In this article, we’ll endeavoring to share with you some of the tricks of the trade associated with ensuring that you are able to hover a quadcopter appropriately. Our main aim is to help you out in getting your quadcopter lifted up in the air without letting it crash into the ground.
- Get a hang of your controls. Make a start with approximately 10% throttle. Then you should check out all your controls to ensure that all of them are in working order before you set your drone whizzing through the air. Do not make an attempt to get your drone off the ground without ensuring that all your controls are working the way they are supposed to work.
- Get yourself acquainted with your quadcopter. Gradually increase the throttle until your machine rises to about 2 inches above the surface of the earth. Now, slowly manoeuvre the controls around to just get to know how responsive are the controls to your instructions. If you have quadcopter that boasts a large sized landing paraphernalia, then you should make an attempt to lift your device to at least one foot above the ground to prevent the landing gear from getting in touch with the ground. If, at this moment, you feel as if the drone is getting out of control, at once throttle down, pick the quadcopter up and place it at its takeoff point.
- Fly at a higher altitude. Once you are sure that you have got a hang of the controls, raise your quadcopter to a height of about 3 feet above the ground. Once you reach this altitude with the quadcopter hovering in the air, you should feel in control of the machine due to the reduced air turbulence originating from the ground.
- Takeoff and land frequently. Designate a few targets to land your quadcopter on. Fly to each spot, land and then take off for the next spot. This practice will go a long way in perfecting your hovering ability and landing skill.
- Get to know your machine’s orientation. Initially start with the machine in about 10 o’clock position. Hover your machine there until you are satisfied that you’ve got a hang of moving about in this orientation. Then you can move onto position 2, 9 and 3. By o’clock, I am referring to the position of hands on a clock face.
- Nose in hovering. This is a terminology that is particularly famous among remote controlled pilots which simply means that the nose of the machine is facing the pilot. When you are about to practice this technique, initially, you should pick the quadcopter up with your hands and place it with its nose towards you and then take off. Once you are able to raise the machine off the ground, the aileron and elevator controls will be backwards, so initially, it will not be easy for you to keep the machine in one position. This is pretty much like learning how to balance a stick. Whichever way your quadcopter gets unbalanced in, this is exactly the direction in which your control stick should be moving in. With command over nose in hovering, you can get in grips with learning orientation by trying out hovering in 7 and 5 o’clock positions.
- Nose in hopping. Again designate a few spots and make an attempt to land and takeoff from there as before. However, on this occasion, the nose of the quadcopter will be facing you. This is an advanced level stage and it will take plenty of practice to perfect this technique.
We believe that hovering is one of the most difficult things to learn when a pilot learns how to fly a quadcopter. Hovering and especially nose-in hovering is a complex task to perform. Time should not be a consideration for you even if it takes 3 days or 3 months for you perfect your skills. The whole point of flying a quadcopter is to ensure that you have plenty of fun. We recommend you to always spare time during the first half of your flight for something that you are not good at. Once you are done, then you can move onto the other things that you are good at for the remainder of your flight. This will help you get rid of any monotony or desperation that can easily creep in novices who are learning how to fly a quadcopter.