Return to Home (RTH) Feature: 4 Helpful Tips to Master It

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If you’re a drone enthusiast, you know that controlling a drone involves much more than just flying it around. One of the essential features every drone pilot should understand is the “Return to Home” function.

In this guide, I’ll cover four helpful tips to make the most of this feature and ensure your drone’s smooth and successful return.

How return to home works

Let’s delve into the mechanics of return-to-home since there are two distinct scenarios where it comes into play.

It’s not as simple as pushing a button and expecting everything to proceed flawlessly.

User-initiated return

This occurs when you actively press the Return to Home button on your drone controller. It’s especially useful when you’ve lost sight of your drone and want it to return to your location.

Automated return

The second instance involves your drone taking charge. It might autonomously activate the Return to Home function under specific conditions, like low battery levels or a lost connection.

Low battery situation

When your drone’s battery nears depletion, the Return to Home feature kicks in automatically. This preemptive action prevents your drone from experiencing a mid-flight power outage and ensures a safe landing. While you can cancel this function if needed, it’s designed to safeguard your drone.

Lost connection

The other triggering factor is a lost connection between your drone and its controller. If interference or other issues sever this link, the Return to Home feature engages after an 11-second interval. This prevents your drone from going rogue and landing in an unpredictable area.

How to set up the return to home function

Now, let’s focus on optimizing your drone’s return journey with these four tips:

Establishing GPS connection

Before takeoff, ensure your drone establishes a strong GPS connection. This is pivotal for accurate navigation and the success of the Return to Home function. Wait for the confirmation that the home point has been established before proceeding.

Setting a reliable home point

Choosing the right home point is vital. Imagine you’re under a tree when you launch your drone, and the Return to Home brings it back there. Not ideal, right? To update the home point, fly your drone to a clear area away from obstacles, then set the new home point using your drone’s safety settings.

Adjusting return altitude and obstacles

It’s crucial to set a safe return altitude that avoids obstacles like trees and buildings. Adjust the altitude settings to ensure your drone doesn’t encounter any hindrances on its way back.

Testing the return to home function

Before taking your drone on a full-fledged flight, test the Return to Home function in a controlled environment. This ensures that​ you’re familiar with the process and that your drone responds as expected.

Bonus tip: monitoring the return

Always keep an eye on your drone as it returns home. While the Return to Home feature is reliable, it’s essential to intervene if any unexpected obstacles or changes occur during the return process.
Remember: Extra caution never hurts!

FAQs about the RTH feature on FPV drone

Final words

The return-to-home feature is a valuable tool for drone pilots but requires understanding and attention. Follow the above four tips, and your drone will always find its way home.

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Written By Kristen Ward

My name is Kristen R. Ward. I’m an adventure Filmmaker and I run a production company based out of New York. FPV drones are integral to my business. I'll be teaching you everything I've learned over the years creating videos for clients.

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