With release of Map Pilot 2.0.0, a simulator feature is built in to allow users to see what will happen before venturing outdoors.
Map Pilot's built-in Simulator function to let you practice using the app before taking the aircraft out into the wild. The Simulator lets new (and experienced) users see what will happen for a given mission.
Simulating requires that the aircraft's position is known. You can simulate from the aircraft's current location if you are already outside or you can simulate inside without a GPS lock using a saved mission. When operating from the saved mission the aircraft will use the saved mission's anticipated takeoff location as the aircraft's initial position.
The following steps will demonstrate how to simulate a saved mission at your intended site without leaving your desk. If you are unfamiliar with saving missions please read the following article before attempting simulation: Save a Mission
The video below will demonstrate how to simulate a saved mission as well but it assumes that a GPS lock is available.
- Turn on the remote and aircraft as usual. Do NOT install the props on the aircraft.
- Connect the remote to the iOS device with a genuine Apple cable.
- FULLY close all other drone related applications that may compete for the connection with the aircraft.
- Put the iOS device in Airplane Mode to keep the device's GPS from interfering with the simulated position.
- Open Map Pilot.
- Open the saved mission from the Mission Management screen.
- Once the top status bar says "Connected" in it you can swipe down on that menu to open the Options Menu.
- In the Options Menu, tap the button That says 'Simulator: Off'.
- The Simulator button will show a loading symbol, highlight orange to show that the Simulator is active, and the text will change to 'Simulator: On' for both the Simulator button and the top status bar's text.
- Two Key Checks: Make sure the red triangle that denotes the aircraft's location is pointing straight up and make sure that there are exactly 10 satellites available.
- Agree to any Home Point warning that pops up which sets the aircraft's home point to its new remote location.
- You can now upload missions as you normally would by pressing the 'Upload' and 'Start' buttons in the upper right slideout panel's flight control buttons.
- As of version 4.0.3 you can simulate Terrain Aware and Linear flights without purchasing the feature.
- Since the flight is simulated, the motors will not move but the numbers will be changing in the Flight Stats panel (lower right) and the red triangle will proceed along the designated path.
- Remote controls will still work so you can practice using the Return to Home button or control sticks to see what effect they will have on your flight.
- We recommend simulating flights and using the RTH button to practice landing and battery swaps for multi battery flights.
- Turn the Simulator off by using the button in the Options Menu. This will immediately discontinue flight and the position simulation.
Since the flight will be simulated and you are likely inside with limited light, we recommend turning off the 'Slow Aircraft According to Light Conditions' setting to keep the mission from slowing to a crawl.
WARNING: We never recommend having a drone powered up indoors with the props on. If you forget to enable the simulator it will try to take off!!!
As you can see in the video, the flight is simulated and shows the progress along the planned flight path but the drone is on a table looking at a business card and is clearly not flying.