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I’m new to flying. How can I master flight controls?

If you are new to operating an RC controller, we recommend purchasing a small toy copter like this one to practice on. Once you feel comfortable with that, practice these exercises with your X8:

Skill 1: Hover

Your first step is to maintain a consistent altitude while keeping the X8 oriented so the black arms face towards you and the blue arms face away from you. Practice taking off, rising to a comfortable hovering altitude, and keeping the X8 in place without allowing for any changes in orientation or position. If the X8 drifts forward, backward, left, or right, or rotates clockwise or counterclockwise, use the corresponding stick controls to correct.

Skill 2: Box

When you feel comfortable with your ability to maintain a consistent hovering altitude, try flying a box pattern. To practice this, take off, reach your hovering altitude, then fly forward, right, backward, and left by making small adjustments to the right stick. Make sure to fly the box in front of you and not around you. Use the left stick to rotate the X8 so the black arms face towards you and blue arms face away from you for the duration of the exercise.

Skill 3: Figure Eight

When you can confidently navigate a box while maintaining altitude and orientation, try flying a figure-eight pattern. Once again, make sure to fly the figure eight in front of you and not around you. Use the right stick to create a smooth flight path while using the left stick to correct orientation and maintain altitude.


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