Quadcopter Beginner Flight Mode Settings. This is a short guide that takes you through steps to setup your flight modes on CleanFlight and BetaFlight. The process is pretty simple and doesn’t really vary between CleanFlight and BetaFlight. I will be using the FlySky FS-i6 radio here with the Wizard X220 Quadcopter.
Setting up the AUX channels on your radio
- First things first, you have to map the ‘input’ channels to an ‘output’ channel on your radio.
- Basically, all the switches and toggles on your radio are input channels and these can be mapped to Channel 1, Channel 2 etc. on your radio. For example, the throttle stick (input channel) is mapped to Channel 4 by default.
- The first four channels are taken up by default with Roll, Pitch, Yaw and Throttle (the stick inputs) so you don’t need to worry about these.
- We care about Channel 5, 6 etc. which we can map to any switch/knob on our radio.
- We are going to focus on two switches on the FlySky FS-i6 to cover the flight modes and the arming switch – SWA and SWC. These will be mapped to Channel 5 and 6 which correspond to AUX1 and AUX2 in BetaFlight. –
- We first go into the Menu on the FS-i6 by pressing and holding the ‘OK’ button. You then select the ‘Functions Setup’.
- We then scroll down to the ‘AUX Channels’ and hit ‘OK’ to enter the mapping screen.
- This is where the magic happens. Here we select what switch we want to be mapped to Channel 5 and Channel 6 by pressing ‘Up’ and ‘Down’.
- As mentioned above, we are interested in SWA and SWC and so this is what we choose.
- You save by (counter-intuitively) pressing and holding ‘Cancel’.
- We are going to set up Switch A to be the arming switch and Switch C to be the switch that controls my flight modes.
Setting up flight modes in BetaFlight
- So now that we’ve got some switches on our radio mapped to AUX1 and AUX2, we can start setting up the flight modes in BetaFlight.
- This procedure is pretty simple. Once you have connected your flight controller to BetaFlight (and powered up the receiver and radio) you go to the Modes tab and you will see several options in front of you.
- We’ll start with the top option of ‘Arm’. We select this to correspond to AUX1 (i.e. Switch A) and you should see that when you move Switch A, the little orange line moves correspondingly.
- You can the choose the range of this channel manually. Obviously, you want the ‘active’ range to cover no more than half of the entire range so that is the quadcopter is armed when Switch A is in one position, and disarmed when it is in the other.
- We can then move onto the flight modes. Here, we’re going to set the Wizard X220 to fly in Angle and Horizon mode.
- Switch C is AUX2 on BetaFlight, and so we select both Angle and Horizon to be controlled by AUX2.
- We then add separate active ranges for both of these. You can see above that I have chosen the active range for Angle to be between 900-1200, and Horizon to be from around 1300-1700.
- As we then move Switch C to the different positions, we see that in position 1, it falls under Angle mode, in position 2 it’s in Horizon mode and in position 3, there is no mode assigned to this.
- We are going to leave it there but these are the basics of setting up flight modes, and you can modify this yourself in any way you choose.
- You can read further on what the actual flight modes mean on the comparison article by Oscar Liang.