Helicopters, Drones, Airplanes, Quadcopters? What does it all mean? This week we’re clearing the confusion on the very popular quadcopter. This has got to be one of the newest, trendiest, and most popular kinds of drone for sale. If you’re interested, we’ll bring you three things you must know about quadcopters.
First things first, what the heck is a quadcopter?
No need for confusion here, a quadcopter is simply an “unmanned helicopter having four motors.” Most hobby sites, like ours, also use the term to refer to any RC Drone with four motors. Want the breakdown on all other types of multicopters? Heres the list:
Bicopter: 2 motors
Tricopter: 3 motors
Quadcopter: 4 motors
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Pentacopter: 5 motors
Hexacopters: 6 motors
Octocopter: 8 motors
The multicopter phenomenon currently ends with a Drone/Helicopter with 8 motors (which is plenty).
What you need to know if you purchase a quadcopter:
Well, first off, congratulations on your new quadcopter! We sincerely hope you enjoy it. Just like becoming a new driver, you’ll need to know a few things before you fly your drone.
1. Drone Registration: It is a mandatory thing to do for all drones weighing .55 pounds and less than 55 pounds must be registered to the FAA. Don’t worry, it won’t cost you much, but you must do it before flying your drone. Want a better explanation? Read our post about “3 Easy Steps to Register your Drone.” It is as easy as 1,2,3.
2. Locate your Power Switch: Sorry if we sound like Captain Obvious here, but you’d be surprised, sometimes it is hard to find this tiny switch. Once you do find it, turn your quadcopter on to see if it had any charge. Test your controller by pressing buttons to make sure that your quadcopter and remote are in sync. If there is no signal, refer to your owners manual to sync both of your devices.
3. Charge Time: All quadcopters are different, but knowing your quadcopter’s charge time is very important. Find out the time LIMIT. Do not exceed your charging limit because you WILL burn out your battery and have to purchase a new one.
4. Flight time: The more money you spend on your quadcopter, the longer you’ll be in the air. When a quadcopter is about to die, it will simply fall from whatever height it is at. If you know your flight time, you can estimate at what time you should bring your quadcopter down to a shorter height as to not cause damage.
5. Range of Flight: How far does your quadcopter go? Know your range of flight so you can always be in control. For all quadcopters, there is a 400 foot height restriction to prevent interference with Aircraft.
6. Short list of general rules to know:
– Avoid flying in residential or highly populated areas. Not all people are comfortable with quadcopters, and if you lose control, you could crash into someone.
– Keep your drone within eyesight at all times.
– Check your local laws to see if there are any restrictions on where you can or cannot fly your quadcopter.
How to fly your quadcopter:
Now that you know the lingo and the rules, here’s how to get your quadcopter in the air.
Before you fly, check everything off this list:
- -Remote battery is charged
- -Quadcopter battery is charged
- -Micro SD card is in place if there is a camera option
- -Make sure all pieces of your quadcopter are secure
- -Pick a flight location with a soft landing and no crowd
- -Make sure there is no wind or rain to cause flight problems
- -Be sure you can maintain a direct line of sight at all times with your quadcopter
Learn the lingo of your Transmitter:If you ever need to refer back to your manual for additional instructions, there will be certain terminology to understand in order to use your controller.
Roll: Action of pushing the right stick to the left or right. This will “roll” your quadcopter diagonally to the left or right.
Pitch: Action of pushing the right stick forwards or backwards. This will tilt the quadcopter to move forward or backwards.
Yaw: Action of pushing the left stick to the left or right. This will help you change directions while in flight.
Throttle: Action of pushing the left stick forward. This will adjust the height or altitude of your quadcopter. This is the action you will need to use to get your quadcopter off the ground.
Trim: Buttons that will help you increase or decrease the sensitivity of the roll, pitch, yaw, and throttle.
Getting off the ground: All you need is throttle. Use your left stick to put your drone in the air. Make sure you move your left stick smoothly and slowly to achieve more height. Slowly release your left stick to gently place your quadcopter back on the ground.
Once you feel comfortable with flying up and down, try out the rest of your remote functions. One by one, add throttle and yaw, throttle and roll, and throttle and pitch. Moving between all of these functions will get you more comfortable with flying your quadcopter.
We’ve got plenty of videos of some of our most popular quadcopters flying on YouTube. Check them out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QLTHwm0kdI
If you’ve had a wonderful experience with your quadcopter, show us! We’re social! Post a picture on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and hash tag #HobbyTronFan so we can find it. If you’re too shy, you can always message us a picture of your quadcopter skills. Just between the two of us, when you post or message us a picture with hashtag #HobbyTronFan, we will send you a $5 gift card to HobbyTron.com. Heck, go ahead and tell everyone about this great deal, we won’t be mad!