Flying the MJX Bugs 2 Drone for the first time !
After careful reading and following the instructions that come with the MJX 2 Bugs 2…………………
We headed for the flying field to see what happens………….
Following the GPS connection procedure in the instructions, it was time to take to the sky’s.
Pressing the Unlock button starts the motors at tick-over.
Click the RTH button and the drone rises and holds at around five feet altitude.
Altitude can be set and holds, using the left stick.
Short click the photo button to take a picture via the on board camera.
Long click the photo button to start a video.
Photo from Bugs 2 at around 150 feet. M1 motorway in the background.
We are in the foreground at the take-off point.
Controllability of the MjX Bugs 2 is awesome. The ‘altitude hold’ clearly makes flying safer and easier. At auto take off, the Bugs 2 rises quickly to around five feet or so and holds its position without touching the controls. There are four different modes that the control sticks can be set, to suit the flyer. Being brought up using ‘single stick’ flying, I chose Mode 4 which I found perfect for my style of flying. I often fly electric powered gliders in this field and after just two 15 minute sessions with the Bugs 2, I can honestly say that this drone is easier to fly around and land, than my fixed wing gliders.
The Bugs 2 has the best part of a mile range which is definitely ‘out of site’ but if you do get into trouble just click the ‘RTH’ button (return to home) the Bugs 2 immediately switches to GPS mode, gains altitude in order to fly over any obstacles, barns, trees etc, and then makes its way back to be vertically over its take off point. It then gently loses altitude and lands itself! The exact landing point can be a few feet different from the take-off point, so allow for this by not taking off close to a tree or any other obstacle.
The transmitter LCD display covers an amazing amount of information from battery voltages of both the transmitter and the drone. Number of satellites that the GPS is using. Altitude and distance (in meters) of the drone. Signal strength. Photo and video icons etc.
The build quality of both Transmitter and Drone with its special slot/plug in battery unit can only be described as excellent.
The Bugs 2 comes with its balanced charger for charging the slot-in Lipo battery. This works perfectly well and gives a safe charge in around five hours. When eager to get out flying however we have been using the popular ImaX B6 charger powered from a 12volt car battery. This requires an XT30 connector to 4mm banana plugs connector lead. With the settings of the Imax B6 as shown, gives a full charge in around an hour. The supplied charger does give a gentler charge however for the battery. Better idea is to have one or two spare batteries fully charged when you got the time.
The above Civil Aviation Authority.uk link, dated March 13 2019, ‘Safety Code’ covers recreational Drones usage.
Model aircraft of the past 60 years, with or without a camera are very similar devices and must inevitably fall
under this Safety Code. ?
Thanks for reading .