You can be an expert or a newbie in the field of flying drones, but either way, crashing it is just a second away. Your one little mistake can lead to the destruction of your drone. So, what’s the harm in taking a few extra measures to ensure safe flying?
Here, we have covered a wide range of drone safety tips. From getting ready to fly a drone to keeping your drone safe after landing it, you will find all of the necessary information right in this article.
Well, you might be wondering- “Why would I spend my time reading some tips while I could gain experience by actually flying it?” Here’s why flying drones is quite a delicate job. These tips will enhance your knowledge in case you already have some and save you from possible accidents. Otherwise, these will prepare you for the job.
So, hop on this journey with us and get yourself many exciting hours of flying drones!
Pre-flight Safety Tips
Want to ensure the safest drone flight possible? Everyone does and preparation is the key. Below is your checklist of getting ready to fly your aircraft.
Finding The Ideal Place:
The risks of crashing your drone depends much on the environment in which you’re flying it. Open and wider areas help you to easily operate your drone and also reduces the chance of crashing it.
It is also important to choose a place with the minimum signal disruptions. This ensures smoother and safer flying.
Charge of Your Battery:
It is always wise to charge the battery sufficiently, if not fully; before using it for flying a drone. But only checking the charge is not enough, you should also know how long the battery would serve when it’s fully charged.
Also, older batteries often get damaged or degraded in quality. So make sure to check its performance beforehand. You may read our article on how to extend your drone battery life.
Flying in The Right Weather:
Foggy, rainy, or stormy weathers are not suitable for flying drones. Strong winds might also come in the way of navigating drones. So, it is better to fly drones where the wind speed is less than 10 mph. We also recommend you to fly drones in a place that has enough lighting available.
Examine The Propellers:
Propellers are the most crucial parts in the body of any aircraft. These generate the thrust, without which the drones couldn’t have flew. So, you must make sure that the propellers of your drone are clean and undamaged.
Adjusting The Compass:
It is important to set the compass properly before the flight since the flight orientation is determined by it. This way, you can ensure safer flying.
Switch on The Remote Controller First:
Always turn on the remote controller before switching on the power button of your drone. This way, you can keep your drone from being out of control.
Know Your Flight Range:
Carefully learn the UAV forecast and learn if there are any off-limit spaces or structures around. The local news may also let you know if there are any restrictions about flying over specific places.
In some areas, such as- above and around airports; you will need legal permissions for flying a drone. So before you fly an aircraft in an unfamiliar place, gather enough knowledge about what’s around and what’s allowed.
Choose The Landing Location Beforehand:
Knowing where you want to land your aircraft makes the whole landing process much easier. It is also wise to keep an alternative landing place in mind, in case the first one doesn’t stay available.
For landing, choose a dry and open space with a minimum speed of the wind.
Stay Financially Covered:
Before flying your drone, make sure that you have the financial ability to compensate for any damage or injury caused by your drone.
During Flight Safety Tips
Now, comes the most crucial part of flying drones- the actual flight. Follow the below-mentioned drone safety tips to make the flight secure and enjoyable.
Stay in The Range:
Usually, you should not go above 400 feet while flying your drone. The range may differ slightly according to the area in which your flight is taking place. Follow the safety rules set out by organizations in charge. If you cross this range then you might end up losing your drone.
Also Read: What Happens When Drone Goes Out of Range?
Keep The Drone Insight:
Don’t let your drone vanish into the fogs or dust, always keep it near enough for it to be clearly visible. In case you need to send it farther, use an observer through which you can communicate with your drone.
Stay Away From Obstacles:
You should keep a considerable amount of distance from any buildings or structures. For extra safety, refrain from flying your drone over places that contain groups of people, such as- public events, playgrounds, stadiums, etc.
Stay Away From Other Aircraft:
You should never fly your drone to a place where other aircraft might be present. Avoid airports and the places near them. If you are going to fly within five miles of an airport, contact the control tower beforehand.
Don’t Hinder Anyone’s Privacy:
Other than not flying your drone in a prohibited place, you should also be cautious about not impeding anyone’s privacy.
Do not fly your drone over private properties and never take photos with your drone that might interfere with peoples’ personal space.
Don’t Cause Any Harm:
There is always a chance of your drone crashing and if such a situation occurs, it shouldn’t damage any public or private properties.
Try to keep your drone a minimum of 25 feet or more distance away from people and sensitive properties such as power stations, highly trafficked roads, water treatment plants, etc.
Check The Landing Location:
Before landing your aircraft, focus on whether the landing spot is still suitable. Choose a dry and open space with a minimum speed of wind. If the landing location might get occupied by other objects or the weather might be unfavourable. In such cases, use an alternative location for landing.
After Flight Safety Tips
“I have successfully landed my aircraft, what more should I worry about?” Well, there are still plenty of things to take care of. Following these steps will increase the longevity of your drone and put a proper ending to your flight.
Switch of The Drones First:
Even after landing it, your aircraft should be fully under your control. For that, you must turn off the drone’s power button first and then you can turn off the remote controller.
Don’t Charge The Battery Right Away:
When you’ve just finished flying your drone, it is only usual that the temperature of your battery will be higher than normal. Let it cool down before charging it again.
The Intelligent Flight battery comes with a sensor that can detect temperature and will charge only when the temperature is optimum.
Take The Propellers Off:
After the flight, separate the propellers from the drone and clean any dirt or dust that might have stuck on them. Then, keep them in a safe storage to avoid any damage.
Secure The Gimbal Clamp:
After the flight has ended, do remember to fix the gimbal clamp. Attaching it prevents causing any harm to your gimbal.
Choose a Safe Storage:
When you’re done using the aircraft, store it in a secured place. The storage should be free of any wet ingredients or magnetic objects; the temperature too should be appropriate.
Also Read: How to Take Care of Your Drone
Flying drones properly is not about how many drone safety tips you know, but it is about how effectively you can use those tips. We’ve done our part, in this article we have gathered every rule you should know for a smooth flight. Now it is up to you how you will put this knowledge into practical usage.
At first, you might find it difficult to remember each of the rules, but with time and practice, you’ll surely get habituated with them.
On another note, in this writing, we have mentioned various risks, but don’t let these scare you! With proper skills and confidence, handling your drone will surely become as easy as playing with a toy.
So stay optimistic, keep practicing, and we wish you many happy flights!