Overview

AutoFlight’s GUI is divided into a main panel used to display the video stream and two sidebars containing buttons (to connect to the drone, launch the scripting environment, etc.) and indicators to show the real time sensor data.

Basic Usage

Warning

By using AutoFlight you agree that I’m not responsible for any damage you might cause to your drone while using this program. This is a beta version and software failures may very well happen!

Connecting to the drone

To start flying your drone, make sure you are already connected to it via WiFi, just like you would connect to any other wireless router. Then, just click the button in the upper right corner (“Connect to drone”). In a few seconds the real time video stream and sensor data should appear.

Note

In the AutoFlight 1.0 beta version, there are problems when reconnecting for a second time in one session. Please make sure you have a stable WiFi connection to your drone before launching AutoFlight and clicking “Connect to drone”. Also, when you lose the WiFi connection, you will need to restart AutoFlight before reconnecting.

Note

Please make sure you are not connected to any other network besides your drone’s.

Head-Up Display

You can switch to a head-up display mode by pressing F5 or going into View ‣ Head-Up Display option. Now the sensor data should be presented as an overlay on top of the video stream. Press F5 again to exit this mode.

Flying with a Joystick / Gamepad / Keyboard

Arming/disarming the drone

AutoFlight will refuse to send commands to the drone unless it is armed. To arm the drone and start flying, you will have to press shift + alt + Y. To disarm the drone and disallow takeoff, press shift + alt + Y again.

To arm the drone using a controller, hold your altitude and pitch control at minimum for around 4 seconds until a confirmation that your drone has been armed appears.

The status indicator on the right sidebar shows whether the drone is armed or not.

Flying with a Joystick / Gamepad

You can configure your joystick over the Edit ‣ Controller Configuration menu - it should be pretty straightforward. If you don’t have a controller, you can fly with your keyboard, too. The next section shows how.

Note

I have successfully used the XBox One controller, the Logitech Extreme 3D Pro joystick and several generic, unbranded controllers.
My gamepad and joysticks work flawlessy, but if your do not, I’ve heard from users that MotioninJoy can solve the problems.

Flying with the Keyboard

No configuration is needed. Just use the commands described in the table below.

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Drone Commands AutoFlight Commands
Take Off / Land T Take Picture P
Switch camera (Front/Bottom) V Start/Stop recording video R
Flip 2x F Toggle HUD F5
Emergency 2x Y Start/Stop recording sensor data N
Up | Rotate left | Down | Rotate right I J K L  
Forward | Left | Backward | Right W A S D  

Important warnings and known issues

This program is still in beta, which means that it is not yet stable and complete enough to be considered production-quality software. Also, you should keep in mind that I can not take responsability for broken drones and you should use this program at your own risk. (However, should AutoFlight crash while flying, under normal circumstances the drone would hover and descend to an altitude of 1m.)

The controller configuration is not checked automatically (yet), so you should confirm that you haven’t assigned the same button/axis to multiple actions.

Some features like the image processor are not implemented yet but may be shown in the menus.

A few AutoScript functions are not implemented yet (see in-program AutoScript documentation).

The WiFi indicator works only for the Bebop drone as the AR.Drone 2.0 does not correctly report its signal strength.

There seem to be problems with the 3D map view not adjusting the view correctly (the virtual camera does not follow the drone indicator as it should).

If the main panel doesn’t show the AutoFlight logo and you are unable to see the live video stream or the head-up display, you should make sure that you have at least OpenGL version 2. When running the program in VirtualBox (or other virtual environments) this might be a problem.

Miscellaneous

Photos/Video

AR.Drone 2.0 only: Photos and recorded videos are saved in your home folder, under a new folder called AutoFlightSaves (e.g. in C:\Users\your_username\AutoFlightSaves on Windows 7).

Bebop only: Photos and recorded videos are saved on the Bebop’s memory. To download them, go into Tools ‣ Download media stored on Bebop.

Drone configuration

Go into the Drone ‣ Flight Settings menu to change the on-board flight parameters of the drone (max. roll/pitch angles, max. height, etc.).

For the Bebop drone, you can also configure the video/picture settings in the Drone ‣ Video/picture settings menu.