
      • Wait for an invitation from one of the devices that is already connected
      • When you receive the invitation, tap the link to automatically connect to the Airspace
    • Option 2:
      • Tap the Airspace option from the main screen to open the Airspace Manager
      • Tap Enter Airspace in the toolbar
      • Choose Network as the Airspace Type
      • Choose Join Existing to join an existing Airspace
      • Enter the Airspace ID and tap Continue
  • If new devices are ready to connect after the initial setup, tap Send Invitation to send more invitations
  • Optional: If your device is connected to an aircraft, tap Calibrate to record the relative altitude between your aircraft and any Airspace Object that you may want to track

12. Advanced

Once comfortable operating Autopilot with each available Mode, there are several advanced features that can enhance your Autopilot experience.

12.1 External GPS

If your device does not have GPS, it is still possible to use Operator Location Dependent Features by utilizing Airspace or an external GPS receiver, such as the Dual Electronics XGPS150A. Once the external GPS receiver is connected to your device, iOS will automatically share the location with any location-aware apps such as Autopilot. This means that if you select Device as the location source for any of the Mode Controls, it will automatically use the location from your GPS receiver.

12.2 Dual Remote Control Inspire 1 Only

Autopilot was specifically designed to compliment dual Remote Control configuration on the Inspire 1. First, establish dual Remote Control communication using the DJI GO app, and then engage any Mode that allows the Gimbal to be set to Manual. Autopilot will fly the aircraft while connected to Master Remote Control, and you will be free to operate the Gimbal using the Slave Remote Control.

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