Flying a drone isn’t the easiest thing to do. It takes a bit of work and practice. In the end, though, it is all worth it. There is nothing quite like the joy of being in complete control of your drone. Of course, like most things, it’s best to take things slow and enjoy the process. Those who have already gotten the hang of the basics and can already fly at a reasonable level eventually reach a point where they ask themselves “What now?”. Here are a few things to keep in mind when reaching that next level.
It’s very important to understand how to use and control the throttle. Once you get to the higher speeds you don’t want to be too fidgety and liberal with your throttle movement. It’s all about small and concise control. Just like driving, the faster the speed the tighter you want the movements to become.You want to keep things in control and this is really where less is, truly, more.
A good habit to build is to always calibrate your drone every time you fly it. No one wants to fly a drone that refuses to follow the proper command or that flies at an awkward angle. That would be a recipe for disaster. It is always best to make sure all the settings are at their optimal condition and that your drone is perfectly calibrated. People can avoid a good number of accidents or losses if they just practice patience and learn to set things up first before they go right to flying.
It is simply not enough to just focus on your drone when flying. You must also consider the external factors too. You should always be cognizant of your surroundings, be it the weather or the terrain. Knowing and observing the area before you fly could help prevent a lot of possible mishaps and crashes.
Yaw and Pitch
This is the part that most people have trouble with at the beginning. Your initial foray into drone flying would have you control your drone forwards, backward, left, and right, but once you get a better hang of flying it would be best to start learning how to yaw and pitch. This is basically the rotation of the drone side to side and up and down. You use this to turn your drone as if you were flying a plane, with the front of the drone moving towards the direction you’d like it to turn to. A lot of anticipation and visualization goes into this.
You must first imagine the point in which you’d like to turn then upon reaching that point simultaneously both throttles to the direction you would like to go. It takes the time to get the hang of this but if you put in the works results will inevitably follow.
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