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DJI Tello Flight Modes

The DJI Tello is an incredibly fun drone to fly, boasting some truly eye-catching flight modes that even the most novice pilots can pull off with ease. Whether you choose to fly with your mobile device or a dedicated remote controller, performing manuevers with Tello is very easy to do. Specific flight modes can be performed with the press of a button, with the aircraft effortlessly responding. Built into this tiny aircraft are plenty of great automatical flight modes, which we go into detail about below:

Before you begin any of the automatic flight modes, ensure your drone is charged to at least 50%. 

DJI Tello

 

Auto Takeoff & Landing

When flying with a mobile device, simply hit the takeoff button to initiate the takeoff and the land button to initiate the landing. There are two seperate landing modes: Tap to Land and PalmLand. In Tap to Land the aircraft lands automatically. But in PalmLand, place your palm under the aircraft and tap to confirm and the aircraft will land in your hand and stop its motors. (PalmLand is pictured above)

 

Throw and Go

A simple and fun way to begin your flight is to turn on the Tello drone and have it takeoff right from the palm of your hand.

Tello Throw & Go

1. Press the power button once to turn on the aircraft

2. Tap and then select Throw & Go

3. Place the aircraft in your palm

4. Read the warning prompt and then tap to start. The propellers will start spinning slowly. Gently throw the aircraft upward and horizontally away from you, keeping it level as you throw. The propellers will spin faster and the Tello will hover in place, but they will stop if you do not throw the aircraft within 5 seconds of the propellers initial slow spinning.

 

8D Flips

Mini drones are often known for their flipping abilities, but the 8D flips flight mode built-in to the Tello takes that creative style to new heights. Once activated, 8D flips automatically flips the drone in one of eight directions. 

Tello 8D Flips

1. Press the power button once to turn the aircraft on. Launch the Tello app and tap to takeoff. 

2. Tap and then select 8D flips. Read the information prompt and select Start. 

3. Swipe within the box shown in the app. The aircraft will flip in the direction you swipe.

4. Tap in the Tello app any time to exit 8D flips. 

*Ensure you have sufficient space when using 8D flips. Allow a radius of at least 7 feet horizontally around the aircraft, and at least 10 feet above the aircraft. Watch out for obstacles in your immediate area.

**When using 8D flips, the distance between you and the aircraft should be at least 3.5 feet. 

 

Bounce Mode

In Bounce Mode the aircraft automatically flies up and down between 1.6 and 3.9 feet above a flat surface. If the aircraft detects an object below, it increases its altitude and continues flying up and down. 

Tello Bounce Mode

1. Press the power button once to turn the aircraft on. Launch the Tello app and tap to takeoff.

2. Tap and select Bounce mode. Read the information prompt and select Start.  The aircraft will start flying up and down. 

3. Extend your arm and place your palm 1 foot or more below the aircraft, keeping your palm open. The aircraft will increase its altitude and continue flying up and down. 

4. Tap in the Tello app any time to exit Bounce mode. 

*Ensure you have sufficient space when using Bounce mode. Allow a radius of at least 7 feet horizontally around the aircraft, and at least 10 feet above the aircraft. Watch out for obstacles in your immediate area.

**When using Bounce mode, the distance between you and the aircraft should be at least 3.5 feet. 

***Under no circumstances should you try to catch the aircraft. 

 

Learn more about the DJI Tello in this video:

 

 

Attitude Mode

The aircraft automatically changes to Attitude mode (ATTI mode) when the Vision Positioning System is unavailable. In Attitude mode the aircraft is unable to position itself and therefore is easily affected by its surroundings. Environmental factors such as wind can result in Horizontal shifting, which may present hazards, especially when flying in confined spaces. When the aircraft enters Attitude mode, land in a safe place as soon as possible to avoid hazards. 

 

Vision Positioning System

The Vision Positioning System (VPS) helps the aircraft maintain its current position. With the help of the VPS, the Tello can hover in place more precisely and fly indoors or outdoors in windless conditions. The main components of the VPS are a camera and a 3D infrared module located on the underside of the aircraft. 

The VPS is activated automatically when the aircraft is turned on. No further action is required. The Vision Positioning System is only active when the aircraft is at an altitude between 1 foot and 32.8 feet, and works best when flying at an altitude between 1 foot and 19.7 feet. If the aircraft is beyond this range, the Vision Positioning Function may be affected, so extra caution is required.

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