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How To Fly A Drone – Think It’s Easy, Think Again!

If you just bought a drone, it is time to unpack and take off – well almost, because learning to fly without prior knowledge is not as easy as you think!



So that you can move safely through the air with your quadrocopter and do not need spare parts too quickly, these tips should serve as a guide to learning to fly.

Unpack the drone and carry out a check
The first thing is to check if all parts are sitting on the copter, or if something wobbles. Now and then there are production and processing errors that cause mini drones such as quadrocopters to crash too fast. If everything goes well, it should be checked whether batteries (in the remote control as in the drone) are fully loaded and whether the binding of copter and remote control works. If so, it may be the actual flying.

Learn To Fly

Learn to fly a drone: Step 1

No matter what you plan to do with your drone, take-off and landing are essential components and critical moments in a multicopter’s life. Therefore, learning to fly should spend the first time focusing solely on getting the drone to safely take off and land. For this, I recommend setting up a “helipad”: choose a larger room (the more space you have available, the better) and mark a point on the ground as the take-off and landing area. I liked to use an area that was about the size of a shoebox and marks it. In order to learn to take off and land with a drone, you should now spend at least 5 minutes picking up inside the helipad, rising to a height of 50 centimeters,

To do this, move the left-hand stick of your remote control gently and evenly upwards until the drone slowly takes off. By removing the push the quadrocopter sinks again.

This has two advantages: on the one hand, it is not so easy to provide a steady boost, on the other hand, defining an exact position brings at least a little fun and challenge into this rather boring lesson.

You can start and land clean? Great, then you are ready for the second step, which brings a little movement in the matter.

Learn to fly a drone: Step 2

In the second step, the right joystick is used, which defines “Nick” and “Roll” commands. These are responsible for acceleration and lateral movements.
To do this, start the drone in the helipad, climb to 50 centimeters and fly 2-3 meters forward. There you stop and fly back to the helipad, where you land again.

To move the drone forward or backward, move the right stick gently and evenly forward / backward. This causes the thrust distribution to be distributed to different engines, causing the drone to tip and move forward or backward.

Try to be as precise as possible with the pitch-stick. In this way you will quickly learn how clearly your commands are transmitted from the remote control to the drone.

Tip: Entry-level drones usually have several flight modes that pass the commands you send differently directly to the quadrocopter (similar to a filter). In this way beginner mistakes in learning to fly are avoidable.

If you master the forward and backward flying, you can do the lateral movements that work analogously.

To do this, move the right joystick gently and evenly to the right and left.

Exercise: Fly an X and learn to combine pitch and roll axes.

Learning to fly a drone: Step 3

In order for you to really fly a drone, spinning around your own axis must be like a one. You will see that this can be a challenge!
We start again in the helipad, take off, remain at 50 cm height, but instead of just waiting, we turn the drone by 360 degrees around its own axis and land again in the landing area.

For turning around its own axis, move the left stick gently and evenly to the left or to the right, without removing any thrust.

If you have completed the 360 degree turn, it is safe to land again. This is best practiced many times, because the “yaw” belongs to the agile flight and you crash easily without practice, as soon as the drone turns unexpectedly.

Learning to fly a drone: Step 4

You master these basics from the FF and can steer the Quadrocopter safely through the air of the home living room? Then it will be time for new challenges such as outdoor flights and – in the case of small mini drones – “missions” such as landing on shelves, etc. In this way, you will learn to apply and interweave practiced patterns in different situations.

Please note that you have sufficient knowledge of outdoor flying, do not endanger the privacy and physical well-being of your fellow human beings and are aware that the private liability is insufficient and you need a drone insurance .

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