Flying a drone is fun, but there’s no doubt that it can be challenging for beginners. If you’re having trouble flying your quad, you’re just getting started, or you’re looking to hone your skills, you’re in the right place. We’re going to help you learn some basic skills to get you airborne.
With any of these controls on the transmitter, the harder you push the stick, the stronger your quadcopter will move in either direction. When you first start out, push the sticks very gently so the quadcopter performs slight movements. They will become second nature once you know how they act individually and how they interact together to form a complete flying experience. There are four key things that you can do with your quadcopter controls.
- You can roll your quadcopter, maneuvering it left or right, by pushing the right stick to the left or right. It’s called roll because it literally rolls the quadcopter. As you push the right stick to the right, it will angle diagonally downwards to the right.
- You can pitch, maneuvering the quadcopter forwards or backwards, by pushing the right stick on your transmitter forwards or backwards. This will tilt the quadcopter, resulting in forwards or backwards movement.
Yaw, rotating the quadcopter left or right to change directions, is typically used at the same time as throttle during continuous flight. Pushing the left stick to the left or to the right allows you to make circles and patterns. If you are photographing with your DJI Phantom 4 Pro Quadcopter Drone with its 3-axis-stabilized gimbal camera from Buydig.com, it will also allow you to follow objects that might be changing directions.
- Throttle gives the propellers on your quadcopter enough power to get airborne. When flying, you will have the throttle engaged constantly. To engage the throttle, push the left stick forwards. To disengage, pull it backwards. Make sure not to disengage completely until you’re a couple of inches away from the ground. Otherwise, you might damage the quadcopter.
Keep in mind, some transmitters allow the pilot to switch these controls based on what’s most comfortable.
Getting the Drone Off the Ground
To get the drone off the ground, you need to throttle. Push the left stick forward slowly, just enough to activate the propellers then stop. Keep doing this until you’re comfortable with the sensitivity of your controls. Next, throttle until the drone is off the ground, before pulling it back to zero and landing it. Do this until you’re comfortable. A great beginner quadcopter is the DJI Tello Quadcopter Beginner Drone from Buydig.com because of its Throw and Go feature. Start flying by simply tossing it into the air!
Hovering the Drone
Once you get the drone off the ground by throttling use the right stick, making small adjustments at a time, to keep the quadcopter in place. Hover for a while, before landing. Repeat this until you have the hang of it.
Flying the Drone
To fly the drone, throttle to get it off the ground and use the right stick to maneuver the quadcopter in the direction you want it to go. When the drone moves, it loses altitude. So throttle the quadcopter as you maneuver it to give it more power and keep the altitude constant.
Once you’ve spent a while simply raising your drone off the ground, flying it forwards and backwards, left and right, you’ll be ready to try more complicated flying sequences. Use the controls to try to fly in a square, by going forward, right, back, then left. Try flying in a circle by pitching and rolling at the same time, and have fun out there!