Quadcopter basics:Learn about drone parts and how they work

A beginners guide to understand quadcopters, its parts, how it flies, the tech used. Even a part list to build your own!
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  • Lectures 13
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

Welcome to quadcopter 101, the course that gives your a good understanding of a drone, its parts, how it flies and where and what to buy to build your own drone/quadcopter.

My videos show each part in details and I explain the use of those parts and give you details on how the part works. Don't worry I explain it in easy to understand terms.

I have included a detailed shopping list that lists out all the parts needed and show you where to buy them too.

I have broken down the course into intro, quick overview and individual parts break down. You can jump around any where in the course to learn each item independently.

The course not too long not too short at the end of the day, you will know the basics of a drone and be confident to star building your drone.

This "DESTIN2016" should bring down the price to $9. Only limited coupons available, so hurry up and grab them before they are gone!

Who is this course for?
  • This course is meant for hobbyists, students ,technology enthusiasts and all that want to build a well flying Drone for themselves or for a friend.
  • Anyone who wants to learn the basics and eventually build your own.

What are the requirements?

  • None, just your curiosity to fly a model aircraft/Drone

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Gain valuable understanding of drones and its underlying technology
  • Learn the basics parts of a Drone and how it helps.
  • Know how a drone works and how it flys
  • Get a shopping list to build your own drone

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for hobbyists, students ,technology enthusiasts and all that want to build a well flying Drone for themselves or for a friend.
  • Anyone who wants to build a Drone.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Chapter 1 - Introduction to Quadcopter

This section introduces what a drone is, gives a definition for a quadcopter and show other types of multirotors.

Section 2: Chapter 2 - Major parts of a quadcopter

In this chapter, I will quickly browse through all the major parts of a quadcopter.

This is to give you a brief intro before I elaborate these parts in the next chapters.

3 questions

Just a quick quick on what the the major parts are.

Section 3: Frame of a quadcopter.

This lecture shows you what a frame in a drone is and the different components of a frame and how it is used in a quadcopter.

2 questions

Lets check what you know about a quadcopter frame

Section 4: Power system of a quadcopter
In this chapter I will explain what is the power system of multicopter or a quadcopter. In other words, how does a quadcopter get its power, what is the principle source of power and how it gets to the motors and other onboard components.
Section 5: Flight power

In this chapter I explain what or how does the quadcopter takes shape. What is the body of the quadcopter.

2 questions

This quiz is to check your knowledge of flight dynamics of a quadcopter.


Flight power is primarily via the electric brushless motors. This chapter talks about motors and how and what about them.


Well, you can't just add power to the motor and expect it to do its thing. We need a speed controller, specifically an Electronic speed controller. I will go over all that now.

Section 6: Flight Controller

Hi guys welcome back to quad copter 101. This chapter is all about Flight Controllers.

In this chapter, I will go over the basics of a flight controller and tell you how a flight controller works. I will walk you thru what a typical flight controller has on board and show you a few Flight controller I use.

Section 7: Radio control (RC) used in a quadcopter.

This lecture talks about how to control your quadcopter , how to make it fly in the direction you want and do things that you want it to do.

What you use is an RC Transmitter. This talks about RC transmitter and all about it.

5 pages

In this "lecture" I walk you thru the basics of a RC receiver and explain the various receivers and their whats and hows.

Section 8: What else?
6 pages

In this lecture, I go over things that you need to keep in mind and what kind of safety measures you need to consider before, during and after flight of a drone.

Section 9: The shopping list!

Listed here are all the parts that I usually use to build my own quadcopter. These parts have been chosen after several trial and errors.

Every part has a link to where I got them.

Let me know if you have any questions.

1 page

This lecture contains all suppliers that I use regularly to buy various parts and replacement.

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Instructor Biography

Yogesh Ramakrishnan, A consummate technologist with borderline nerd tendancies

I am a software engineer currently working with a leading technology company, designing and developing mission critical applications.

As an extension to my professional life I have been building and flying drones for a few years now and I have made my share of mistakes and learned a lot too.

I graduated with an electrical engineering degree and extended with and advanced degree in software engineering .

Quad copters and the technology behind it is a very good confluence of technology between software and hardware.

Being a consummate technologist and border line nerd tendencies help me a lot with this hobby. I am glad I found my passion in this hobby, it is so fulfilling and challenging.

I can't wait to see where and how this technology advances for the betterment of humanity.

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