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The Basics Of Flying

The Basics Of Flying
You’re the pilot of an aircraft now
Crash occasionally
It’s going to happen, so learn how to get it right by letting the drone crash from a small height. You’ve got to learn how to quickly recognise when a crash is going to happen, then switch off the throttle straight away.

Beat the wind
Gusts come from one direction at a time, so if you are buffeted from the right, then you should fly to the right. You’ll know when this is necessary, as you’ll feel your loss of control. Just also be very aware that your best option may be to land the UAV.

Start small
Go out into the garden and place the drone on the ground with the front (where the camera is) facing away from you. Then, start the motor and gently increase the throttle until the UAV rises off the ground. Just take it a few inches off the ground and hold it there.

Take short hops
Practice flying your drone short distances in your garden. You’ll be learning the core controls of turning left and right, moving up and down, forward and back. If you do them in short hops, the worst that can happen is that you have to walk over and pick your drone up.

Roll, Pitch, Yaw
Tilt your UAV up and down to control the pitch, turn it left and right to control its yaw and wiggle it to control its roll. Pitch the UAV forward and it will go faster because the rotors are pushing it along, but you could also pitch it into the ground if you get it wrong.

Know your equipment
Check whether your drone comes with autolevelling controls. If it does, then as soon as you have tilted the UAV in any direction in order to change course or pick up speed, the drone itself will tilt back and get on the level.

Hover your drone
When your drone is close to the ground, the downdraft from the rotors is reflected up, and makes it hard to keep the UAV steady. Raise it to 1.5m (5ft) and then practice holding it still. This is known as hovering and can be tricky to master.

Try taking a selfie
You are able to buy drones that will lock on to the GPS signal from your phone and basically fly around you like your personal camera crew. However, selfies are great to take because they require precision controls, and they are definitely unique.