Quadcopters are the latest craze among adults and children alike. Everybody wants one. However, learning how to fly it can be quite challenging, as you may not be able to control it from the first attempts. This article is a brief guide that may help you master your gadget faster.
The first thing to do is to learn very well all controls of your quadcopter. There are four such controls: roll, pitch, throttle and yaw. In order to understand the effects of each control on the movement of your flying gadget, you have to practice each of them individually until they become second nature. In addition, you need to play with the force you apply when you handle the stick. The harder you push it, the stronger the device is going to move in the corresponding direction.
The roll allows you to turn left or right. If you watch your drone while pushing the stick, you are going to notice it angles diagonally downwards to the right or to the left. The pitch tilts the device, making it go forwards or backwards. You should be very careful with this command, as it may result in an accidental crash.
The yaw is a bit more difficult, thus requiring more practice until you get it right. Used at the same time as throttle, the yaw allows you to fly your gadget in circles and patterns. This is very useful when you want to impress your audience or when you need to follow other flying objects.
The throttle powers the propellers, thus helping the device to get airborne. You must have it engaged constantly while flying. When landing, always make sure your gadget is very close to the ground by the time you disengage the throttle. Otherwise, you are going to damage your toy, so be very careful.
The other big challenge is to learn how to fly the gadget when it’s facing you instead of facing away from you. All controls are going to be switched, so you need a lot of attention when you want to change direction. It’s very easy to make a mistake and fly your drone into a wall or into another obstacle. It’s a good idea to practice in an open space until you get to know your transmitter to perfection.
When you first start, it’s better to push the sticks as gently as you can, as slow movements are easier to master. The more you practice, the more you are going to be able to make sharper movements without losing the control of the drone. Use the trimmers in order to balance out all controls. If you don’t know how to do it, you can watch some explanatory films published by experienced pilots. There are lots of them online, so you won’t have problems in finding such video lessons.
Beware that the battery needs to be recharged on a regular basis, as it is the power source for all propellers. It’s a good idea to buy a few spare batteries in order to be able to practice for a longer time. You are going to need a lot of hours, but once you master your skill, flying your tiny UFO is going to be extremely rewarding.