This article is for the pilot who has some experience flying a quadcopter but wants to improve his skills and learn how to fly a quadcopter like a pro. If you’ve mastered the fundamentals of quadcopter flight, you’re ready to go on to more sophisticated manoeuvres.
Modes for Advanced Users
You’ll need to switch the controller to advanced mode to boost your drone’s agility and speed. Some quadcopter models only have one additional mode, while others have different rate settings, such as 20%, 60%, or 100% controller rates. But what exactly do these options do? Flying experience will teach you that adjusting the angle of the wing produces forward or lateral speed.
Taking Care When Flying
Before we get into how to do some cool acrobatic flying with your quadcopter, it’s crucial to remember to follow the right safety procedures to avoid any harm to people or property. Most key, execute these manoeuvres on an open, level area with no other people nearby. Quadcopter flying can be practised on sports fields, huge playgrounds, or open parks. Flying in an open space has the advantage of giving you more room to make mistakes. If you try to practise these tricks in your backyard, your quadcopter will almost certainly get caught in a tree or on your neighbor’s roof. Fly over an area with short grass to provide some cushion for your landing.
Maneuvers involving backflips
A flip or stunt button is included on most small to medium-sized drones, allowing the quadcopter to perform a 360-degree flip. This is a fun manoeuvre to do and it looks great. Rookie pilots believe they can simply press a button and the plane will flip. Most of the time, the drone flips and crashes. So, what are they doing incorrectly?
First and foremost, you must be at a safe altitude to do the flip manoeuvre. Because the quadcopter is not producing any lift while performing this manoeuvre, its height will drop as it rotates. So, before flipping, make sure you’ve allowed for this altitude loss.
Rolls in barrels
Backflips are identical to barrel rolls, except that the spin is to the left or right. The same idea applies here: make sure you’re at the right altitude before doing this move. To execute the manoeuvre, press forward on the pitch once again to gain some speed. Then release the right stick, press the flip button, and move the stick to the left or right, depending on which way you want to roll. When the manoeuvre is completed, increase the throttle to reclaim part of the height you lost during the manoeuvre.
Performing a series of alternating left and right barrel rolls is a lot of fun. Always keep a close watch on your altitude.
Turns in the Banks
When your quadcopter is travelling slowly and you want to turn it, changing direction while flying is not a problem. However, if you have a decent forward speed and try to do a turn solely by yaw, you would most likely see a lot of sideslip before flying straight again. You should conduct a bank turn to make your turns faster and smoother. This is a simple manoeuvre to do. To create a turn, you normally use the left stick to apply rudder and turn the quadcopter to the left or right. Simply move the right stick in the same direction as the left stick to make a bank turn.
Funnels is a very enjoyable manoeuvre to perform. To do a funnel turn, press the rudder to the left or right and pitch forward at the same time. To put it another way, complete rudder and full pitch are required to make this manoeuvre. To maintain altitude, you may wish to give a little throttle.
By pitching backwards instead of forwards, you can create a backward funnel.
Orientation for Long-Distance Flying
At some point, your quadcopter will be so far away that you won’t be able to distinguish which is the front and which is the back. If you don’t know what to do, you risk losing your quadcopter by flying it out of range. All pilots should have this talent.
Your first instinct could be to use rudder to try to bring your quadcopter back to you. But first, you’ll need to figure out which way the drone is flying. This is accomplished by using forward pitch to increase the speed. The quadcopter is currently moving to the left or right, as you can see. If the drone is moving left, make a left turn, and if the drone is moving right, perform a right turn. Continue twisting until the sideways movement comes to a halt. The drone is now flying directly back to you.
Once you’ve mastered this, you’ll never have to worry about your quadcopter flying out of range again.
Final Words – How to Fly a Quadcopter Like a Pro
This article offered some pointers on how to fly a quadcopter like an expert. With a little effort, you may include these movements into your routine flying to improve the smoothness and speed of your turns.