Reduce your chances of a drone crash – read this.
Flying a drone for commercial purposes can be fun, exciting and lucrative. Sporting the latest tech and accessories, drones can also be expensive to maintain and care for. And the last thing you want is to suffer an unnecessary drone crash.
Even with the proper training and safety precautions (required by law), drone crashes are more common that you’d think. This is because there are so many factors, from weather to surrounds to operation, to consider. And while it might not be possible to never crash your drone, if you are a vigilant and considerate drone operator, there are things you can do to reduce the probability of a crash.
Tips for preventing a drone crash
1. Get the proper training
It is true that you can teach yourself to fly a drone and that practice does make perfect. However, especially when it comes to using a drone for commercial purposes, it’s a good idea to get proper training (and in the case of commercial use, you will need proper certification as well). Training will help you to understand how your drone functions, what it is capable of doing, and how best to care for it, ensuring optimal performance in the air and on the ground.
2. Scout around
Before you take off to film an area, make sure you get a good idea of the lie of the land and the surrounds. Look out for structures such as towers or telephone lines and natural elements like tall trees or rocky outcrops that might obscure your drone’s flight path. Using FPV? Consider enlisting the help of a spotter to watch your drone in flight and help prevent unnecessary disaster.
3. Pay attention to the ups and downs
Taking off and landing are two stages of drone flight that lend themselves to crash scenarios. Allow your drone to calibrate correctly and accurately by always choosing a stable takeoff and landing location. It also pays to understand what kinds of technical conditions (and related failures) can lead to a drone crash. Always check propellers, cables, and connections before you fly. And know what issues can arise during operation. A vortex ring state, for example, occurs when a drone descends too quickly into its downwash (the air forced down through its propellers), causing it to quickly lose lift and potentially crash. Avoid a vortex ring state by descending at your drone’s safe rate of descent.
4. Watch the weather
It’s best to fly in good weather – sun in the sky and little to no wind and no rain at all, if possible. Clear weather makes for easier, safer flying conditions and better lines of sight as well better imagery. Flying in cold weather? Read this.
5. Manage your power
Drone batteries have a limited life span and you don’t want to run out of power over a body of water or high in the sky. Get to know your drone’s battery and its capabilities (and always keep a spare handy so you’re not caught grounded before your work is done). If you do start to run low on power mid-flight, slowly return the drone to earth and go and pick it up rather than face the risk of a crash due to a loss of power.
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