6.3.5.5     Using the BASIC autopilot modes (SPD, TRK, HDG, ALT, VS, FPA and FLCH)

 

Initiate a turn to a new target direction using the TRK or HDG mode:

Step

Action

1

Press and keep pressed the direction target value selector as marked on the screenshot.

 

You need to continuously keep the finger on the touchscreen or the mouse button pressed for step 1, 2 and 3.

2

The target directions open as a circle on the right side.

 

Slide your finger over the touchscreen or move the mouse pointer (while keeping pressed the left mouse button) to the circle and either directly select one of the magenta quick target directions or start circling around the center to dial in any direction in between.

 

The chevron pointer indicates the currently flown direction.

The value in the display indicates the selected target direction.

3

Lift your finger from the touchscreen or release the mouse button to lock in the new target direction. The aircraft will immediately start turning to the new target direction.

 

Alternative input methods:

-          Use the Surface Dial.

-          Hold the mouse pointer over the target value selector and use the mouse wheel to select a new target direction.

-          Use voice recognition to command a new target direction.

 

Toggle between HDG and TRK as directional mode:

Step

Action

1

Press the HDG / TRK selector:

 

2

Each time the HDG / TRK selector is pressed, the directional mode toggles between HDG and TRK (as indicated on the Direction display beneath).

 

Note: for small and slow aircraft like UAS, drones or RC aircraft, it is recommended to use the TRK mode. As the speed of the aircraft often is not much higher than the speed of the wind, the flown course will deviate strongly from the direction into which the nose is pointing. Using the TRK mode you will get the course over ground, that matches the target value.

 

Climb or descend to a new target altitude:

Note: the target altitudes are entered in the display unit for altitudes and distances, which can be m or ft (see section 6.3.1 how to change display units)

Step

Action

1

Press and keep pressed the altitude target value selector as marked on the screenshot.

 

You need to continuously keep the finger on the touchscreen or the mouse button pressed for step 1, 2 and 3.

2

The target altitudes open as a circle on the right side.

 

Slide your finger over the touchscreen or move the mouse pointer (while keeping pressed the left mouse button) to the circle and either directly select one of the magenta quick target altitudes or start circling around the center to dial in any altitude in between.

 

The value in the display indicates the target altitude, which would be selected if the finger would be taken from the touchscreen or the mouse button would be released.

3

Lift your finger from the touchscreen or release the mouse button to lock in the new target altitude. The new altitude is only armed now, so the vertical mode, which was active before starting the user interaction, will remain effective (until the target altitude is crossed).

4

Initiate the climb or descend using either the VS, FPA or FLCH mode. Use one of the following procedures:

a.       Press the FLCH button to activate the FLCH mode. The aircraft will immediately initiate a climb or descend to reach and capture the new target altitude.

b.       To initiate climbs or descends using the VS or the FPA mode, see next paragraph

 

To initiate a climb or descend using the VS or FPA mode:

Note: both modes require

Step

Action

1

Press and keep pressed the altitude target value selector as marked on the screenshot.

 

You need to continuously keep the finger on the touchscreen or the mouse button pressed for step 1, 2 and 3.