Alright, so you’ve bought your first drone, hopefully the Syma X5C, set it up and turned it on then BANG! You immediately crash it into the wall or a tree. What happened and what do you do now? Don’t worry, everything is going as it should. No one is a great pilot on their first flight, but the difference is that you are here now reading this, BECAUSE you want to be a great pilot (or at least minimize the crashing).
The most important lesson is learning how to keep the drone where you want it, no matter what direction it is facing. The rest is easy after you master this.
Here are the steps to take:
Step 1: Put blade the guards on your drone, and keep them on while piloting inside and outside until you finish your training. This will save you money on spare propellers.
Step 2: Practice sliding your drone around the floor back and forth then side to side by applying very little throttle until you are familiarized with its basic movement.
Step 3: Try hovering in one spot with the drone facing away from you at 3ft above the ground and keeping it there (driveway bricks or tiled floors are great for picking spots). You can use the different colored lights on each drone arm to figure out which direction it’s facing.
Step 4: Hover it up to 3 ft then move it to different spot then land it and keep going back and forth, and then add a third spot until you feel comfortable.
Step 5: Now try to keep it hovered 3 ft off the ground facing 10 o’clock. Then try 2 o’clock, then 9 o’clock (harder now), then 3 o’clock, and then finally facing you (6 o’clock).
Congratulations: Once you can do all that well then you will find it easy to transition to more complex piloting, building up your skill until you can even walk around while piloting the drone and keep its camera pointed at whatever you want (including yourself, drone selfie). Once you have all the skills to pilot it the hard way you’ll automatically be an expert with the ones that have a first person screen on them from the camera.
It’ll take you 1 to 2 hrs of actual flight time to complete training, so at maybe 7 mins per battery charge and 70mins to charge the batteries, it might take a day or two to complete your basic training. This process can be sped up by having multiple spare batteries on hand.
It really just comes down to being able to do the list of steps for training and doing them with precision and comfort (keeping the drone in place, and at different angles). Once you are on the level you’ll be able to master the big three: being able to pilot the drone competently with it facing any angle and in any environment, WHILE you’re simultaneously walking around (maybe not even looking at it, but just feeling it), AND all while your keeping its camera facing something specific (maybe yourself). I could do it a bit in my apartment and was really surprised at how easy the transition was after training.
Good luck and have fun!