Use These 15 Drone Training Exercises to Learn How to Fly a Drone

Our hands-on flight training instructors have taught hundreds of drone pilots how to fly over the last few years β€” in this video, you’ll see 15 of our favorite exercises to put new drone pilots through.

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0:00​ B-Roll Footage & Introduction
1:27​ Hovering at eye level
1:59​ Hover & yaw
2:45 Target practice
3:27 Square pattern with no yaw
3:58 Flying in a circular pattern with no yaw
4:42 Out, back & land
5:48 Square pattern with yaw
6:11 Flying at a maximum altitude of 400 ft. (120m)
6:48 Bird’s-eye view (or the top down)
7:27 The orbit effect or point-of-interest
8:35 Triggering return-to-home (RTH)
9:03 The Dronie
9:25 Flying close to objects
10:09 Flying in Tripod mode
11:18 Flying without a GPS signal

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14 Comments

  1. Paycheal Segale on May 8, 2021 at 2:07 am

    Thanks Greg, very informative indeed. but i didn’t see the figure 8 flying and its use, care to share?

  2. Jill Simmons on May 8, 2021 at 2:07 am

    Good exercises but to be honest, as a somewhat older person, I almost shut it off at the beginning. Hanging out in front of a wall loaded with graffiti doesn’t really scream professional. I did watch the entire video and I agree that many pilots are entirely too dependent on automated moves. Unfortunately, that is the way things are today. A true pro knows how to get out of most any problems that arise and these techniques are valuable.

  3. David Tanner on May 8, 2021 at 2:22 am

    Thanks Greg for the awesome video. I’ve passed my Part 107 Exam last month and ready to purchase my first drone to learn on. This will be one of my first training videos I’ll be working with. Looking forward to seeing more of your videos…Thanks for sharing your expertise. Have a great week. Best, David Tanner

  4. GM GOODWRENCH on May 8, 2021 at 2:23 am

    Thank You. It’s the revers direction that gets me. I’m so use to VR FPV .Flying at me is still hard for me. I enjoy your videos ,you diction and speech quality is excellent for slight hearing impaired.

  5. Hank Vana2 on May 8, 2021 at 2:25 am

    Thank you! Have about 2 hours stick time on my Mini 2 maneuvering around in "C" mode – tripod is fast enough for now πŸ™‚ These exercises are just what I need.

  6. BHA Brown on May 8, 2021 at 2:26 am

    Great exercises! Thanks – I will try these.

  7. Janet Mead on May 8, 2021 at 2:30 am

    Great video. Would love to see you break down flying in Atti mode with some basic skills much like this video. What are the best exercises to practice with? What pitfalls should we look out for to avoid? Thanks!

  8. Al Quadrone on May 8, 2021 at 2:31 am

    Awesome beginner tutorial. Wish I saw this 14 month ago, when getting started…
    Liked, subscribed, activated bell and commented. βœ…

  9. tone1myth2ad on May 8, 2021 at 2:31 am

    What i use to tell people who would ask questions, is learn how to fly with a toy drone first, one that doesnt have GPS because DJI products basically fly themselves, you can do all those skills with a toy, with the exception of going very high because the wind would take it like its a kite hahaha ______STARE …… Good Video

  10. Andy Atmosphere on May 8, 2021 at 2:48 am

    These videos are awesome!!

  11. Stephen Head on May 8, 2021 at 2:52 am

    Great refresher Greg. While I have over 100 hrs of flying time, most of the "exercises to learn" – for beginners, are for me performed routinely as a part of my "power up" procedure. In my case, using the tennis court which is literally over my back fence has also been a great place (when no one is playing tennis of course) to burn off a battery of flying time, refreshing the type of skills you have demonstrated.
    Maybe something worth noting – perhaps for slightly more advanced UAV pilots – is practising tactical descents. Seagulls can get pretty grumpy about an interloper flying in their airspace, and in my experience can perform some very harassing manoeuvres to try and frighten the "interloper" off. I’m picking eagles are likely to be way more aggressive in similar situations. For me, a tactical descent involves very rapid movement of the UAV to get away from the risk situation. However, straight down rapid descent is not recommended, because of the likelihood of running out of the UAV’s own ability to maintain lift dynamics during such a movement. The process therefore involves rapid descent, with yawing movements, safely pulling out of the manoeuvre 3 or 4 metres about the ground, before landing etc., etc.
    As you suggested, flying without GPS lock is something we hope not to have to do, unless the flying environment dictates, similarly practising for a tactical or rapid descent when not involved in a risk situation will at least give the pilot some feeling for how their UAV is likely to perform if such a manoeuvre is needed urgently. After all, most smaller quadcopter model UAVs are unlikely to survive in the air against a concerted attack from a bigger bird.

  12. Adams Miguel on May 8, 2021 at 2:55 am

    Great video- thank….

  13. Elliott Francis on May 8, 2021 at 3:00 am

    Thanks Greg! You got some of the exercises I teach along with some points I mostly don’t have time for in one of our 2-hour sessions. However, this will now be included in my follow-up email to UAV Coach students. πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘πŸ½

  14. Colin McGuire on May 8, 2021 at 3:02 am

    Thanks man. Clear great stuff

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