Setup

This is the most important step in Mission Planner to define crucial mission parameters. Tap > button to proceed next step upon Setup completion. 

• Tap a planned home point on the map for preliminary calculation in Waypoint and Review tabs. You may tap any location on the map for moving the only home point. When you have connected to aircraft and located an actual home point, the home point will be updated on the map accordingly.

• Tap up/down arrows (left of Mission tab) to show/hide Mission Panel at any time to free up more screen space. Tap up/down arrows (upper-left of small window) to show/hide small window together with upper and lower telemetry status bars. When iOS device is connected to RC/aircraft, both small window and telemetry status bars show up automatically. 

• Speed - Define the required cruising speed, range from 7.2 to 54 km/h (4.5 to 33.5 mph). You may use either slider (iPad only) or -/+ buttons to adjust the speed accordingly. In general, you may use the slider adjusting to proximate speed, then use -/+ buttons for fine tuning. You are recommended to set lower than 18 km/h (11.2 mph) for shooting close targets with smooth footage.

You can always use RC pitch forward to speed up (or backward to slow down or even reverse flying) aircraft during mission. It's common to shoot multiple targets in the same mission, but those targets might be far apart. In this case, we recommend to set a slow mission for shooting targets. You may use RC pitch control to speed up flying from one target to another, in order to save battery on slow mission. Check Mission Planner Tutorial - Waypoints RC Speed & Yaw Control for details.

• Height - Toggle to show/hide the height of both waypoints and targets on the map. This is very handy for planning various height of waypoint missions. Occasionally, you might want to turn this off if the map is too crowded. 

• Finish - Define Finish action upon completion of the mission, which would affect preliminary calculation figures. 

  • RTH (default): Aircraft RTH (Return-To-Home) and land automatically after completion of mission. This option is usually safer in case of lost RC control signal (RF interference, too far or blocked by obstacle) during mission. If you want to cancel RTH, press-and-hold RTH button a few seconds or flip to P-mode on RC.
  • Hover: Hover at the last waypoint upon mission completed.

• Initial Height - Define the Initial Height upon starting the mission.

  • Return To Home (default, RTH): Aircraft ascends/descends to RTH altitude before flying to the first waypoint. 
  • 1st Waypoint: Aircraft ascends/descends to the first waypoint altitude before flying to the first waypoint.
  • Standard: Aircraft flies to the first waypoint diagonally from the current height (firmware 1.4.10). Beware of any obstacle in diagonal path between the current height and the first waypoint. From firmware 1.5.30 or above, DJI seems adopting 1st-WP strategy. 
  • When you set Initial Height to RTH or 1st Waypoint, the app adds a waypoint[0] automatically at the current location with specified height of either RTH or 1st-WP. In general, you don't need to set the first waypoint close by with certain height to avoid obstacle between takeoff location and the first waypoint. The app takes care of it in a foolproof way.

• Corner - Define the corner size of waypoints with Straight corner, S (Small), M (Medium) or L (Large) curved corners. 

  • Straight: Aircraft stops at each waypoint a short period of time then fly to next waypoint. You may assign actions (such as stay, take photo, start/stop video recording) at each waypoint before proceeding to the next waypoint. Refer to Waypoint Panel section of Waypoint step for further details.
  • Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large: Aircraft is optimized to fly curved corners WITHOUT stopping for smooth footage. If you set a high speed mission with sharp corner turns or short distance to next waypoints, aircraft might be slowing down automatically at the corners to maintain flying along flight path.

• Heading - Define aircraft orientation during mission

  • RC: Aircraft flies forward by default along the flight path. Pilots are allowed to yaw the aircraft by RC during mission flight. 
  • Waypoint: Aircraft is heading toward a specified bearing per individual waypoint setting. Pilots CANNOT yaw the aircraft by RC during mission flight. 
  • For safety reason, you might consider to fly a pre-mission flight with Heading set to RC, turn off Auto-Tilt in Fly tab as a preview to ensure no obstacles in the flight path. After pre-mission flight, you can then switch Heading back to "WP" and turn on Auto-Tilt for shooting footage.