Mode 1 vs. Mode 2


Take mode 2, there’s the thrust on your left hand.

Should I get Mode 1 or Mode 2 for my FPV drone?

If you want to buy a new Racing Quadcopter, you often get the choice between Mode 1 and Mode 2. For the most rushing among you: Take Mode 2 and you won’t make much fun of it. Now you can make the window =) For those who would like to know a little more, here:

What does Mode 1 or Mode 2 mean for FPV Racing drones?

Mode 1 or Mode 2 has strictly speaking only indirectly to do with your Race Quad, it is more about the remote (the radio remote control) and they are about the position of the throttle (English “Throttle”). The difference: In mode 1 the throttle is on the right side, in mode 2 the throttle is controlled with the left hand.

The differences between Mode 1 and Mode 2 are rather local

One can say that in the Multirotor Community Mode 2 has almost prevailed. At least if you look at Germany or the USA. In Australia and other regions, it can also be that you find more Mode 1 pilot.

Mode 3 and 4?

Yes, there are Mode 3 and Mode 4 in addition to Mode 1 and 2. Unlike Mode 1 and 2, however, these are not physical differences, but a setting. Here the axes or channels are swapped, so that Mode 3 can be set on a Mode 1 remote control and Mode 4 on a Mode 3 remote control.
Mode 3 or Mode 4 are very rarely found in the wild. Whereby I claim here times that these modes could provide for beginners and beginners possibly even for a steeper learning curve. To support this wild theory, first of all, a diagram of the different modes:

Chart Mode 1 vs. Mode 2 for FPV Racer


Mode 4 the best mode for FPV beginners?

While Mode 1 and Mode 2 with a stick behave as if you had put it directly into the drone (in Mode 2 the right hand), in Mode 4 the roll axis and the yaw axis are reversed. Now it is the case that beginners hardly use rollers ( English “Roll”) due to their lower flight speed, the rotation of the multicopter is achieved in the flat state more by yawing ( English “Yaw”). Thus, with mode 4 (with exchanged hands also with mode 3) one hand can concentrate completely on thrust (English “Throttle”) – and thus with beginners the floating in constant height -, while the other hand is the direction pointing hand.
So if you are quite daring, you should try it out. If you don’t like it, you can still switch back to the classic modes 1 and 2. But just from 4 to 2 or from 3 to 1. In general, I would recommend a mode 2 remote.