How to practice flying a drone for beginners

How to practice flying a drone for beginners

How do you practice drones? When you have just purchased a drone, you are wondering. Today, I will explain how to practice flying drones for beginners.

The ways of practice flying drones are…

1. Hovering

2. Hovering (pirouette)

3. Back and forth movement (front/facing)

4. Aileron

5. Square (front)

6. Square (nose direction)

7. Horizontal Eight

8. Nose in circle

The basic movement is almost the same for drones from all manufacturers. Here, we will introduce how to practice drones that beginners should try based on the basic operation of drones.

Rules you need to know before flying a drone

Drones can be skipped without full knowledge such as qualifications. However, drone accidents have become a social problem, and there are clear rules called the “Drone Regulation Law”.

The following is an overview of the Drone Regulation Law.

Prohibited airspace requiring flight permission

・ Surrounding areas such as airports

・ Air space more than 150m from the ground surface and water surface

・ Population concentrated area where people and houses are dense

・ The Parliament House, the Prime Minister’s Office, and other important facilities in the country

・ Around foreign diplomatic establishments and nuclear power plants

Flight method rules

・ Flying from sunrise to sunset

・ Always monitor and fly the drone and its surroundings within the range of the naked eye

・ Flying at a distance of 30m or more between people or objects (buildings, cars, etc.)

・ Do not fly over events where many people gather, such as festivals.

・ Do not transport dangerous goods

・ Do not drop objects

Reference: FAA

When flying a drone, the above rules must be observed. Failure to follow these rules, drone flying practices can result in punishment. 

How to practice flying a drone

1. Hovering

Practice how to fly the drone in place. Holding the drone in place is called “hovering.” Some types of hovering can be done easily by auto, but basically it is one of the ways to fly a drone that you want to master.

Let hover for a certain period of time at the level of your eyes, and learn how to rise and fall too much. It may move left and right and back and forth depending on the surrounding wind, etc., but ignore it. It is OK if you can maintain a stable posture for about 5 minutes.

  1. Take off so that the drone faces the front
  2. Keep it at eye level
  3. Hover for 15 seconds
  4. Rotate 90 degrees for about 2 seconds
  5. Hover for 5 seconds
  6. Repeat 4 directions, 4-5 movements
  7. landing

Practice with GPS at first, then practice with GPS turned off when you get used to it. If the aircraft is swept away by the wind, take the rudder and try to keep the aircraft away from the takeoff point.

2. Hovering (pirouette)

  1. Take off so that the drone faces the front
  2. Keep it at eye level
  3. Continue to rotate to the left or right and keep 1 minute above the takeoff point
  4. landing

When the drone rotates (ladder), it tries to flow sideways. You will need to return the aircraft you are trying to flow.

3. Back and forth movement (front/facing)

Marks (flags) installed above and below

  1. Take off so that the drone faces the front
  2. Keep it at eye level
  3. 3 second hover
  4. Go ahead and move to the landmark (flag)
  5. 3 second hover
  6. Rotate the aircraft 180 degrees
  7. Move forward face-to-face and move to landmark (flag)

Just move forward, but surprisingly it does not go straight, and the aircraft may shift, so please operate while adjusting.

4.Aileron

Place marks (flags) on left and right

  1. Take off so that the drone faces the front
  2. Keep it at eye level
  3. 3 second hover
  4. Move to left mark (flag)
  5. Hover for 3 seconds
  6. Move to the right landmark (flag)
  7. Hover for 3 seconds
  8. Move to takeoff point
  9. landing

Aileron is a movement that moves the aircraft left and right by tilting the control stick left and right.

5. Square (front)

Place a square mark (flag) around the takeoff point

  1. Take off so that the drone faces the front
  2. Keep it at eye level
  3. 3 second hover
  4. Move to the landmark (flag) in front of the left
  5. 3 second hover
  6. Move to the left back landmark (flag)
  7. 3 second hover
  8. Move to the right back landmark (flag)
  9. 3 second hover
  10. Move to the right front landmark (flag)
  11. Move to takeoff point
  12. 3 second hover
  13. landing

It will be a little applied version of moving up, down, left and right as described so far. Practice not only clockwise, but also counterclockwise.

6. Square (nose direction)

Place a square mark (flag) around the takeoff point

  1. Take off so that the drone faces the front
  2. Keep it at eye level
  3. 3 second hover
  4. Turn the nose to the left front flag
  5. Advance to the left front flag and hover for 3 seconds
  6. Point the nose at the back left flag and hover for 3 seconds
  7. Point the nose at the flag at the far right, hover for 3 seconds
  8. Point the nose at the right front flag and hover for 3 seconds
  9. Move model to takeoff point
  10. landing

The point is whether the nose can be pointed well at the rudder. Any deviation will cause you to reach a point far from your destination.

7.Horizontal Eight

  1. Take off so that the drone faces the front
  2. Keep it at eye level
  3. 3 second hover
  4. Draw the figure 8 with the model in the direction of travel
  5. Return to takeoff point and hover for 3 seconds
  6. landing

It is necessary to make full use of four operations: aileron, elevator, rudder, pitch (throttle). Before you get used to it, the figure-8 circle grows up or down. The trick is to practice consciously so as not to shift the center point.

8. Nose in circle

  1. Take off so that the drone faces the front
  2. Keep it at eye level
  3. 3 second hover
  4. Move to the mark (flag) and point the model to the takeoff point
  5. Draw a circle so that the nose always faces the center of the circle
  6. Hovering for 3 seconds after one lap
  7. Return to takeoff point and hover for 3 seconds
  8. landing

The rudder is slightly overstruck while repeating the usual figure-8 turning. Then the nose of the drone starts to turn inside the circle.

Conclusion

This is a basic drone practice method. It is necessary to get used to stable operation, but if you can instantly judge the sense of direction of the drone, you will be able to perform advanced operations

 However, in actual aerial photography sites, detailed control techniques are often required, so I think it is important to practice on a daily basis.

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