Flying a drone isn’t quite as simple or effortless of a pastime that it appears to be. You may watch people flying their perfectly level quadcopter in the park and performing tricks and think that there is nothing to it, but there is a lot to learn if you are new to the hobby.
Forget what you knew about your little remote helicopter that you had as a child and work through the next 5 RC quadcopter flying tips. By the end, you will be closer to flying like a real master.
Drone Pilot Training Tips
1) Get To Know Your Controls
You can’t just throw up a drone and hope for the best; you need to know your way around a transmitter to keep it up in the air. You will most likely notice that there are two joysticks on your controller.
The right joystick controls the basic movements forwards, backward, left and right. Your manual may refer to this as a roll (to the sides) and pitch (front and back). It sounds simple, but the shift in the position of the propellers can make a big difference on direction, so it takes some practice to master these turns and accelerations.
The left joystick controls the yaw and throttle, which essentially means the rotation and the height. Push the stick forward and the drone should climb. Having both functions on one control can take some time to master.
2) Attempt Your First Take-Off
Once you feel that you are confident enough to attempt your first flight and understand the joysticks a little better, you can try your first, careful take-off maneuver. Place your drone on a flat surface, such as a quiet street or driveway, with no immediate obstacles to avoid.
Then you need to bind your transmitter to the drone by syncing up the connection when powering up each unit. Once you are sure they are both connected and it is safe to try your test flight, push the throttle so that the drone climbs.
If you followed step one correctly, you should know that this means pushing forward on the left stick. Keep trying at small heights to get used to the sensitivity and then move on to step 3.
3) Hold The Position And Hover
Once you have figured out how to get the drone up in the air, the next challenge is keeping it there. Increase the height a little and try and hold the drone in that position by controlling the power on the throttle and making tiny adjustments were needed with the right stick.
This is where you can start to take more notice of the indicators on the display. The LCDs should show you the throttle percentage so you can maintain the height more quickly. Stick at 10%, hold the drone in place for a few seconds and land. With practice, you can build up the height and duration.
4) Flying The Drone
Hovering the drone is an excellent skill to learn to maintain controller over your UAV, but it is not quite the same as flying it. Once you have learned how to hover in that one spot over the driveway, you can now start experimenting with the controls on the right stick.
Push forward to send the drone carefully across the front lawn, push backward to bring it back the way it came and then bring it back down to the land.
As you gain confidence, you can increase the distances and start to put in the roll commands to fly from side to side. You are sure to find that these test flights are far from the level at first, but you will soon improve.
5) Flying A Drone Back Towards You
The last of these RC quadcopter flying tips means a reversal of the controls. In many ways, flying a drone away from you and flying a drone towards you is not all that different. You still need to maintain the same control over the height, rotation, and direction.
The problem is that the controls are reversed when the drone is facing the opposite direction. Pushing forward on the right stick will not send the drone backward and pushing left will send the drone to the right. With logic and patience, it is easy to get around this issue, but it can cause problems when you have been practicing a certain maneuver all week.