Quadcopter Drone Orientation Tips for Distant Flying
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Quadcopter Drone Orientation Tips for Distant Flying

December 6, 2019


An important skill for all RC aircraft Flyers to learn is how to maintain orientation
on your aircraft just by its movement alone. If it
hasn’t happened to you already, there will come a time when you
either accidentally or on purpose fly your aircraft too far away where you
really can’t tell which is the front and which is the back.
When this occurs beginners may panic and may
accidentally fly the aircraft out of range and may lose the aircraft. So how
can you tell the difference which is the front and which the back so that you can safely bring it back to you? Well, it is very simple. Imagine this being the
quadcopter at a point where you really can’t tell
its orientation any more You’ve accidentally flown too far away. So how do you fly it back to you safely? Very simple, just give it a little forward pitch to get some forward
movement. In this case you’ll notice from a distance that the dot the sky which
is your quadcopter will be moving to the left. All you have
to do when it’s moving to the left is turn it
left to start bringing it back toward you. Similarly if the quadcopter is pointed to the right, and you start to give it some forward
pitch, you should notice some right movement off in the distance. So in this case all you have to do is
turn to the right to start bringing it back toward you. So
again If it is moving left turn left. If it is moving
right, turn right. Very simple. Now I will do some demonstration flights to show this. We are going to fly the quadcopter to a distance Where I can just barely see it or think that I
can barely see it with the camera. We will demonstrate moving left and then
turn left, and then moving right and turning right. I will be flying at a distance that I can see the quad, but the camera will
probably have a hard time seeing it. Right now I don’t know what is the
orientation of the quadcopter. So how do I bring it back to me? I notice some slight movement to the left. So all I need to do is turn left. I keep turning left until the movement
stops or starts moving in the opposite direction. I’m still turning left, still turning left
until the movement stops. And here it comes back to me. Now it’s moving right, so now I should turn right to keep it coming toward me. So let’s do that again. I will send it back off
into the distance. When I get there, I am going to give
some hard rudder to scramble its orientation, so I don’t know which direction it is pointing. I am turning it, turning it, turning it. Now I do not know
which way it is pointed. Now I give it some forward pitch and I notice some right movement. So all I need to do is turn right. I am turning right, turning right, and now
here it comes toward me. Let us do that again. This time I will send it upwind. I give it some forward pitch. It is moving left, so I am turning left,
turning left. And here it comes back to me. Practice this many times. Keep the quadcopter at a close distance when practicing. It is an important skill to learn. You will eventually be able to fly greater distances than you normally
would. Let us send it out again. Scrambling it again. Give it some forward pitch,
it’s moving to the right. So I am turning right, turning right.
Now it is starting to move left. So now I am turning left. And here it comes back to me. Let us do that again, and I will keep demonstrating. I’m turning it. Now I do not know which way it is pointed. I give it some forward pitch. It is moving to the right, so I turn right.
I keep turning right, and here it comes back to me. I will demonstrate one more time with my V222 quadcopter. I do not know which way it is pointed. Forward pitch. It is moving right, so I turn right. And here it comes back to me. Hope this has helped you. If so, I would appreciate a YouTube thumbs up. Good luck!

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  1. After watching this video yesterday, it saved me today. Great advice and thank you for sharing your knowledge. Happy flying!

  2. I would also like to add one big THANK YOU post. I almost lost my brand new Bugs 3 when I flew it away at night without the headlight on. I could not understand the orientation from ~300 meters away and after paniking a bit for loosing it, my action cam and a 64GB memory card, I remembered your video. And It worked! The little white-blueish dot in the sky gradually came back to me! Thank you very much!!

  3. Having watched your videos for years it's my belief that without a doubt this video is the most valuable educational video that you have ever put out! Thank you for your service and being the best at doing what you do. You're like a friend I've never met.

  4. Thanks for this. I attempt to fly my Wizard x220 LOS but unless I keep it close or above my head so I can see the LED's below the motors, it's really easy to lose orientation and it works its way further away while I'm trying to figure out which direction it's going. It inevitably ends with me letting it down and walking closer. My Bugs has that enormous LED so that quad is no issue.

  5. One of the most important things to put on your UAV is very bright LED lights, clear or blue to the front and red or orange at the rear, normally it is best to fly at a distance where you can still see them but if you do get disorientated at least you will know what direction it is facing when you turn it, always good to return it in reverse when red/orange light shows and if there is wind, best to fly your UAV into it as if you do have to throttle off, it will come back to you giving you time to think, just some tips from my experience with flying.

  6. add some highly reflective tape (find it at staples) to the rear of the aircraft, and if you are flying with the sun at your back, rotate the aircraft until you see the tape, now you know its the rear, no sun? use a STROBON Navigation Strobe red or white worked for me.

  7. Are you responsible for the negative 2nd Amendment lead-in to your videos? Or is this UTube doing this to you? This is a good "flying lesson" video. I'm a 25,000+ hour fixed wing LifeTime NRA member. When you are sitting in the "flight vehicle" orientation is not an issue. Watching it from afar makes it tricky. This made ALOT of sense to me. Thanks.

  8. i am so glad to have you here on you tube ..thank you so much for your time spent making these learn to fly vids you do an awesome job explaining things like "what to do" and the " how to do's " .and so forth .you are someone i can learn from and that's saying a lot being i learn SLOW .keep up the good work and thanks 🙂

  9. question. if it is very far , and u can not know where is the front , just put the drone in headless mode and move the right sticker down.

  10. Yep, this is the main issue as a beginner that caused most of my problems. However, I worked this one out as I became more competent, but I do it the other way round. When losing control, I pull the stick 'back' to me and then 'yaw' the copter one way or the other and observe it's response just like you say until it's heading to me.

  11. I've done this, but never formalized in my mind what I was doing. Also, I wasn't always consistent in applying it. I will never forget this video, because it is really simple to remember AND implement. I'd sometimes used a test roll input which I got from other folks, but your method works much better, even in wind. Thanks so much.

  12. In order to do anything ur talking about you have to be able to hover at a distance then move to see which way ur going…… the isues is that you don't know which way ur facing so you can't hover Dx

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