The following screenshots show how I set up a Spektrum DX18 transmitter for the HolyBro Shuriken 180 Pro, DSMX version. Other Spektrum transmitters will be similar. I used Multirotor as the Model Type on a new model position.
1. Control Setup – Channel Travel
Channel Travel corresponds to 1000-1500-2000 in Betaflight Receiver Setup. I’m only using Aux 1, 2 and 3. Aux 4 and 5 don’t really need to be set unless using for something.
2. Control Setup – Channel Reversing
3. Channel Assign – Receiver Port Assignments
Spektrum uses Gear for Aux 1 so I configured Receiver Port Assignments per screenshot below. This allows the transmitter channels to coincide with Betaflight Channel Mapping.
4. Channel Assign – Channel Input Configuration
Channel Input Configuration is set the same for the 3 Flight Modes.
5. Flight Modes
I set 3 Flight Modes so I could experience and learn each. When flying Acro Mode, you may want to take off in Horizon or Angle and switch into Acro. Likewise if you stop and hover or land, you may also want to switch into Horizon or Angle Mode.
- FM1: Angle Mode – Beginner friendly, stabilized, easy level flight.
- FM2: Horizon Mode – Allows flips and rolls but stabilized with sticks toward center.
- FM3: Acro/Rate Mode – No stabilization, requires input to return to level or correct.
6. Flight Mode Names
7. F Mode Setup
I set up three F Modes, one for each for each of the Flight Modes, so I can physically see what mode I’m in on the transmitter display. See “5. Flight Modes” screenshots above.
- F Mode: 1 Angle Mode
- F Mode: 2 Horizon Mode
- F Mode: 3 Acro Mode
8. Transmitter Warnings
I set up the following Transmitter Warnings, which may be a little overkill for some:
- Throttle: Over 10% – If throttle is on
- Flight mode: 1 – If not in Angle Mode
- Aux 1 over -97%* – If Arm is on
*Currently my radio does not have the latest Airware version and would not go below -99 on Aux 1 Warning, otherwise I would have set it to -147. Anything below zero will work.
9. Flight Timer
I setup a 4-minute Flight Timer just to use as a heads-up but will rely on the the Low Voltage Beeper configured in Betaflight Configurator. I may use a second timer to count up (stopwatch) so I can monitor actual flight times.
Update: I installed HolyBro Micro minimOSD so now I just track the voltage on the display of my FPV goggles.
These transmitter settings may change at a later date. I know I will be adding Acro to the Flight Modes for sure. Either way I will try to update this page and show edits.
If you found this article helpful or conversely found something that didn’t make sense or could use further clarification, please don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments below.
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