How to Fly a Drone? A Beginner’s Guide (2021)

How to Fly a Drone

Drones are increasingly popular in cities around the globe. You’ll hear the familiar sound of propellers overhead at any event or park weekend. It seems that everyone wants a UAV.

There are still drone owners who buy expensive drones for entertainment. This article is for those who want to make drone flying a profitable hobby.

In this guide, we will discuss how to fly a drone as a beginner to help you can feel confident and safe whenever you fly.

Things to consider before Flying your drone

Things to consider before Flying your drone

Register online with FAA. Register your drone online with the FAA before it leaves the ground. You must register all drones of this size. They cannot exceed 55 pounds in weight, even if you fly them for pleasure and not commercial purposes. To help you retrieve your drone if it is lost, you will need to label it with your FAA registration number and your contact information.

You should know when and where you are allowed to fly. Safety drone operation depends on maintaining a clear line of sight. This requirement can be met by operating a drone only in clear weather conditions and during daylight hours. Drones must be kept at least five miles from an airport. 

Fly your drone at or below 400 feet, and avoid flying it directly over anyone not involved in its operation. Airspace restrictions include stadiums, hospitals, and power plants. You can find restrictions wherever you fly using the FAA’s B4UFLY Smartphone App.

You should make sure that you are covered. No matter how fast a drone travels, it can cause property damage or injure others. Before you fly your drone, make sure you have the right insurance. If drone operators cause more than $500 worth of damage, the FAA requires them to report it.

Your data should be protected. Protect your data. Most drone metadata is stored on an unencrypted SD card or “secure digital” card. Protecting your drone will help you to protect your data. This includes photos taken by drones tagged with latitude and longitude. A lot of drone operators take photos of their homes, other interests, and themselves. This means that lost drones could contain identifiable information.

Know your commercial restrictions. It is important to understand the commercial restrictions for flying a drone before hiring a photographer to capture your wedding or take aerial photos of your home for sale. You should ensure that the drone operator you hire is licensed and insured by the FAA. 

Before hiring a drone operator to fly at your next event, be aware of the restrictions regarding flying directly above people. Your homeowner’s insurance may not cover potential damages resulting from the commercial use of your drone.

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How to fly a drone as a Beginner?

How to fly a drone as a Beginner

Once you have become familiar with the basics of your drone, it is time to fly it. This guide will show you how to fly your drone safely and have fun with it.

1. Place your practice area in an open space

You probably have an area in mind to practice your drone if you already own one or are considering purchasing one. You can use any outdoor space, provided it is free of obstructions and safe so that you don’t crash the drone into trees, walls, or other people. You should also ensure that drones are allowed to be used in the area.

2. Position the drone

Find a good spot to take off. Place the drone in the correct position according to the instructions. It should be placed in front of you, on a flat surface, and with the drone facing the same direction. This should be done before you attempt to fly your drone.

3. Connect the transmitter to the drone

Before you take off, there is one thing you need to be aware of: sequencing. We’ll start by describing the steps that require practice.

Just before you turn on the transmitter, lower the throttle. After turning on the transmitter, connect the battery to the drone. This is an important sequence you need to follow before and after taking off. Follow the steps below in reverse order after your flight session. Disconnect your drone’s battery, then turn off your transmitter.

Before Takeoff:

  • Push throttle way down
  • Turn transmitter ON
  • Connect drone’s battery

After Landing:

  • Disconnect drone’s battery
  • Turn transmitter OFF

4. Practice landing and takeoff.

You can slowly push the throttle (left stick) upwards to get the drone moving. The roll and pitch commands (right stick) will keep it in place to not move forward or to the sides.

After the drone has been successfully launched, you should try to land it smoothly. Slowly push down the throttle (left stick) until the drone reaches the same place on the ground.

5. Practice hovering

You’ll next be learning to hover. Lift off (step 5) a few feet above the ground. Then, hold it as steady as possible. For first-timers, it can be tedious as it requires concentration. However, practicing this skill will improve your flying skills (especially at the start and end of your sessions) and help keep your drone safe.

You will master the basics of take-off, balance, landing, and other flying maneuvers later.

6. Practice rotating

You will also need to be familiar with the rotation of your drone using the left stick’s yaw control. Start the drone and hover. Next, slowly move the left stick left or right until the drone turns to face you.

It can be difficult to see the drone’s direction first, especially where it is front and back. However, it will become easier with time.

You can use a mental image to help you fly the drone, no matter what the terrain is. This helps experienced professionals keep their course, no matter how the drone turns and spins. It also helps them to envision how they should fly it to get great aerial photos.

Don’t worry if you don’t succeed on your fifth attempt. Many people don’t succeed even after their tenth attempt. It’s important to slowly but surely get it! You will become more comfortable controlling the drone’s behavior.

7. Try these beginner drone techniques

Once you have mastered the basics of controls and maneuvers, it is time to bring all your knowledge and experience together in one session. Here you will finally learn how to move the quadcopter. These are some examples of movements and controls that you can use once your drone is in flight.

  • You can travel parallel paths by moving the drone forward or backward with the pitch control (right stick) and then left or right using the roll control.
  • Use the pitch and roll controls (right stick) to draw a square
  • Fly forwards and backward in a parallel path with the drone facing the direction of the flight by moving the drone forward using the pitch control (right stick), stop, rotate the drone 180° until it faces you, then move it forward until it reaches its original position.
  • You can draw a square by moving your drone forward using the pitch control (right stick), stopping and rotating the drone 90° to the left or right with the yaw controller (left stick). Continue this process until the drone returns to its original position.
  • Use the pitch control (right stick) and the yaw control of drawing a circle
  • Draw a figure 8. Use the yaw control (right stick) and the yaw control.

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Some useful tips for flying drone

Some useful tips for flying drone

Keep spare batteries handy. Keep spare batteries handy to keep your drone in flight for long periods.

You should always have a landing pad on hand. Although it may seem obvious, this one can be crucial in certain situations. You can take off in snowy, long grass, or dusty conditions by using a folding landing pad, a piece of wood, or even a roll-up carpet.

Learn about maps! Satellite maps can help you find new places to fly. You can find amazing new locations by doing some research.

Enjoy the ride, but please be respectful. Drones can be a lot of fun, but it is important to keep your distance from other people, cars, and houses.

Protect your drone with a case or bag. Protect your drone during transport. You can also keep your chargers and batteries with you at all times by having a case.

Your drone can be used to expand your reach when you travel and explore. It can go on adventures with you, or even hike with you. To discover new angles and perspectives, you can fly a drone. Have fun, be creative.

Safety Tips

  • Find out the laws and regulations governing drones in your area. Register your drone at your local aviation office (FAA, United States).
  • Fly with clear sight.
  • Don’t exceed the drone’s transmission range.
  • Keep an eye on the weather conditions.
  • Take off in good lighting conditions.
  • Replacing damaged propellers is a must immediately.
  • As a spotter, have another person assist you. The second set of eyes can prove to be extremely helpful.
  • When you fly, be respectful and aware of your surroundings.

You can safely fly a drone with a little planning and preparation. Flying your drone becomes easier and more natural as you get used to it. You will be inspired by your drone’s creativity, which will open up new possibilities and perspectives.

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You now know how to fly your drone. Give it a shot. Be aware of the safety tips and factors you need to be aware of before flying your drone. This guide can be shared to help others if you find it useful. We appreciate you choosing to be your source of information. We are grateful for your support.


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