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Could DJI’s new flight simulator help fine tune your flying skills?




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Do you sometimes wish you could learn new manoeuvres without risking smashing your precious UAV into something?

If so – why not try a simulator?

DJI, are by far the biggest drone company in the world. They have just released a new flight simulator. The company touts the product as a “professional pilot training software.”

How does it work?

The program, available for PCs, trains pilots in particular skills and then allows them to test what they’ve learned in a range of flight modes and environments. Users can experience simulated flight for Mavic, Phantom, Inspire and Matrice 200 series drones. The simulator also includes an applications mode which allows a commercial users the opportunity to practice skills such inspecting power pylons (must be riveting).

The simulator has built-in features to make the experience feel as realistic as possible including wind feedback and crashes. You can even use your existing DJI remote to control the on-screen drone.

DJI are far from the first player in this space but due to their size, their entering into this market is quite a big deal. FPV drone racers have had access to a DRL racing simulator on Steam, since June last year. For anyone interested, it’s available for less than $25.

Why would someone want/need a drone simulator?

Drone simulator could be useful to nearly anyone who owns a drone and aspires to improve their skills.

DJI engineers are a smart bunch and they’ve made UAVs that are, for the most part, fairly intuitive to fly. Once you’ve got all the basic skills down, however, there are some moves you might wanna pull off that most people won’t master right away. Smooth turns, tracking shots and keeping your drone steady when flying in sports mode are just some of the skills that take a certain finesse. You won’t pick these sorts of abilities without quite a few hours of flight time under your belt. Using a drone simulator could help someone gain skills and extra flying experience without worrying about weather conditions, finding a spot to legally fly and worrying about your battery running out. They will also represent a useful training resource for flight training schools and to educate people in workplaces or in country’s that may eventually require people to sit a sort of drone license test.

From my personal experience flying with my Mavic Air, a flight simulator could be a great tool. Typically, my battery achieves around 18-19 mins of flight time. Because of this, I’m generally wary of trying too many things in one flight because I want to maximize my opportunity to capture beautiful footage before I’m out of juice. That’s got me more than a little curious to know what this simulator is like. Once I’ve tried it, I’ll let you know what I think.

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