If you’re a regular on this site, chances are you’re relatively new to multi-rotor RC flying. There’s a good chance you’re either brand new and just looking to get started, or are currently flying a toy grade quad such as an AR Drone, Hubsan, Ladybird, etc. If you’re part of the latter group, you’ve probably looked “over the fence” a few times and thought about moving on to bigger, “Hobby Grade” drones (for the purpose of this article, I will classify anything with brushed motors as toy grade, and anything using brushless motors as hobby grade). I know how you feel. I was there a year ago, flying my AR Drone and looking on with envious eyes at some of the things Juz and Alishanmao could do with their quads. I ultimately jumped over the fence, and I have to say it’s been quite a journey and learning experience. Along the way I’ve done some things right and some things wrong. The purpose of this article is to share what I’ve learned, and to help you be as prepared as possible when you’re ready to make the leap yourself.
Probably the single most important piece of advice I can give you is to plan ahead. Making the jump to a full sized quad is a big step and it comes with a big learning curve. [Read more...]