Tips for people entering the world of drones
Flying a remote control drone will be hard at first, you will be experiencing crashes and problems, but it is normal for a newbie pilot. Whether you fly for aerial photography, drone racing, or simply flying as a hobby, beginners should always keep these things in mind.
1. Start practicing basic flight with cheap toy grade drones.
Since you are learning the basics of flight, you should start practicing on a cheap toy grade drone. It’s because you will be experiencing a lot of crashes. Toy grade drones are mostly made of durable plastic so you can just fly it around until you master the basics. These kind of drones offer the basics, and are purely manual. It is recommended to practice on toy grade drones because if you ever wreck them, replacement parts will not be pricey. Recommended starter drones are the SYMA X5 series, SYMA X8 series, MouldKing Super S 33041, and JJRC Waterproof H31. These drones offer a balanced flight time, manoeuvrability and durability. Practice taking off, landing, basic translational flight, and master the pitch and yaw of the drone.
2. Don’t expect too much.
You will be flying a quadcopter, so keep in mind that there are 4 power hungry motors that will suck the power from your battery. Don’t expect a long flight time, and with the recommended starter drones, the flight time averages at about 5-7 minutes, depending on the flight intensity. Don’t expect to have a good photo quality with these drones too, since their price speaks for their quality.
3. Safety first.
Before flying, always check your surroundings for possible obstacles. Power lines, trees, birds, and also other people. Always make sure that your drone is in good condition before flying, to reduce the risk of injury and damage. When flying indoors, or outdoors with many obstacles, it is recommended to attach the propeller guards, to help prevent damage to the motors and propellers, and to also protect yourself. Have a timer on your flight, because these toy grade drones does not have an auto return home feature, where they return to the take off area when running low on battery. Instead, when they run low on battery, they will either fall off the air, or gradually lose power until they hit the ground. And always fly within your line of sight.
As of now, I have mastered the basics using my Mould King Super S, and I’m planning to upgrade to the BayangToys X21 Single GPS. It will be pricey, but it will be worth it.