Learn to Fly a Quadcopter

Quadcopters are remote-piloted aircrafts with four rotor blades. These drones are manufactured to look like miniature helicopters. Commercial quadcopters are equipped with cameras you can use to capture aerial views. However, they come with a complicated set of controls. If you want to learn how to fly one, you need to master the controls.

How to Control a Quadcopter

Knowing the functions of each control and how the controls are related will help you successfully pilot a quadcopter. It usually takes some practice before you get the hang of things. The controls basically stabilize the drone’s movements. If you push hard with the stick, your quadcopter will move around aimlessly and forcefully.

The first step is to calmly and ever so gently push the sticks. The quadcopter will wobble slightly, but it will move much more gracefully than when you push the stick in a rough manner. After a period of exposure and practice, flying a quadcopter will become second nature to you. As you grow more comfortable and confident, you can make sharp turns and pilot your drone to any direction you choose.

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Four Controls

Drones with multiple rotors have more or less the same set of controls. Take note that a quadcopter has four controls, each with a designated function – roll, pitch, throttle and yaw.
Here are some basic reminders:

• Press the Roll control if you want to tilt the quadcopter horizontally, from left to right. You can slow the rotors on one side while increasing the rotor speed on the other. Another name for Roll is Aileron.

• To move the quadcopter forward or backward, use the Pitch control. Maneuver this control just like you did with Roll. This control is also called Elevator.

• Through the Throttle control, you can move the quadcopter up and down by setting the rotors’ overall speed.

• The Yaw is used to increase or slow down the speed of spinning rotors. It controls the rotation of a quadcopter. Yaw is sometimes referred to as Rudder.

How to Stabilize a Quadcopter

Remember these stabilization modes whenever you fly your quadcopter:

1. Manual, Hard or Acro (also known as Rate)

2. GPS-hold (alternately called Loiter)

3. Attitude (named self-level or auto-level in other quadcopter controls)

Manual is the most difficult stabilization mode to learn. However, many drone enthusiasts claim that if you manage to learn manual stabilization, it can be the most enjoyable.

Tips to Consider Before Flying a Quadcopter

For a great and safe flying experience, please heed these reminders while learning to fly a quadcopter:

• Stay focused and avoid any form of distraction

• Look for an open space, which is not populated with people and animals

• Do not fly your quadcopter if it is windy (fly in the mornings to avoid the wind)

• Never fly the quadcopter at a speed you are not accustomed to flying; slow down until you have completely learned the ropes

Please also remember that the controls will switch if you set the quadcopter to face you. Be cautious and take note of the control changes.
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