For every activity one engaged in, there’s always a first time. A first time to cry, a first time to speak, a first time to walk, the first time in school, to mention few. All the first times have some similar characteristics which are the fact that “we don’t seem to get it at all.” It was a case of falling and rising and falling again over and over.
But one other thing is sure, and we don’t give up. Take walking for example; no kid jumped from being wrapped and carried up and down to run, no, everybody started by crawling. It was while crawling that the bones and muscles required to stand in the legs are developed. This means if a kid tries to jump the step of crawling, it will surely affect his/her pace of walking. Therefore, every kid takes cognizant of their crawling time.
Well, after some period of crawling, it is expected that the kid starts walking. Before walking through, the kid would have practice standing at a spot for many times, leaning on support for most of the time. Eventually, the kid will start taking the step one after the other, using the support of those already walking sometimes, falling back to the ground many times, but will never give up. Now that the kid is walking freely and well balanced, the kid will start running around, and the rest will be history because nobody will remember the kid’s time of crawling and falling over and over.
The kid’s walking analogy above goes with every facet of life. There’s always a first time for everything and trying to bypass the beginner’s time will surely have a negative effect on the whole process in the future. This does not leave flying a drone. I remembered my first time flying a drone; the number of times I crashed the drone against the walls and sometimes crashing it on myself. Today I can say I am now a pro, but not without those crashes and misinformation that characterized my first time.
There are some things I noted during my first time which I think will help you go through your first time without hitches. The first thing is to be sure you’ve got a passion for what you are about to do. The truth of the matter is, not everybody loves flying a drone even as a toy or for recreation.
If you don’t have enough passion for it, it’s better you don’t venture into it because it is your passion for flying a drone that will serve as your driving fuel if it takes you time to get some moves. You might get frustrated if you fail too many times, especially when you keep damaging drones in the process. The truth is, getting a drone (especially a good one) is quite expensive especially for low-income earners.
The second thing I’ll like you to take note is getting yourself a drone. You might be lucky like I was, that is, you might have somebody very close to you who would allow you to try out on their drones, but I tell, you it’s not common, especially if you are not a fast learner like I was.
I crashed my cousin’s drone too many times and was able to get away with it because he builds and couples the drones himself. If they were to be factory coupled drones (which are always expensive than personally coupled ones), he wouldn’t have allowed me that much. Needless I say, I only got very better when I bought my drone. There’s an emotional attachment to when we use stuff we considered ours and when we use stuff for others. So the bottom line is to get your drone.
However, you should be careful of the type of drone you’ll get. All drones are good, but they have different capacity and therefore cost differently. For a beginner, it is advisable you get a drone that cost less so that you can easily replace them in case of damage while practicing with it. Toy drones are more suitable in this case since they have the same control method as the professional ones. They are not equipped with a camera either are they used for racing and therefore would be easily managed by a learner.
Using this type of drone will build your confidence, and even though you might still crash one or two times, you’ll learn from the mistakes for the next flights. When you are satisfied with your skill and ability to successfully control the drone, you can move to more sophisticated and professional drones. You can also use it for research, aerial photography and video recording.
After getting a drone (the cheap one for a beginner), you’ll need to get yourself familiar with the controls. One of the problems we have these days is our lack of attention to details when it comes to gadgets. Everybody always assumes they know it all when it comes to controlling and this is also the reason why most of us don’t read terms of condition before clicking yes on most websites.
Take your time to study all the controls and how they all function. Take each one at a time and see how the motor will react when you apply them at every range. There are generally two columns/sticks on a transmitter or control of a drone. The left column/stick consist of the Yaw and the Throttle while the right column consists of the Roll and Pitch.
The Yaw button is used to rotate the drone on the spot. It’s more like when you stand in a place, and you turn to either the right or left to look for a person calling you without you moving out of position. The throttle functions like the way it does in a car. It allows you to change the drone’s altitude. It literarily takes off the drone when it is pushed up and takes it down when is it pushed down.
On the right-hand side of the controller, the Roll is used to move the drone to the left or right. It is not the same with Yaw which will only turn the drone in the required direction. The pitch functions to move the drone forward and backward as the case may be.
After you’ve familiarized yourself with the controls, the next thing is for you to look for an open area to test out the controls one after the other, giving yourself targets of where to land and comparing altitudes and the likes. Don’t forget to read the user manual very well (if it’s an already coupled model) and always detach the drone’s battery when you are done with the flight. Remember to learn safe takeoff and landing, as that would make you a good pilot.