Yuneec Typhoon H Tips and Resources
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The Yuneec Typhoon H is relatively easy to use. The documentation is good and Yuneec customer support is very helpful. But the documentation doesn’t cover everything and you don’t want to have to call Yuneec for every issue you have as you get used to flying this amazing drone. We have consolidated the answers to some of our customer’s most common questions and listed them here. You will also find useful links and videos as well as links to the latest firmware updates from Yuneec. This page is a work in progress and is far from complete but we wanted to make it available in its current state in the hopes that it will be helpful.
Note: We put this guide together to clear up some common areas of confusion and collect useful checklists, links, and videos. It is not meant to replace the Typhoon H documentation. We recommend you thoroughly review all instruction manuals before flying for the first time.
Typhoon H Package
Preorders and early adopters of the Typhoon H were able to take advantage of Yuneec’s free Wizard promotion. These preorders included those from Yuneec authorized dealers, which made the Wizard promotion last several weeks after the Typhoon H finally became available. You can identify the Typhoon H with the Wizard because they have YUNTYHBxx SKU (xx is 2 digits which denote the region in which the Typhoon H shipped US, UK, EU, JP, HK, etc). Subsequent models without the Wizard shipped under the SKU of YUNTYHCxx. Later, Yuneec released a version with a smaller foam insert under the SKU of YUNTYHCSUS.
Both the “B” and “C” models of the Typhoon H come with:
- Typhoon H Hexacopter
- ST-16 Controller w/ built-in 7” Android tablet
- 10 propellers (5 “A”, and 5 “B”)
- 5400 mAh 4S 14.8V LiPo Flight Battery
- USB Charger for ST-16
- Battery Charger for the Flight Battery
- Backpack-ready foam insert
The original Typhoon H "hard" backpack (YUNTYHBP) was discontinued after only a few were produced. It was replaced by two choices of soft backpack. YUNTYHBP001 fits the larger foam insert, while YUNTYHBP002 fits the newer, smaller foam insert.
Yuneec Typhoon H Flight Modes
You can switch between flight modes on your Typhoon H via the top right toggle on your ST16 controller. These flight modes can be changed during flight. All flight modes enforce a maximum flight altitude of 400 feet, per FAA guidelines. This setting can be changed on your drone by using the Typhoon H GUI if local laws and regulations permit flight above 400 feet.
Angle (Pilot) Mode
- Angle mode is highly recommended for intermediate and experienced pilots, and beginners should endeavor to learn to fly in Angle mode as early as possible. In Angle mode, all controls are oriented relative to the drone. This orientation requires the operator to keep track of which way the drone is pointing because pushing up on the right stick will result in the drone moving forward in the direction of its nose.
- If both control sticks are released and the Typhoon H has a GPS lock, it will hold its position.
- If you ever lose orientation in angle mode, you can switch to smart mode and pull down on the right stick to bring the drone back to you. You can also activate Return to Home mode and let the Typhoon H do the work. Although you should make sure there are no obstacles between you and the Typhoon H before selecting Return to Home.
- In Angle mode with GPS lock, the status indicator LED will show solid purple. If it is blinking purple (3 times per second then off for 1 second), the Typhoon H is in angle mode without GPS lock.
- Smart mode is designed for beginners. It enables a geofence which enforces a default maximum distance of 300 feet (91 m) from the operator and the controls will operate relative to the pilot, regardless which way the nose of the drone is pointed. The maximum distance can be changed by using the Typhoon H GUI.
- In smart mode, the follow-me feature is automatically enabled if the Typhoon H and ST16 have both acquired GPS data from 6 or more satellites. This will be indicated by the status indicator LED on the Typhoon H showing solid green. If it is blinking green, the mode switch is in Smart mode but the aircraft does not have GPS lock. When follow-me is active the drone will maintain a constant position relative to the ST16 controller or Wizard as you move around.
- Watch me behaves like follow me except the camera also tracks the remote, keeping it in frame. Watch me can be selected via the ST16 when sufficient satellites are available.
- If you take off in smart mode, make sure you are at least 26 feet (8 m) away from the Q500. In smart mode the Q500 maintains a safe distance from the operator to prevent injury. If you need to take off or land within 26 feet of your position, you must switch to angle mode.
