When my Typhoon comes, for my first flight I shall make sure I am at least 10 paces away from the machine before starting up. After reading all the manuals and watching the reviews I think in "smart mode" there is a safety area for the pilot. That is the machine will not come nearer to the pilot than 10 paces to avoid you flying it in to your own face. When switched into "pilot mode" this safety feature is turned off. My point being if you started in "smart mode" and were just a couple of paces away (as I have often done with my Phantoms) would the aircraft veer off immediately to attain 10 paces or so from you at take-off. If there was a tree nearby this could be costly.