Drone Flying Tips – 5 Skills Beginner Pilots Should Master

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Teaching a friend to fly a quadcopter? Looking to improve your piloting skills yourself? Does you kid always ask to fly your drone and then immediately crash it? If any of those are true, then this is the video for you. In it, I teach Nick Mardi, actor and host of The Latest Late Show, who has never flown any RC before, how to fly a Syma X5C using 5 skills that every pilot should know.
1. Take off and landing
2. Hovering in one place
3. Forward, backward, right, left
4. 360 Yaw
5. Full Circle

If you are a great pilot and don’t need improvement, then skip this video. But if you are a beginner to intermediate pilot, these 5 maneuvers, if practiced regularly, will definitely improve your drone flying skills!

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  1. James Williams on April 27, 2021 at 1:43 am

    After all these years, SYMA X5c is possibly the best toy grade drone ever.

  2. SluJ Plural on April 27, 2021 at 1:45 am

    this video would be so much better without the music

  3. Logan Meline on April 27, 2021 at 1:47 am

    Wash your shirt.

  4. Andrew Gray on April 27, 2021 at 1:47 am

    always tighten blade screws

  5. Wandering Seneca on April 27, 2021 at 1:48 am

    would be a good video if you didnt have that crappy music so loud in it…..

  6. Book Reader Hindi - हिंदी on April 27, 2021 at 1:48 am

    Cameraman is worst… idiot😠

  7. Peter Orthmann on April 27, 2021 at 1:49 am

    Suggest you remove the background "music." Noice doesn’t help the instruction.

  8. Tom Gretsch on April 27, 2021 at 1:49 am

    Just got my first one, your tip about ground effects really helped, ty

  9. Maynard Johnson on April 27, 2021 at 1:50 am

    Cat humor not funny.

  10. JimBobBek on April 27, 2021 at 1:54 am

    I bought one to learn and I’m struggling lol

  11. Old-RC PLANE-Dude on April 27, 2021 at 1:57 am

    The terrifying part, anyone who’s never flew b4, think it’s as easy to transition from a drone to a rc helicopter. (It’s not even close). I see this all the time.

  12. dexxiewoods on April 27, 2021 at 1:58 am

    usless, if we cant see the controler how do we know what to do.

  13. Austin Prudhomme on April 27, 2021 at 2:01 am

    When drones were too inspired by rc planes😂

  14. CronosX Cronos on April 27, 2021 at 2:01 am

    Nasty. Mentioning a dead cat while I’m having dinner.

  15. Fladydoc on April 27, 2021 at 2:02 am

    You might want to lose Mr. Hollywood.

  16. Tony Hicks on April 27, 2021 at 2:03 am

    3 minutes in and I’m thinking to myself "Sorry, I can’t take this terrible repetitive too-loud music for another ten minutes." a drone was barely off the ground when I gave up. Just a tip for future videos: the music should complement the video not distract from it.

  17. Biology and Science Reviews on April 27, 2021 at 2:04 am

    the dead cat thing is actually the funniest part of this vid XD

  18. ArmyRob13 on April 27, 2021 at 2:05 am

    That’s the timer I use when I tell chicks I last a long time in bed

  19. Robert Alexander on April 27, 2021 at 2:06 am

    The first problem you describe is very true although a better to describe it is propwash, not ground effect which refers to an strong increase in lift when flying at low distance over ground.

  20. skamravec on April 27, 2021 at 2:06 am

    these drones are dinosaurus by now

  21. Travel Xplorer on April 27, 2021 at 2:08 am

    For me, the most difficult part was getting used to the controller since it works differently than when you play video games. Took me quite some time to get used that the left one is the throttle (ascent/descent) and not forward/backwards.

  22. Once upon a time on April 27, 2021 at 2:09 am

    The drone he was using costs 30 eu now. I have a broken one than my godmother lost the charger of and gave it to me for fun. If you buy a drone now I recommend the bugs models around 60-80 eu. Fast cheap and ok range but they are a bit weak because of their weight

  23. Janoy Cresva on April 27, 2021 at 2:09 am

    i have a question. I had a cheapy drone that i used with my kids. We lost it so many times. Seemed like when it got too high it would just start taking off like a block down the street. If i buy a really good drone with GPS would it be "easier" to fly? Not wanting to do tricks but just take some videos and just do some cool FPV flying. Just that one experience with that crappy drone has put me off. But i see videos with all kinds of people like farmers or policemen flying drones 3 blocks away from them with no issue.

