E384 – FBWA Takeoff

In FBWA the Launcher holds the E384 up, keeping the propeller as far away as possible. One hand is placed on the bottom of the fuselage near the camera opening to guide the throw. The other hand is the launching hand. The launching hand is placed on the tail, with the index finger or more on the back of the tail. At this time the Pilot should have the transmitter in hand. Throttle up to 60%. Throw the E384 firmly at an angle of about 15 degrees with the wind at the nose of the plane. After the release, increase throttle and pull up on the elevator to climb. Climb to about 100m. After climbing to a safe altitude, the mode may be changed for autonomous flight. Reference Transmitter Modes for clarity.

DO NOT takeoff if you notice a ‘Bad AHRS’ warning or if ‘EKF’ if highlighted in red. If you notice either of these two warnings on your HUD prior to launching, you should either wait for them to disappear or power cycle your plane and make sure you hold it completely still during the first 15 seconds of bootup.

Now let us take a look at how to perform a FBWA landing.