First Flights

When first flying a new Quadcopter which mode should I fly in?

Before throttling up (arming) should I hold the throttle control to the left or right?

thanks

Tom

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  • Here is my suggestion before you attach the props, perform this test.

    http://youtu.be/YfjnIX78oSY

     

    The tilt test is going to ensure a couple of things.

    1. It allows you to ensure you understand how to arm the system

    2. You can safely check your radio inputs for reversal as well.

    3. In ensure the motor calibrations and wiring are correct.

    4. It ensures your system will actually stabilize on the first flight.

    Do not attempt to fly if you cannot pass this basic test. It's bone simple and sorry for the rather poor video not being centered on the Heli as much as I might like but hopefully it helps you keep from crashing.

     

    One thing specifically not shown or said in the video is that after you ensure the stabilize function works, set the multirotor heli level on the table or ground and then move the right stick on the transmitter with all 4 motors spinning at low throttle and the opposite arm of the direction to push the stick in should speed up. So for example (cyclic forward in heli speak) results in the back motor #4 speeding up which would tilt the frame so the back would be high and the front arm low just like a real heli. Same for left and right. Right on the right stick equals the left arm motor #2 spinning faster, while left stick has the right arm #1 spinning faster. This is how you determine if the radio channel is reversed from an input side.

    By doing this test with the props off, you are still checking the basic functions of the system in a safe way before you ever even have a problem. If you pass these test, your first flight will be very good.

  • Hold down and to the right to arm the motors.  My first flight I flew in Stablise mode and simple.  If you look at the wiki forms it will have everything you should do before the first flight and what is the best for a beginner.

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