So you what to know how to fly eh? In this experiment I will be using one small child and 1 adult! ( I will just be filming Jesse is the pilot.)
So if my little 8-year-old kid can do it so can you!
Warning I am long winded so there is some reading involved..what a strange concept to do on the internet.
When Jesse built his first quad he could not fly it at that time and I was his pilot not that I had ever flown a quad before. I had some experience with radio control heli’s .. mostly crashing.
But it was time to get him flying as I had promised him that he could fly his quad that he had built.
The first quad he built used a Hoverthings.com ht-fpv frame we called it the X-1 which was great but a little delicate for beginners.
I got to know Tom at Hoverthings and he really liked that I was teaching an 8-year-old how to build quads. one day talking to him he told me about a new quad frame he was developing that was going to be practically indestructible! I laugh and said have you seen me fly? But he swore it would not break unless it was extreme circumstances. So I had to have one! a week later I got one of the first one’s.
I mostly fly over concrete so no soft grass or dirt for me! Since I got the New frame I have crashed it many times sideways in walls, drops from 20+ feet on to concrete and what has broken? only props, I bent 2 screws and snap a total of 3 landing gears in about 20 crashes… the frame? Just some scuff marks! When I crash now people go OHHHH! I laugh now… I know the most I broke is a prop or 2 and I am flying again in about 2-3 minutes or less.
I live in NY the concrete jungle there are no flying fields near me the closest one you need a car to get to it. Being a true new yorker I don’t have a car I have never met a fellow RC pilot in person to help learn to fly. To learn how to fly quads I had taught myself the hard way.. solo and lots of crashing! I started to look on the internet for some a simple ways to learn how to fly there was none that were helpful.. I thought about it for a couple of weeks and came up with my own way of teaching! and I wanted to share this great way of learning with everyone.
So this almost indistructable ht-Fpv flip frame from Hoverthings.com would be the perfect quad for Jesse learn to fly! We named it The Pheonix reincarnated from the X-1!
This is my flying course for Jesse Welcome to Gunn-Kraft flight school!
Man has always dreamed of flying since the beginning of time…
Now we can use FPV and still have both feet planted firmly on the ground.
I know a lot of us love to watch Team black sheep, David, Juz270 and the many other great pilots out there doing the fast turns, dodging trees going thru obstacles with the greatest of ease.
The above mentioned pilots make it look so easy but the truth is… it took lots of broken propellers, broken arms. Lost quads, and destroyed frames and the most precious of all …. Time… it didn’t happen over night.
The days we go out flying some of us are just happy to hover do forward flight maybe then move left and right then we return home flying backwards to a nice safe landing avoiding sharp turns and returning home. so basically we just do a + pattern.
Then one day we decide to try FPV after watching 7 hours straight of FPV videos or until the Ipad battery’s die or the Ipad slides off of you as you fall asleep! FPV is the answer it should be easy for us!
How many video games have we played can’t be that hard!! After weeks of research, So you bit the bullet break the piggy bank and you order online and wait for about month for everything to arrive and find out some parts are back ordered and wait another few weeks.
Finally the fatshark goggles and the FPV gear is here and now you’re ready and lie to the wife on the cost of the new FPV gear! the box came and wife asked whats in the box? something for my quad.. how much did it cost? 79.95 wife shoots an evil look and you scurry away with the box to drool over the new gear.
There you are a week later doing all you checks on your connections and then your check video! But you then realize that what you see in the videos is not what you actually seeing now… you have a smaller picture and not as sharp it looks way different from you were hoping for!
You sit down and study the picture you see in your goggles hmm looks kind of strange-looking at ground so close up thru the goggles. But you go for it you can hear the props spinning but you see no movement yet,, then you see the ground pull away! Your up in the air but you are a little disoriented the craft is move side to side as you try to hold position but it is still drifting…now you don’t know high you are and you are not going straight!
Then you see a tree/pole/wall and you are heading right for it! but you can’t judge how close you are and panic and drop your throttle or crash into the obstacle or you panic and quickly pull off your goggles as if you were drowning in a pool to see where are!
By then it’s either too late or you lost sight of it and crash. Congratz! That was your first out-of-body experience! do you feel like throwing up now? I guess you didn’t know about geting sea sick sitting down flying a quad huh?
After that scare you now are flying with the goggles on your forehead looking like Amelia Earhart.
Eventually ether you stick with it and get it… or you pass them over to your friends to view your flights when you fly and rarely wear them or they wind up on eBay.
BUT there is hope!!!
I have thought about a way to make it easier for my 8 year and others to learn how to fly in a more control learning situation.
Welcome to the Gunn Kraft flight academy!
In just about 4 weeks you should be able to Master your orientation,You will be able to fly towards yourself, fly in circles and figure 8’s, fly circles sideways with or without FPV and with a lot less damages and crashes and less freaking out.
What you will need is:
1 long stick about 3 feet. (optional)
2 zip ties or a couple of rubber bands
A spotter if you are doing FPV!
what does a spotter do? well he yells out things like
Too high! too low! go back! go left! your good! it’s over there in that tree!
hey you crazy kids don’t touch those propellers! call 911!
I don’t know about you guys I can be in the middle of the of nowhere and as soon as I start-up My propellers kids will appear out of thin air and make me nervous and I will crash. Spotters can chase them away for you or anyone else who might get too close. Not a good idea to fly FPV solo especially if you are a beginner.
The best place to do my lessons is an open outdoor space that you can draw on the floor with chalk. Great places are outdoor parking lot, basketball court, tennis court etc. Bad places inside Kmart, Police department and your mother in laws house. (Ask me how I how i know)
Attach the chalk to the stick with zip ties.
Attach the chalk to the stick with zip ties.
Draw a line about 20 feet with large circles at both ends make sure you have about 10 feet of clearance around the circle Put an X in the middle of the circle.
Place your quadcopter in the middle of the circle facing the line.
Or if you can’t find a place with floors you can draw with chalk.. try this… go to a hardware store ask for clothes like rope you can lay it out on the grass or dirt in the same pattern as above, if you want to have some fun while buying the rope also ask for duct tape and a bag of candy then ask where the nearest school yard is.
Ok now for the lessons each lesson will be 2 parts first line of sight followed by a FPV lesson.
Lesson 1: For Line of sight
Begin hovering around 3-4 feet inside the circle trim if you have to.
Once you got the perfect hover start to follow the line as straight as you can go and stop at the opposite circle 2. Hover there then fly backwards to circle 1 basically flying from point 1 to point 2. And then back to point 1 and land in circle 1(this step is assuming you hover pretty good already.)