How Teaching Mode and Dual Controllers Can Change the Way You Fly

Teaching Mode is a unique feature of the X‑Star Premium that allows a single drone to be controlled by two pilots using separate remote controllers. Having two pilots at the helm might seem like an odd feature, but the truth is, learning how to utilize Teaching Mode and dual controllers can change the way you fly.

How Teaching Mode works

When you’re flying in Teaching Mode, each controller serves a distinct purpose: One controller is designated as the “Instructor,” the second controller as the “Learner.” Both controllers can maneuver the drone and control the camera, but the inputs from the Instructor always override the inputs from the Learner.

Whether you’re a new pilot, experienced pro, or fly for commercial purposes, the dual controller arrangement provides valuable in-flight capabilities, and it’s worth taking the time to master this feature.

The benefits of dual controllers

Utilizing Teaching Mode and dual controllers enables you to:

Safely train new pilots. Training a new pilot is fun and exciting, but there’s always a little bit of apprehension when you hand over the controls of your drone to a first-time flyer. As the Instructor, you can allow the new pilot to experiment and explore, and be confident that your drone will not be damaged or lost. If the Learner flies into a precarious situation, you can simply use your Instructor controller to take over the flight, navigate to safety, and then allow the Learner to resume control.

Work effectively as a team. Flying a specific flight path while simultaneously capturing a challenging shot can be difficult for a single drone pilot. Splitting the flight and camera duties between controllers allows one pilot to safely maneuver the drone, while a second pilot focuses on capturing aerial photographs and video.

For recreational pilots, the dual controller setup is most often used by experienced pilots seeking to capture cinematic quality video and photography.

For those that fly for commercial purposes, dual controllers are a valuable tool that can help you perform your job more effectively. There are circumstances where industry professionals may need to fly in challenging areas but still capture precise photographs or video footage. For example:

  • First responders, search and rescue teams, and other public safety personnel use drones to gain insight into inaccessible areas, assess dangerous situations, search for survivors or a missing person, and other related activities.
  • Utilities and telecom professionals use drones to inspect cell phone towers, power lines, and other critical equipment.
  • Project managers and other construction professionals use drones to track project status, inspect completed work, conduct site surveys, and other similar tasks.
  • Home inspectors and real estate professionals use drones to inspect homes, create compelling marketing materials, and help customers make more informed decisions.

In each of these examples, dual controllers enable pilots to work together to complete a safe flight, capture imperative aerial footage, and successfully perform a job that could be difficult for a single pilot to manage.

Get started

In order to use Teaching Mode and dual controllers, you’ll need an X‑Star Premium, two remote controllers, and a remote control trainer cable. Once you have the necessary gear, follow the directions in the support video below to get set up, and you’ll be good to go.

And check out our new online store to get your hands on a second remote controller, and see how Teaching Mode and dual controllers can improve your in-flight capabilities!