15 Beginner Drone Maneuvers (Sharpen Your Skills)

15 Beginner Drone Maneuvers (Sharpen Your Skills)

If you’re new to flying drones or are looking to get better, these 15 basic drone maneuvers are perfect to hone your skills and will show you how to fly your drone.

Join Greg in this video for an introduction to practice maneuvers for your GPS-enabled drone such as DJI, Autel, Skydio or Parrot. We’ll cover basic movements, climbing and descending, and work our way up to basic tracking and orbits. We’ll also discuss some basic cinematic drone shots along with your basic maneuvers.

These basic drone maneuvers are perfect for beginners and will make you a much better pilot.

00:00 Introduction
01:07 Straight Flight
02:47 Vertical Box
04:15 Climb & Travel
05:52 Reverse Sensing
08:59 S-Turn
10:43 Rectangular Pattern
13:07 Rounded Corner Rectangular Pattern
16:27 Vertical Triangle
18:15 Follow with Yaw
21:19 Orbit
24:11 Forward Reveal
26:19 Corkscrew
28:22 Zoom Reveal
29:34 Yaw & Reveal
30:29 Tracking

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50 Comments

  1. Ray Keogh on September 22, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Great video to let beginner watch before you take them out to do the real thing, Thanks for sharing, Ray K. UK. YNWA.

  2. Owen Peaker on September 22, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    was looking for moonwalks , juicy flicks and powerloops ,ah well

  3. terence willimott on September 22, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Greg can we do your course here in Australia regards Terry willimott

  4. Albert Kadyakale on September 22, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    BEAUTIFUL STUFF

  5. DroneVids on September 22, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Highly recommended channel for Drone enthusiasts!

  6. AHMED VISUALS on September 22, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Great man

  7. LARRY D on September 22, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Nice . If they don’t have to go forward backwards left and right they’re in bad shape

  8. CVFTV on September 22, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    good information

  9. Timothy White on September 22, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Absotively posilutely fantastic.

  10. David Mueller on September 22, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Ivi

  11. اشهد ان لا الله واشهد ان محمد رسول الل on September 22, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    One thing you did not mention is that you are using Atomos 7.7” monitor I could tell by the back of it correct me if I am wrong ! Can I attach mine to the regular controller or I do need the RC with the monitor ?
    Great video I am just a beginner and will buy the DJI MINI 3 Pro because no need for a license 🪪 I am 73 years old bought a drone DJI MAVIC 3 CINE PREMIUM COMBO WITH 3 extra batteries but it was too much for me so I end up selling it with the extra batteries for $4500.00 lost my paints after eBay’s commission had to sell it will be hard to get the license and better to start with the DJI mini 3 pro if I crash it then it’s ok buy another but I will try to learn slowly . Not sure where to go to get permission to fly it etc . Thank you for all your great videos

  12. Timelapse by lkunl on September 22, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Great tutorial! Thank you

  13. Itz ud gamer on September 22, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    my drone sucks because it does not stay still like yours 🙁

  14. Sudburydrone on September 22, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    👍👍✌️

  15. drie wiel on September 22, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    *TO ALL BEGINNERS*
    Learn to fly inside the house with a $20 toy mini drone with all around propeller guards, and without GPS, optical flow, or even altitude hold. Learn throttle! Then try outside.
    That is how you learn to fly. Sooner or later you will need those skills if GPS does not work. Any video telling you a DJI Mavic is great for beginners is just ridiculous. You don’t learn how to drive in a self driving Tesla either.

    I’m fine with the rest of this video. Forward, backward, land etc.

  16. Ben W. on September 22, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks a lot for the great demonstration!

    I’d like to add two suggestions. To make the s-turns more challenging, try performing them over a fence line or something similar, making sure to cross it perfectly perpendicular. Second, for the orbit, you might need to adjust your control inputs based on the wind’s direction and speed because the wind adjusts how fast the drone is moving over the ground. Here in southwest Texas and in other flat, somewhat treeless states, winds of up to 20 mph with gusts up to 25-30 mph are common, making such adjustments even more important, especially on the lighter drones like DJI’s Mini series. Every time I practice orbits, I remember how my flight instructor for manned aircraft always emphasized these two aspects in our lessons as I was preparing for my private pilot license.

  17. wtb927 on September 22, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Very nicely done!

  18. Don Browne on September 22, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    As a manned aircraft pilot and 107 drone pilot, it may be pointed out to use a "light" touch on those controls in learning the maneuvers.

  19. me khushal on September 22, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    This is the video I need😍

  20. User Goo on September 22, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    I have aloft,dgi 4, AirMap, B4UFLY Which one do you recommend?

  21. Art Last on September 22, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    good vodeo, sort of, in the beginning you "show" left, right , up and down for drone , but I see nowhere where to move the camera , @ 25 minutes when you do the reveal I dont see " fingers on controls to move camera gimbal"??..

