Pulse-position modulation is a form of signal modulation in which the message information is encoded in the temporal spacings between a sequence of signal pulses.
This method is not used very frequently, because other methods are usually more suitable for typical data transmission, however one common use of PPM is for the radio control of model aircraft. Here the position of each pulse represents the angular position of an analogue control on the transmitter. The number of pulses per frame gives the number of controllable channels available. The advantage of using PPM for this type of application is that the electronics required to decode the signal is extremely simple, which leads to small, low weight receiver/decoder units, essential in model aircraft where every weight saving is necessary. Servos made for model radio control include some of the electronics required to convert the pulse to the motor position - the receiver is merely required to demultiplex the separate channels and feed the pulses to each servo.