So, you bought a FPV Drone! [unboxing, set up, how to test fly]
First person view drone. This is a very special time in a new pilots life and you must be quite excited but wait before you just go and try and rip disguise there's, some things that you should know to have a good. Your own experience and don't worry were here: Music, hey guys, one on a rubber rat Amla drib in a vortex. Getting into drones is difficult, usually yeah, to build him yourselves, learn how to solder pit tune you're watching endless YouTube videos just to find that one little question you have well it's got like literally thousands of it because you don't know where to start. So I wrote a write we're trying to make this easier by offering ready to fly, so you can just pull them out of the box and fly and we've got the HD one we've got the Sinha web we've got the skyline or so a couple different options And more are coming so when we say it's a ready to fly package, it's genuinely totally ready to fly, you put the props on it. You have the arm switch you're going mm hmm, but we want to make sure you guys have the best experience possible. You'Re not making mistakes, so we want to go through the basics of what you do need to do to get it up in the air. Yeah we've made it as simple as possible, but you still might have questions or maybe you bought a ready to fly drone from someone else and it's not as ready.
You want to check some things along the way, so, whether you got a pre built drone from us or another source, we want to walk you through the things that you should check, how to be safe about it and how to make sure you have a good Experience and actually get it in the air that's what you're gon na get if you order the full build with the radio and the drone QuickStart guide, this is gon na. Tell you where all your switches are gon na do and just give you some general tips. It'S gon na come with props and get your drone goggles. Radio don't worry that this stuff's already been opened up, it's for a reason it's, because the first thing we do is charge these radios because they take a few hours to charge and when they ship them. They'Re, like almost totally dead and it takes like five or six hours to charge. So we charge that up for you, because the worst thing that could happen is you're ready to fly, quad you're so ready, and you got all my radios dead and I have to wait half a day and when you need to recharge it, it's just a USBC Cable, it does take a while to charge, but the charge lasts for a long time. I think of charged mine. Maybe once every three or four weeks got your gaggle you're gon na have to put your head strap on this that's going to be located in here, which is also gon na.
Have your power cable, the goggles, do not have a built in battery you're gon na use. I think anything from a two to a four cell to charge those and what I typically do is. I just use the same batteries that I'm going to use for my drone, although I'm, not usually a fan of having the cable hanging down it's worth it to not worry about extra batteries and make it last a good long time, we'll put the strap on. I know it kind of looks like a jockstrap it's. Not this is actually the head strap to tell the way that it's supposed to go there's actually a little DJI logo on there. So you want that facing up and that part is going to be the strap that goes over the top of your head, throw that in that middle one. These on the sides, if you've ever flown any kind of DJI radio before you'll, probably already know the little sequence to turn it on, if not I'm gon na buff, to show ya so it's a short tap and then a hold that's. How you turn it on? If you just push the button, it's, not gon na, come on short tap, then a hold lights kind of sequentially go on and then you're on it's gon na beep like this letting you know that you haven't dropped the throttle it's like a little safety feature. So if you just bring that down, beeping will stop.
You can stop annoying people. You'Re gon na need your separate battery to turn on the goggles plug this guy in like so please plug in right over here we got goggles. Also in your excitement. Don'T forget put your antennas on the goggles because you can fly without them. It'Ll work but you're, just not gon na get the range you're supposed to get it's, not gon na hurt anything if you happen to forget to put your antennas on that's, always on the transmitting side. Anything on the drone side. You always have to have your antennas on, so these just thread right in nice and simple there's gon na be four of them. Now you can plug in your drone. Now. What we should see is this red light here should go to green once it picks up the signal boom, so we're bound that's telling you that you have connection, so you can check that by flicking with some switches there's, your beeper switch we're gon na go into That more in a second, I can check the goggles to see that I have video. I do have video and it's already been set up on channel 1. So when you buy it from us, everything's gon na be set up ready to go. You can literally just flick the switch and it's going, but let's say you built your own or you got something from somewhere else or for some reason. It'S just it's not bound it's, really easy to bind.
