The same scene plays out everytime I see someone fly a quadcopter indoors… They lift it off the ground, hover for a few seconds, move back and forth, then a spectator roars.
“Land it in my hands!”
This is not easy. First, it is a not simple to hold a microquad in one position for 5-10 seconds as you lower into someone’s hand. Second, hands are small – much smaller than the floor. Third, you get some Ground Effect and maybe Vortex Ring State from hitting your own prop wash; all make holding a precise position that much harder. Fourth, if you bought a microquad, the motors heat up and slow down mid-flight – throwing off the trim you wasted an entire battery perfecting.
You struggle with the landing, whether it is a pair of hands or a coffee table. How discouraging. Why is landing so hard? Isn’t takeoff and landing the first and the easiest things you should learn?
No. I argue that this skill is secondary.
Quit hovering 4 inches above the floor. Take off quickly and get in the air.
You know what’s more important? Hovering. Maintaining a position in midair. If you can’t hover, you’ll can’t land.
Struggling with hovering? That’s ok. Check out my article on hovering.