Avoid These Mistakes When You’re Flying Your Drone the First Time

For drone pilots, it’s frustrating to see how their drones crash somewhere and may not be able to retrieve it. Yes, this is possible! The latest drone technology includes anti-crash sensors giving everyone including beginners the opportunity to avoid crashes. However, drones are not intelligent enough to completely avoid accidents, they are machines and sometimes sensors can fail too. 

There are many factors that cause a crash and you cannot do anything about it. Here are some of the mistakes to keep in mind to avoid this nightmare. 

1. Not knowing your direction

Not familiar with the control sticks. Start practicing flying at a low altitude and try to rotate it and get familiar with all the movements. 

2. Plan the shot 

Plan the height, and distance you are shooting. The closer you are to the object, the better the video or photo is. Plan the shot and consider all the possible movements you are going to cover. 

3. Do not depend on automatic modes 

Depending on anti-collision sensors or GPS will not make you a great pilot. What will happen next if these sensors fail? It’s best to practice in an ATTI mode if you do not have one, try doing it in a mini drone. 

4. Flying indoors

It is recommended to fly in an open space free of obstacles. If you are going to fly indoors, just use a mini drone. 

5. Observe the environment 

Assess if the area is free of cables, metal equipment, and birds. It is important that we observe and verify the environment to see what can cross your path to avoid crashes. 

6. Losing sight of the drone 

This usually happens if you are not contented with the images taken and forget about the location of your drone. In this case, it’s best to take a practice shot so you won’t have to go elsewhere and lose sight of the drone. 

7. Ignoring the settings

A good pilot should have a checklist and routine checks as a part of planning the shot these include the battery life, the propeller’s status, calibration, sensors, and more. Create a list of the things you should check before flying. Keep in mind the distance of your location. 

Never fly a drone out of your comfort zone as a start. Go slowly and build your confidence step by step. Get familiar with the setting and what you are capable of. If you have any questions about drones, contact us.  

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