FPV: Drone Pilots Guide

Flight Training


This section is written as a training programme that can be used either for self-training or for training under the guidance of an instructor. By following the sections in order, you will make rapid and safe progress.

Gradual steps

‘While the high flights were more spectacular, the low ones were fully as valuable for training purposes. Skill comes by the constant repetition of familiar feats rather than by a few overbold attempts at feats for which the performer is yet poorly prepared.’ Wilbur Wright 1902

‘…we have not felt that our few hours of practice is sufficient to justify ambitious attempts too hastily. Before trying to rise to any dangerous height a man ought to know that in an emergency his mind and muscles will work by instinct rather than by conscious effort. There is no time to think.’  Wilbur Wright 1902

i)      Before you can attain any of the advanced pilot skills, you must be competent at the basics.  It will take many hours of practice to master the fundamental skills such that they are executed instinctively.

ii)     The best way to progress is by following a series of gradual, structured steps. The Flight Exercises detailed later are designed to ensure you progress in this way.

iii)    Make every effort to fly regularly. If you do not get your drone airborne for several weeks you will forget some of what you have learned. A little and often is the fastest route to success.

iv) Before every take-off you should decide the purpose of the flight: after take-off is not the time to start thinking about what to do.

v)   Teach yourself to analyse each flight: by setting yourself specific tasks and evaluating how well you did them, your flying will improve.  If things don’t go quite to plan, work out why.  Then go and have another try.

vi) Closely examine any mistakes you make. When unexpectedly overtaken, good car drivers feel guilty that they had not seen the other car in the mirror. Good pilots should feel the same prick of conscience if they realise that they have not done their checks properly, or failed to check the wind direction. More importantly, they should take steps to ensure that the mistake is never repeated.

See the next section here: Drone Safety Centre