Phantom 2-Flight

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Flying Environment Requirements

  • (1)Before your first flight, please allow yourself some flight training (Using a flight simulator to practice flying, getting instruction from an experienced person, etc.).
  • (2)DO NOT fly in bad weather, such as rain or wind (more than moderate breeze) or fog.
  • (3)The flying field should be open and void of tall buildings or other obstacles; the steel structure within buildings may interfere with the compass.
  • (4)Keep the aircraft away from obstacles, crowds, power lines, trees, lakes and rivers etc.
  • (5)Try to avoid interference between the remote controller and other wireless equipment. (No base stations or cell towers around)
  • (6)The flight control system will not work properly at the South Pole or North Pole.
  • (7)All parts must be kept out of the reach of children to avoid CHOKING HAZARDS; if a child has accidentally swallowed any part, you should seek immediate medical assistance.

Starting the Motors

A Combination Stick Command (CSC) is needed to start the motors. Push the sticks according to one of the options below to start motors. Once the motors have spun up, release both sticks simultaneously. The same command is used to stop the motors.

Phantom 2 Staring the Motors.jpg

Takeoff/Landing Procedures

  • 1. Start by placing the PHANTOM 2 on the ground with the battery level indicators facing you.
  • 2. Turn on the remote controller.
  • 3. Power on the aircraft by turning on the intelligent battery.
  • 4. When LED flight indicator blinks green/yellow, the PHANTOM 2 is entering Ready to Fly/Ready to Fly (non-GPS) mode. Start the motors with the CSC command.
  • 5. Push the throttle stick up slowly to lift the aircraft off the ground. Refer to <Remote Controller Operation> for more details.
  • 6. Be sure you are hovering over a level surface. Pull down on the throttle stick gently to descend and land.
  • 7. After landing the aircraft on the ground, keep the throttle stick at its lowest position for about 3 to 5 seconds which will automatically stop the motors.

You SHOULD NOT execute the CSC during normal flight! This will stop the motors and cause the aircraft to descend rapidly and drop without any type of control.

  • (1)When the LED flight indicator blinks yellow rapidly during flight, the aircraft has entered into Failsafe mode, refer to <Failsafe Function> for details.
  • (2)A low battery capacity warning is indicated by the LED flight indicator blinking red slowly or rapidly during flight. Refer to the <Low Battery Capacity Warning Function> for details.
  • (3)Watch the quick start video about flight for more flight information.

Failsafe Function

The aircraft will enter Failsafe mode when the connection from the remote controller is lost. The flight control system will automatically control the aircraft to return to home and land to reduce injuries or damage. The following situations would make the aircraft fail to receive a signal from the remote controller and enter Failsafe mode:

  • (1)The remote controller is powered off.
  • (2)The remote controller is powered on but the S1 is toggled in the position triggering the Failsafe (this must have been configured in the PHANTOM 2 Assistant software).
  • (3)The aircraft has flown out of the effective communication range of the remote controller.
  • (4)There is an obstacle obstructing the signal between the remote controller and the aircraft, essentially reducing the distance the signal can travel.
  • (5)There is interference causing a signal problem with the remote controller.

Failsafe works differently depending on the mode the aircraft is in when Failsafe mode is initiated whether it is in the Ready to Fly or Ready to Fly (non-GPS) mode.

Ready to Fly (non-GPS) ---- Automatic landing The flight control system will try to keep the aircraft level during descent and landing. Note that the aircraft may be drifting during the descent and landing process.

Ready to Fly ---- Automatic go home and land The flight control system will automatically control the aircraft to fly back to the home point and land.

Home Point When the aircraft is initializing the Ready to Fly status, the aircraft will record the current GPS coordinates as the home point. It is recommended to lift off only after Ready to Fly status is confirmed for the safety of being able to fly back to home point successfully in case the Failsafe mode is initiated.

Go Home Procedures

Phantom 2-Go home procedures.jpg

Quickly switching the S2 switch of the remote controller from upper most to lower most positions 3 to 5 times will reset the home point of PHANTOM 2. When the home point is set, you will see a series of rapid green blinks on the LED Flight Indicator. The definition of “home point” is:

  • i) The place the PHANTOM 2 returns to when the control signal is lost.
  • ii) The home point is used to calculate the horizontal distance between you and the aircraft, the distance will be displayed on the screen if using a wireless video transmission module.

Regaining Control During Failsafe Procedure

Phantom 2 Regaining Control During Failsafe Procedure.jpg

Low Battery Capacity Warning Function

The low battery capacity warning alerts users when the battery is close to depletion during flight. When it appears, users should promptly fly back and land to avoid accidental damage. The PHANTOM 2 has two levels of low battery capacity warning. The first appears when the battery has less than 30% power and the second appears when it has less than 15% power.

  • (1)When battery power drops below 30% and LED indicator will blink red slowly.
  • (2)At lower than 15% the LED indicator will blink red rapidly, the PHANTOM 2 will also begin to descend and land automatically. After it has landed, keep the throttle stick at its lowest point or execute CSC.
  • (3)There is a hidden third low battery threshold in addition to the 1st and 2nd level warnings. This uses 10.65V as its threshold. Both this voltage threshold and the 2nd Level Low Battery Warning will trigger auto-landing. Altitude can be maintained if necessary by pushing up on the throttle stick.


  • (1)Remember to fly your PHANTOM 2 back as soon as you see a low battery capacity warning.
  • (2)Keeping the battery contact needles and pads clean is very important. Any dirt and dust may cause a communication failure.
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