The following tips will come in great for you if you’re getting into the world of drones. Flying well (with control) a drone is much harder than it looks. YouTube is riddled with drone videos (many of them FPV) in which they avoid obstacles, get in between nooks and crannies, spin, climb and pirouette at a speed of vertigo.
However, if you’re getting started in this world, you’ll have noticed it’s not that easy. Blows against walls, shrubs and trees are the order of the day. Did you get bitter in the day too, a gust of air? If so, read on and I’ll give you the most useful tips to avoid accidents and catch the trick to quadcopters as quickly as possible.
Don’t buy an expensive drone
Don’t start with an expensive drone, it’s best to buy a cheap initiation drone. If you want to learn how to control a real drone… you’re going to have to crash some…
I recommend the Syma X5C. It’s a drone that you can find for less than 50 degrees and it’s very stable and incredibly resilient. Look at our syma X5C analysis, it’s an indestructible drone.
Advantages of buying a cheap drone to get started
• The first and most obvious is that they are cheap.
• Lightweight and sturdy. They easily withstand shocks and falls of several meters.
• They are easy to fix.
• Your spare parts are easy to get and very affordable.
• You’re going to have more fun, because you won’t suffer when you crash it.
• You’ll dare do more maneuvers with it, so you’ll learn faster.
• They are safer. Because they are very light and do not reach high speeds, hits with other objects (and people) will be less dangerous
Learn to fly without headless mode
The headless function helps you fly the drone more easily, but you’ll learn less if you use it. Check out our article on headless mode on drones if you want to know more.
Know the rules and prohibitions
Fly safely. Some of the most important points of Spanish regulations are:
• No license is required for recreational use, but it is required to know how to pilot the drone safely.
• You cannot lose sight of the drone. You can’t drive it more than 500 meters away or fly it more than 120 meters high.
• You cannot fly the drone is urban areas or in crowded areas of people (stadiums, demonstrations, etc…).
Organize the batteries
One of the biggest drawbacks of drones is their low autonomy, especially in learning drones. Normally with a fully charged battery you get between 5 and 10 minutes of flight. You’re going to have to buy more batteries and you have to have them organized so you don’t take uncharging batteries flying.
You can organize them in different boxes or put some hair rubbers or rubber bands to identify the ones that are loaded, for example. Thus, when you put them in the drone, you will have to remove the rubber and when you remove it it is already directly identified as used.
Start flying in open spaces
The first flights do them in open spaces and away from objects and people. It is also important that the weather conditions are favorable and that there is not much wind. Gradually and as you become comfortable you can start flying indoors (remember to put the protectors on the propellers indoors) so as not to damage the furniture.
If you fly outdoors it is best to remove the guards from the blades. They add weight and all they get is to leave the drone hanging on a tree, if you crash into it.
However, if you are going to fly the drone over long distances or it is windy and you may lose control… (you shouldn’t blow up the drone), put the protections on it in case the station signal isn’t able to shut down the engines.
Learn to crash
When we crash the quadcopter (it will happen and you know it) the first thing you have to do is stop the engines instinctively, so that the blades are not damaged or damaged by what they have been given. In addition, when the drone thrust is stopped, we will protect the engines from over-effort damage.
Although this may seem a little silly, it is advisable to automate the maneuver, to do it quickly and without getting nervous. Accidents happen when you least expect it.
Feel comfortable with the controls
The first important step in learning how to control the drone is to internalize the controls. Go up, turn sideways, go forward… you’ll have to control all this instinctively. You have to crush the maneuvers over and over again.
The sweet spot and the one you have to get to is to fly without thinking about what you’re doing.
At first when you learned to ride, ride a bike or drive, you had to think about every little detail you did. Now you do it instinctively and naturally. That’s what you have to get with the drone. You don’t have to think about what you have to do with your hands, but what maneuver you want to do.
All this takes a long time and patience. Don’t try to do tunnel turns or looping at the moment.
Maximizes flight time
As we have seen in the previous point… we’re going to need a lot of hours until we’re masters of controls. That’s why it’s important to get as much flight time as possible:
• Buy extra batteries.
• Remove as much weight as we can from the drone. We have to remove everything we are not going to use (camera, blade protectors, etc.).
The wind, that great enemy
The wind is the number one enemy of the novice drone pilots. Some drones have aids that help you stabilize and correct wind speed. However, most drones for novices are usually very basic and do not have them. Just in case, check that your quadcopter is set to outdoor mode before flying outside.
If there is a wind of more than 20 km/h (the finer branches of trees start moving) and you are learning to control the drones, you better fly indoors or dedicate the day to something else.
Learn to fly indoors
You can try flying indoors when you already have enough confidence and skill in your drone mastery.
The first thing to do when flying indoors is to put the guards on the blades so as not to damage the furniture, or the people or pets around the house.
If we are newbies and there is a wind, the best thing we can do is fly the drone at low altitude and near us. If a gust of wind causes us to lose control or pushes the drone too far away, we’ll shut down the engines so that the drone lands more or less well
Don’t start with FPV drones until you master visual flight
FPV flight is very cool, really, but if you want to go fast you will have to have learned earlier to control the drone as a master in visual mode.