I have been doing lots of drone pilot coaching these days, and spending lots of time flying the DJI fleet I’ve acquired (I’ve DJI Mavic Air 2, DJI Air 2S, and DJI Mini 2).
It is lots of enjoyable, and after lockdowns and such, it is good to get again outdoor.
Throughout my coaching, in addition to my time on the drone boards and teams, I’ve come throughout three errors that I see lots of people doing, errors that may be each irritating as a result of the consumer is not getting the most effective from their funding, but additionally expensive as a result of they’re placing their drones at critical threat of injury or loss.
Nobody desires that, do they?
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#1: Not taking the time to learn the guide and get to know your drone
Right now alone, I’ve come throughout over a dozen posts of Fb in varied teams from individuals who have both misplaced their new drone or crashed it arduous into one thing on its first flight.
Get to know your drone earlier than flying it. First off, learn the guide (possibly do that whilst you’re ready for it to be delivered — you may often discover the manuals on-line). Possibly watch some YouTube movies (I extremely suggest filmmaker Jevan Dovey).
Then, if you get the drone and you’ve got unboxed it, taken off the stickers, and charged the batteries, it is time to fly.
However do not do what I see too many do — throw it into sports activities mode and begin flying it such as you stole it! Discover a huge open space with no individuals and begin small.
Follow take-off and touchdown.
Familiarize your self with the security options, particularly return to residence.
Then, after you’ve got mastered this, you can begin doing extra fancy strikes, like drawing a field with 20-foot sides. Then a field with 10-foot sides. Then observe doing circles f varied sizes, after which determine of 8s.
That is the form of stuff that may get you conversant in your drone. Not ripping about with it such as you’re in The Quick and the Livid.
#2: Getting too near bushes and water (and energy strains)
About 90 p.c of drone losses occur round bushes and water (with a giant portion of the remaining 10 p.c being energy strains).
As a result of the impediment avoidance measures constructed into new drones cannot detect small branches and twigs, and may go loopy over water (sure, the impediment avoidance is much from good, and I by no means depend on it).
It would not take a lot to convey a drone out of the air, and getting it caught 50 foot up a tree or shedding it to a lake or ocean will convey your High Gun days to an abrupt finish.
And bear in mind, some insurance coverage packages, like DJI’s personal Refresh package deal, solely covers drone losses within the occasion of a flyaway, not pilot error. So, until your touchdown in a tree or voyage to the underside of the ocean was on account of a drone downside, you are outta luck.
#3: Flying to the moon and taking pictures of Earth
Sure, it is enjoyable, and all people does it. Fly it as excessive and legally allowed (yeah, bear in mind that there is a restrict) and take pictures of issues.
However general these pictures find yourself wanting flat and lifeless. And it is nothing that folks cannot see on Google Earth.
Follow getting pictures and angles that make for extra dramatic filming. Play with reveals and parallax.
It takes time and endurance and dealing by way of that frustration that comes from wanting a shot however simply not with the ability to do it… but!
Once more, there are many YouTube channels that may assist (here is a few good sources: Jevan Dovey, and Stewart & Alina).
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