How To Fly A Drone For Beginners
If you’re just getting into flying drones, I have some advice how can get asked you know what should I start with how should I learn to fly etc
So I’ve compiled seven tips for drone beginners that I think will be very useful if you’re just getting started.
1) Cheap Drones
First tip is don’t start with a phantom or a solo or yuneec or any of the higher end and inspire it’s they’re a ton of fun to fly and actually in some ways they’re a little bit easier to fly because of the GPS and stuff these drones have but they’re expensive they’re big they’re more dangerous and quite honestly you’re going to have a lot more fun flying it if you’re confident doing it. So my recommendation is my very favorite beginner drone is the Syma x5c or x5c.
They’re really great drones to start you can find some great drones under 200, they’re easy to fix you know I fixed the motors on these before they’re pretty easy to replace, they’re safe because honestly even if you hit somebody at high speed I’ve chopped my finger with this before it doesn’t really hurt there.
It’s just lower risk to your wallet if you crash one of these beginner drones whether you put it in a lake or lose it on a roof or the wind takes it away.
2) Headless Mode
Number 2 is learning to fly without headless mode now a lot of these newer toy drones have headless mode and what headless mode does it means that no matter which way the drone is oriented it always knows where you are and if you push the stick forward it flies forward if you push the stick left it flies left you should learn to fly without headless mode.
So that when you are facing towards you everything’s reversed and you know how to handle that and you can very easily do that on one of these little drones. You can learn to do all kinds of cool tricks and it’s not that hard once you kind of grasp it at one trick that I’ve learned is it’s often good you know there are LEDs on the bottom that indicate the front in the rear of the craft.
Also changing the prop colors on the front helps you really tell in the air that this is the front of the craft and this is the rear so as I’m flying and I push the stick left I know no matter which way this thing is facing these red props are going to rotate to the left to learn how to fly without headless mode headless mode is fine for your first few flights but once you get a little bit better and more comfortable taking it out a headless mode and learn how to fly that way.
Number three tip for beginners is to learn and know the rules now, for example, FAA has you know a lot of people complain that the FAA has dragged their feet in terms of actually putting together rules for us.
They’ve become a lot more apparent here in the US in 2016 and beyond you know the big ones are now allowed to fly over 400 feet and within 5 miles of an airport, you have to register your drone if you do have one that weighs a certain amount, I think it’s just over half a pound you have to actually have a registration number.
For this another good reason is to start with the smaller ones and you know to stay away from airports and keep the thing line of sight those rules are pretty basic you can go to FAA.gov and see all the rules but really using common sense and just knowing the basic rules will really help out as you’re flying along help you stay out of trouble and also help you avoid any issues.
4) Line of sight
My number 4 tip is to learn how to fly line of sight before you try fpv, now if you know what that means great if you don’t I’ll tell you briefly line of sight means you can actually see the craft and technically you’re supposed to always fly line of sight to where you can see it with your naked eyes and not through a camera a lot of these small drones are now coming with fpv capabilities.
They’re not that great obviously the DJI stuff and the solo stuff is a lot better with Lightbridge technology and some of the technology they’re using they get some pretty good stuff and some of the racers are really good with the 600-watt transmitters’ milliwatt transmitters that they use.
The toy drones aren’t going to have great fpv anyway, and I would just start with something really simple to learn how to fly it by looking at it and orienting it because that’s going to give you the skills you need to move up to fpv later.
5) Open big space
The next thing I’ll say is don’t try to start flying in your backyard or a small confined space downtown first that’s just going to cause trouble you’re going to run into a building crash into a tree or something like that, find a big open field learn how to fly in a big open field where there’s not a lot of people around and try to learn on a day when there’s not a lot of wind because the wind will definitely fight you if you’re flying something without GPS.
It’s really worth it to go out to a big open field and start that way and then once you’re good at that you can start to fly and tighter more confined spaces indoors etc.
If you are going to fly indoors I definitely recommend putting the prop guards on these things so you don’t damage your television or your dog or anything like that but it’s a great idea to start in a big open space before you graduate to something smaller.
6) Battery management
The number six tip I have for beginners is battery management now all of these and almost every single quad that I have uses a different type of battery which is unfortunate there are some that crossover which I love it when that happens because I can have one set of batteries but the big challenge with these is knowing which have been charged which are discharged if how long how old the battery is etc.
So just learn because there’s nothing more of a bummer than going out with your quad and with your friends and wanting to fly and finding out your batteries only have 20% life and you know get to fly for 30 seconds and that’s it.
Buy spare batteries and then one thing that I like to do when I’ve charged them is put a rubber band around it when it’s been charged, I basically just have a bunch of little rubber bands if it’s been charged I put the rubber band around it I know that it’s got a full charge and I fly it and then I obviously take the rubber band off when I put it in the copter so then if it doesn’t have a band I know it’s been used and hasn’t been recharged.
Battery management is important for these beginner drones and when you get up into these bigger ones they have more intelligent batteries with indicators on them but it’s just as important to make sure that you’re keeping those topped off you’re not flying them down too far because you can’t damage the batteries but when you’re starting with the small quads the battery trick with a rubber works really well.
Number seven tip I have is, do your research I mean I write the article all the time trying to help people out and understand how they can fly better what they should buy etc. there’s tons of research you can do online there’s lots of great videos lots of great websites reviews.
There are a ton of different types of drones that you can buy give it a scale of one to ten I actually write for them but you know do your research join the community don’t be afraid to ask questions, then finally be a good ambassador for drone fliers
I hope it’s helpful for the beginners out there please leave your comments and if you like this article, I promise there will be more article in future that will be focused on beginners and expert drones fly, enjoy thanks a lot.