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5 Practical Steps On How To Fly A Drone

     In times past, we have seen innovations spring up and become useful tools to industries, companies, and organizations. There is no surprise that drones are proving to evolve, be indispensable, and taking technology to new grounds. Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles and remotely piloted aerial systems, provide real-time video streams at the rate of 10 frames in a wink. It can track people and vehicles from heights above 20,000 feet (6.1km) across almost 65 square miles (168 sq km).


Drones are remote-controlled flying objects that are capable of capturing images, record videos, and deliver objects, to any designated place. Its creative process is generating a wide range of new ideas and offering fresh perspectives to digital enthusiasts. Drones are penetrating the world of technology, taking our breath away, inspiring our minds, and proving suitable for several purposes.


As anything invented, learning and understanding its mode of operation is crucial to meet excellence and remove any form of disaster. 

Below is how to glide a drone:


Step 1: Register your drone according to the legal terms of your country.

 Avoid flying in restricted areas. Study the manuals of the drone. Get acquainted with the directions and instructions listed. Every instruction is a prerequisite to safety.


Step 2: Familiarize yourself with the parts and remote controls.

The first step in learning how to fly a quadcopter drone is to get acquainted with the remote control panels and the various parts. They become your second nature once you how each function individually and, in a collective manner to form a comprehensive flying experience.


The controls on a drone decide the directions the drone moves. First, gently push the sticks so the drone performs subtle movements. Make sure the drone is on a flat and dry surface. Practice moving the drone in a beginner mode until you are no longer scared of handling the controls.


The four major controls found in a drone are:

A. The Yaw: The yaw helps with changing directions while flying. You do this by pushing the left stick to the left or the right. In turn, it rotates the quadcopter to the left and the right.


B. The Pitch: The pitch is for pushing the right stick forwards or backwards. Bends the quadcopter, and manoeuvres it forward, or backward. Some transmitters allow the pilot to change these controls to what is more comfortable.


C. The Role: The role is for pushing the right stick to the left or right. It helps in manoeuvring the drone from the left, to the right.


D. The Throttle: Adjusts the altitude, or height, of the quadcopter. It increases the drone by pushing the left stick forward and decreases it by pulling the left stick backwards 


The various parts of a drone are:

A. The transmitter: This is a hand-held device that allows you to manoeuvre and modifies the drone.


B.  Propellers: These are revolving shafts with two or more broad curve blades that spin according to the manual controls of the pilot. The power of the spin relates to the intensity of the quadcopter’s movement.


C.  Camera: Most drones come with a camera, and some allow the pilot to attach a camera of their own to enable them to practice aerial videography and photography concurrently.


When the drone is in motion and facing you, focus more on its movement, rather than how it's facing you, because when the drone is, facing you, all the control switches are off.


Flying a drone to success entails learning how to manoeuvre the back turn, hovering the drone, flying in a “figure 8” form, and understanding the flight modes on the remote control. The flight modes are easily adjustable to manual level, attitude level, and GPS hold. Each of the flight modes is important and play different but unifying roles. 


Step 3: Take off, fly around, land:


To power up your drone; turn on the transmitter and the drone app on your phone. Examine the connection between transmitter and drone. Position the antennas toward the sky. Ensure the display screen is functioning well.


Go through the pre-flight list. Check your GPS configurations, ensure the weather, the wind is conducive and favourable. Check for irregularities on your frame, propellers, motors, gimbal, camera, transmitter, battery, fuel source, insert SD card inserted, and lens filters.


Calibrate compass and inertial measurement unit. Listen for abnormal sounds, pitch, roll, yaw to test control response. Check for electromagnetic interference, and ensure your operation areas are safe before taking off.


Practice this often until you familiarize yourself with the process. 


Step 4: Practice flying side by side, towards and away, and flying high:


After a round of comprehensive checklists, the next step is to practice flying side by side, towards and away from yourself, before going higher.

Use the throttle to get the drone about a foot off the ground, then go ahead and cut the throttle completely and let the UAV drop to the ground. Push the left stick of the throttle up as gently as you can, just to get the propellers going. Then stop.


To fly a quadcopter left, right, forwards, and backward, hold the throttle at a steady rate to keep it airborne. Push the right stick forward to fly it forward, push the right stick to the left to move it to the left, then pull the right stick back to bring it back to its original position. To keep the quadcopter hovering, make use of the right and left sticks. To land, cut back the throttle slowly.


It's often difficult to find a safe place to practice flying, which is why you need to check-in with your countries legalities.


Repeat this several times and until you’re comfortable with the routines.


Step 5: Practice flying with distractions:


We've seen how to fly drones subtly, it's time to leave your comfort zone and glide your quadcopter with distractions. This is going to take some getting used to unless you're an expert. You need to pay close attention to how each movement of the sticks on your remote control will affect the height, and flight of your drone.


Flying with distractions is learning to fly in a “figure 8” pattern. This is the process of gliding the quadcopter with the front-facing forwards the entire time. Adjust the quadcopter’s height by moving the left stick forward and backwards.


You become a master of your craft by practising and with time. Have fun flying your drone but be cautious and avoid all forms of danger.


 Image Credit: Google Pics




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