A few exercises for practice – how to practise flying a drone

The article you are reading will be about drone flying exercises, getting into habits and being able to handle a multicopper perfectly. For what?

Have you ever wondered what to do if the drone has lost its range and starts landing over a body of water or a tree that is obscured by a Home? What would happen if your drone-passionate colleague showed up at the ceremony, without a certificate of qualification, who is a multirotor is flying towards your drone? Can you land in a narrow street between tenement houses because the place from which you started was blocked by a garbage truck?

It will be much easier for you to avoid a collision if you practice many emergency situations dry. Certain behaviours, the so-called routines, will be in your blood. In a sport like flying a drone, nothing is more important than the positive meaning of the word routine. Learned behaviour in emergency situations, one could say, automatic, learned reflexes could see you become a drone expert.

Below are six grouped field lessons in answer to the question of how to practice flying a drone. Lessons that you can practice, be it before the practical exam for obtaining the UAV Qualification Certificate or simply for your own safety.  

  1. Routine – what to do to develop certain habits. 

Repetition is the key here, try to keep your passion with you everywhere, on a business trip, after class, before class at sunrise, every day find a bit of time to fly, there is always the right time to take some interesting photo from the drone. Exercise also in extreme conditions, it started to blow strongly, try in the open space, how does a multicopper behave in the air, flying a drone in the cold? See how quickly the battery charge drops. Practice at home as well, many manufacturers offer mini drones for indoor play. Some of them are not even toys anymore. 

  1. Challenge on different equipment.

As with driving a car, and with ‘driving' a flying machine, nothing develops better than tests on other equipment. Borrow from a friend, buy in a ladybug, meet at the rally of flying enthusiasts, and ask someone to lend you his ‘hex'. Of course, give something back, share your experiences. 

  1. Without assistance

When you are studying for an exam, turn off GPS, see it ‘driving' unassisted. This will give you experience in situations where magnetic field disturbances suddenly arise, and you will have no influence on the fact that positioning will stop working. The easiest way to turn it off is, as in the previous points, to practice on toys without GPS. Look for an abandoned building nearby, there must be no GPS anymore because it probably will not work, try with extreme caution how your drone behaves in the building. This will give you knowledge about, for example, the necessity to land or control a drone in a tight tenement house, between buildings. 

  1. Or maybe a sports drone

Have you ever seen a drone competition? Have you ever wondered what the reflexes are of the players? It is impressive. Practice like them, be at least 1/10 as skilled as them so that you can react quickly in an emergency later. Maybe someone reading this post will say how to train? Personally, I thought about slalom training between the trees in the forest. I do not know; I have not tried. 

  1. Knowing the drone will certainly be useful

After all, once again I encourage you to read the obligatory pt. In the instruction manual, it may always turn out that you will react instinctively to a message that you have never seen but in your memory is left with a trace of an entry in the instruction manual. Enjoy the so-called autonomous flights, it is worth knowing how to program a flight, I think it is less safe than operator-controlled flights (yet), but it is good to know what interesting functions your copter has. Update the software, not immediately after the message appears, but at least one version backwards. Drone developers and manufacturers do not write this software to spite users. They are constantly trying to improve their operation, so a little faith in the producers. If you trusted a given brand, why not continue to trust it now? 

  1. Exchange of experiences

Meeting with enthusiasts of your hobby and talking about your passion for flying always brings benefits in the form of new ideas, learning about interesting experiences or even support and maybe solutions to your problems. Look for people with similar interests, groups, workshops, and forum members in your area. It is worth sharing your problems on the forum. If you are reluctant to post on the forum and you are concerned about hating, write to a specific person in private. Ask a question in a group where you feel comfortable.

To sum up in one sentence: training and experience will sometimes save you hours or days spent waiting for your drone to be repaired.

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