Flying your drone up in the sky and taking some gorgeous shots of the landscape is a pretty amazing feeling. But this requires that you are good at manipulating the drone and never lose control of it. And in this post, we will look at a few tips that can help you avoid crashing your drone into the ground or other objects.
Check the Props
Make sure that you check the props for any damage before flying the drone. If there is any slight damage, then replace it immediately. You should also see whether the props are fit tightly or not. If the prop is too loose, then there is a high possibility that it might slip out while the drone is flying. This could essentially crash the drone to the ground. So, tighten the props and ensure that it has been properly installed on the drone.
Before you try to fly a drone in real life, it is recommended that you practice it in a simulator. This will give you sufficient time to get used to the control and movements of the drone. As such, when you try to fly the drone for the first time, you won’t be confused and dumbfounded as to what to do. The experience you gained from using the simulator will help you in quickly getting a grip on flying a drone in real life.
Many people try to fly the drones indoors in their homes. While this is not a dangerous thing in itself, it cannot be neglected that such a move does have risks. If you are not an expert at controlling drone movements, then you will surely find it difficult to maneuver the drone in a tight space like your room. Add to the fact that there are many obstacles in the room, ranging from cabinets, furniture, fixtures, and so on. As such, the drone is very likely to crash into objects multiple times and damage itself in the long run.
Return To Home Altitude
Some drones will have a ‘Return To Home Altitude’ setting that will set up the height in which the drone will come back to you. Ideally, you should set the altitude at 100 meters. This should be good enough to ensure that the drone does not crash into any tree or other such obstacles. And if you feel the desire to bump up the altitude too high, try not to do this. If the drone gets too high, then it might vanish from your sight. And this can also result in a drone crash, which is what you are trying to avoid in the first place.
Sometimes, you might be hooked on recording the drone video that you feel like you can keep flying the drone even though the winds are getting stronger. This is not a good habit. Avoid flying your drone in bad weather. As soon as you realize that strong winds are coming, bring back the drone to the surface. Otherwise, you will only end up losing control over the drone and it might crash to the ground.
Combination Stick Command
A Combination Stick Command (CSC) is a move which will shut down the motors of the drone. However, this can also flip the drone in some cases. As such, if you accidentally trigger the CSC by moving the sticks on the remote to the center, then the drone can flip, lose control, and fall to the ground. So, avoid triggering CSC as far as possible, and only use it when absolutely necessary.
Automatic Take Off
It is recommended that you always use the ‘automatic take off’ feature offered by the drone during the initial take off. Once done, keep the drone hovering for about a minute or two. This should warm up the battery, helping you identify if there is any problem with it. Plus, remember to keep the drone hovering at just about a meter. This way, if any problem in the battery makes the drone to crash down, it won’t suffer any damage.
You should also be extra careful when flying the drone backward. Even though you might hit the brake, the drone will keep moving backward for a brief period. And if you don’t account for this movement, the drone might crash into something. Even if you rely on the drone’s sensors, it will be very difficult to avoid the obstacles when the drone is moving back at a high speed. As such, try to keep the speed to a minimum so that you will have better control over the drone when flying it backward.