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7 FPV Flight Exercises before you start

7 FPV Flight Exercises before you start

This article is wrote for FPV quad beginners, if you are a rich experience Flier, you can share your experience to beginners on this blog. I collect many tips about FPV flying and share them to FPV beginners.

When we plan to have a FPV flying, there are some preparations are necessary to do before we start. For the following exercises, it’s best to have your FPV camera facing straight ahead if you are a beginner (no camera tilting). Some more advanced fliers tilt their cameras up so they can see the horizon when flying fast.

Always make sure that you have enough space for recovery from error, and that the area is clear of people, animals or any other thing that can get harm or damaged. Also make sure that the craft is far enough from yourself and your spotter.

Switch on self-level mode (horizon or angle mode).

Use some kind of marking, or trees as reference to help you identify position and distance.

  1. Take off and land:

Main goal: Practice throttle/altitude control.

Sub goals: Control drifting using roll and pitch


Take off and stay at 1 to 2 meters high for a few seconds, then slowly coming down to ground and land.

Make sure the take-off and landing is soft and gradual.

Don’t cut your throttle too rapidly, hard landing can cause damage to your quadcopter.

  1. Flying forth and back:

Goal: Practice forward flying, yaw turns, speed control, altitude control.


Take off and stay at about at 1 to 2 meters high.

Fly forward by pushing pitch stick, for maybe 20 meters. Keep your height constant at all time by adjusting throttle.

Start to slow down by pulling the pitch stick towards you, and come to a stop.

Turn around left or right using Yaw, accelerate again (pitch forward) to fly back to where you took off, slow down and turn around.


You can increase speed and distance as you progress. Feel free to use roll as well to level your craft while making yaw turns.

  1. Square pattern turns:

Goal: Some more turn practice and making corrections to path after turns. Getting used to flying in a bigger area.

Setup: Square of about 50mX50m mark with a white ribbon or any other thing you think is right.


Fly along the sides of the square while trying to keep a constant altitude and pace.

Switch between CW and CCW direction.

  1. Circle a pole/tree while constantly facing it:

Goal: Practicing yaw, roll and throttle control combined.

Description: Circle a pole or a tree while constantly making roll, yaw and throttle adjustments to keep a constant distance from the tree and altitude.

  1. 8 figure around 2 poles or trees:

Main goal: Much better coordination between both hands, you should be able to control all 4 axis better at the same time: throttle, yaw, pitch and roll.


It’s easier to have the 2 poles further away.

Try to turn around as smooth as you can.

Fly in an 8 figure while trying to maintain constant altitude.

You should start to have some fun flying FPV.

  1. Sharp turns:

Main goal: Able to make a accurate sharp turns, enables you to avoid some crashes. Sharp turns are also an effective way of braking.


Fly towards to the side of a pole or tree with some speed, and turn 180 in yaw axis in a fast manner.

You will need to use roll and pitch to help leveling the aircraft, and fight some of the momentum.

  1. Fly through a Tight Gap / Air Gate:

Main goal: Practice fast flying combined with fine stick control.

Setup: a long field with one air gate in the middle. Start with a big gate.


starting at one end of the field, above the height of the gate, fly towards the gate and descend slowly to the height of the gate.

Increase altitude once you passed through the gate. Sharp turn and repeat.

Few last words:

Fly safe, be responsible and sensible.  The last advice: don’t forget to prepare some lipo batteries, to have a long and happy flight time, lipo batteries are very important, too. More importantly, have fun!

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