Advanced Flying Techniques
Alright, so here we are with a Karma on top of Creative Live here, and we're gonna take at look at some more advanced moves. Mainly I want to take a look at maybe practicing flying backwards. So we'll take a look at that now. Alright, so here, basically, before, let's take this for a bit of a spin here. Just get used to it. I mean, this is like, I did have a chance yesterday to play around with it, but I just want to get a feel for it. (wind blowing) Cool. So, I mean, there's just your basic circles. Alright, so now let's try a backwards circle. Now, I mean, when would you do that? That's a good question, I mean, sometimes you do it simply to back yourself out of a shot that you did, right? So, now we're doing backwards circles the other way, trying to anyways. And we can try backwards figure eights. (buzzing) It's actually a really good skill to have. Now, another thing that's kinda cool to do is, this really shows whether or not you have real mastery of the controls. The thing about ...
quads or multi rotors like this or drones, as most of us call them now, or helicopters, is that, you know, you can go in any which direction. Like, I grew up flying fixed wing aircraft where you're pretty much only going forward, right? Well, one thing that you'll do, especially, like, helicopter guys will practice, are pirouettes. So it's just simply doing that sort of thing. Now, doing that's fairly easy to do, like, if you're in a GPS mode, so like, right now, I've got my hands off the sticks other than on the rudder or the yaw, and it's just holding in place. Without GPS lock, that would be a challenge to do, right? But what is kind of a challenge as you're improving is to try to move as you're doing a pirouette. So say I wanted to go, I'll bring it down just a little bit, say you wanted to go left and pirouette at the same time, that means you have to give little, tiny corrections as you're going. It's been a while since I've practiced these, but let's give this a try. So we'll start pirouetting, and I will go left. And so I'm having to give right stick input to move. So now we're off to the left, now let's try it to the right, and we'll pirouette the other way. Or I guess the other way, I can't remember what I was doing, so back, right, front, left, back. So as you can imagine, what that does is it just really teaches you quick, instinctual skills for flying, that's the thing is like, I mean, when you're tracking slow-moving subjects, yeah, you may not have to do anything really aggressive, but what it does is it, you know, one thing that I harp on is just flying as smooth as you possibly can, and if you have the right instincts you're able to make those minor changes to get those cinematic shots. So right now, I think I'm just gonna buzz around, see what kind of fun we can have with it. Just 'cause we can, see kinda how fast this thing will go. (buzzing) It's pretty fun. If I worked here, this would be my lunch break every day. (laughing)
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