11 Nov A Beginner’s Guide To Learning Drone Flying
So, you’ve bought yourself a drone, and now you’re ready to get it off the ground on your own. But before you take to the skies, you need to learn to fly it first.
In this article, we’ll teach you the first steps on what you need to learn about drone flying, and then we’ll talk about some of our courses here at Victory UAV.
Learn The Rules And Regulations
Before you even consider taking your drone out for its maiden voyage, you need to make sure that it’s safe and legal for you to fly.
Here in Canada, the rules are overseen by the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs). The specific rules and regulations are lengthy, but there are three very important things that you need to know as a newbie pilot or student:
- You need to register your drone with Transport Canada.
- Your drone needs a registration number label.
- You need to take and pass the Small Basic Exam.
Get To Know Your Drone
Different drones will have different parameters for things like battery life, camera quality/size, max payload weight, etc. It’s important that you understand these limitations before even trying to fly your drone out in the open.
Read Through The Manual
You might think this is a no-brainer, but it’s important to remember that flying drones is new technology. Drone manufacturers are still trying to figure out all of the best practices for building and operating them. If you’re learning drone flying, then make sure that you read through your manual to make sure you are aware of the best practices for operating your specific model.
Learn The Basic Controls
Most drones will control the same way, and it’s important that you get a good idea of how to manoeuvre your new toy around safely before trying anything more advanced. These will be essential in orienting yourself with how the drone operates. Here at Victory UAV, we teach general drone model information as well as walk our students through the basics of drone flying, so that they can fly more confidently out in the field.
Learn The Specifics On Drone Flying From Your Manufacturer
If you want to learn more about your specific drone model, look to your drone manufacturer. They are legally required to provide training for their drones. DJI, for example, even includes videos dedicated to learning the basics of flying their specific drone models.
Think about Weather
It’s best to fly when the sky is clear and the wind is calm, especially when you are learning. You can visually check the weather or check ahead using other weather sources.
Learn How To Fly The Right Way
With an understanding of the limitations and a good grasp of how your drone works in theory, you’re ready to take it out for a spin.
When it comes down to actually taking off and landing on your own, you’ll need some practice! There’s no way around this—you can’t simply buy yourself a drone and expect to be an expert pilot within a few
But don’t worry, there are plenty of resources out there that can help you get started on learning drone flying! Here at Victory UAV for example, we offer our Practical Drone Flying Experience course where students learn all about the basics of flight so that they can start flying confidently and safely. You can take your training up a notch with our Basic Drone Operations and Advanced Drone Operations courses too.
Get Ready To Take Flight
With a good understanding of how your drone works, an awareness of the rules and regulations surrounding drones in Canada, as well as some practice under your belt so that you can manoeuvre safely around obstacles, you’ll be flying in no time.
At Victory UAV, we’d love to help make your experience with learning drone flying as easy and painless as possible. If you’re interested in getting started on our courses or if you just want some more information about how we can help support your success within this industry, don’t hesitate to drop us a line.