Where's My Drone? – Understanding The DJI Attitude Indicator
Nu, if you’re flying the mavic mini the mini 2 or the mavic air 2 and you’ve recently updated your dji flyout to the latest version, die is 1.2.2 je hebt, probably noticed that something disappeared. The directional display that used to be on the main screen and the bottom in the middle that showed you the direction the aircraft was heading relative to the pilot is totally gone and that’s a super important display because it helps you navigate in the air and find Your way back home now the honest truth is it’s, not disappeared, it’s actually moved inside the map, and you would have known that. Had you read the release notes for the firmware update, which is something i recommend as a rule of thumb before you ever push that yeah update my drone go to the dji website and read through the release. Note so there’s no surprises, and that way you know what changes that firmware’s making to your drone, Omdat, even though you may do the update it’s important to understand what those changes mean and how they impact your flight. Dus, with this latest version of 1.2.2, they introduced this brand new attitude indicator they’ve also introduced a couple. Other features where you can change some of the function, buttons and stuff on your remote and i’ll cover all that in a separate clip. But this one in particular is really important because we get a ton of emails and phone calls and text messages.
Saying hey, i see the new display. I don’t really understand what it means. Help me understand it better and i’ve tried to answer that a couple of times with messages and emails and it just gets complicated. So i thought, let me sit down, put a clip together and explain what the icons mean and how you can use those to sort of keep your drone safe and be a better pilot so before we get too deep into it. The way you get at this display is, on the lower left hand, side of your main screen there’s the map. You can expand the map a little bit in the lower right hand, corner of that map, there’s an icon. If you tap that icon it’ll bring up this attitude indicator now, dji calls it an attitude indicator. I call it an attitude display because it does show you the attitude of the aircraft, but it shows you so much more information, dat is, extremely valuable, and if you’re not familiar with the term attitude, it doesn’t mean. Is the drone happy or sad or is it aggressive? What it means is the attitude of the plane relative to a level horizon, so if the plane is flying along or the drones flying along like this, your attitude is perfectly level if you head down, because you’re accelerating accelerating forward the horizon, will be above you if You’Re pulling back like this going backwards, the horizon’s below you, but what you want to do essentially is keep that horizon on both sides of the plane, so it’s flying level.
Natuurlijk, if you bank, like this it’s, going to turn to the side, so the attitude’s in there, which is something you didn’t see before, but in addition to the attitude, it also shows you the direction of the aircraft. It shows you what it’s, looking at from a first person view so there’s a couple of icons and i’ll. Explain that in a second. It also shows you where the pilot’s standing and where the home point is and more importantly, which direction the pilot is facing. Want weer, the remote controls are somewhat directional and you want to make sure you’re trying to face your drone as much as possible to get as much signal downfield towards your drone and, if you’re facing this way and the drones flying that way. Even though it’ll work for a while, when you’re close the further you get away the harder it is for that signal to make that turn and get to your drone. So let’s go through some of the icons when you first bring up the display. The most important icon in there is the triangle in the center and that’s the drone now here’s one thing to keep in mind. Some of the other displays that are out there have a perspective from the pilot, dus met andere woorden, the whole display is centered on the pilot’s position and you’re. Seeing the drone move relative to the pilot. This display is, from the drones perspective, so it’s like you’re inside the drone flying and when you spin the drone the whole display spins because you’re looking at that display from the perspective of the drone.
So it is a little confusing that you see the display spin when you’re spinning the drone and that’s because pretend you’re in the drone trying to find your home point. You want to make sure that the drone is facing back to the home point. So the triangle in the center is the actual drone. The h, the yellow, h that’s got a circle around. It should look like a landing mat, which is something you should be using if you’re flying a drone, but anyway that’s your home point. So when the drone first takes off, if it has a solid gps connection, it’s going to actually set its home point, so it knows where it needs to get back to. If something horrible happens out in the field, you lose connection the battery’s getting weak, it’s going to fly back to their home point and land and that home point is set. If gps is strong and you give it a couple of seconds to set its home point, you’ll know it did that because it’ll announce that, through the application, it’ll say home point set, and you know that it’s ready to go so that’s the home point, the blue Dot is you, as the pilot not really use the pilot, but the controller. So normally you got that in your hands. But if you walk away from the home point, you’re going to see the home point, which is initially over the blue dot, the pilot separate and you’ll actually see that blue dot move.
Now i’ve got a couple of screenshots showing that, but now i’m standing off to the side of the home point and that’s important. Because you want to know where the pilot is relative to the home point. And if you look closely at that pilot dot, the blue dot it’s, showing you which direction the pilot is facing and again that’s super important, because if you’re, if your drone’s over here and you’re facing this direction, it’ll work for a little while. But that signal is going to decay over time to the point where you’re going to have a break in that rf connection to the drone. So you want to kind of make sure you’re always facing the direction of your drone, and you can see that from that attitude display all of that’s really important stuff. So those three icons, De piloot, the drone and the home point – are what those three icons show you now, where it gets a little bit better and a little more complicated is to either side of the drone. You see two white lines: that’s the artificial horizon. So when we’re talking about attitude, dat is, really what an attitude indicator shows you is, how are the? How are the wings of the plane aligned with that horizon? Am i flying straight and level, or am i banking or am i heading down? Am i you know heading up, so that shows you exactly how your horizon looks and the reason that’s important is because, even though it’s cool to see those kind of change when you’re banking or change when you go forward and back if you watch those closely they’ll Give you a real good indication of how your drone is doing at 200 feet in the air because remember you’ve got an fpv camera on the front.
