Charpu Shares Several Lessons About His Flying Adventures with Kike Calvo

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Each master has his or her own book of tricks, so I asked Charpu to share several lessons he has learned during his flying adventures:

Mini quads are not toys. They can go fast. Very fast. And for that reason, they can be dangerous, create physical damage and even hurt someone or yourself. Do not treat them like toys. Use them with respect, understanding they are highly advanced gadgets with technology that allows them to fly. The key is responsibility. Where do you fly them? And around whom? It matters. Always be safe.

The perception of ‘drones’ changes with different audiences. Opinions are really mixed. People in general do not fully understand what these things are. The first time people have heard of them is in connection with the military. People react strangely around the word “drone”. As pilots, we should always be friendly and explain what this is all about. They can be fun. This is nothing else but a hobby.

Having mini-copters as your hobby allows you to learn a lot about technology and electronics. The whole process becomes a learning experience in itself. You not only go out and fly; the fact that you have to put parts back when you crash, or every time you add new upgrades, makes you grow in areas that you will probably never be interested in.

This hobby might help children in learning and developing skills. It has the flying side, similar in a way to video games. But on top, it adds the learning portion of the equation as kids need to build the machines and fix them after crashes.

When you are flying FPV you may feel disconnected initially. Then, with time, you become one with the machine, especially if you fly many times in a same day.

All people are different when it comes to vertigo or motion sickness. In my case, for example, I once tried to fly my quad while sitting in a car in motion. I got motion sickness, because there was a difference between the motion I was feeling as the car moved and what I saw in my goggles.

Source: nationalgeographic.com

Vali Ciobanu

World traveler, husband to an amazing wife, founder of Droneblog, co-founder to a sweet baby girl. Making the world a better place one drone at a time, by sharing your story.

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