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IOC Course Lock

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Dronebow, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. Dronebow

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    Can someone explain this to me? I'm trying to understand what the user manual is saying this does and I'm being a bit dense I think. I'm trying to understand what this may be used for. Is it to override the compass? So North becomes whatever the nose direction is once that is set?? Why is this useful?

    Also, Home Lock. Examples of what this may be useful for are appreciated.
     
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    Ok just FYI home lock is not available yet.

    Course lock-- if you flew toy quads this equates to headless mode. When the phantom boots up it remembers the direction it's pointing. If you switch to course lock forward will always go in the direction the bird forward initially. So yaw doesn't matter. If it was facing north, forward will always go north etc.

    Home lock-- this remembered your GPS home point. And so if you push back, it will travel directly towards you, again regardless of orientation.

    I don't use course lock much. It's nice if you want to do panning shots you can push the bird forward while rotating etc. I do like home lock. Can't wait for the p3 to have it.
     
  3. Dronebow

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    I've been thinking about the panning and how to accomplish this so the home lock may be useful. I want to be able to pan in a circular motion around objects which I think I can do with the rudder rotation and left or right pitch at the same time. I'm still a noob so it will take some time to create the memory muscle.
     
  4. msinger

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    This might help you circle objects:

     
  5. Gregg Smith

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    Check out Toms Tech videos. He has two of them. Here's one.
     
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    Great video msinger
     
  7. Dronebow

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    That is a great video, although not completely applicable to the P3 but the concept is very good. Questions I have though. In the documentation it states for Course Lock: GPS Enabled = No, GPS counts = None, Flight Distance Limits = None.

    So.. With Course Lock no GPS and therefore no GPS guidance correct? And with the P3 is it as easy as setting the switch to F and then enabling course lock? I would love to tinker with this a bit.
     
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    I've messed with it on the P2, but need to understand if it operates the same way on the P3. It doesn't stay on in the app if you're in P mode, but does it set itself at takeoff? Not sure the point of the switch in the app as compared to the controller switch.
     
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    You can set it before take off or in the air. I've found it's not that accurate, so it helps to take a practice run before going full-tilt.
     
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    Atti doesn't use GPS but still has restrictions no?
     
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    Homelock was useful on the Vision Plus, but not for doing that - as you still need to co-ordinate a slow Yaw with sideways movement
     
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    I flew 2 packs in IOC Course Lock and it's so awesome! Especially if you need to follow something 3/4 behind or in front - like a moving vehicle. I need to practice and I need to get in a big field somewhere. Here's what I found - It does seem to drift a little if I set it to go straight up and down my street it would get closer to one side or the other. Now, the right stick side to side DOES control this, you can move the course left and right perpendicular to the course path. But even if I didn't touch those controls it seemed like it moved perpendicular to course with the wind?

    Is there any way to set course lock direction with a button? (didn't look in the manual yet duh) I just went out of F mode into P mode then back again and it brings up a screen with RESET on it. The hardest part was getting it set exactly parallel to the street (or your line of flight) instead of at a slight angle which would then cause it to go towards the curb with distance. But it was so cool to drive by and track an object as you fly by it.

    Video of my fist test
     
    #12 beatnik, Jul 19, 2015
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