Steps to Take to Avoid Crashing Your Drone
Crashing a very expensive camera is one of the most agitating experience for a drone lover like you. Don’t worry; everyone has a share of drone horror stories at least once. It is more frustrating when a pilot loses control of the drone and cannot detect where it landed. What seems to be a fun afternoon can quickly turn into heading home with only a radio controller in your hand.
Flying a drone like everything else needs practice and a lot of caution. The best advice that a drone pilot can do is to familiarize himself/herself with how to fly the drone. Understand the manual to know which buttons in the control need to be pressed to maneuver the drone. The manual might also contain pointers on the best places to fly your drones. For starters, it is advised to fly your drone in open areas. Also, check if the manual includes some guide in fixing your drone for small technical mishaps. However, if you were to crash your drone, it is best to seek a professional drone repair business, as opposed to trying to fix it yourself as more damage can ensue.
If the manual is not enough, learn from the manufacturer’s website how to safely fly your drone. Usually, the website has a forum page where other drone flyers share their best practices. Also, consult YouTube for instructional videos on how to avoid crashing your drone. The internet is a very helpful tool to guide you on your first attempts to pilot the drone.
Aside from the initial pointers above, here are other steps to take to avoid crashing your drone:
Know your capabilities.
Knowing your strength and weaknesses about drone piloting is very important when you’re working with unfamiliar technology. The fact is if your drone crashes, it’s all your fault. During your learning curve, start low and slow. Don’t be too excited flying your drone soaring very high in the sky at first tries. It is recommended to learn piloting drones within 15-30 feet from the ground. From this height, you can immediately land the drone on the ground if something goes wrong. If it flies 50 ft up and you lose control, that could spell a disaster.
When you add new equipment, treat the drone as new.
Adding new equipment to your drone (like attaching new camera) makes it a new drone altogether. Test flight it again as if it’s a newly bought drone that you need to master. Adding or fixing your drone can have a different effect on its performance.
Don’t practice flying near trees and buildings. It is the most common culprit for drone crashes. You just can’t imagine the horror of having your drone get stuck on a 50-foot tree or on top of the building where you are not allowed to enter and the security is so tight. Consider flying your drone in an open field, with no or little obstacles like trees, bodies of water, buildings, or roadways. This is the safest way of making sure your drone will not get lost or stuck up.