Scout – Flight Procedure

In this section we will discuss the Flight Procedure.

If performing an AUTO takeoff


The Launcher should pick up the Scout above their head with their index finger in the finger hold while using their other fingers to stabilize. Never put body parts near the propeller when the battery is plugged in!

 Using your left hand, switch to Auto mode. The pixhawk will delay 4 seconds and then start the motor. Wait until the motor is turning and throw the Scout forward at about a 20 degree incline relative to level. Always throw the Scout against the wind for best results.


If performing an FBWA takeoff


In FBWA the launcher should pick up the Scout above their head with their index finger in the finger hold while using their other fingers to stabilize. Never put body parts near the propeller when the battery is plugged in!  At this time the Pilot should have the transmitter in hand. Throttle up to 20% while keeping a firm hold on the scout. Throw the Scout firmly at an angle of about 20 degrees with the wind at the nose of the plane. After the release, increase throttle to full 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.


During the mission keep an eye on the battery voltage. The voltage will fluctuate most notably at higher throttle. If it no longer rises above 10.8V it is time to bring it in for a landing. When the Scout has reached the last WP of the mission, it will automatically head to its home point and loiter until a new command is issued.

If you are landing manually, Switch back to FBWA. You now have control. During descent, keep throttle around 25% while decreasing altitude. If landing in strong winds you may need to apply more throttle to avoid a stall. Always land with the wind at the nose of the Scout to help decent. You may abort the landing any time by switching to RTL mode.

Go to the Scout and unplug the battery. When you are sure the battery is unplugged you may disassemble.

After retrieving and disassembling your Scout it’s time to begin the post mission image processing procedure starting with the Event38 GeoTagging Utility.