Manual/Stabilized Mode (Multicopter)


The Manual/Stabilized mode stabilizes the multicopter when the RC control sticks are centred. To manually move/fly the vehicle you move the sticks outside of the centre.

This multicopter mode is enabled if you set either Manual or Stabilized modes.

When under manual control the roll and pitch sticks control the angle of the vehicle (attitude) around the respective axes, the yaw stick controls the rate of rotation above the horizontal plane, and the throttle controls altitude/speed.

As soon as you release the control sticks they will return to the centre deadzone. The multicopter will level out and stop once the roll and pitch sticks are centered. The vehicle will then hover in place/maintain altitude - provided it is properly balanced, throttle is set appropriately, and no external forces are applied (e.g. wind). The craft will drift in the direction of any wind and you have to control the throttle to hold altitude.

MC Manual Flight

Technical Description

The pilot's inputs are passed as roll and pitch angle commands and a yaw rate command. Throttle is passed directly to the output mixer. The autopilot controls the attitude, meaning it regulates the roll and pitch angles to zero when the RC sticks are centered inside the controller deadzone (consequently leveling-out the attitude). The autopilot does not compensate for drift due to wind (or other sources).

  • Manual input is required (RC controller, or gamepad/thumbsticks through MAVLink).


Parameter Description
MPC_HOLD_DZ Deadzone of sticks where position hold is enabled. Default: 0.1 (10% of full stick range).
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