So far I was recommending for new pilots to get cheap toy grade drones to learn basic drone navigation. Unless you are a talented pilot, you will crash the first time you take your drone for a ride. And to tell you the truth same thing may happen in your second and third fly. And if you are a clumsy pilot then you should get a drone simulator software and learn your skills in a simulator.
Advantages of Drone Simulator
You will not destroy your first drone
You will save money by not needing to buy damaged spare parts
You can learn drone flying skills faster because you are not limited by drone flight time
You can also learn advanced flying features without risking to crash your drone
You can learn camera filming skills faster on drone simulator
How To Use Drone Simulator
First, you need to see if drone simulator supports your remote drone controller. If it is, then you are on a good path to having a positive drone simulator experience. Another thing you should look is a USB connectivity, if your remote controller has USB cable and is capable of being connected to a personal computer, then that means your personal computer will recognize your remote controller, and you will not need to download any additional drivers or software.
After you check all the technical issues, you are ready to get drone simulator software. There are many different types of drone simulators. Some of them are for big drones; some are for small drones. Some are built for getting your flying skills, and some are made for getting your drone filming skills to higher level. So keep that in mind when you are searching for drone simulator software.
List of Drone Simulators
FPV Event – Drone Simulator
FPV Event Drone Racing Simulation
FPV Event is for people who want to learn advanced flying techniques. Pilots who are looking to be drone racers. FPV Event is most expensive drone simulator on this list, but for that money, it provides race tracks, different types of drones and each of them with different characteristics. Software is compatible with your RC Transmitter, so you will have a real feel when flying the drone.
Not only you will be able to fly a drone trough most popular racing tracks, but you will also compete in virtual leaderboard competition and watch how your name climbs the rankings.
Just like FPV Event, this simulator is made for drone racers. The program has many maps on which you can race and climb the leaderboard. You can add friends and even chat with them over the microphone. The social aspect is introduced into software because this simulator has a multiplayer mode.
Like the title says, this one is a game, but with RC Transmitter you can learn many drone racing skills and compete in the drone racing league over the steam. The game is focusing on all drone pilots. From veterans with high skills to new pilots who never have flown a drone before. The software uses real drone physics, and that will help you a lot if you decide to fly a real drone someday. You can get Lift Off from steam.
Hot Props is free for everyone and is at the moment in open beta. Open beta means you can download it for free and use it without limitations, but the software is not yet built until the end. It requires some debugging and fixing some bugs.
Hot Props also has a multiplayer, and you can fly your drone with your friend.
DJI offers a free app to all their customers who bought Mavic, Phantom, inspire or Osmo. DJI Go app have many features from storing all your videos that you recorded with your drone to flight simulator. The flight simulator is maybe not the best, but it will help you get some basic skills at flying a drone.