When people think of a drone, it is a quadrone that usually comes to mind. This drone is controlled by four rotors, with each rotor consisting of a propeller and a motor.  A top favorite for recreational purposes, most enthusiasts also incorporate camera equipment to their quadrone that allows them to take videos and pictures from the sky. Since quadrones are usually for leisure and entertainment, it is less regulated compared to other drones.

Flying a quadrone like a pro takes a lot of skill and practice. Everyone, including seasoned hobbyists, had to go through the struggles of piloting their drones. Also, regardless of how many times you've soared to the sky, there would always be a checklist you need to tick off for every flight. It is also required that you learn all the different parts of your transmitter and each function of every control. Invest in proper knowledge like the general terms when flying a quadrone.

Here are some basic terminologies and the general controls that you need to know by heart before moving on to learning how to fly quadrone.

Quadrone Terminologies:

  • Line of sight – the pilot has visibility of the quadrone during the flight.
  • First Person View (FPW) – the pilot has visibility to where they fly courtesy of the UAVs camera.
  • Transmitter – also referred to as the remote control. This device is hand-held and allows you to maneuver and control the quadrone and modify the settings accordingly.
  • Propellers – this is the part that spins depending on the controls of the pilot. The intensity of the drone's spin connects to the power of the drone's movements.
  • Camera – most quadrones today have an integrated camera or have the mechanics for a camera to be attached to it.
  • Bank Turn – this is the consistent circular turn either in the clockwise or counter wise direction.

Knowing your transmitter in and out can help you maneuver your quadrone properly, seamlessly, and safely. Note that the controls here are in the assumption that the owner has not made any modifications yet.

  1. Roll- this is done by pushing the right stick either to the left or to the right. This will roll your quadrone left or right.
  2. Pitch – this is responsible for moving your quadrone forward or background. You do this by pushing the transmitter’s right stick forward or backward.
  3. Yaw – this control rotates your drone left or right, and you do it by pushing the left stick of your transmitter either to the left or right. This is vital when you are changing directions when you are flying.
  4. Throttle – this is to adjust the altitude or the height of your quadrone. You push the left stick forward to go higher and push it back to decrease the height.
  5. Trim – these are the buttons on your remote control that assist you in adjusting yaw, throttle, roll, and pitch if they are off-balance.
  6. Hovering – this is staying in the same position even while airborne. This is done by stable guiding the throttle.

Good job! You now know your transmitter. Develop a more profound friendship with it through practice before you get your quadrone airborne.

Always make sure that you have covered your site and weather safety check. Some of these include wind speed of less than 20 mph, visibility of at least three statute miles, civil twilight hours when flying at dusk or dawn, towers, trees, and other obstructions.

Do the preliminary system inspection and visual aircraft checks. Ensure that the lens is clean and the lens cap is removed, and the propellers are correctly attached. All accessories that you need should be in place.

You are now ready to fly!

To get your quadrone up in the air, you need the focus on the throttle. Slowly push your throttle or left stick to get your propellers to go. Then stop and repeat this several times until you are already comfortable with the sensitivity of your throttle.

Slowly gain altitude until your quadrone lifts off from the ground, then pull it back down to zero to let your drone land. Do this several times and observe if your quadrone is rotating left or right (yaw), moving left or right (roll), or moving forward and background (pitch). If any of these are happening without you initiating it, use your trim to balance the movements.

Adjusting it would take some getting used to until you can confidently do a stable hover off the ground just using your throttle control.

At this point, you can keep on practicing and eventually move on to learning other basic moves like moving your quadrone left to right, forward and backward, flying in a square, or even a figure-eight pattern. Getting it airborne is the first step.