Out of the box, Phantom 2 multirotor drones have locked, hidden features that many pilots have yet to discover, that improve safety and capabilities. Those features are tucked inside a mode called NAZA and we’ll walk you through how to enable to these features.
Firstly before we dive into the features, a common question we get is, “What is Naza?” Naza is an autopilot, or in other words, flight controller or main controller used to control the Phantom2. Like the Phantom 2 itself, the Naza autopilot is designed and manufactured by DJI, being so reliable and capable, many other drone manufacturers use it for building their own specialized drones.
When the NAZA, now NAZA MV2 is placed inside the Phantom 2, specialized firmware is loaded into the NAZA reducing some of the features in an effort to limit flight operations that beginners can perform. To unlock the NAZA features, connect your Phantom 2 drone to a computer using the latest DJI assistant software.
With the DJI assistant software enabled and a USB connection established, you will notice a button on the top, center of the screen labeled “PHANTOM”. Click on the button, and in the response you will receive warnings that these NAZA features are for experts and lastly an acknowledgement that you are now in the NAZA mode.
Once in the NAZA mode, the most popular features to enable is IOC (Intelligent Orientation Control). To enable IOC, click on the ADVANCED tab, then on the IOC tab and finally check the box for IOC. Once checked, you will now have the course lock and home lock feature which can be accessed by using SW2 (Switch Number 2) found on the upper left hand side of the remote control.
Now that your Phantom 2 is in the NAZA mode, the SW1 (Switch Number 1) automatically gives you extra functionality in position 2 and position 3. Position 2 provides for what is called ATTI mode, also known as ATTITUDE mode. When using the ATTI mode, the aircraft will maintain constant level but will it will not maintain lateral position. This is a very useful feature when the need occurs for an ultra-smooth flight.
Additionally, the ATTI mode can be very useful for stopping a flyaway that can occur if the Phantoms compass was not properly calibrated prior to flight and or erroneous GPS information has been received.
The third position of SW1 can have a user-determined function, ATTI, FAIL SAFE and MANUAL. If you are a seasoned pilot, the favorite selection is MANUAL as it allows for complete control and negation of any automated assistance from the drone autopilot that may have been compromised.
Thanks for reading, for further details about the NAZA mode, please view the video at the bottom of this post.