UAV Tips - How to log your drone flights
Drones are simply another type of aircraft – albeit an unmanned one – and for those who fly their drones regularly, it’s important to keep a log with the details of each flight.
Logging each and every drone flight you carry out is not only important for safety reasons – it’s also interesting, and a great way to look back over the journeys you’ve made. You can track location, equipment, weather conditions, journey distance, flight time and a multitude of other metrics, using them to better understand your drone and its limitations, as well as planning upgrades for the future.
Before you can take any kind of flight assessment with UAVAir, you need to have a minimum of two hours of logged flight time within the last three months. Logging your flights is good practice and a requirement of any flight qualification.
If you’ve never logged a drone flight before, here are a number of ways you can do so:
Pen and paper
Why not take it back to the old school with pen and paper? This way of recording your statistics may be beneficial if you’re flying a drone in an area where electricity or an internet connection aren’t available. The downsides are that you can’t share flight logs with others, and if you lose your pen and paper, you lose your records – but for someone starting out with occasional flight logs, the traditional ways are often the best.
As part of every course you take with UAVAir, you’ll be given a pilot log book as part of your assessment handbook. You can log your flights in the logbook manually, adding in details like the flight duration, the battery specifications and the location.
Drone Operator’s Logbook
This custom notebook was created by a commercial pilot and was created for those who are required by law to log all of their drone flights – such as commercial operators in the US. If you’re new to logging flights, there’s lots of information in this logbook about best practices of recording data, as well as the clear reporting requirements for countries where filing reports are required by law.
If you’re taking the step up from pen and paper, you can log your drone flights into a spreadsheet. It’s easy, inexpensive, and you don’t need any extra equipment to log data this way. You can also share the spreadsheet in the cloud with others so that they can add their own data and you can compare flights with friends or colleagues.
DJI GO app
Another of the most popular ways to log your drone flights is with the DJI app. This app is compatible with DJI’s full range of drones and includes an amazing array of features, including live streaming of flights, dynamic map views, video tutorials, and most importantly, real-time flight records. This app is invaluable when logging your flights, and can help enhance your drone flights with its many extra capabilities.