To best way to learn a new skill is to start from what is necessary via what is important to what seems impossible. This guide will provide you the skills and mindset needed to learn how to fly a drone for the first time. Flying drones has become a great part-time activity for many enthusiasts in this field. It stretches its taste from aerial photography to product deliveries, agriculture, policing and surveillance, infrastructure inspections, science, smuggling, and drone racing. However, if you’re a beginner, it may be hard to get into the whole thing from scratch. There are many aspects in play when starting to control this kind of device, especially from a beginner's perspective. There will be lots of people that crash into trees and houses with a professional drone because they didn't yet develop a basic skill set for the controls.
Basic tips to start:
1. Practice through a simulation first.
Some drones have a simulation app that will allow you to practice the controls of the drone. While built-in simulator apps aren’t something you can expect from cheaper drones, there are still independent drone simulation apps that you can use if you want to get the hang of flying a drone even if you are simply doing so in a simulated environment.
2. Fly first in a controlled environment.
Once you get the hang of your drone’s controls after using a simulation, take the drone out for a spin in your backyard, or another open space with few obstacles so that you will be able to practice flying it in a controlled environment.
3. Practice the take-off and landing.
You must focus right from the get-go on practicing how to take off your toy drone so that you won’t have any problems taking off at any given moment. Of course, learning how to land the drone is just as important as the take-off because you want to make sure that the drone can land properly without getting damaged. We recommend that you use take-off and landing markers that will allow you to master the art of take-offs and landings on exact locations.
4. Practice forward and backward movements.
After you have mastered taking off and landing, the next thing to focus on is mastering the drone’s controls first by learning how to move forward and backward in a controlled environment such as your backyard.
You must make sure that you keep the drone at a steady altitude such as probably 10 feet so that it will be easier for you to control it. It is also best to fly the drone in a place that is fairly sheltered so that the wind won’t be a hindrance while you are practicing.
5. Practice a stable hover.
Practice hovering as well because hovering is one of the key things that any drone pilot should know how to do especially when they are taking pictures. Hovering at a steady height can be tricky to do with a toy drone because the wind can easily blow it away, and you don’t have GPS helping you out. But once you do master the art of hovering, you will be able to take photos with the drone more easily.
6. Practice flying circles around a central point.
Find a focus spot and practice rotating around the focus spot at a controlled altitude of about 10 to 20 feet. Learning how to fly in a perfect circle should be a neat trick to learn especially if you want to take videos in the future. Learning to do this with a toy drone is important since it doesn’t have intelligent flight features that will make it fly in a circle for you.
7. Push the limits.
Steadily work your way up to higher altitudes but make sure you don’t fly your toy drone too far up because they might not be able to handle the stronger winds in higher altitudes. Keep repeating the processes to master the art of flying a toy drone, and continually push yourself to try harder maneuvers.
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