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Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by t2adze, Jan 12, 2016.
What would you suggest practicing? How to practice?
Fly above all obstacles and stay close until you're confident you can man the controls properly.
It's a good idea to practice using the GO simulator a bit to start. It's fun but gets boring real quick. Then you move out, just go. Find an open wide area preferably with soft grass (like a football field or something). Start with little wind, to feel how it affects the AC. Just fly around doing slow maneuvers, changing altitude, feeling the response to the commands...
The real trick is do a few good "figure 8's" in different orientations. Sound easy but it's not. Try to do it slightly above your height, or around 8 to 10ft. is just fine IMO. You can use prop guards to save on props, or build a AC saver like the ones we use on copters for teaching and practicing. I for myself just prefer to just be careful and take it slow because those devices can affect the flight, not a big deal at this point especially if you take it easy and fly low/slow but still... up to you that one.
Don't get close to trees or other stuff before you are really good. But don't use your own judgement to know if you're already good. If possible, get an expert's opinion, someone with experience in RC. Remember that "good" is different than "confident". You can get confident without being yet good, and vice versa too. Confidence usually comes sooner than we get really good at something and that causes accidents.
IMO the best way to learn to fly ATTI is to buy a cheap toy drone (be sure it has Phantom-like controls). Learn to fly it and you'll have no problem flying ATTI with your phantom.
Start out in GPS mode. Switch to ATTI after gaining height. Find a large open field or area to fly in without any obstacles near. Make sure you are not in a valley or at the bottom of a hill. You need to have good GPS satellite line of sight to start in GPS mode (or to return to it). Go up 15-20 meters and fly until you have good control in ATTI and feel good about it. If you panic, switch back to GPS and take a breather. Practice until comfortable.
This is my "stick and rudder" drone, it's a MJX X101, very similar in size to the Phantom,
It has no flight augmentation, $70, this will teach you to fly a drone.