  22. Mark Farrow on September 22, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    I was at that park when I was out there last year! 🙂

  23. Dan Dragon on September 22, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    I got my mini2 yesterday and these maneuvers are awesome!
    Thank you

  24. The Keeper of the Garden on September 22, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    There is something fundamentally wrong about these instructions. You are talking about moving the "left stick" and the "right stick". I have two remarks about that. 1. Considering the movements of your aircraft in this video, it means you use Stick Mode 2 and assume that also all your students are using Stick Mode 2 (the default mode, I agree, but not necessarily the best mode…). 2. Why not use the right vocabulary concerning the control over an aircraft’s orientation, one that has been the standard in piloting aircraft for perhaps a century: throttle, yaw, pitch, and roll. This not only makes your students comfortable with the appropriate professional piloting terminology, which they should get comfortable with anyway, and the sooner the better, but also avoids students using another stick mode to get completely confused, not to mention the possibility of crashes as a result of following instructions like "move the left stick to the right whilst pushing the right stick forward"…

    Now concerning the fact that DJI ships its controllers with Stick Mode 2 set as default and why I don’t think it’s necessarily the best thing to do: Although I have flown model airplanes (no helicopters) for decennia and used the right stick to control throttle, when I started piloting a DJI drone, I decided to try it "the other way" and leave the default setting to Stick Mode 2 (i.e. left stick controlling throttle). For months on end and although being an experienced model aircraft pilot with very few crashes due to piloting errors, I found this mode to be totally counter-intuitive and started to wonder if there weren’t any other drone pilots out there who had experienced the same. I’m right-handed, not left-handed, so that would eliminate the possibility that my brain functions "the other way around" when it comes to handling tools and using sticks to control movements of flying aircraft. It’s also safe to assume that most people out there are right-handed, so I am wondering how many beginning drone pilots struggle and for how long, with this feeling of how the default Stick Mode (2) is counter-intuitive. In fact, it makes no sense at all to me to control throttle (in this case making the drone ascend or descend) using my left hand. Every single modern full-size (fixed wing) aircraft out there has the captain or pilot sitting to the left of the controls, and he or she will therefore always have to use his right hand to control throttle, whilst using his left hand on the yoke to control the roll of the aircraft (banking left or right), which is the very opposite of Stick Mode 2 on a DJI drone! Why??? Helicopter controls are quite different and can’t be compared to what I’m talking about. You only have one stick there, and one could say it’s actually neutral towards right- and left-handed pilots.

    So I have been piloting this DJI drone for over half a year, using it for making a short film, and even after seven months of regular flights in many different surroundings too often I found myself "doubting" which stick I should have been pushing forward to climb and backward to descend. Last week I decided to switch to Stick Mode 3, which is the exact opposite of Stick Mode 2. In fact, I see even less logic in how Stick Mode 1 is set up, which normally you would expect to be the default mode out of the box… Stick Mode 3 made all the difference for me, right away! No more doubting, no more missed shots, no more counter-intuitive stick layout. I’m right-handed, I’ve flown more than seven months with Stick Mode 2 and have made some very decent films in that time, but Stick Mode 3 immediately made me feel in total control over the drone, and all drone movements in all directions and speeds now feel totally intuitive. I pilot the drone now, instead of having to think in a split second what stick to use to do this or that move with the drone. I am really wondering how many pilots out there could have the same experience, or will never actually pilot their drones in an intuitive way because they’re "stuck" with Stick Mode 2 (pun intended or not). Furthermore, to me it makes total sense to have the most important movement of a drone under your right thumb: controlling the drone’s altitude, especially when one considers that it is so very important to know how to take off and land a drone safely and totally manually, or to avoid an obstacle or a dangerous situation by being able to quickly and intuitively (meaning with your right hand…) make the drone ascend. I see absolutely no reason, logic, or sense in using Stick Mode 2 (or 1 for that matter), but see all good reasons to use Stick Mode 3.

    Finally, something else that bothers me enormously, is equally counter-intuitive, but sadly cannot be changed on the DJI controller: the gimbal dial! Why on earth and in the sky does a gimbal dial move left and right to control something that goes down and up?! It does not make any sense, it takes a lot of time to get used to, and above all: I’m sure there’s a technical way to install a gimbal dial vertically instead of horizontally on a DJI controller. Up will then be up and down will then be down… Why make things so counter-intuitive, DJI? I know… I should write about this on their forum, perhaps I will, but it won’t make any difference as it’s too late, even for their new Mavic 3…

  25. RackBaLLZ on September 22, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Just bought a Mavic 3 with the fly more package and the DJI RC for my 1st drone ever. A bit nervous about flying it 🤣. It should be here this week, so I’ve been watching every video I can find. I believe this is one I’ll be watching over and over

  26. Dave McCorquodale on September 22, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Amazing Tutorials…so informative!! Thank you!

