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Good advice on practice. Training flights are FUN! Each maneuver is scalable. Circularizing your flight, especially in tight regimes, is the toughest! This is by courtesy of Scott Burgess, PhD, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and their small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) program. Have fun, and to borrow from Scott Manley (youtube - DSnM), "Fly Safe!" Basic maneuvers to practice to proficiency: Square flight pattern with aircraft heading away at all times Square flight pattern with aircraft facing toward at all times Square flight pattern with aircraft pointing into the square at all times Circle flight pattern around the square with the camera continuously pointing at the center at all times
Newbies only!! OK, so we have our FAA certification, that doesn't mean we know how to physically fly a drone. There is still plenty to learn. It seems so simple at first. I found that flying my drone in my house or yard was easy. But, when I tried to do the certification flight for UAV Coach, I discovered that "easy" disappeared from my vocabulary. UAV Coach actually expects you to fly a drone in a particular pattern with a bit more precision than "doodle" flying requires. This morning, I found this video on YouTube and would like to share it with other newbies out there. I think Tony & Chelsea Northrup have done an excellent job in showing how to fly a drone in a methodical way. [Very personal note: I'm not out of the woods yet myself, my Syma X5C quit working--somehow the electronics is causing one motor to burn out very fast--I've been through three motors in a very short time. And, then there is the shoulder surgery. I'm out of commission at this point. But, as soon as I can manage it, I'll get it all together and pass the UAV certification flight!] Anyway, here is what I think is an excellent video on how to fly a drone without crashing:
As a rookie UAV pilot, 'and no I will not go fetch a gallon bucket of prop wash', I find that learning to fly this thing is about as scary-fun as anything I have ever done. Have had two minor, slow motion crashes since unboxing it, and we have learned that a 50' radius is about the minimum for launch area when the morning desert breeze arises. So this craft is supposed to have a max. altitude of 1,600 feet above launch elevation ? I am not even presently comfortable flying at 40 feet above me on my residential street, but have broken 125 feet in altitude out in the desert east of Vegas, and THAT was reason to celebrate. Mind you I have had 37 successful jumps during past military service, and those were similar in adrenal rush to piloting this thing up and down the street avoiding trees and power lines. For some reason, have not reached the comfort point of just being 20 or so feet above the trees and wires overhead, which would probably make life so much easier. Weird huh? Anyone wants to chime in, it would be comforting to know that I am not just getting old...........