The Quick Guide for your First Drone
- What are drones?
- Important parts and modes
- What drones are made of
- Starting to fly
What are drones?
Drones are quad-copters that are similar in appearance to the helicopter. That is a helicopter with four rotors instead of one rotor. The quad-copter is quite stable due to the presence of four rotors unlike the one rotor helicopter.
The quad-copter is stable but only in normal wind condition. If it is too windy the drone will be a bit wobbly and shaky. Photographers that require stability will make use of drones with six or eight rotors, drones with this amount of rotors can withstand strong winds. But for a new user like you, the recommended one to use is the quad-copter which must be piloted during decent weather conditions.
Quad-copters of nowadays use the stabilization technology called the 6-axis gyroscope, which is in charge of the drones directions and acceleration in pitch, roll or yaw. The inbuilt system in the quad-copter considers the changes in direction, acceleration and increase or decrease in rotor speed all in accordance in order to stabilize the quad-copter.
There are two modes in which you can monitor your drones while piloting. Its either by line of sight-this is a situation whereby your drone is visible and a few distance from you while in flight. And then we also have the FPV (First Person View) in this mode the pilot is able to see all what the drone can see trough the live feed from the camera attached to it. This is mostly used when the drone is at a far distance from the pilot.
The quad copter has different parts, each of them has a specific name.
Propellers- these are the main engines of the quad-copter that keep the drone going. The elevation and direction of the drone relies on how fast the propellers or rotors are spinning. The speed of each propeller is controlled by an internal computer with the aim of stabilizing the drone.
Cameras- most drones come with a camera, if not it would have a camera holder. Used to take videos and pictures or live feed for FPV.
What drones are made of?
The frame is the main component of the drone. This is what supports all parts of the drone.
Then we have the four propellers that keeps the drone in flight and control the movement. Each propeller is jolted by an individual motor. The component that regulates and dictates the rotation speed is known as Electronic Speed Controls. The number of propellers can be increased but in twos, drones with up to 6 or 8 propellers.
The battery is the source of power for your drone. It can power your drone for a particular range of time and the range can be increased depending on the model.
The remote control is a direct connection to the antenna on the drone which is referred to as a receiver.
The flight control board which is built in to the drone and serves as a computer that controls acceleration (accelerometer) and direction of the drone (gyroscope).
Starting to fly
Before you begin the first thing to do is to check the batteries if they are charged. Next you should check the propellers for any fault like wobbling. Or if there arent fitted well, tighten them. If the propellers are in place then you should check for any screw loose which might cause the drone to be unstable during flight.
Now that its done. You should know a few basic precautions. Such as: turn the throttle down if you see the drone going out of control, prevent touching a spinning propeller and remove the batteries before do anything on the drone.
Where you should fly
The best place to fly as a beginner is either at home or an open public place like a park or a in the woods but you will have to watch out for trees. Please try to prevent flying it in residential areas where you might invade other peoples privacy.
Now that the drone is ready for flight, you can begin take off from the ground with the use of the left stick, try to take note of the sticks sensitivity. Slightly push the stick until the propellers spin then the drone begins to leave the ground.
- In order to yaw your drone to basically turn in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction, turn your left stick left or right.
- To tilt your drone sideways (roll), you will have to turn the fright stick left or right.
- To tilt your drone forward or backward (pitching), push the right stick in the up and down direction.
After getter the drone in the air while you have a general idea of what each stick on the controller does, you should be able to keep the drone in air on a single spot. This is important to learn in order to prevent accidents from happening.
To hover lift your drone of the ground slowly, once you are a bit above ground make a little adjustment with the right stick by rolling and pitching until the drones starts hovering.
Once your drone is hovering, push the left stick slowly toward the left direction until the drone has rotated completely. This is called yawing. You can do the same procedure towards the right direction.
You can change the direction of the drone by rolling and pitching.
Drone flying is fun hobby it is also good for taking pictures, videos, and exploring the environment like you have never done before.