WARNING: Smart Mode only works when Typhoon H has a suitable GPS signal/lock. If you take off in Smart Mode and Typhoon H loses GPS signal/lock it will switch to Angle (Pilot) Mode automatically.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In Follow Me, the aircraft will maintain a constant altitude and cannot detect obstacles. Pilots who change their altitude during ﬂight should be mindful of this.
Orbit Me - More info Coming Soon
Point of Interest - More info Coming Soon
Journey - More info Coming Soon
Curve Cable Cam - More info Coming Soon
- Activate this mode to have the Typhoon H return to its home point, lower the landing gear, and land automatically within 13-26 feet (4-8m) of the ST16.
- If the Typhoon H will climb to 33 feet before returning to home. If it is above 33 feet, it will return home at its current altitude.
- If the Typhoon H loses communication with the ST16 it will automatically enter home mode, return to the home point and hover until the battery gets low.
- When in Home Mode the aircraft status LED will blink red rapidly (5 times per second).
- Obstacle Avoidance is Disabled when in Home Mode.
Obstacle Avoidance - Obstacle avoidance only functions in Angle Mode. It is disabled in Smart Mode and Home Mode. More Info Coming Soon
The Yuneec Typhoon H allows you fly using “team mode,” in which one person pilots the Typhoon H and another controls the camera. Team mode requires two ST12, ST16, ST24 controllers or one ST16 controller and a Typhoon Wizard. With the ST16/Wizard combination, the Wizard will be used to control the aircraft, while the ST16 controls the camera. The following steps will enable team mode for the Wizard and ST16.
Set up Team Mode with the Wizard and ST16
- Power on the ST16
- Power on the Typhoon H
- Tap the gear icon in lower right of ST16 screen
- Under camera > Single/team - select Team.
- The LED under the rear of the Typhoon H will blink yellow indicating it’s ready to bind with the Wizard.
- Hold down the power button on the Wizard for 6 seconds to bind.
- Wait for the solid blue light to appear on the top left of the Wizard.
- The Typhoon H should beep twice and the LED should blink blue.
- You are now ready to fly using the Wizard.
With a suitable GPS signal/lock it will not be possible to start the motors, takeoff or fly the Typhoon H in ‘No-Fly Zones,’ within a 4 mile (6.4 kilometer) radius of most major airports. If you have an FAA Section 333 exemption or Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate, contact Yuneec customer support. They may be willing to provide you with updated firmware or an unlock code that removes the no-fly zone restriction.
CGO-3+ Camera Memory Card
If you want additional memory cards for your Typhoon H, you should look for for a micro SD memory card that has a UHS speed class of 3. See the picture below for an example of the markings you want to look for. UHS speed rating is shown with a number inside a "U" symbol. The SD association has released new standards intended to fix some problems with SD cards. These new cards will have V ratings. V30 is the equivalent of U3 but has not been tested with the Typhoon H. Also, choosing a card that is too fast can actually be detrimental so you should probably avoid the new cards, especially V60 and V90. Stick with U3 and you will be in good shape!
Typhoon H Compass Calibration
Before you fly your Typhoon H for the first time, and each time you fly in a location greater than approximately 100 miles from the last place you flew, it is a good idea to calibrate the compass. To do so:
- Ensure the Typhoon H is at least 11 feet away from any electronic device, not in parking garages, close to buildings or near roads with a metal core. For optimum performance, only calibrate the TYPHOON H in open spaces, far away from power lines and other metal structures or concrete buildings
- Power on the ST16
- Power on the Typhoon H and ensure it is connected to the ST16
- Tap the GPS CALIBRATION icon on the ST16 screen and choose COMPASS.
- Ensure the front of the Typhoon H is facing Magnetic North.
- Lift the TYPHOON H airframe straight & level. When the LEDs on two motors start to blink blue and green separately, rotate it forward until the two LEDs turn off.
- When the LEDs on another two motors start to blink white and red separately turn the aircraft 60° to the left and then rotate it forward until the two LEDs turn off.
- Repeat 4 more times. The lights on the remaining motors will blink differently with each rotation in the following sequence white-red, green-blue, red-white, red-white.
