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Air Scoop Newsletter
November 2018
Our next Club meeting is December 5th held at the Longfellow School Gym. 2019 Elections will be held and final preparations for the Awards and Xmas Dinner for December 8th at the Celtic Cowboy at 1 PM. President Dan Woods, Treasurer Darrell Anderson, and Secretary Chuck Woods have been renominated, Dave Groose and John Sandy have been nominated for Club Vice President. There is still time to nominate individuals for the positions at the Dec. 5th meeting.

Dan Woods has asked members to email him for their pick for the Awards: Member of the Year, Most Improved Pilot and the Hard Luck Plaque. Dan's email is
Wednesday night flying at the Longfellow School continues Wednesday nights 6pm to 9pm. We could use some more flyers, as there have been a couple weeks where only 2 or 3 flyers participated. Please come out and check out whats with these quad devices that many think are fun. You might try one and find out you might like them also. It gives a person some winter flying time. Below are some recent images from Wednesday nights.

Dan Woods has built some lighted obstacles for flyers to learn to fly through. It takes a little practice to judge your depth of field, or guys like Chuck Woods uses his FPV googles so he sees what his quad sees.
Whatís the Best Beginner Quadcopter You Can Buy?
The opinions on the best beginner quadcopter on the market are, so far, pretty divided. Quadcopter drones are amazingly versatile machines, so it all depends on what one wants to do with it. Some users require a sturdy quadcopter that can support a high-resolution camera, while others prefer a device that isnít so demanding in terms of battery usage. The question is which beginner quadcopter performs best both in terms of features and price to quality ratio? This roundup will attempt to give you an overview of the best beginner quadcopter drones on the market.
Beginner Quadcopter FAQs
Where are drones usually flown?
This one largely depends on what beginner quadcopter you choose to buy. Some quadcopters are specifically designed to be used outdoors. Others are intended for indoor use. Still, others can function perfectly in both environments.

If you plan on flying your drone inside make sure thereís nothing around that could possibly get caught in the propellers. Likewise, if youíre flying it outside, you really have to make sure you alert the people around you. Drones can be extremely dangerous and accidents can be painful.

Should I try and repair a drone or quadcopter by myself?
As a warning: donít try to be a hero if you donít have the tech skills to solder iron and do basic engineering. Itís equally safe to sell your drone for parts and then use the money to buy a new one. The difference wonít be that much and itís a lot safer than trying to fix it and ending up with your quadcopter running amok.

How to fly a quadcopter?
Donít think itís a walk in the park, flying a quadcopter is far more complicated than it would seem. First and foremost, you need to correctly calibrate the drone before takeoff. Otherwise, it will probably end up in your neighborsí tree or something similar but more dramatic. Check out our complete guide on how to fly a drone before you go on.

How big should my beginner quadcopter be?
Small, your beginner quadcopter should be as small as possible. Donít go out of your way to have a big quadcopter. That is because the bigger a quadcopter is, the more expensive and easier to break it becomes. A small one will suffice unless you have a large payload.
Two popular beginner quads would be the Syma X5C from ebay or Amazon and the Zeyrok from Horizon Hobbies, both have stability features and only cost under $50.
Basic Flight Maneuvers Ė Lift-off, Hovering, Landing

Lift-off is, of course, the most basic move you need to master. Fortunately, itís relatively easy. First off, make sure the throttle sensitivity is centered. This is generally the vertical button on the left side of your remote control.
Secondly, you should start the drone. Check for any extra instructions pertaining to your particular remote or device. The drone should take a few seconds to calibrate itself, wait until its main LED light turns solid and stops flickering.
Thirdly, you should test the throttle to get accustomed to it. Simply push the left stick gently until you feel at ease with how the propellers work relative to your actions.

Hovering. In order to safely hover, you need to have all of your sensitivity trimmers leveled out. This will make sure that the quadcopter will not move too much in one particular direction. Keep the drone steady in mid-air. Some drones will be perfectly calibrated and will hang in total balance with nothing but medium throttle. Others may have a slight yaw in a particular direction. Compensate with your controls so that the quadcopter doesnít spiral out of control.

Landing. This one is practically a piece of cake. All you have to do is gently lower the throttle lever and let the drone descent. When the device gets close to about an inch off of the ground, release it completely. Never land at high speeds unless there is a risk of injury. Itís important to learn how to fly and be able to securely land a quadcopter before trying the most difficult tricks

Repeat all of the above steps several times before moving on to the following maneuvers. In learning how to fly a drone, you will need to employ all of these basic maneuvers many, many times. Therefore, mastering standard flight is key.