My Hubsan 501S drone was delivered last Monday, and thanks to a long and busy week at work I have not yet had the chance to fly it. This morning I woke up to a perfectly still day and whilst there was a bit of low cloud visibility wasn’t too bad at all. From what I have read over the last week, and trust me I have read a lot, it was the perfect day for flying a drone.
With a load of batteries all charged up and ready to go I was all prepared to take my 501S drone for its maiden flight, but the sticky stuff hit the fan and I had to put the test flight on the back burner and go and sort something out. When I finally returned home it was too late to go to the large, open field I wanted to fly the drone so that was the flight scuppered.
I didn’t want to waste the entire day, besides I had been looking forward all week to finally getting the chance to fly the drone, I decided to set it up in the garden and have a quick play. I know a small and enclosed space isn’t the ideal place for flying a drone for the first time I but I was happy there was enough room to ascend, hover a bit, rotate left and right, descend and repeat a few times. My thought was that practicing these basic maneouvres in a restricted space would mean I couldn’t go wild and take the drone further, higher and faster than my abilities can deal with, even though the temptation would be there.
Below is a short clip of my first play with not just the Hubsan 501S but also my first ever drone:-
Before I bought the Hubsan I had read that it was easy to fly and suitable for a beginner, and whilst it was easier to get off the ground and land again than I thought it would be, it is not that easy to fly. I found the 501 moved at the slightest touch of the controls and then when I tried to correct it I over compensated and sent the drone in the opposite direction. I guess I am a little heavy handed at the moment and will have to learn to have a softer touch. I feel this is going to be quite a challenge.
Leaving the controls alone the 501 seems to hover nicely, although there is a little up and down movement. The up and down is greater at the beginning of the hover and will get less and less. There are times when the 501 will remain almost stationery but this doesn’t last for a long time. I am sure I have read about a work around for this, so it is something I will look to rectify in the future.
If you want to experience the Hubsan 501S drone it is available from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and eBay.
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