That’S got a three axis stabilized gimbal, so the drone could be going crazy up there you’re not going to know that, because your first person display on the screen is going to be rock solid because the gimbal is compensating for that and up until now you had No idea that your tiny little drone is up at 300 feet battling a wind, that’s buffeting it like this and if it gets too strong and the motors can’t control it that’s. When you get a fly away so watching that attitude – and you see your drone attitude changing dramatically like this or maybe it’s fighting the wind like this and shaking, even though your display is rock solid, you know that drone’s fighting a really strong wind up there and Maybe it’s not a good time to be flying that high, so i love the fact that they show me the attitude of the drone. In addition to all the other icons, they give me for the health and welfare of the drone, but that added attitude indicator something you got to keep an eye on because again, if you’re flying out in a day where there’s bursting wind you’ll see pretty quickly that Attitude indicator change and shift and jerk around like this and that’s your drone being buffeted by the wind up there in the sky and that’s, something you wouldn’t have known before, want weer, the beauty of flying these kind of camera drones is they’ve, got the stabilized gimbal.
On the front which compensates for all of that movement up in the air, so from your perspective, if all you’re doing is looking at that fpv display on your screen, you have no idea that this poor little guy is up there 200 feet in the air and Fighting the wind trying to keep things stable and may not win that battle and if it doesn’t win that battle it’s off someplace else. So if you’re flying your drone, i think that information that that display gives you is extremely helpful. I know it takes a little bit of getting used to, but it’s extremely helpful, maar, more importantly, those total white lines on either side of the drone to me are the most important part of that display and i’m watching those on a regular basis. The last thing that’s on that display, which is kind of an interesting thing – Ik weet niet, know why you’d need this. Is the north indicator that’s going to show you where true north is or magnetic north is and that’s kind of nice to know? But i don’t know too many pilots that fly based on compass positions, but maybe you use that for some navigational aids or something like that. But it is kind of cool to see where north is and honestly when i’m flying i’m situationally aware of where i’m standing – and i can pretty much. You know any days point to the east point to the west and kind of know where i’m at but it’s nice to have that little display in there now.
The last thing i’ll say is that in general dji’s doing these updates on a regular basis. Geloof ik, by adding that navigational aid that attitude display in there they’ve really kind of expanded. What the drone can show you and i think, that’s a really good thing now. I know the opinion on this is split. Both directions, there’s a lot of people that say: Oh, i can’t stand it it’s too complicated, there’s other people. That say i love it we’re closer to a pilot by seeing this kind of information, because that attitude display normally on a plane is one display. That shows you the artificial horizon and there’s others, for you know altitude and things like that and direction and heading this kind of bundles it all into one so i’d recommend as a responsible pilot sitting down playing with it and again i always recommend doing this at Ground level, so do it 30 feet off the ground, but fly it out a couple hundred feet spin it around send it over that way, walk away from your home point and just get a feel for how it affects that display, because when you’ve got your drone Up 300 voeten in de lucht 1500 voeten afstand: dat is, not the time to figure this out. You want to make sure that you completely understand what that display is showing you, because all of us may lose sight of a drone in the sky and that’s a panic moment to sort of know, you’re sort of sure it’s over there, but you’re not sure where It is, and now by looking at that display, i can tell pretty quickly am i facing my home point.
Am i facing away from my home point? Am i am i descending? You know all the things that are critical about getting the drone back home safely are in there. Two other things you can look at, and this is recommendations i’ve had on other clips, is, if you get in a situation where you’ve lost sight of your drone and you’re, not sure where it is, you spin it back so that the drone is facing the home Point and then fly it. A little bit fly for a couple of seconds and watch the two indicators to see distance and height, because if distance is increasing it’s flying away from you pretty obvious, if it’s decreasing it’s flying back towards you, eventually you’re going to get back in your line of Sight where you can recognize it, another good trick is, if you lose sight of it, start wiggling the joystick. So you can see it move around in the sky because a lot of times it gets buried in the clouds or buried in the background and it’s hard to see it. But if you move it around a little bit, it’ll shake in the sky and your eyes will pick up on that. Dus, in addition to the navigational aids and this attitude indicator that i talked about, those are some tricks that i use. If you’ve lost sight of a drone in the sky and that’s pretty much it for today, so hopefully that made sense.
I didn’t make it too complicated and i didn’t go on too long about it, but i think dji has done us a great service by bundling in this new attitude indicator into the software, and i would recommend using it every time you’re out there flying so, if You’Ve got any questions about anything i’ve covered today, as always drop those in the comments below i’ll get back to you as quickly as i can. I’Ve got a ton more clips coming on a lot of new features. I’Ve got some things coming on the 1.2.2 upgrade and a bunch of other drone reviews and high tech stuff coming as well, because many of we’ve been busy the last couple of weeks anyway, that’s pretty much it for today. Oh, if you haven’t, subscribed to the channel. I say this every time: what are you waiting for hit that subscribe button down there and join the drone valley family, because man, this is going to be one heck of a year. We’Ve got some really cool stuff coming, so you’re definitely going to want to be a part of it and that’s pretty much it for today.