Written on Sunday, October 25, 2020
Never fear crashing the drone. You need to accept that you will crash.
You will break the drone. It's a little misleading when you watch videos
online of other pilots. You rarely see crashes. And those happen even
on the best of the best. Yes, Mr. Steele also crashes!
That being said the key thing is to get a drone that is rugged while
easy and cheap to repair. For me, TinyHawk 2 Race fills those requirements.
When I started FPV I crashed every 30second. After a few months, it was
few crashes per pack. Now after more than half a year, I can fly full
pack without a crash. But it's more of a cruising. But when I'm learning
some new trick o try to fly fast - crashing are unavoidable.
I crashed the TinyHawk so many times. And finally, I brake the carbonfiber
frame. But the new one is very cheap and swapping it is easy. I did not
brake any prop yet. Avan props are indestructible :)
There is an unofficial rule that if you do not crash it means you do not
learn. You need to go outside your comfort zone and try new, scary things.
There is one exception to the things I write above: water/rain. Do not
fly above the body of water. If something gets wrong - you failsafe and
the drone drops - it's over. And you will lose the most costly part -
the flight controller and/or video transmitter. It is not worth it.
Rain and wet grass are less dangerous but still can do the same damage.
If you end up in the water - unplug the battery BEFORE you take the drone
out. There is a *little* more chance that it will survive thanks to that.
Just put it in the rice for a night.
Flying each day over and over is not better than flying once a week.
It may be not logical at first but that's how our brain works.
It needs time to "process". After a few days without flying you'll
find that you become way better. I hear that from Mr. Steele and did
not believe it. But then I pick up a drone after a long pause due to
bad weather and other stuff. And I was impressed by how good my skill was.
It happens to me a few more times. Now I know it is true.
In short - flying day and day will increase your skill just a little bit.
Making a few days off and then fly will increase your skills way more.
If you live in a country like me - Poland - the weather just make the
days off for you.
My TinyHawk 2 Race is designed for outdoors. Anyone was saying that
it is way too powerful to fly indoors. And that is true in some way.
If you want to fly exclusively indoors then yes - use any TinyWhoop.
But for me, the challenge of flying a racing drone in super tight spaces
is worth the trouble. I learn throttle management and increase my space
awarnes dramatically. Yes, I destroy a few plants in the apartment and
crashes a lot more. But when I go outdoor and fly in the tree branches
it's way easier now.
I also way better in low flying / low throttle management. It is very
difficult with TinyHawk 2 Race as it has motors designed for speed
not for precision. But flying in the apartment forces me to learn
how to move the stick very, very delicately to keep the quad just
above the floor.
This is super important if you want to hit low gaps under the park
benches. I always was impressed by others that hit those. I couldn't
see myself doing that at the beginning. It was so hard to do.
Now I can do it easily and with confidence. And all of that I owe to
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