While the Skycontroller 2 looks and feels like a normal transmitter, there are some di;erences when flying the Disco as compared to a regular RC
aircraft. ;e first thing is the right stick: When pushing it left or right, the Disco responds like any other aircraft, turning left and right. But when
you use the elevator stick, there is a slight di;erence. Pushing forward, the wing will go down, but the motor will automatically throttle back
without any need for the pilot to adjust the throttle stick. ;e same thing happens when entering up-elevator: ;e Disco goes up and the throttle
automatically increases the speed of the motor. ;is motor-speed increase is proportional to the amount of up-elevator input. Pushing left or
right rudder stick does make the wing fly that way, but it will also keep it in that turn until corrected by the pilot.
;e Return to Home feature is also a bit di;erent when compared to most Return to Home functions on drones. Instead of returning and landing,
the aircraft flies back to the transmitter and at a 50-meter altitude until it is over the starting point, at which time it will make a 60m-diameter
circle above this position. ;ere are two di;erent landing modes that can be set up. ;e first is linear landing, and for this, you need to position
the Disco facing upwind, press the Landing button on the controller, and watch the Disco descend in a straight line and land in front of you. On
the FreeFlight Pro application, there is a Circular Landing button that, when pushed, starts the Disco into a circular descending landing spiral that
slowly brings it down. ;is requires at least an 80-meter-diameter landing area with no obstacles.
The Parrot Disco FPV package is the perfect setup for new pilots who are
looking for a unique way to see the world. The Disco has solid flight performance, and I did not have any issues with interference when using the onboard
camera. The signal to the tablet or smartphone was good and easy to use for
flying, although most of my flying was done by line of sight. I recommend the
Disco to anyone who is looking at getting into RC flying and having an aircraft
that is easy to fly and can document the world from above. ;
maintains its heading well and will keep its line
for some distance.
Aerobatics: In manual mode, the Disco will do
all the aerobatics that can be expected with
any wing. ;ese include rolls, loops, and any
combination of them.
Glide and stall performance: In Autopilot mode,
it is next to impossible to stall this bird. When in
Manual mode, it does take some work to make
it stall, and the stall is mild and easy to rectify.
;is is an enjoyable aircraft to fly. ;e autopilot
automation gives the pilot plenty of time
to adapt to the RC flying experience. For
experienced pilots, the smooth flight path
allows for some nice-looking video. ;is same
smooth flying makes it easy to set the Disco
up on a consistent flight path again and again
for photo shoots. By using the left rudder stick,
you can put the Disco into a left or right orbital
standby mode. I was surprised by how often
I used this feature. What I found impressive
is that, when using the left throttle stick to
speed up the wing, the Disco maintains its
altitude and just goes faster. ;rottling back
does cause the wing to lose altitude, but when
the stick is allowed to come back to center, it
maintains the new altitude.
Controlling the Disco ;e Parrot Skycontroller 2 has a very large antenna surface to send and pick up all the transmission data from the Disco.
;e foldable prop works very well and keeps the
props from breaking during landing.