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  • 5 Safety Tips For Flying a Drone

    • Enaeria
    26 September2016

    To a lot of us, drones seem like a rather new technology, something that will exist in the future. So it is surprising to learn that they have been in use for years. Drones have become mainstream and there are an abundance of companies now producing civilian drones. You can pick up a drone for under $50 or spend upwards of $100 000. No matter what type of drone you have or your intended use, there are some general safety tips that will keep you, those around you, and your drone safe throughout the flight.

    Tip # 1: Familiarize yourself with your drone.

    5 Safety Tips For Flying a DroneDrones come in all shapes and sizes. They have amazing features such as GPS locking, pre-programmed flight paths, and various flight modes. Some drones come with additional safety features such as an automated return to home feature. It is important to be aware of how your drone will respond in certain situations so you remain calm during the flight and make informed and confident decisions.

    Tip #2: Don’t rush.

    The purchase of your new drone is extremely exciting. We all just want to take it out of the box, turn it on, and lift off. However, piloting a drone is like learning how to ride a bike. You need to start with training wheels and having a grown-up run alongside you wouldn’t hurt. The first few times you take your drone out for a spin, go to a wide open area to practice controller inputs. It’s also a good idea to have an instructor or an experienced pilot coach you to minimize risk.

    Tip #3: Check the weather.

    Regardless of where you are in the world, adverse weather conditions can be detrimental to any flight. Check the weather forecast before you set out and ensure that the drone that you have is more than capable of operating in those conditions. As a pilot, you want to be confident in your ability to fly and be certain that your flight will end successfully. If there is a doubt in your mind about the weather conditions, it’s better to attempt your flight on another day.

    Tip #4: Take a look around.

    No matter what your experience is with operating a drone, you always want to be aware of your surroundings. Before you lift off, take the time to review the airspace you will be operating in and note potential hazards. Some hazards to watch out for include: hydro lines, towers, trees, buildings, other air traffic, and confined spaces.

    Tip #5: Have an observer with you.

    5 Safety Tips For Flying a DroneIt is often a requirement to have an observer with you when flying drones for commercial applications and it’s never a bad idea to have one by your side regardless of the reason for your flight. The role of the observer to is assist the pilot in operating safely. They keep their eyes on the drone even when you are looking down at your controls or your first person video feed. They can inform you if the aircraft is close to hazardous objects, look out for other aircrafts in the vicinity, monitor battery life, and, most commonly, tell interested bystanders that the pilot needs to concentrate and can chat after the drone has safely landed.

    Happy Flying!

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