UAV Tips – How to avoid crashing your drone
For this next UAV Tips blog post, we’re covering a basic but crucial part of flying a drone – how to keep it up in the air!
We know – crashing your drone can be devastating. As well as being embarrassing, it costs you money when fixing or replacing it and can also cause unwanted damage to the environment or surrounding peers, resulting in further risks and ultimately, more expenses to pay. Even with proper CAA approved drone training, many of us have crashed our drone at some point in our piloting career but with proper prevention, you can lower the chances.
Don’t fly in the deep end
After passing your flight assessment it can be tempting to test out your skills and push yourself to new limits. However, always start off slowly rather than flying high and into the distance. Find an open area without any obstacles and slowly launch. Get to grips with flying up, down, left and right until you feel stable and confident, understanding the natural movement of your drone. By going slowly you can learn how your drone is reacting to each manoeuvre so you can edit the way you operate accordingly, rather than speeding out of control and into the nearest tree!
Check and double check the weather (especially the wind)
Commercial aircraft operators are constantly using the weather to inform the suitability of each flight. This is integral to all aerial operations, and the weather should also inform your drone activity. If there is any risk of rain then it is best to avoid flying that day – the wetness could damage your aircraft, and a small patch of rain could soon turn into a larger storm. Find out the wind conditions in your area too – if they are high speed then it is safer to fly at a lower altitude or save your flight for a clearer day.
Treat every flight as if it were your first
Even after checking the weather and performing many successful missions, stable pilots are cautious pilots. Never assume that each environment is going to be the same, and follow the first initial, slow takeoff procedure to learn how to control your vehicle safely in each particular area. Also, take extra precaution as you add further sensors such as cameras or other equipment, as it can change the performance of your drone significantly.
These tips may sound simple, but they could help to maintain a smooth and successful flight every time, rather than leading to disaster. If you’re nervous about flying after passing your drone training or have suffered from many failed flights, get in touch with a member of our team who will be happy to share further advice and best practice.
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