New to FPV Quadcopters and looking for a quick video guide about how to get started? What are all the differences in gear and how does it work? What are the first steps to take when learning to fly? Where can you fly? If you have questions like these, then look no further than the FPV For Beginners Guide by Average Hobbyist, aka Randy Mertl!
Disclaimer: This video was produced solely by a member of the FPV Community. Views and advice in this video are that of the creator and does not reflect the opinion or views of GetFPV.
What’s in the FPV for Beginners Video?
- What do you need to fly
- Radio Protocols
- Battery Chargers
- Basic safety for working on your drone
- Flight Modes
- Places to Fly
- Using the “COPILOT” method for preparing to fly.
- Basics of controlling the drone
- Beginners flight exercises
The “COPILOT” Method
Average Hobbyist shares with the community the “COPILOT” method for preparing to flight, which is a great way to ensure that everything works, and you are safe to fly.
C – Clear: Clear the area – Make sure there is nothing that could get damaged. (People, Objects, Animals)
O – On: Turn everything on – Make sure everything is on and functioning.
P – Props: Check your propeller rotation – Make sure you have the right props on the correct motors and that they are spinning the right direction.
I – Interference: Check the goggles – Look for any video interference to ensure you have a strong signal.
L – Linked: Check the transmitter – Make sure your transmitter is communicating and controlling the aircraft.
O – Overhead: Check above you – Look for obstacles such as power lines, buildings, trees, or manned aircraft.
T – Take Off: Have fun!
Beginner Pilot Exercises
Last but not least, check out time code 06:09 for excellent beginner pilot exercises to get you used to controlling a quadcopter. These should get you feeling a little more confident in the air in no time!
- What do the controls do?
- How does the quadcopter maneuver?
- How do you hold the controller?
- Beginning movements to test the quad and the controls.
- Developing muscle memory with the controls and maneuvers.
- Gaining confidence with controlling the aircraft.
- Camera tilt, and why we do it.
Thanks Average Hobbyist for the tips! For more tips for beginners, check out these articles: New to FPV