How to Fly Your Quadcopter Like a Pro: 7 Important Tips

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How to Fly Your Quadcopter Like a Pro 7 Important Tips

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Flying a quadcopter is much harder than it looks. While people love bragging and showing off their flying skills, new pilots often crash and burn a few times before learning how to really master their flying. The following tips will allow you to fly your quadcopter like a pro in no time.

1. Do Not Go to Manual Mode Too Fast

Manual mode is meant for expert flyers. When in manual mode, the systems put in place to help make flying easier will not provide the extra stability you need. This forces you to either be a great pilot or crash and burn in the process.

Manual mode, should by no means, be engaged unless you really know how to fly your copter. When you feel that it is time for manual mode, choose your practice location safely.

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Learn how to fly at low altitudes at first until you understand manual mode, and then start flying higher.

2. Be Very Cautious of Windy Conditions

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Wind is the downfall of most copters. If you notice that 10 – 20+ mile per hour winds are outside, you will not want to bring your copter out for flight.

There are some copters that have automatic correction for windy conditions and will adjust for the gusts of wind by altering the motor speeds accordingly.

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As a general rule of thumb, you will also want to check the current mode setting of your copter. If the mode is set on indoors, you will want to switch it to outdoor mode for better overall stability and control.

3. Use GPS Mode if Available

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More expensive models come with GPS mode. This is a mode that will use GPS to know where the copter is in space.

This is a great feature for precision flying or when you want to take video or images of a specific location and you really want to pinpoint the location on the map.

Furthermore, GPS mode provides great flight advantages that the beginner and advanced pilot will be able to take advantage of from their very first flight.

When in GPS mode, you will be able to take your hands off of the copter and it will balance itself and hover. This is ideal for pilots transitioning to be a pro. When you get nervous or you are unsure of what to do, GPS mode will correct your faults and allow you to take a deep breath before flight continuation.

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GPS mode also provides the major benefit of knowing exactly where your copter is located. If a crash does occur, you will be able to find the wreckage much easier if GPS mode is active.

4. Fight Wind Gusts With Caution

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You can fight wind gusts with caution. There are some higher end models that allow you to control the pitch of your copter so that you can negate the gusts of wind. This is done through what is called a negative pitch, but it is very advanced.

When wind is coming and you feel yourself losing control of the copter, you will want to fight the wind by pushing against it.

If wind is hitting the left side, you will want to attempt to fly into the wind to counteract the change in direction. The goal is to fight the wind if possible, but you must also know when to put an end to your flight.

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As a rule of thumb, you don’t want your helicopter to be too far away from you in the event that wind blows it out of operating range. When possible, keep your helicopter close and land it if the wind is too powerful.

5. Keep Controls Simple

Up, down, left and right are the controls you want to master. Do not waste time trying to do rolls or advanced techniques until you have had months of flight experience. When you want to practice more advanced methods of flight, you should do so in optimal weather conditions. It is never a good idea to try doing a roll or flip for the first time when the weather is bad.

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Keep all of your controls as simple as possible so that you can learn to fly the right way.

6. Master Hovering

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Those that haven’t mastered flying will find that hovering is very difficult, but it is also very useful.

When you learn to hover, not only will you be able to take better pictures and videos, but you will be able to have full control over your copter.

A few tips on hovering are as follows:

  • Hoover 4 – 5 feet or higher in the air. When hovering too low, you can cause a disturbance from the force of the blades against the ground.
  • Maintain a proper throttle, pitch and roll to stay hovering in the same spot.

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Hovering is very difficult and will take some time to master. Many models do not come with a pitch control. Instead, users will have the copter’s system control this part of flight.

7. Learn to Turn Off the Throttle

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Crashing comes with the possibility of severely damaging your copter. When the copter crashes, you will want to learn to shut off the throttle as fast as possible.

This will stop the blades from rotating. When the throttle is turned off, further damage is prevented and there is less of a chance that the motors will suffer damage in the process.

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While this may not seem like a pro tip, you must learn how to crash because it can and does happen quite a bit. Unfortunately, crashing will occur when you least expect it, so always ensure you are ready to cut the throttle in an instant.

As a pro pilot, you will also want to purchase propeller guards. These guards are small, easy to install and are ideal if a crash occurs. When the propellers are twirling, the guards will keep them from hitting the ground, trees or any other objects nearby.

Propeller guards will also provide you with further reaction time if the throttle is not cut fast or if the copter was pulled out of range by the wind before it crashed.