So all you're gon na do there's a little button on the side of the air unit. Right here, just over from where the LED is all you do is push it in and you don't want to push it too hard. I have had a customer break that button off by mashing on it too hard. It doesn't take much pressure at all. You just push it. The LED is gon na change colors. Now you come over to the goggles and there's another matching button that looks just like it right here on the goggles push that you're gon na listen for the beep boom. Now that's set up now to get the controller bound. You'Re gon na go back to the drone, hit the button again same as before now there's an interesting little sequence of buttons here, three buttons you're gon na press. At the same time, to get this into bind mode, the first one is this record button right here, which is also used to stop and start your recording you're going to use this front button on the right, and then the scroll wheel up here actually can also Be pressed in so you're gon na press that that and that, at the same time let that beep boom. So you got your drone. Everything is bound up. What do you do next? You plug it into your computer in your flash and now don't. Do that? That'S? Probably been the biggest thing, we've gotten from support right when people yeah, usually, if someone has an issue and they're like well, I flashed it and now this or that you don't need to flash it we've already done a lot of testing and figured out what's the Optimal firmware to have it on what's the best tune at first.
I was very confused as to why people were doing this, but it actually makes a little bit of sense because a lot of other things that you buy like video game consoles computers, your iPhone, whatever yeah it's kind of the first time you plug it in it's, Like, oh, you need to update your firmware. You need to update the software. You need to update this update that you have to update your couch before you can sit on it. Everything is updated now, and the same is true with drones. There, probably is new software firmware out there. The real problem is with the drones when you upgrade the firmware, it wipes all of your settings. So, unlike upgrading your Smart TV, the drone gets completely wiped. So what we send you is totally flyable. In fact, sometimes we will even send the drones with an older version of the firmware because there might be bugs on newer releases. So this is your first drone experience and the first thing you do is plug it into a USB flash. It you've now gone and erased all the settings and you're gon na have to start from scratch. If you do end up with this issue, check out our build videos in our build videos, we walk you not only through assembling the entire drone, but also the configuration. So you should be able to follow a step by step, how to reconfigure your drone and if you really can't figure it out.
As always, you can send an email to support at rotor right, comm we'll get you taken care of it. So once you're bound up, you can test out where your switches do. We have them all listed here for you. So all the switches on the radio are indicated by letter, so you have SAS BSC SD. We got them listed right here and it tells you what each one's assigned to the default position for all. Your switches is up and away from you, so you always want to start with the front to up and then these away every switch is this gon na? Be the opposite of that so to armed it it's si you're gon na pull it toward you and then flick it away to disarm that's. The way I like to think of it is it's going bad it's going back, get it away from me, just push it away and disarm. The only other switch that you're gon na actually see what it's doing while it's on the bench is gon na be switch. Sd that's your beeper, so pull that one towards you again. This is how you're gon na find it when you crash in the field and you're just lost you don't know where you're at while I mentioned that it's also a good idea, make sure to strap this connection down. Well, so you want your battery straps to hold that, because the difference between finding your drone, when it's plugged in and not plugged in it's huge when you can do this piece of cake, listen to the beep they'll find it.
If you don't got that it's a tricky, the beeper is only going to work if the battery's plugged in you got beep that comes unplugged when you got all your stuff on the bench like this, and you want to test out your switches and everything you can't Have the props on that's that's rule number one in general, these things aren't too dangerous, if you're pretty careful, but if it hits you and it's going full throttle. It'Ll slice you up so always always always take the props off. When you have things anywhere other than you're about to fly it ok, so we can check the arming switch. This is the number one question and concern that I get. I get calls all the time about this people say well, I was I armed it and then, when I give it some throttle. It'S definitely wants to just take off on me on the bench that's completely normal for that to do that. It'S it's, just because of the way that the gyro is meant to work is the supposed to be suspended in the air when it's sitting on the ground it's just building up this error. So long story short don't be concerned about that that's it's not going to run away in the sky when you put props on it. If, for whatever reason, something crazy does happen and you're just gaining altitude and you're not giving it any throttle, just disarm, just let it fall, it's, always better once you've gotten past the point that you don't have control anymore, to just let it fall out of the Sky than to try to bring it back because sometimes it's just kind of getting further away from you and you shouldn't be flying anywhere where, if it were to fall at any given time, it's gon na be a problem anyways.