- If the calibration has been successful, all the LED status indicators will blink continuously, the Main LED Status Indicator will be solid green and the flight controller restarts, you will recognize this when you hear the acknowledgement tone, the same one you hear when you switch the system on.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If calibration has failed, the Main LED Status Indicator will be solid white and you must repeat the calibration process. If the calibration continues to fail, either you are at an unsuitable site for calibration or the compass is defective.
Click here to download a graphical depiction of the compass calibration procedure.
Calibrating the Wizard
If the Wizard is not directing the aircraft properly, it may be necessary to calibrate the Wizard. To calibrate the Wizard:
- Press and hold the descend/backward button and power button at the same time until the aircraft status LED (top right) is solid pink.
- Hold the wizard facing away from you and rotate your arm in a figure 8 motion twice.
- Turn your body 90 degrees right.
- Repeat steps 2-3 until you are facing the original direction (complete in 30 second or less)
- The Wizard will turn off automatically when the calibration is complete
- If calibration fails, the aircraft mode LED (top left) and power LED (bottom right) will blink rapidly. Repeat the calibration until it is successful.
Typhoon H Firmware Update
To update the firmware on your Typhoon H:
- Download the appropriate firmware (Standard/EU)
- Insert microSD card into the SD card adapter
- Insert the SD card adapter into your computer
- Copy the downloaded firmware (.bin) file to the SD card
- When copy is complete, remove the microSD card from the computer and adapter
- Insert the microSD card into the slot on the CGO3+
- Power on the ST-16
- Power on the Typhoon H
- Wait for video to appear on the ST16
- Select System Settings, then OK
- Select About Controller
- Under Typhoon H, select Update, then OK
- The update could take 2-3 minutes
- When update successful, select OK
- Power off the Typhoon H
- Wait 2-3 seconds, then power on Typhoon H
To verify the firmware version:
- Select System Settings, then OK
- Select About Controller
- Verify latest versions for Gimbal, Autopilot, IPS (if installed) and Camera
ST16 Firmware Update
- Download and unpack the firmware update.
- Copy the new firmware to the Micro SD card.
- Insert the Micro SD card into the slot on the bottom of the ST16
- Turn on the ST16
- Select "System settings"
- Press OK to accept warning
- Select "About Controller"
- Press Update under the ST16 column
- When the update is complete, the ST16 will restart.
Yuneec Typhoon H GUI
The Typhoon H Graphic User Interface (GUI) can be used to check all the sensors in the Typhoon H. These sensors include the GPS, pressure sensor, compass, ESC, IMU, Ultrasonic Sonar, and accelerometer.
The GUI can also be used to adjust the geofence limit for smart mode, and it can be used to change the maximum height limit for smart and angle mode.
Installing the Intel® RealSense™ Module
ST16 Fan Blade Noise
Some users of early-release ST16’s heard an audible rattle from the cooling fan in the controller. This was caused by a detaching fan blade. Yuneec appears to have corrected the problem in later ST16 models. If you have this problem, contact Yuneec customer support. They will generally replace your ST16 if you have this problem.
ST16 Record buttons intermittent
In some cases, the default gains on the camera and video buttons on the ST16 are too low resulting in the buttons either not working or being intermittent.
Landing Gear Sticking
Additionally, a few users had issues getting the landing gear to retract. A “stiff” landing or gentle push on the landing gear often clears this problem. You can test the landing gear when not in flight by turning the Typhoon H upside down while on and connected to the ST16 (remove the props first), then activating the landing gear switch.
WARNING: Excessively hard landing or excessive pressure on the landing gear could cause it to break.
Typhoon H Info Sheets - Warnings, LED Status indications, box contents, pilot welcome.
Desktop GUI Download
- Gimbal: v1.25
- Autopilot: v1.30
- Camera: v3.2.26
- Dual Band Control Redundancy
- OTA Upgrade
- New Camera Features(Burst, Timelapse, Histogram, Metering...)
- Improve the accelerometer calibration.
- Improve the manual landing performance.
- Mutli ST16s can bind one camera now.
ST16 Firmware version 3.01.b27 updated 11/17/16. For use with the latest Typhoon H firmware.
- Adds 2.4 and 5.8 channel icons on the ST16 screen
- Smooth video downlink in still photo mode
Purchase Parts and Accessories
YUNEEC USA Contact Information
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Typhoon H Hotline - 1-844-343-9770http://yuneec.com/support