When you get your drone you may want to learn how to fly it really well. You may think that part of flying your drone has to do with being able to maneuver your way through some neat tricks.
You can do flips, rolls, and loops with your drone. Most drones are equipped with a switch that will prompt you to do these tricks in various directions. If you have some time to dedicate to learning how to do these things you'll definitely be admired by your friends for doing these types of tricks.
Tricks to do with Your Drone
While you may think that only professionals can have fun with their drones, this isn't true. There are a lot of great things you can do once you own a drone today.
Capture Video Footage
While you may not think of this as a "trick," you have to be at the top of your game to be able to capture great video footage and photography. Of course, you can also learn some tricks to show off in your video. Doing so will create great angles and movements.
All it takes is some quick, coordinated moves to make your drone do triple backflips in the sky on the way towards the ground. If you do it just right you'll be able to catch your drone before it actually touches the ground. This will create a shocking effect that'll amaze and impress people. For this reason, this is one of the most popular tricks that drone operators want to master.
Create an Obstacle Course
When you're looking to push your flying skills to the limits you can create an obstacle course that'll challenge you and make your friends look on with awe. You can easily use things around you (e.g. nature) to fly around and zoom through.
How To Fly In A Loop With A Drone
When it comes to flipping and rolling your drone the secret lies in its switch and lever. Usually, a drone will have a switch that'll prompt it to do a fancy flip in a variety of directions. Obviously, this isn't something you want to do with your drone until you've mastered flying your drone but this is something that your friends will admire.
If you're ready to flip your drone you should turn on the expert mode. Take some time to gain full control of your drone's pitch while in this mode. It is important to take a moment to understand what's meant by pitch here. What this is referring to is how your drone tilts upwards or downwards based on the orientation and location of its nose. When it tilts downwards your drone will move in a forward motion but if it tilts upwards it'll move in a backward motion.
Now if you flick the switch on the right of your remote from the left to the right your drone will do a right barrel roll. If you flick the control from the right to the left, it'll do a left barrel roll.
To do a backflip you'll need to maneuver your control forward then backward. Now if you flick the control backward then forward you'll do a front flip.
Mastering the Loop
It can take a long time to master the loop with your drone. Some people will even tell you that this is something you'll need to continue spending time on so you can truly master it. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to make the learning process easier.
One of the things you may want to do is spend an entire day just practicing turns with your drone. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by bringing your laptop and a ton of batteries so you can stay in the air for as long as possible to video yourself doing some loops before landing and spending time analyzing the video frames. This will allow you to make adjustments the next time you fly.
You'll also want to take some time to watch how other drone pilots do their loops. This will give you something to strive for – to be as good as if not better than them.
How to Power Loop a Drone
You can think of a power loop as a large looping backflip. If you want to execute one of these with your drones you'll need to start by placing it in air mode. Now point your drone forward and maintain a fast forward line. As you start to increase the throttle and gain elevation you'll want to start to pitch back until you pass the 90-degree mark. Continue to hold the pitch back as you reduce the throttle.
Once your drone is inverted you'll want to reduce its throttle so that the motor doesn't pull the drone down towards the ground. This will also help to maximize your drone's hang-time.
When you continue past the 180-degree mark you'll want to keep holding back on the pitch. Watch for the ground to reappear in your view. Just as soon as you see it you'll want to increase the throttle and complete your power loop without your drone falling out of the sky. The smoother you're able to do this, the more control you'll have.
Can all Drones do Loops?
While you can do tricks such as loops with most of the drones that are available on the market today, there are a few that are better than others. If you want to spend a lot of time practicing tricks it's best to get one of these drones.
You'll find that this drone isn't only easy to operate but you'll also enjoy a first-person viewpoint (FPV) while flying them. Considering how fast this drone can fly (nearly twice the speed of the Mavic) you'll be glad that it's so agile. With its 4K 60p camera you'll be able to capture some great video while flying through the sky at such a high speed.
Air Hogs 360 Hoverblade
Air Hogs were around before everyone started referring to RC aircraft as drones. Their focus is almost exclusively on lightweight toy machines that are made of either foam or plastic. Unlike most quadcopter style drones we see flying through the sky today, these have designs that are more fun (e.g. planes, helicopters, boomerangs).
The Air Hogs 360 Hoverblade itself is actually a three-spoke boomerang with a small motor that helps it move. You can think of it as a self-propelled boomerang which is why it's so easy to do loops with this model of a drone.
DJI Mavic Air
The Mavic Pro was very successful for DJI. So much so that they followed this model up with the inexpensive Spark. They've also created a drone that bridges the gap between the Mavic Pro and the Spark and that's the DJI Mavic Air.
This drone offers all the fun features the Spark has and all the pro flight features the Mavic Pro has. It also has a video camera that features a 100Mbps data rate capture. As such, you'll find that this drone offers you the best video at the lowest price on the market today. It also offers you the best camera on a compact drone on a highly portable drone. All things considered, you'll find there's a lot packed into this drone.
Like other DJI drones, the Mavic Air has two main purchasing options: You can buy the drone by itself or you can upgrade to the Fly More bundle which includes extra batteries and a carrying case.
Yuneec Mantis Q
Another great drone that a lot of people really enjoy flying is the Yuneec Mantis Q. This is a slim drone that can actually be folded. Nevertheless, you can still fly it for a longer period of time than a lot of the other drones that are on the market today.
The Yuneec Mantis Q drone has the same level of specifications as the DJI Mavic Air. It also has a long list of flight features and modes – more than will exceed the needs of the average user. For instance, you'll be able to fly it for 33 minutes without landing and it also has voice control features.
Considering that this is the first generation of the product they're off to a good start. However, if you want a drone that you can use for both tricks and photography, you should know that this one was made more for pilots, not photographers. Most people who have had the opportunity to fly this drone will tell you that it is a lot of fun.
There are a lot of great tricks you can do with your drone once you've mastered flying it. Loops are just one of them but this will make people look on in awe. This is why you may want to get a drone that's been created for these types of tricks and start doing some of them yourself today.
Shawn Manaher loves to play with new toys and dive into new hobbies. As a serial entrepreneur, work definitely comes first but there is always room for hobbies.