Where to begin
First of all, a beginner needs to choose a cheap quadcopter! A quadcopter for a novice pilot will inevitably fall and crash into obstacles. And since the drone is a rather fragile thing, your money will be wasted.
What to pay attention to?
There are six main features and functions to look out for:
This is the time the drone will fly on a single battery charge. Usually, in the model specification, manufacturers indicate the maximum time, that is, the time obtained in tests under optimal launch conditions (without a camera, without propeller protection, without landing legs, in good calm weather, at an optimal level flight speed). In other words, in practice, you will not be able to get the flight time declared by the developer. It is worth considering this when buying!
Advice: buy extra batteries now.
Key features of the right choice
- Simple and convenient control panel
- Crash resistance
- small size
- Availability of flight modes for a beginner
- Good stabilization
Unfortunately, there is no quadcopter that would have all the listed characteristics. But manufacturers are trying, and every year new models appear on the market with functions and prices affordable to everyone.
Below is a detailed description of each feature.
Control panel (equipment, transmitter)
The remote control should not have many buttons, so as not to confuse a beginner. And the size of the remote control should match in size and shape with the joysticks of popular game consoles.
A beginner with no experience in piloting a quadcopter will inevitably drop it and crash into obstacles. Therefore, the crash resistance must be high.
When hitting obstacles, the size of the quadcopter will greatly influence the consequences of the crash. The small size will keep them to a minimum, both for those around you and for the drone itself.
Newbie flight modes
For a beginner, it will be best if the copter has several switchable dynamic modes (Slow / Medium / Fast) in the arsenal of the copter. The presence of the “Headless” mode will allow a novice pilot to control the quadcopter without worrying about its position in the air (no matter which side the drone is turned to the pilot). Also, the Return to Home or RTH function will not be superfluous, when, when you press a button, the drone returns to the control panel in automatic mode.
Advice: Despite the fact that the Headless mode greatly facilitates the first steps in learning to fly, we still strongly recommend that you immediately abandon it. Firstly, as practice shows, this approach allows you to fully adapt to piloting a copter, which in the future will significantly affect the quality of control of already more expensive UAVs. Secondly, this mode is applicable exclusively to toys and you will not find it in the arsenal of advanced models, which you will come to sooner or later ????! Instead, combine the practical learning process with an FPV simulator, this will allow you to quickly master the basics of UAV piloting and progress in this direction.
The presence of a four or six axis gyroscope will allow the quadrocopter to stay more stable in the air, and the beginner to avoid crashing with minor errors in control. You can find the best models for beginner pilots in the table below or here.
So, if you really want to get acquainted with this exciting hobby, you need to start small! Save yourself from the desire to immediately buy expensive top models, no matter how technologically advanced they are, since the primary task of a beginner — learn how to confidently and stably control the copter within sight without the participation of electronic assistants. The simpler the first quadcopter, the better.
Combine practice with an FPV simulator to increase the number of training sessions and thus progress faster and without annoying consequences. Note! Practice shows that those who have gone the long way show better piloting skills in the future, the level of which, among other things, will inevitably affect both the number of errors made and the quality of interaction with the drone and its payload. That’s all we have, we hope our recommendations were useful to you. Good luck! And fly safely!
A short instructive animated video on how not to fly a quadcopter. Remember — safety is paramount!