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Fixed-Wing Mode
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M Cubed Media
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So with this new update, a Fixed-Wing mode is added, what is the Fixed-Wing Mode?


2017-4-13 01:59:16
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Taken from the manual v1.6
Fixed-Wing Mode The aircraft will fly forward automatically at a certain speed after entering Fixed-Wing Mode. Push the left stick up to ascend and down to descend. Push either stick left or right to rotate the aircraft. Pushing the right stick up will accelerate and pushing down will exit Fixed-Wing Mode. In the DJI GO 4 app, tap the icon  and enable Fixed-Wing Mode. Push the right stick up until the C1 icon appears, then press the C1 button on the remote controller to enter Fixed-Wing Mode. Push the right stick down or press the C2 button on the remote controller to exit Fixed-Wing Mode.
2017-4-13 02:07:55
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The best summary of it I've heard is that it's like "cruise control": you choose a speed and the Mavic flies forward at that speed until you cancel it.
2017-4-13 02:10:37
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Actually it locks your gimbal into fpv mode and flies more like a fixed wing airplane......slow gentle banking turns.
2017-4-13 02:15:01
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Thanks all, I still do not see the point of it flying straight for a long period of time, but this is just me.
2017-4-13 02:15:35
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M Cubed Media Posted at 2017-4-13 02:15
Thanks all, I still do not see the point of it flying straight for a long period of time, but this is just me.

Once I upgrade I'll probably use it to take video at a constant speed, which without Fixed-Wing is difficult to do at anything less than the Mavic's maximum speed.
2017-4-13 02:21:58
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eg if you want to track a 2nd mavic or a rc plane it is very hard to do.... but with this mode it is more easy... i think i will love this mode and if not i just dont use it ;) it is so incredible which variants the mavic covers... from steady to sport and now even like airplane ! thank you dji!!
2017-4-13 02:53:00
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Call me crazy but I just tried fixed wing mode and swear my mavic did a 360 flip! Am I seeing things?
2017-4-13 15:34:45
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fansed1e72d2 Posted at 2017-4-13 15:34
Call me crazy but I just tried fixed wing mode and swear my mavic did a 360 flip! Am I seeing things?

Did it look anything like what's discussed here?

2017-4-13 15:47:46
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jreynolds5 Posted at 2017-4-13 02:15
Actually it locks your gimbal into fpv mode and flies more like a fixed wing airplane......slow gentle banking turns.

Are you sure about that? That's what the FPV Gimbal mode should give you with manual flight, right?

I hoped to try it out today but work got in the way.
2017-4-13 16:04:28
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Ex Machina Posted at 2017-4-13 16:04
Are you sure about that? That's what the FPV Gimbal mode should give you with manual flight, right?

I hoped to try it out today but work got in the way.

There have been a few videos posted on this already.  I don't think Fixed Wing Mode is what most think it is.  Its not really cruise control.  It appears to be more a function for goggles.  It uses stick commands like already described, but it does lock the gimbal so that you see banked turns.

I don't see it being useful in videography, unless you keep level, or want to see banked shots......
2017-4-13 16:13:40
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DroneFlying Posted at 2017-4-13 15:47
Did it look anything like what's discussed here?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihEvwn_yvT8

I wonder if he put it in some special acrobatic mode by flipping the P/S switch three times quickly (leaving it in S) as shown around the :50 mark.....
2017-4-13 16:15:11
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Ummmm. Got subtitles??? Not sure what he was trying to tell us.
2017-4-21 07:05:43
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Aside from the control differences others have already mentioned , Fixed wing mode simply enables the pilot to view the FPV video as if the drone were an airplane . Drones do not make the same type movements when turning or changing  altitude . A airplane pitches (banks) to turn and pitches its nose up/down to change altitude whereas a drone simply slides to the left or right or up/down and remains relatively level after the initial input . The gimbal keeps the camera level with the horizon during this and always gives you a level stabilized view . In fixed wing mode the drone really can't fly any differently because , well , it's still a drone . It doesn't have a elevator , rudder or control surfaces like a plane .  Dji has simply commanded the gimbal to tilt with the direction of the drones movement to give the illusion of banking while turning etc . It's actually a pretty cool feature as the camera is still giving you a stabilized picture while doing this .
2017-4-21 09:26:45
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DesertDave Posted at 2017-4-21 07:05
Ummmm. Got subtitles??? Not sure what he was trying to tell us.

Other than it's a Mavic copy with race drone guts it doesn't really matter what he's saying
2017-4-21 09:25:55
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NoSale Posted at 2017-4-13 16:13
There have been a few videos posted on this already.  I don't think Fixed Wing Mode is what most think it is.  Its not really cruise control.  It appears to be more a function for goggles.  It uses stick commands like already described, but it does lock the gimbal so that you see banked turns.

I don't see it being useful in videography, unless you keep level, or want to see banked shots......

I tend to agree that it's functionality designed for FPV using goggles. It's fun, but you really can't appreciate what the Mavic is doing looking at the screen on the phone.

DJI has scheduled an announcement for the 21st in Las Vegas - I for one am hoping that it will be the goggles.

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2017-4-21 09:43:49
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DroneFlying Posted at 2017-4-13 15:47
Did it look anything like what's discussed here?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihEvwn_yvT8

DroneFlying,
                  Wow that's so cool --- I always wanted a 3D Acrobatic Mavic
Too bad I didn't understand a word the guy said lollllll
2017-4-21 10:51:11
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DroneFlying Posted at 2017-4-13 02:10
The best summary of it I've heard is that it's like "cruise control": you choose a speed and the Mavic flies forward at that speed until you cancel it.

Thanks for this
2017-4-21 11:44:42
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It would be nice to have traditional fixed wing controls, Throttle(Speed) and yaw on the left stick and pitch(Ascend and descend) and roll on the right
2017-5-30 05:48:19
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