Another thing you can test out on the bench is how Turtle mode works, so turtle mode is gon na, be on your SC switch. You flick that down and when you arm it nothing's gon na happen, but if I were to give it some roll, you notice. Only two motors are spinning and they spin the opposite way. So you're gon na get flipped over you're gon na disarm. Now don't forget to get back out of turtle mode. I'Ve done this before, where I crash, and then I go to arm like I can't go anywhere it's because you're still in turtle mode. So now you got to flick out of turtle mode now, you're back to normal operation, so there's one more switch, but there's not really any way for me to show you what it does on the bench and that's SB so that's, which is gon na. Put you into Auto level what Auto level is for is it's gon na make the drone perform more like a phantom where, when you push the stick, it'll move forward, but as soon as you let off it's gon na level back off for you it's not going To be as stable, because there's no GPS, but it can really help for when you're not used to the sticks yet to just be able to let off and it's gon na flatten out for you. Well, we don't really recommend to stay there too long, because in the end, you're gon na be able to fly a lot better when you have full control over the drone it's.
Only one last thing to do before we take this thing for a test flight. Never put your props on so hopefully, along with your purchase, you have bought a prop tool or you have a tool it's, just an 8 millimeter nut driver. You might have something in the garage, if not just pick one up from the store. You want to make sure these are nice and snug those they come loose on. You it's gon na get bad. How do you know which way they go? Well? The first thing to make sure is that you have it right side up I've seen people put their props on upside down, so don't be ashamed. If you did it, because it happens just about every prop that I've ever seen, it has what model of prop it is molded right onto it, and that's always going to be on the top side. The other way you can kind of tell is pretty much every prop. Every blade of every prop it's got a little bit of curve to it, so you always want it curving this way. Not this way, the leading edge of the blade is always going to be the higher one. So if you're ever a kid and you're driving, you stuck your hand out the window. You kind of notice, when you put the front of it up, it makes your hand want to go up same concept with this, so leading edge is higher and also there's.
Almost always a swoop to the edge of the blade swoop going that way. That means the props going this way every set of props, provided they didn't screw up and give you the wrong ones. You'Re gon na have two pairs, so there's going to be two or that are the same and then two that are the opposite way. The ones that are the same go on opposite corners, so the the way that most drones are set up is for the props to spin inward, where the front two props spin toward the camera. The back two props spin towards the antennas you think of the drone, is giving you a hug with them props, but some specific bills. We found there's an advantage to having it go the other way. So in our cinema cinema, billed as a as a props out build swimming yeah, the front motors go in towards the camera. The back motors go in towards the butt. So if I can look at this prop, I know that it's swooping this way this is meant to spin that way so that's gon na go over here, leading edge of the blade is higher and the profile blade sweeps back. So I take the one that's a pair of that it's. The same goes opposite corner, and now the thinking is done. You only got two props left. You only got two motors left can't get wrong and then you want to Snug those babies down.
Don'T. Be shy about getting these nice and tight I've also had some customers have issues or, like my quad sounds weird: it doesn't have any power and what it is is if you don't tighten these down enough. When you punch the throttle hard, it can actually slip. Underneath of that nut and spin freely, you don't want that nice and snug you shouldn't, be able to hold the motor and turn the prop at all. I should be in there nice and when you're tighten these up, you want to find a good grip to where you can kind of hold the motor. What I do is, I usually take a blade, and I hold right over that, and then I know that as I'm turning it it's gon na want to turn so I'm kind of gripping onto the blade and the motor at the same time, let's go till. You know and tight and then give it one little mmm, and that should do it. Props are on time to do our first little test covers drones plugged in got the radio there. Well, you need to understand as soon as you touch that switch you're live I've. Seen this happen to people were either a they go to pick everything up and they bump it or you've already landed, and you go to pick it up off the ground and you bump it. You need to treat this kind of like a loaded weapon, it's ready to go at any time.
