What is a quadcopter


A quadcopter, sometimes also referred to as a Quad or a Drone, is a multi rotor craft which has multiple arms and at the end of each arm is attached a propeller.  Quadcopters have 4 arms and use 2 sets of identical propellers, 2 of which turn clockwise and the other 2 turn anti-clockwise, varying the RPM of each individual propeller allows the Quad to lift and be manoeuvred whilst in the air.

Your first quad


We recommend purchasing a Quadcopter that is good value, durable, easy to fly and with readily available spare parts (you know, just in case....).   Fortunately for you we have done some of the hard work already as all of the Quadcopters we offer for sale have been selected with this criteria in mind!  All you have to do is decide if you want a teeny little Nano Quadcopter like the award winning Hubsan Q4 or maybe you would prefer something a little bigger like the Quadcopter with LED’s, which also lights up for awesome displays in the dark! 

Perhaps you’re a budding filmmaker and fancy trying to capture some cool aerial footage?  In that case you’ll be wanting to take a closer look at the Hubsan X4 with onboard HD camera or, if you want to see what your recording as you fly, then the Hubsan X4 FPV with a birds-eye view sent straight to the controller is the one for you.

Reach for the skies


Learning to fly your new quadcopter is a fun, but sometimes challenging, process.  The most difficult aspect for most new pilots is familiarising themselves with the required control techniques.  Your left thumb will control the altitude and rotation of the quadcopter whilst your right thumb will control the forwards, backwards and side to side motions of the quadcopter.  Always place the quadcopter on a level surface when taking off, it is recommended that you do not try and hover too closely above anything as it will be unstable and difficult to control if it is less than 30cm above a surface. 

Start off by standing behind your Quad so that if you fly it forwards it will move away from you, this will allow you to become accustomed to the controls more easily and then, once you have learnt to keep track of which end is the front and which is the back, you can start to experiment more.  Some Quadcopters have trick flying and acrobatic modes for the more advanced pilot, these are detailed in the instruction manual that comes with your quad so make sure to read it thoroughly.  Some of the above may sound a little daunting but don’t despair you will get the hang of it, probably quicker than you first imagined.  Its really just a matter of getting some flight time under your propellers and learning from your mistakes, hey, accidents happen!

Can I fix it?


The most common ailment your quadcopter will likely suffer from is losing propellers but, fear not as, most of the time they can simply be pushed back on to the motor shaft.  You need to be aware that the propellers are directional, two of them rotate clockwise and the other two anti-clockwise (known as pusher and puller props). 

If, during a particularly gnarly crash, you happen to lose two propellers at the same time and are unsure as to where each one should be installed again, don’t worry, just pop them back on and then gently try to get your quadcopter to take off again.  If it lifts as it normally would then well done, you got the props the right way around, if however it just flips over and goes crazy then fear not, all you need to do is swap around the props that you just put back on as they are now on the wrong sides!  

Parts are available, check out our range of quadcopter spare parts and if youre still stuck give our friendly customer services team a call and they will do their best to help.

Your Quadcopter and the Law


Yes, were afraid that it’s time to be a fun sponge.  We know that you’ll love flying your new Quadcopter and will want to take it with you everywhere you go just so you can fly it in loads of interesting places but be aware that with your new toy come some new responsibilities...

You should not fly your Quadcopter in public places if you are going to be within 150m of a large assembly of people, 50m from a single person or a building, and the Quadcopter must always remain in your line of sight, which is 500m horizontally and 122m vertically.  Flying via live-streaming using a first-person view does not permit you to fly your quadcopter beyond line of sight and any video footage or photos captured cannot be used for commercial gain.  

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