Flight School 9: Rapid Descent & Thermals

OK, you were showing off.  Now your quadcopter is uncomfortably high.  To make matters worse, you expect that your battery might be running dangerously low!  Here is a technique to quickly and safely bring your quadcopter back to the ground. Thermals are also discussed, along with techniques to detect and escape from this rapidly rising …

Vortex Ring State (The Wobble of Death)

Has this ever happened to you? You start descending your brand new quadcopter from altitude, with its quite advanced (and expensive) camera and gimbal system. You try to slow the descent by applying some throttle. But instead of slowing, it starts to wobble in air. You apply more throttle to stop the descent, but that …

The Absolute Cheapest Way to do Aerial Video

Do you wish to do aerial video, but only have less than $10 to do such? Well, believe it or not, you can!  Just about anyone can do this, very easily and very cheaply 🙂  This would be a great scout or school project. New and extremely inexpensive mini video cameras are making things possible …

Quadcopter Orientation Tips for Distant Flying

What would you do if one day you flew further away than you would be able to visually distinguish your quadcopter's front or back? All you see is a single dot or single light in the sky, what would you do then?It's very important to learn how to maintain orientation of your quadcopter just by its …