3 Rules You Have to Know Before Flying Drones

3 Rules You Have to Know Before Flying Drones

The drone industry is soaring. It has become very popular as more and more people take an interest in drone potential. People who buy these drones may have more difficulty than expected when it comes to learning how to fly them properly. It’s not as easy as it looks, but then again, it’s nowhere near impossible. All you need to do is having a little patience and spending a lot of time practicing. You can learn how to fly the drone perfectly with some dedicated effort.

The first thing you should do is buy a good drone. There are several brands that are manufacturing these drones, so it is important to know the types of drones that are suitable for you. For example, military drones are very complex and expensive, and they aren’t made for common use.


Other drones are used for recreational purposes. These drones are very simple and affordable. To create the better models, the expensive drones and the simple drones have been fused together to create high-quality flying machines. These models are known as quadcopters.

In a drone, there are four motorized arms, and there are propellers attached to the ends of each arm. Two of the rotors spin clockwise, while the other two rotors spin counterclockwise. They can carry an HD camera, which means you can take photos and record videos while the drone is in flight. These drones are also equipped with a crash-avoidance system, and they feature GPS as well. This type of drone can help in capturing the best images.


The new models are much easier to purchase, fly, and repair. If you end up crashing the drone for a few times in the beginning, don’t worry — it will take some time to become efficient.

The input commands need to be understood before the drone is flown. You can practice with the drones before trying to fly them. This will help you become comfortable with the alleviation control of the drone. The alleviation should be mastered before learning how to steer it left and right.


Learning to Fly Drones

Don’t try to practice indoors. Always go outside and choose an open location. Be careful not to fly the drone in high winds. As the drone is flown, it is important that there is as little wind as possible. This is especially important if the drone is lightweight and features GPS stabilization. It is better if there are no people or pets around while you are learning to fly it.

Pre-Flight Checks

Do these pre-flight checks before you fly your drone. These checks can save you from some trouble afterward.


  • Check that the batteries of the quadcopter and transmitter are fully charged.
  • Check that the battery of the quadcopter is secure and locked in place.
  • Check that everything is fixed and nothing is loose.
  • The propellers should be securely fitted.
  • Check the edges of the propeller and make sure that they are not hacked.
  • Do a visual check for the screws.
  • Turn the quadcopter on.

The Best Rule

The important thing to remember is that if the drone crashes, you should throttle off immediately. If it crashes and the throttle is not off, the motor can burn out. If it hits the ground at full speed or comes toward you, it can do a lot of damage. Remember: turn the throttle off immediately so that the damage can be minimized.

Use the throttle to maintain the height. Keep it steady and then bring it down on a flat surface. Give a little extra throttle while landing. This will provide smooth landing.

Before the drone takes off, make sure that the back of the quad is facing you. Once height is achieved, go forward smoothly. Once the flight is smooth, move left and right. Keep the landing as smooth as possible. Practice the landing by picking a smooth spot and landing directly on the spot.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals



    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.



      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.


      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.



          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.


            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.


            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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