So just remember, I'll press the opposite way till I keep it disarmed I'll like keep pressure on that switch as I'm walking around. You want to really make sure you don't hit that switch. We definitely recommend doing this test hover line of sight. That means you're not actually in the goggles. Yet I know you want to get flying if you're excited don't go full throttle yet fact don't go any throttle yet right. Whatever thing make sure your directions are going the right way right. I should because we've set it up, but maybe you got for somewhere else, and maybe you just you should just be just good practice and it's also a safe way to test that. You put the props on right that too, on the right. Stick you're gon na gently push forward and even without raising throttle that should lift the tail of the drone up and then you're gon na. Let go to stay back to center and it will come back to the ground. And then you can do that for every direction if you really knew just do like little bunny hops – and this is also gon na help – you practice landing just take off, try to move forward a couple feet and land it take off, go to the side land. It so when you're hovering I'm only ever moving the stick about that. Much that there's not going to be a lot going on in a hover the only time you really ever need to pull the stick.
That much is if you're gon na do a full flipper roll. So what a lot of times beginners will do is over correct and then they'll kind of get nervous and over correct again, and you just get this like that's. What will happen if you give it too much so it's, really subtle movements. If you can see my thumbs, I'm, just barely moving it, even though it may seem like a hover, is a super simple thing to do. It'S actually not easy to hover a quad right in one spot. So if you can't do it that's that's normal, almost nobody can keep it planted as well as a DJI. Drone will do but it's a really good practice, because if you can keep it in relatively small space, that's going to teach a really good stick control for when you're out flying fpv you're, not just getting all over the place. It gives you a feeling for how much stick movement translates to how much drone movement. So you got your drum you didn't erase it you got it binded. You put the props on the correct way. You verified this with a test hover. You are on a channel. You got video you're still ready to fly. I think it's time to get out go fly right up and down your neighborhood. No, you got to think about where you're flying guys you got to fly in a safe location. We recommend parks with big caveats.
Ok parks seem like a great place to fly, but they can be a horrible place to fly because people go to parks for other reasons than flying, yeah and kind of there's, a rule of thumb. If there's anyone else there, you probably shouldn't fly, though you want to find yourself a nice empty field, especially when you're starting out or when you want to start flying around obstacles like trees or things like that. That area needs to be empty there. There should be no one there that's, not part of the activity that's, not also flying a spotting for you or something like that. Yeah someone will pop up out of nowhere walking their dog in a heartbeat, a person. Ok, where did you come from so it's it's? Really beneficial, if you're kind of familiar with the area of like yet you know a park. You know that people play soccer over there, so you're gon na be over here, and you really want to be away from people, especially if you're new, but always like when we see a bunch of people we're like we're out of here, we don't fly on the Cars we don't fly around people. People get into this because they see some of the videos that we do where we get to do really awesome stuff like chase cars and fly around people and those are all control environments where we're working with this they're part of the operation. And we want you to get there, but when you start not, you shouldn't be flying around vehicles.
You shouldn't be flying around people. You want to have a nice, remote, open area and then work your way up to safe obstacles to fly around like trees. Still in a remote area, you know maybe empty parking lots eventually flying around lampposts and you know as long as it's empty all you're, risking none is crashing a drone it's at the concrete, and these things are pretty tough, but they will break from time to time. That'S, how you have fun that's, how you learn this crash, so I guess that's. The last piece of advice I have is have fun and don't be afraid to crash push yourself, push your limits and learn new things: that's what's, so great about this hobby there's. So much to learn from building and setting up the drone for actually flying the drone it's very involved, it's very challenging, but so so rewarding. And we hope that by offering some of these ready to fly and build kit solutions, we can make it easier for you to get into it. Please check out rotor on comm if you're thinking about getting into drones, and you want to get a ready to fly. Drone, if you already have it ready to fly drone and you haven't been able to figure out how to get it in the air. Hopefully this video helped, and if after this video, you still have questions please reach out to us at support at rotary comm, whether you bought your drone from us or not.
We want to get you in the air, so we will help you guys figure out whatever it is. That'S holding you back from flying and enjoying the best hobby that's ever existed.