Flight Tips – First Flight with FPV Gimbal

This is a set of tips and recommendations for trying out a head tracking gimbal for the first time.

  • I recommend setting up the gimbal to have a conservative range of motion, at least for your first flights. I set up mine to have about 30 degrees upwards to 50 degrees downwards, but you may want less than what I currently use for the first flights.
  • “Center” the head tracker at about 10 degrees downwards so that you can reach both ends of the throw comfortably and reliably. Also get familiar with where the ends of the throw are in your range of motion.
  • If you keep your head up and still it’s a normal FPV drone. Before you try this system it may be helpful to fly a normal FPV drone and focus on just keeping your head up.
  • I recommend trying this in angle mode for the first time, although it is better in acro once you learn to use it.
  • Keep your head up, fly to a safe location with plenty of room, then start trying to look down.
  • The first time you tilt your head down in the air, your first instinct will be to pitch the drone back to level out the camera DONT DO THIS as you will rocket backwards, trust that your drone hasn’t changed pitch.
  • Make sure you are very comfortable and familiar with your rates before trying in acro, it is important to be able to predict what your stick inputs will do. Your head position is a point of reference to camera angle but it is also helpful to just have confidence in how stick inputs will affect the drone.

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