When learning how to fly a quadcopter, the controls will become your bread and butter.
They will become second nature once you know how they act individually and how they interact together to form a complete flying experience.
With any of these controls, the harder you push the stick, the stronger your quadcopter will move in either direction.
When you first start out, push the sticks very gently so the quadcopter performs slight movements.
As you get more comfortable, you can make sharper movements.
There are four main quadcopter controls:
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Let’s go through each of them.
Roll moves your quadcopter left or right. It’s done by pushing the right stick on your transmitter to the left or to the right.
It’s called “roll” because it literally rolls the quadcopter.
For example, as you push the right stick to the right, the quadcopter will angle diagonally downwards to the right.
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Here, the bottom of the propellers will be facing to the left. This pushes air to the left, forcing the quadcopter to fly to the right.
The same thing happens when you push the stick to the left, except now the propellers will be pushing air to the right, forcing the copter to fly to the left.
Pitch is done by pushing the right stick on your transmitter forwards or backwards. This will tilt the quadcopter, resulting in forwards or backwards movement.
Yaw was a little bit confusing for me in the beginning. Essentially, it rotates the quadcopter clockwise or counterclockwise.
This is done by pushing the left stick to the left or to the right.
Check out the video (Watch from 3:00 to 3:40 and pay attention to how he adjusts the sticks.)
Yaw is typically used at the same time as throttle during continuous flight. This allows the pilot to make circles and patterns. It also allows videographers and photographers to follow objects that might be changing directions.
Throttle gives the propellers on your quadcopter enough power to get airborne. When flying, you will have the throttle engaged constantly.
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To engage the throttle, push the left stick forwards. To disengage, pull it backwards.
Make sure not to disengage completely until you’re a couple inches away from the ground. Otherwise, you might damage the quadcopter, and your training will be cut short.
When the quadcopter is facing you (instead of facing away from you) the controls are all switched.
This makes intuitive sense…
- Pushing the right stick to the right moves the quadcopter to the right (roll)
- Pushing the right stick forward moves the quadcopter forward (pitch)
- Pushing the right stick backward moves the quadcopter backward (pitch)
- And so on.
So pay attention to that as you start changing directions. Always be thinking in terms of how the quadcopter will move, rather than how the copter is oriented towards you.
SOURCE : UAVCOACH.COM