The Hubsan H107D - A cracking little drone
I have had the Hubsan H107D for a few weeks now but today was its first outdoor flight. Since I had the H107D delivered the UK has had the “Beast from East” weather system resulting in being snowed in, been hit by strong winds and endured extended periods of rain. During the days when the weather has been suitable to fly a drone outside I have been stuck in the office and not had the chance to get out with the H107. Today everything fell in to place, and whilst it wasn’t the best of weather and the skies were dull and overcast it was at least still and dry.
Since I took delivery of the Hubsan H107D I have flown it indoors. I say flown it, what I actually mean is got it in the air, made it hover and also move slowly around my lounge. Unfortunately, I don’t live in a barn and my lounge is not that big, so I have not had the chance to let the H107D stretch its legs, and I have not had the opportunity to see what it could do.
I have mastered indoor slow flying so I thought I would be pretty good at outdoor flying – how wrong I was. Flying the H107 properly outside is totally different to flying it indoors, and it is a lot harder than I thought it would be.
The hardest part flying outdoors is keeping check on the orientation and what way the drone is facing. The H107 doesn’t have headless mode and keeping track on what is the front isn’t easy at all and it is all too easy to mess it up and send the drone in the direction. Fortunately, I had a clear flying area and wasn’t flying too high.
Even though it was a relatively still day there were times when the wind took the drone. I was flying it with propeller guards on which I know catch the wind more than flying without propeller guards on. I’m probably going to remove the guards for the next flight and see if that makes much of a difference.
Below is a video of my maiden outdoor flight with the H107D.
The footage was captured using my Go Pro Session camera on a head strap. I am still trying to think of a better way to record my drone flights, although I have to admit I am struggling a bit.
Overall the Hubsan H107d is a great drone and good fun to fly. The range may not be that great, but given my current drone flying skills I am not overly bothered about this. I mean, I struggle to control the drone at close quarters, so I’d have no chance if it were a long way away.
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