Drone Flying Tutorial
Posted on November 06 2015
A healthy number of drone models exist these days, each with their own flight times and patterns. And while no two drones offer the same flying experience, there’s still basic guidelines to follow. We’ll look at tips for flying a DJI Phantom 3 professional, as well as general tips to help ensure your first flight is successful.
Turn On Your Radio Control
The first thing you’ll want to do when preparing to fly your Phantom 3 is to turn on the radio control. Make certain the button on the upper left of the controller is off and the one on the upper right is also off. Turn it on so the small, red light appears.
Press the Battery Button and Wait for the GPS Signal
Press the battery button located on the back of your quadcopter and wait for the green light to come on. The drone will make a “startup” noise. The next step is to wait for your drone to pick up a GPS signal. When the green light at the back of the drone starts blinking really fast, it’s found the signal. The entire process can take up to two minutes. You will also have to calibrate the compass if this is your first time flying the drone.
Work the Throttles
Move the two throttles, or joysticks, on your dji phantom controller down and to the left simultaneously. This tells the rotors to start turning. Push the left joystick up to start flying your drone--you can also pull the joystick down to bring the quadcopter back to the ground. Use both throttles to maneuver the quadcopter to the left, right, up, down.
Pick an open field to fly your quadcopter in for the first time, as you don’t want to get it stuck in a tree. Keep it in your line of sight at all times, which is the law in most states anyway. Also consider working with a flight simulator first.