To understand what does headless mode mean it’s better to begin with the standard (also called ‘normal’) mode.The first thing to be mentioned is that any drone has the front part and the back part. Sometimes it is pretty difficult to differentiate them as the drone has symmetric form. Developers tried to solve this problem colouring propellers in different colours (for example 2 front propellers in red and the back ones in black). But when the quadcopter rise higher and higher, it’s just impossible to distinguish them, so the perfect solution has not been found.
What is headless mode on a drone and how does the drone fly at all?
If you stand behind the drone and it “looks” forward, when you push the stick forward it will fly forward. The same thing is with the every side – if you push backwards, it flies backwards and so on. But what happens if you turn your quad around so it “looks” at you? Right, the process becomes more complex. If you push the stick forward the drone flies towards you. If you push the stick right you will see how the drone moves to the left. The concept is understandable.
Beginners find it really difficult to navigate the quadcopter while it is turned towards the pilot. You have to draw some kind of scheme in your mind and to look from the point of the drone.
Here the quadcopter headless mode comes. If you switch on this mode, the drone flies according to the position of the pilot. Let explain. If the quad is turned towards you (and the headless mode is on) and you push the stick backwards, instead of flying forward, it will fly towards you. So, if you are a beginner and it is a little bit complicated for you to adapt, the headless mode will definitely help you.
But here’s the thing that should be kept in mind: headless mode can be find only in the drones for beginners. There is no such an option in Pro versions. So, it’s better not to get used to such an easy way of flying. Some experienced pilots recommend not to use such a mode at all and to try flying in normal mode at once. But it’s upon you.
Here is a video about drone headless mode:
Best Headless Drone
Almost all the cheap drones have the headless mode, as inexpensive quads are considered to be a perfect choice for beginners. Why? It is better to learn how to fly the drone using not expensive, simple quadcopter. Who said that at the beginning there would not be crashes? And after getting some experience, it is a good idea to buy more advanced model and to be sure that you won’t smash it.
So, here is the list of the best headless drones:
- JJRC H31 Drone
- Udi U818A Drone
- Yizhan Tarantula X6 Drone
- MJX X400 Drone
- JXD 510G Drone
Does DJI Tello Ryze Have a Headless Mode?
It’s a pity, but DJI Tello Ryze can’t boast about having the headless mode, but maybe in future the developers will add such an option to this drone.
On the DJI Tello Forum it has been mentioned that Atello Pilot App can provide headless mode for this drone, but unfortunately the information is not trustworthy.