  27. Frank C. on September 22, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    I was really hoping to see basic turning, but I did enjoy an try some of these maneuvers asap. I gave me a better understanding of the joystick effects!

  28. Miller Hamilton on September 22, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Great tips. I think checking the wind and weather forecast on apps like UAV forecast or Tomorrow Weather (used to be Climacell) before flying can help in getting the best shots.

  29. Lambila Mulikita on September 22, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Many thanks..Great video

  30. Gerardo Gomez on September 22, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Excellent explanation and very nice cinematic maneuvers. I’m going to practice them the next time my mini 2 flies. Thank you very much. Subscribed.

  31. G Kess on September 22, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    How about the come-back-here maneuver to keep the thing from disappearing over the houses and trees as you regret you ever bought the thing. I would’ve liked to have known that maneuver yesterday.

  32. Don Browne on September 22, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    It appears someone may be posting fake replies to all comments here alleging they won a drone using the youtube account "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0ydRf3e5iM".

  33. Božidar Luzar on September 22, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    Perfect explanation, thank you!

  34. The Keeper of the Garden on September 22, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    How come that so many people were "randomly selected" to get not one but two drones as a prize…?!

  35. Fred Carter on September 22, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Great video

  36. Lyn Smith on September 22, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Great tutorial this is the best I have found on U-Tube. As a new Drone flyer I will use this as a refferance to help me learn to be a better pilot. Thank you.

  37. Alaa Semaka on September 22, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Great video, I took my drone out on my first fly not knowing what to do but after watching this video AND practice, I’m much better pilot now…one thing I was doing wrong, I was controlling the joysticks with my thumbs only, like a video game controller, and it didn’t work well, now that I’m controlling them using two fingers I can get much better control on my drone.

  38. explorethewonder on September 22, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    So nice .. Thank you for sharing this very informative video!

  39. Chy 0 on September 22, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    This was like out of the box never flown a drone basic lol

  40. Gary Mosley on September 22, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Just finished my Part 107 exam and ready to fly, really enjoyed this basic beginner information..👍

  41. K4x4 Map on September 22, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Great stuff Greg! What monitor are you using (flashing red light in the back)? Thanks in advance!

  42. Aerial Northwest on September 22, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Thank you Greg! 🙂

  43. Mike Belanger on September 22, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    One more thing, possibly for the more ‘advanced’ pilots: what about maneuvers using what a lot of drones have: "headless" mode? I think that causes the drone to move whichever way you move the rudder and elevator/aileron sticks, regardless of which way the drone is facing; e.g., it’s nose is facing (your) left and you give it what would normally be a forward (right) stick; the drone then moves to its right – consequently, moving the aileron (right) stick to (your) left moves it in a forward direction, etc.
    I could be wrong (and I probably am) about this mode, though.

  44. Mike Belanger on September 22, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    My friends and I fly out at Watson Lake Park a lot, but we’re usually on the opposite side of the grass area, next to the parking area.
    I fly a DJI Phantom 3 Standard (nicknamed "Big Un") and a Hubsan Zino 1 (Standard) I nicknamed "Nemesis" (yes, from the Star Trek movie), one of my friends has a Mavic Pro and the other friend has an Air 2S, and a new one (don’t know the make/model) he calls "Kermit" because of its green color. He also has a Yuneec Q500 Typhoon, he calls "Kilrill". We all still fly 44809 right now, but eventually plan to get our 107’s.
    I’ve been trying those maneuvers with Big Un even before watching this video; haven’t mastered the more complex ones yet, but I will. Come out & fly with us sometime, Greg!

  45. Fred Carter on September 22, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    Great video

  46. The Curio Cat on September 22, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    I picked up some great info – very helpful as I learn! Excited to try them out on my next film project this week – especially the corkscrew and forward reveal! Thanks for sharing this!

  47. Bill Dassler on September 22, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Thank you, Greg, just what I needed. As always (for me), the learning curve is a long slow struggle. From setup to first flight, disappearing connections, mishaps, etc, I’m surprised that I am not bald! Poor Rubi Redd, my DJI Spark, OMG, I think she hates me! I managed to nick her front blades even with the propeller guards fitted during first test flight…indoors. Oops! Gave her a break as I refreshed my memory over a few days and then took her outdoors for another attempt. Success! But, I am taking baby steps while working inside the ‘box’. Motor memory takes time but I did manage to capture a few stills and a couple of three minute video clips which I process and infused with music. Thanks, again Greg, for this most helpful class. You rock!

  48. Robert Benedetti on September 22, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Greg: What top-mounted camera are you using on the drone? Thanks, Rob in Phoenix

  49. User Goo on September 22, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    I have a question that 2 hours for recreational course I don’t need to pay anything even after the course

  50. terence willimott on September 22, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    Fantastic video mate so much information for beginners like me keep up the great work you do regards Terry in Australia 🇦🇺 👍

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