The Amazing Lovable Drones (Part 2)

They Have Different Names

As we stated in the beginning of this article, many times, quadcopters are referred
to by different names, such as quadrotor, quadrocopter, quad-copter, UAV, UAS or
drone. You also have tri copters (those have three blades), hexacopters (six blades)
and octocopters (eight blades). The multirotos that have a large amount of blades
have a tendency to be larger and are designed to carry a heavier load. For example,
Amazon has talked about using octocopters due to their stability and ability to
carry a large amount of weight. However, if you do not plan on flying packages
around town, the quadcopter will do just fine.

Buying a Quadcopter

It’s time to pick your first drone! Isn’t that exciting? Of course, mind you, you
should treat this as if you are going out and buying a car. That means: research is needed!!!

You need to find the quadcopter that is right for you and your needs. Go to your local hobby shop and you are likely to come across dozens of different models. We are going to split this into three different sections – you have buying drones for kids, buying drones for adult and buying drones for hobbyists.

Quadcopters for Kids

We’re going to start by telling you about buying quadcopters for kids. Let’s think
about this – fast-moving flying object with sharp blades – what could go wrong
here? Pretty much EVERYTHING!!!

We’re going to be honest with you. Drones are dangerous and adult supervision is a
MUST. As for the drone itself, we recommend going for something that doesn’t cost
a whole lot, yet is sturdy. You need one that has blade guards that will protect
people, pets walls and other obstacles going against your little pilot.

Introducing the Rolling Spider

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For under $100, you can get the Rolling Spider – it is an indoor mini-drone that has
2 big plastic wheels (the wheels are removable). The wheels are there for
protection and rolling. Take note: In order to fly this phone, you will need a tablet
or smartphone.

Rolling Spider

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Introducing the Syma X5C

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If you want to give your kid a traditional outdoor RC experience, the Syma X5C
would be the best bet. This one offers better range – it’s fast, big and sturdy. It also
have LEDS that will help keep track of the drone while it is in the sky. Plus, with
the Syma X5C, your kid will be tickled, because it comes with a nice high-def
camera.

Syma X5C

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Quadcopters for Beginners (Adults)

more sophisticated. Today, we are going to introduce you to 2 quadcopters that
would be perfect for beginners (these two have a low price tag on them).

The Hubsan X4 H1o7

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If you like fast flying objects, you’re going to enjoy the Hubsan. This beauty has
amazing maneuverability and speed all packed into a plastic shell that will fit in the
palm of your hand.

Hubsan X4 H1o7

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The Parrot Bebop

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If you are searching for something that is a bit more sophisticated, Parrot’s Bebop
would be a great choice. This features a fisheye camera (180-degrees), built-in
GPS and an automatic flight-stabilization. The GPS will allow the quadcopter to
fly back to your launch location in case it gets out of sight.

Parrot Bebop

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Quadcopters for Hobbyists

If you’ve already owned a couple of quadcopters and you know all about them, we
have something in store for you.

Phantom 2 Vision +

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Have you heard about this one yet? It features a nice GoPro-style camera that you
can control from the remote, it has a GPS feature that allows it to return to you and
you can even use your tablet in order to plot the flights. Mind you, this one is more
expensive, which is why we recommend it for hobbyists.

Phantom 2 Vision +

 

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Flying a Quadcopter – This is Something You Must Learn

In all honesty, flying a quadcopter isn’t exactly easy. However, with a little bit of
practice, you should start to fly like a pro in no time at all. One thing I do
recommend – start with the beginner, cheap quadcopters, before you go for
something expensive. I’d hate to see you crash something expensive into a tree.

The Controls

Let’s start by taking a look at the controls for flying a quadcopter. Here’s an
example of all the controls:

· Pitch (elevator) (this is the right stick) – This will tilt the quadcopter
forward and backward.
· Roll – This tilts the quadcopter right and left. It does this by slowing one
side of the rotors down and speeding up the other side.
· Yaw (rudder) – This speeds up all of the rotors in order to rotate the
quadcopter.
· Throttle (this is the left stick) – This controls the up and down axis.

By following step-by-step directions, learning to fly will be much easier. The
quadcopter you purchase should come with instructions, familiarize yourself with
them.

During your first adventure, try to control your quadcopter by having it go straight
up a couple of inches, then land.

Here’s how to start out:
Start out by slowing advancing the throttle stick until you hear the motor spinning
– back off until it stops. Perform this action a couple of times so that you get the
feel of how the throttle works.

Now that you have a feel of the throttle, push it a bit more until the drone barely
lifts off the ground, then shut it down right away. Do this a couple of times so that
you can see which direction it tries to move. If you find the quadcopter is trying to
move to one side or the other, then you can use the roll trim button in order to
compensate. If it is trying to move back or forward, the pitch trim button can be
used. If it is trying to move left or right, you can use the yaw trim button in order to
compensate.

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