Hi Plane Dev folks,
When I’m giving advice on the forums — especially to help new flyers who might have recently crashed — I find that I’m often recommending that they takeoff, fly, and land in Manual mode before using any of the ArduPlane-assisted modes (FBWA, Auto, Autotune, etc.)
I do understand that there’s a counter-argument: A new pilot might find FBWA (or other modes) easier to fly than Manual. However, my concern is that I’ve also seen folks on the forums that crash because either FBWA wasn’t configured correctly, or it was compensating for some other “configuration” problem (a tail-heavy plane, a bad control surface, etc.)
What are your thoughts about having the official documentation suggest that folks fly first in Manual mode, or at least complete a safe takeoff in Manual and get to a safe altitude, before attempting FBWA (or other assisted) modes during flight?
It looks like the documentation currenlty recommends taking off in Autotune mode… which surprised me. That seems like it might be unsafe advice to give someone who doesn’t really understand what’s going on.
I’d be glad to create a pull-request on the wiki if that’s a better place to discuss this?