Edit (May 14, 2018): Yeah. About that… Next month I either bring umFlight back and make it way better than ever. Or it dies.
Edit (December 16 2017): News will arrive January 10th!
Big Edit (June 18 2017): BIG NEWS coming this fall. Stay tuned!
Just a quick announcement:
I have stopped posting on umFlight for now as I am doing some new projects for now and I don’t have any post ideas. If/when I restart umFlight, I will update this post. Also, when my new project goes live, I will probably update this post.
Here’s how it will work: The second Sunday of every month, I will post a question. Then readers can write their opinion in the comments.
Today’s Reader’s Opinion:
Where do you usually fly your RC aircraft?
I usually fly my planes in front of my house since there is an empty lot I can fly over across the street, and I fly my micro quads and Night Vapor inside. Sometimes I go up to the neighborhood park.
Thanks for reading! Where do you usually fly your RC aircraft? Leave a comment below.
Quadcopter trainer controls are slightly different than planes.
Yep. This is the same picture from my fourth post on umFlight, and the controls of a quadcopter are the same as the controls of RC planes. Push the elevator forward, and the quadcopter goes forward. Back and it goes back. Moving the aileron left or right moves the quadcopter left or right, and the rudder pivots it.
Selecting your First Quadcopter:
It’s hard to select a first quadcopter when they are considered a third major type of RC aircraft (along with helis and planes) and a stepping stone between beginner and advanced helicopters. So I will show two possible paths depending on how fast you learn.
The first path is to buy a beginner helicopter like the Blade MCX2 and then buy a quadcopter. This is ideal is you are a slower learner.
The second is to go straight to a beginner quadcopter if you can learn a little faster. Many people actually recommend to go strait to the quadcopter, but I displayed the first option just in case.
Now, let’s assume that, if you decided to get an MCX2 or similar, that you finished learning with it. It is time to select your first quadcopter! I’m going to help you select a first micro quadcopter. Micros, other than being what I blog about, are much cheaper than larger quadcopters, and are VERY durable. However, larger quadcopters are durable, too, but the micros… wow!
So, my recommendation is a Blade Nano QX. If you have/are going to get a computerized radio (this must be DSM2/X to work with the NQX!), then get the BNF version for $60. If you don’t have the right radio, then get the $89 RTF version.
All quadcopters are very durable compared to RC helicopters or planes. The Nano QX even has blade guards, which guard the only thing that usually breaks- the rotors!
Slowly bring the throttle up a bit, and then move it up to about half throttle quickly to get it away from the floor or table. If the quadcopter is too close to a table or the floor, it can become less stable, so newbies need to avoid that.
Once you are a few feet in the air, just let it hover. Make slight corrections by moving the controls to keep it in the same general area. After a minute or two (even a whole battery or two), start making slight movements to make it move around. Note: if you are using the Agility mode (that’s what it is called on the NQX at least), then the quadcopter will NOT stop moving when you return the stick to center. You must apply a little pressure in the opposite direction it is going. If in Stability mode, it will stop when you neutralize the controls.
Move your quadcopter over a good landing area and gently move the throttle down.
I hope that this helped you get started with RC quadcopter. If you have any questions, just ask in the comments.
Today there are no planes or quadcopters or radios or FPV included in this post. Ominous. I know. Kind of like that FliteTest video where Josh and Chad said that a company was buying them. (If you don’t watch FT, do. The show and the forum are great,)
Now, getting down to business, I said that there would be some down time in a tweet last Tuesday (1/13/2015). However, the site now looks pretty much the same right now as it did, say, a week ago.
Well, what changed?
Short answer: Everything.
Ever since starting umFlight, I’ve always dreamed to have a forum included. But I started umFlight on WordPress.com, which doesn’t allow forums. I started umFlight on there because it was free, and I decided that I would eventually self-host umFlight and install WordPress (WordPress.com is completely managed) myself.
Remember, at that time, I was thinking that he novelty of umFlight would wear off in October or November, and I would stop blogging.
That day came last Tuesday. I managed to keep my theme and migrate Email subscribers, but, sadly, comment subscribers weren’t able to be moved.
As I said in my New Year’s post, I’ve been thinking about rolling out an update to umFlight called umFlight 2.0. I’ve decided to lay the groundwork for the second major version of umFlight.
umFlight looks the same right now, but the move has allowed me to add a shop (more details if I add one!), a forum, a guest post form, and many other features. I haven’t added anything yet, but I’m in the planning stages of implementing these new features.
Basically, moving umFlight laid the groundwork of many new features for umFlight.
This move wouldn’t have been possible without you, my readers and subscribers, so thank you very much for reading umFlight. As always, feedback is appreciated to make umFlight better.