I would like to educate Quadcopter and Drone Flyers through this post , what exactly is Yaw, Roll and Pitch. Before Learning more about quadcopter's motion terminology (Yaw, Roll and Pitch), lets move on to know, something about Quadcopters and how it flies.
Quadcopter is derived from the word Quadrotor Helicopter. Very similar to a Helicopter, quadcopters uses four propellers and four motors which creates thrust and helps to elevate high , out of four motors with propellers attached, two motors rotates in clockwise(CW) and other two rotates in counter-clockwise(CCW). As you can see in the below picture, Motors 1 and 3 rotate in clock wise and motors 2 and 4 rotate in counter clock wise direction.
Defining Yaw, Pitch and Roll for Quadcopters
Having said that, the motion on the Quadcopter is controlled by three main things, the Yaw, Pitch and Roll along with Uplift and Downfall. These terms are definitely important to know before you start flying quadcopters, i say this because, Quadcopters are fun to fly if you know what exactly you are doing.
What is Yaw
Yaw is the deviation/Rotating the head of the quadcopter either to right or left, Yaw can be controlled through the throttle stick, also called rudder, making it to rotate either to the left or right. See the below animation to understand more.
What is Pitch
Pitch is the movement of quadcopter either forward and backward. Forward Pitch is achieved by pushing the aileron stick forward, which makes the quadcopter tilt and move forward, away from you.
Backward pitch is achieved by moving the aileron stick backwards(towards you), making the quadcopter, come closer to you.see the below animation to know more about the Pitch movement in quadcopter
What is Roll
Most people get confused with Roll and Yaw, Roll is making the quadcopter fly sidewards, either to left or right. Roll is controlled with the aileron stick, making it move left of right, if you move the aileron stick to the left, the quadcopter will fly left, if you move the aileron stick to right, the quadcopter will fly right.
What is Uplift and Downfall
Uplift is simply making the quadcopter fly high from the ground/sea level. the elevation can be controlled using the throttle stick , by pushing it forward, making the quadcopter fly high. Pushing the throttle down, makes the quadcopter come down to the ground which is called downfall.
If you are a beginner and i recommend buying the Syma X11C quadcopter, you can learn more through this beautiful quadcopter indoors and outdoors, check my review on X11C here.You are welcome to leave a comment and contact us for any questions or start a discussion here by joining our community
Which should be your first drone?
If you are a beginner and want to be a expert pilot, i recommend choosing a quadcopter or a drone with no headless mode feature, this will not only enhance your flying skills but also make you learn how the drone flies. below are my recommendations from beginners to professional drones
- Start with Syma X5C-1
- Syma X5UW - a new entry, if you are looking for some new and refreshing model
- WL Toys V222
- Hubsan H107L, H107C
DJI Phantom Series, Phantom 4, Phantom Advance or Professional
With the short introduction and the list, you should be able to get started with the drone hobby! fly Safe and follow rules! Leave a comment below if you require some clarification on which drone to buy!