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March 14, 2014 - Comment

Learn To Fly A Quadcopter – Without Breaking The Bank! Learning to fly any RC Aircraft whether it be a Quadcopter, a conventional Airplane, Model Helicopter, or even a Hexacopter, does require the new, or would-be pilot, to learn some basic skills before taking to the skies! Each type of flying machine has it’s own

Learn To Fly A Quadcopter – Without Breaking The Bank!

Learning to fly any RC Aircraft whether it be a Quadcopter, a conventional Airplane, Model Helicopter, or even a Hexacopter, does require the new, or would-be pilot, to learn some basic skills before taking to the skies!

Each type of flying machine has it’s own characteristics and a way of moving through the air. A model airplane, as you would expect, can only fly forward and at speed. It the airspeed drops it will stall. Whether this results in a recovery and controlled landing, or a nose dive and crash can be the deciding factor as to whether this particular plane will ever fly again. Or indeed if the pilot can afford the time and the cost of the repairs to make it air-worthy once again.

Quadcopter

Model helicopters can be a little tricky to fly and control. There are many things to manage to even just get it hover at a safe height and bring it into land when the fuel gets low or even when the pilot needs a break.

Quadcopters are a very new type of flying machine, not exactly a Helicopter in their manner of flight or in their control and certainly not in their appearance and not a conventional model aircraft either! With their four horizontal propellers they seem to more reminiscent of a Flying Saucer of the Sci-Fi movies than anything else.

They can hover, fly forward, backward, go up or down and even spin around, all without needing any forward motion to provide lift. They are inherently more stable than their predecessors, but still require a some ‘flying time’ by the pilot to become fully skilled.

They can be very expensive ‘toys’, though, so care in flying them is needed. Please forgive the term ‘toys’ as some are very much more that toys and in fact they are now being used commercially, more and more.

I was watching a TV News report recently where the reporter was walking along a storm-damaged beach talking to the camera as it flew over the cliff and down to the beach in one smooth movement. It paused just a short distance from the reporter who continued delivering her report straight to the camera.

How was it done? A helicopter? No, too big and noisy and expensive for a one-off shot. A boom mounted camera? No, again, as the terrain, distances and heights involved made this impractical. The closing scene showed the ‘secret’ of how it was done. Along the bottom of the screen, as the reporter receded into the distance, there appeared the shadow of a Quadcopter which was carrying an HD Video Camera! In fact, it looked more like a Hexacopter, which would have been much more capable of carrying a camera that could produce such stunning footage.

Hexacopter

So these amazing machines are not just toys, by any means and the pilots who fly them are very skilled indeed! But, no doubt, they all started flying Quadcopters in a small way, just as is recommended for someone like yourself, just starting out in this fascinating hobby, and wishing to learn to fly a quadcopter safely and professionally.

Many, even quite small, Quadcopters are fitted with digital cameras for taking still shots or even video footage. That, once again, adds to the costs. Adding something like a GoPro camera to the mix can often double the price of of the system. And of course more skills are required to get good video and still photos. But if you were to learn Quadcopter GoPro flying techniques you could be looking at a whole new career path! They can be employed to take aerial shots for many purposes such as Real Estate, disaster and search and rescue aid etc.

But that’s all getting a little ahead of ourselves perhaps. For now you might want to start small and learn to fly a quadcopter. Something like the Syma X1 4 Channel 2.4G RC Quad Copter – UFO is perfect as although great fun to fly, it won’t break the bank if it does crash and get damaged or broken.

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