Avoid the wet – tips for flying your drone over water

When it comes to operating a drone, practice definitely makes perfect. Plus, to get the most out of your flying machine and stay within the bounds of the law if you’re working in a commercial capacity, you will need the correct training and licensing. Flying a drone requires skill and know-how and it’s best to read up on the different flight modes and conditions, as well as  the capabilities of your drone, to make sure you get the best out of your drone experience and reduce the risk of a nasty crash.

In today’s post, we’re looking at the best practice for flying your drone over water. This can be a nerve-wracking experience but, when done right, you could capture some fantastic shots from a unique perspective.

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Tips for flying your drone over water

1. Disable the VPS

Your drone can easily get disorientated when flying low over a moving surface so before you cross over a body of water, disable the Vision Positioning System. And don’t forget to use the Course Lock function to prevent unnecessary disorientation.

2. Keep a clear path

Once in flight, make sure that you steer clear of any water-bound objects like boat receivers, lighthouses, and ships. These could interfere with your drone compass or signal, as well as put you in an awkward or even illegal position. It’s also best to avoid birds as they might try to follow or even attack your drone with disastrous results all round.

3. Watch those waves

 If you’re in for a choppy sea or lake, keep a close eye on the height of the waves. You don’t want to crash into one and never see your drone again.

4. Know when to go back

If it starts to rain or gets windy, it’s time to land. Cold and windy weather can make for poor and dangerous flying conditions as well as draining your battery very quickly, meaning your drone might not make it back to dry land.

5. Be reachable

If your drone does end up in the water and gets picked up by someone else, you need to be sure they can get it back to you. Add waterproof stickers with your contact details to your drone so that, if you’re lucky, it can be returned.

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