It is true that experience is the best teacher. Making mistakes is an integral part of the learning process. But, there is an exception in the case of flying drones. A single mistake can prove fatal for your device, and lethal to yourself and others. Therefore, it is wise to learn from the mistakes of other people so that you do not repeat them.
Here is a list of the 7 most common drone pilot
7. Piloting the Drone Directly Towards Their Face
Novice pilots often make the mistake of allowing the drone to fly directly towards their person. This causes sudden disorientation, which in turn can lead to a crash. The best way to avoid this is to always to fly the drone with its back towards you. If for any reason you let the drone fly towards your person, make the proper corrections to your steering (the drone’s left should be treated as its right side and the forward should be its back).
6. Discharging All Battery Power While Flying
Newbie pilots make the mistake of allowing their drone’s battery to discharge completely while in flight. Continuing to fly with a depleted battery puts the life and service of the battery at stake. As a rule of thumb, start the descent the moment you see that 30% of the battery power is remaining. You can fly again after recharging. If you do not have a smart battery that tells you when your power is drained, make use of your phone’s timer to let you know when you are likely to run out of juice.
5. Flying the Drone in Bad Weather and Congested Areas
It is foolhardy to fly your drone too close to objects or in questionable weather (strong winds, rain, snow). Experience has shown that even the strongest drones cannot endure heavy gusts and rain. Needless to say, Mother Nature is usually fierce, strong and uncaring. If the weather is not favorable, shelf your drone until the weather is calm.
Flying the drone near objects is also a safety risk. You want lots of open space. Backyards aren’t ideal places to test your piloting skills. Head to an open, expansive field void of buildings, telephone poles, trees, power lines, and people.
Remember – safety first!
4. Going Too High or Too Far Out with your Drone
An important note: FAA regulations state that flying 400 feet in the air a no-no, and so is letting your drone travel far away from sight. Flouting these regulations may cause trouble with the authorities while also putting others at risk.
Before you venture a mile away and 350 feet in the air, be sure you have enough battery life to get back safely. Going further than your capabilities allow is an easy way to lose your new drone. You see, the further it is away, the easier it is for the pilot to lose focus of its orientation. This makes steering the drone much harder, and could lead to left being right, and up being….down.
With enough practice, you can learn how to steer your drone even with a change in orientation – but until then, you better stay away from trying. Some newer models come fitted with a headless mode which will help with loss of orientation. However, even with these safeguards, it is your duty to stay responsible and safe while flying.
3. Ignoring FAA Rules and Regulations
Before propelling your drone into the air, first ensure you are in compliance with local regulations and laws regarding flight. The regulations are made to protect everyone- including you- from harm. The FAA has assembled a slew of guidelines and practices for interested aviators to follow. It is necessary to keep yourself informed of each of these regulations, as they are updated occasionally.
Remember, ignorance is not and has never been a good defense.
Just to check your proficiency with the FAA guidelines, do you know that it is illegal to fly a drone within 5 miles of an airport?
We’ve compiled all the FAA guidelines into one easy-to-read article, click below to see.
2. Training with an Expensive Drone
If you are a newbie to drone aviation, you’ll want to get a basic model to train with before buying something more professional. Its a fact: you are going to have a few accidents, crash landings, and collisions. Bumps and bruises are part of the learning curve of any drone pilot. So, don’t beat yourself up when you fly your starter model into your neighbor’s tree.
With that being said, buying a high-end drone straight away is silly. I know you’re excited, but every aspiring pilot needs a drone to learn and refine his skills on. With enough practice, you’ll be confident enough to tackle higher-end models with impressive capabilities.
1. Preforming Daredevil Stunts as a Novice
Some pilots are eager to showcase their fine skills… on their very first day of training.
So, they attempt daring stunts such as dodging trees and 360 rolls, which can be costly if you aren’t experienced. To all you daredevils, performing flips causes a loss of altitude that can result in non-recovery. Some models have trouble leveling out from stunts, which in turn can lead to an expensive crash.
Read this article and you won’t have to make the mistakes I did when learning to fly my first drone.
In conclusion, the biggest and most important factors of drone piloting are:
BE SAFE, BE COURTEOUS, and BE AWARE at all times.