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  • Benjamin

    I know this isn’t rocket science but I’m afraid I’ll smash it to pieces and it wasn’t that cheap. At low altitudes I can handle it but when I lift it higher any small wind scares the hell out of me as it makes me feel like I have no control over it.

    • carina

      I know, it’s definitely a luxury toy. I smashed my first drone, and my piggy bank with it! It’s definitely fun when you get the hang of it, though.

  • Logan

    My 10 year-old learned to fly his copter faster than I imagined. You just have to practice a lot and be gutsier – I guess knowing he didn’t spend his money on it helped him a lot? Now he flies higher and his landings are nearly perfect. The fact that he plays a lot of tactic games could have had a helping hand in this as well.

    • Ron

      Kids these days pick stuff up so fast! I can barely even figure out how to work my remote, and they’re handling much more sophisticated equipment. I’d probably trust my kids to fly more than I would myself.

      • Jeigh Neither

        Kids haven’t learned to doubt themselves yet. Its a blessing.

  • Alex London

    Haha, I think this article was written for me! I need all the help I can get. I had a go on my cousin’s copter and I was pretty bad. I need practice and to stop worrying about crashing!

    • Alexis

      That’s a really nice cousin you have, letting you fly their drone! I don’t know what I would do if I had to watch my relatives destroy my new toy…

  • http://botipton.com Bo Tipton

    I think over the years I have set the record for spectacular crashes. I think people like to watch me fly to see what new ways I can find to crash. My most spectacular crash was recently when my quad was snatched by a hawk. I killed the throttle when I saw it diving on the quad and with the sudden drop he missed but the ground didn’t. There wasn’t time to get the throttle going again and get it going before it hit the ground. Oh yes very spectacular and gave the guys with me a great laugh.

    • Tony

      Haha, a hawk interception! That’s incredible. It must have been fun to watch… but not so fun for your drone. Sorry man.

  • Lawrence

    Especially when going into higher altitudes, wind gusts can be a problem for drones. I’m experienced enough with flying them now that I can usually gain control of my drone, but in the beginning it was a big problem.

  • sarahevanston

    Now you tell me about the wind! 🙂
    My first time out, the wind was starting to pick up and I really didn’t think much of it until all of sudden, my quad was crashed and one corner was snapped off! The wind can really get you even if you don’t think it’s that bad outside!

  • Britanica

    These tips will come in handy! I have never flown a flying RC vehicle. My little cousins have had some in the past but I was too nervous to try one. I didn’t want to break it. I have no idea about the wind thing. That is a very very important tip for anyone learning about these things. haha

  • Joe

    Great call on the wind tip. So many people don’t factor that in, including me when I first started. I crashed my drone in to a tree. Huge waste of $300. Since then, I have gotten cheaper drones and only have one that is over $500. I rarely take it out. I only do when there is no wind and no clouds haha.

  • Annie Marie Peters

    I’m loving your how-to articles, Mike. I have to admit, I’ve gone out on a windy day before and regretted it. I wish I had found your advice months ago!

  • cameron

    I disagree with some of this advice. You should learn to fly manual mode BEFORE flying in any sort of automated mode. GPS is highly vulnerable to interference and so “flyaways” are usually a result of people in gps mode not knowing what to do when something goes wrong (such as loss of gps signal). Being able to competently flick the switch to manual and fly home is crucial to good flying. Get smaller toy quads and get used to a fully manual setup before relying on automated setups. Real pilots don’t learn to use autopilot and then figure how to fly manually, neither should you.

    In regards to wind, you should know the limits of your quadcopter and what wind speeds it can tolerate. Also always fly upwind, that way if you can’t fight the wind, all it is doing is flying towards you as you land it. Rather than the other option, if it’s downwind, it will just keep flying further away from you if it doesn’t have the power to fight it.

    • Shelly

      I didn’t think much about that until I read your comment. I think automatic some what takes away from learning how to fly a drone but the option is good for kids. Adults, they should learn from the basics. I had a friend growing up who couldn’t get his license until he was able to drive a stick shift. This is how his father felt, he was a pilot himself. I see your point.

  • charlygree

    It sounds like for beginners like me it would be a good idea to get a really inexpensive model and learn to fly with that. These are good tips. I like to read all I can about a subject before going and purchasing equipment. By the time I get done reading all these posts, I feel like I’ll know enough to make a good decision. The commenters add a lot to the value of this blog. You have a great following.