  24. Gideon Harripersad on April 27, 2021 at 2:10 am

    Very helpful. Used my new drone to record and capture a sport game thx

  25. Tudor Smith on April 27, 2021 at 2:10 am

    Sorry…I had to give up after 3 minutes. I’m sure the video is helpful but that background music is distracting and annoying

  26. caro baez on April 27, 2021 at 2:11 am

    hola muy buen video espero que sigan haciendo este metarial¡¡¡!!! Voy a continuar mirando sus creaciones. Les mando un abrazo nos vemos pronto ☝️👍🏽

  27. Nasteha Maalim on April 27, 2021 at 2:11 am

    I have that drone

  28. Mr Deafa on April 27, 2021 at 2:11 am

    No6 Spelling

  29. SL S.N.P on April 27, 2021 at 2:12 am

    We also have a youtube channel but we have very poor facilities. We record our videos using a normal camera. If u can please give us a camera.. or a drone.. even a small one.. if u can please give us a smaaaall help.. I am asking for a small samaaall help..😥😥

  30. Non Visa Europe on April 27, 2021 at 2:12 am

    The background music is so loud, makes hard to focus in what u are saying

  31. Drones 101 / gaming on April 27, 2021 at 2:13 am

    watching this brings back memories of my first drone but it wasn’t that hard. its like I had a natural gift for it.

  32. Mark Culp on April 27, 2021 at 2:16 am

    Here is my Syma X5c with 5.8 gig FPV mod, 8.5mm motors with 13 tooth pinions. 850 mah battery for this flight. Can’t be more than 50 bucks altogether. Nearly impossible to break. Great way to learn FPV flying. https://youtu.be/oJPc1ffJ9Ks

  33. Dan B on April 27, 2021 at 2:18 am

    Skip to 2:30

  34. Ryan Zhu on April 27, 2021 at 2:18 am

    I’m Just gonna put it out there the timer was WAY to fast

  35. PI GUY on April 27, 2021 at 2:19 am

    I loved watching this. Thanks for sharing. We use a drone to advertise our properties. It is fun and once you get the hang of it you can keep doing more and more. My CEO even made a music video using our drone. Check it out…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgVGfzeSCMw

  36. Kot Morski on April 27, 2021 at 2:21 am

    What about the traffic circle? 🙂 🙂 🙂

  37. André Reiter on April 27, 2021 at 2:22 am

    Hi, I have a question for you. I was flying my Mavic Mini, and recording, then the RTH warning came on. It was fine, came back with 10% left. I’m sure I stopped the recording. When I went to look back at the files on the memory card, the 1.3 gig video file shows it’s there, but the video won’t play. It doesn’t even show the time duration beside the file name. I’m wondering if the video wasn’t rendered or something? Is there a way to fix it?

  38. John Smith on April 27, 2021 at 2:25 am

    Yikes. When you say beginner, you meant – beginning in LIFE. This is pretty ridiculous. If you can’t already do any of these things on your first flight, you should probably just move on…

  39. Abdus Shakur on April 27, 2021 at 2:27 am

    Thanks!!! I’ve done my best flying after watching this video..

  40. Danny Burch on April 27, 2021 at 2:33 am

    Got a D x2 really hard to fly took off on me 😥

  41. icuabc 123 on April 27, 2021 at 2:34 am

    I’m through with the Walmart specials, now days I just switch it to beginner and it’s practically fool proof auto pilot.

  42. RICK HALBUR on April 27, 2021 at 2:35 am

    Thanks Kelly this is mine first drone video that I started to watch and then i was hooked you made a Drone monster. I was asked today, witch drone would be best to learn on and I sent this video. Great video Kelly

  43. chaznsc on April 27, 2021 at 2:35 am

    I feel this guys pain. I CANNOT fly my drone. It’s a brain thing.

  44. TooLate ForMeNow on April 27, 2021 at 2:35 am

    Your videos would be better without the annoying music in the background.

  45. reyzuna on April 27, 2021 at 2:36 am

    well headless mode is not cheating, this is just to make sure you won’t hit something or someone and wont break your drone, even professional use this as an emergency so basically it’s not cheating.

  46. Adam on April 27, 2021 at 2:37 am

    This is preschool baby. Try fpv.

  47. 0rbitingSandwiches on April 27, 2021 at 2:38 am

    Killing the stick when I’m in trouble is impossible. In my remote panel there is a up and down *button* so when I down it just keeps going and there is like a 4 second delay and it just sucks. It actually sizzles the pointer tips of each middle of blade

  48. Astri Proborini on April 27, 2021 at 2:39 am

    Headless modenis not cheating ots kist some kind of help

  49. ANTHONY ROWE L.R.P.S on April 27, 2021 at 2:40 am

    Cut the back ground music !!

  50. Benjamin Schubach on April 27, 2021 at 2:41 am

    This was very helpful, my first vid on the subject, i use drones to film aerial footage of downhill biking

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