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Advanced Flight Tips

This page is a chapter in 'Advice on successfully and safely flying your AeroQuad'

Advanced Flight Tips

After you've read and mastered the beginning flight tips, here are some more advanced tips and tricks for you to try.

More PID Tuning

It only gets better the more in-tune your quad is.

Figure-Eight

Flying non-nose-out is difficult, but follow the tips below to start flying some Figure-Eights:
  1. Start Nose-Out as usual
  2. Use your yaw stick to turn the quad 90's to you. Move the quad forward.
  3. If needed, your body can be rotated to maintain the same heading as your quad. (Helpful in the beginning)
  4. On the outside edges of your figure eights, your quad should be nose-out. (Try nose-in Figure Eight for more advanced flight)
  5. Larger Figure Eights are often easier than very small ones.

Figure-Eight Flight Diagram

Nose-In Flight

Once you can hover nose-out for a whole battery pack without letting your quad getting out of position, you're ready to start learning to hover nose-in. Go right back to your first hover practice. Set yourself up in a large open grassy area, clear of other people and quad-eating trees. Do your usual pre-flight check, and set your quad down on the grass about 5 meters in front of you, this time facing nose-in. Lift off, hold your quad about a meter off the ground, and then try gently moving the quad around. The controls will feel 'backwards' because you're used to thinking from your own point of view, not from the quad's point of view.

Again, and always, safety: Keep it low while you're learning, and if you lose control or the quad, cut the throttle immediately! A broken quadcopter is better than a cut up body!

So you've got your quad more-or-less hovering in front of you, nose in. Congratulations! Now keep practicing until you can hold it there for a full battery pack, even in light wind, without too much effort. The reason for all this practice is that to fly well, you need your stick responses to be in muscle memory. You don't have time to think it through, you need your fingers to 'know how to fly'.

Now that you can hover nose in, try switching between nose-in and nose-out. Start by hovering nose-in, then give your quad a gentle yaw command to spin it around 180 degrees. Continue hovering nose-out for a while until you feel fully in control of the quad. Once you're comfortable, turn the quad around again and hover nose-in. Switch a few more times, until you can comfortably control the quad either way and can switch between them without fuss.

Try hovering side-in. Now that you have the controls more fully mapped out in your brain, you should find this fairly easy to do. Keep practicing. This will probably take at least 4-5 battery packs' worth of flying to feel fully confident. At this point, try driving the quad around a bit more. Pick a spot, fly to it, and hover there for a while. Do some low passes. Bring the quad back to a nose-out hover, spin it to nose-in, and fly it away from you backwards. Just generally do laps and have fun. Congratulations! You can now fly in any orientation.

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