Read this section before taking control manually in assisted mode
WingtraOne can be fully controlled with just the tablet as a ground station. Therefore, as of the 1.12 version, we highly recommend operating the WingtraOne without using the remote control (RC). This is also the default setting in WingtraPilot. You can find more information about how to land the WingtraOne using the in-app controls in the article Reposition WingtraOne for landing.
The RC functionality can be enabled from the General settings or during the pre-flight check. In this case, use the RC for manual flying in assisted mode. Read the following section carefully before you switch to assisted mode. Use the "Assisted" button on your RC to switch from auto or RTH mode to assisted mode. The flight regime will stay as it was before you switched to assisted Mode, i.e., if you engage assisted Mode during cruise flight, you will take over in cruise, and if you engage assisted Mode during hover flight, you will take over in hover flight. Be aware that there are no extended safety features (collision avoidance or similar) available for WingtraOne.
How to switch to assisted mode?
You can find the necessary guidelines in the following video.
Flight Instructions for flying with the RC
The main reason to take over should be to hold or adjust the drone's position before landing. Taking over in cruise is a safety feature that can be used in case of bird attacks or if RTH cannot be performed safely, etc. When flying in assisted mode you won't be able to collect images. The easiest point in time to take over is when WingtraOne is hovering. In this case, WingtraOne is stabilized and it will stay at its current location. If you need to change to assisted mode during cruising, it is therefore advisable to immediately do a back-transition to change to hover. With that procedure you will have time to think before further actions need to be taken.
WingtraOne can severely harm people if handled inappropriately. Only fly WingtraOne manually if you know what you are doing.
Depending on GPS quality, WingtraOne can drift for several meters. Be prepared to react.
Flying WingtraOne in hover works similarly to flying a multicopter. WingtraOne will keep its position if you do not touch the sticks. Likewise, it will move according to your control stick input.
You can fly WingtraOne in cruise mainly with two control inputs: rising/sinking (pitching) and turning. WingtraOne will fly at constant altitude, speed (16m/s), and heading if you do not touch the sticks and rise/sink/turn according to your control stick input.
Use the "Transition" button (6) to transition from hover to cruise or vice versa.
Forward-transition (hover->cruise): Make sure you are on a safe altitude before you transition into forward flight (cruise). There is no option to rise or interact in any way during transition!
Back-transition (cruise->hover): The back-transition needs a lot of space. Engage it 50m before you reach the point at which you want to hover. Always engage back-transition at a safe distance and altitude away from obstacles and yourself. There is no option to interact in any way during transition!
If you are flying in assisted mode in cruise, transition back to hover by using the "Transition" button (6) at a safe distance and altitude. In case of low wind, change the heading after back transition such that the Wingtra logo is facing you to simplify the navigation. Direct WingtraOne to its intended landing position. WingtraOne will use its distance sensor to detect landing and switch-off the engines at a 25cm distance above ground. As a safety feature, WingtraOne only listens to the distance sensor if landing is commanded, which means that the left stick on the RC is pushed down. During the last meter of landing do not try to slow down WingtraOne because it could lead to an early motor shut-off.
Under no circumstances should you try to catch WingtraOne with your hands during the landing. The spinning propellers of WingtraOne can cause severe injuries.
- Menu navigation buttons, to navigate the RC's settings - don't change them.
- On / off switch, turns RC on / off
- Navigation stick right
- Navigation stick left
- Engage assisted mode: allows you to take manual control of WingtraOne
- Transition: performs the "transition" maneuver—switching from cruise to hover regime and vice versa (only works when flying in assisted mode)
- Return-to-home: initiates WingtraOne's flight to home position and landing
- Emergency button: when pushed three times within two seconds, this will terminate the flight by cutting the power to the engines. From the 1.12 version, the button is deactivated. The emergency shut-off is only possible through WingtraPilot.
Use the control sticks to fly manually in assisted mode. These are carefully tuned and allow you to maneuver easily and safe. The flight controller limits the range of possible maneuvers to prevent WingtraOne from exceeding load factor.
Assisted mode: cruise
Assisted mode: hover