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What Is Headless Mode On A Drone?

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When you active headless mode on a drone or Quadcopter, the onboard flight computer always aligns the drone movements to be relative to the controller. Therefore, it does not matter which way the drone forward direction is pointing. When you push forward, the drone moves forward relative to your direction, instead of the heading of the drone.

What is Headless Mode on a Drone Quadcopter?

Headless mode is sometimes also called care free, or head free mode and many quadcopter newcomers may not know what the headless mode function is since this feature had been reserved for more advanced, and expensive quadcopters in the past. If you currently own a drone with this feature or perhaps, find it on your next one than this post aims to help you understand exactly what headless mode is and what it does.

Miniaturization control technology has come a long way in just a short time and the headless mode function is now being found on drones for geared toward kids therefore, it becoming important to have a clear understanding of headless mode.

Given the symmetrical structure of most quadcopters, it can be rather difficult to know which directions on a quadcopter. To assist with identifying these directions, the front of the drone is typically contains coloured props, while the back is usually an alternate darker color, such as blue or black. If the props are not colored, then there will be colored LED lights that specify the front with red lights, and the back with another color.

Resolving Heading Problems

Putting the drone on the ground with the LED lights facing away from you. the forward direction of the drone that is, the same as your forward direction. Turn the drone 90 degrees to the right, so that the right side direction of the drone is pointed straight toward you. Now when you fly the drone, and you push forward on the throttle, the drone will fly forward according to its own direction however, relative to you it is flying to the right.

Consider that you can yaw the drone 360 degrees, you’ll realize that there is only one yaw orientation where the drone forward direction is also your forward direction. Now, in order to fly when the forward direction of the drone is changing, when you are close to the drone and able to see the LED lights you can track which way the drone forward direction is but when the drone is at a distance from you and harder to recognize the forward drone direction you can resolve this problem with headless mode.

The Headless Mode Function

When you active headless mode, the onboard flight computer always aligns the drone movements to be relative to the controller therefore, it does not matter which way the drone forward direction is pointing. When you push forward, the drone moves forward relative to your direction, instead of the heading of the drone. The same for going to the left or right. You can keep yawing the drone by controlling it to fly right which will fly to the right relative to your position.

The headless mode function removes the need to have to keep track of the orientation of the quadcopter. This can make flying the drone much easier and by activating headless mode eliminates any confusion.

Using Headless Mode

To use the headless mode function, for low cost drones you need to activate it prior to take off. Simply, place the quadcopter down in front of you, with the drone forward direction aligned with your forward direction. Now activate headless mode, and take off. The quadcopter forward pointing will no longer matter now, and you can comfortably fly relative to your directions. More advanced quadcopters equipped with a digital compass can be activate the headless mode feature in flight.

With this mode activated, it provides much smoother control over your drone. Even when the drone forward direction is pointed at you, if you push forward on the flight stick, the drone will not crash into you, but will instead move away from you. This is a handy feature to have for new drone pilots an excellent way to help prevent losing control when you lose track of the orientation of your drone.

QuadCopter Headless Mode Wrap Up

While ideal for beginner and even some notice drone pilots, some drone enthusiast frown on others that rely on the quadcopter headless mode and insist on learning mastering flying techniques without the need of it. All-in-all it is very useful in certain situations where you lose track of the quadcopter orientation. Do you agree? Go ahead and let me know by sounding off in the comments.

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