Beginners Guide to Drone Flying
This blog post is long overdue. As you might know we have started providing drone and photography services to compliment our website and design side of our company through http://esphotography.art. Without further ado lets get started!
The most important aspect of drone flying is SAFETY! There are many rules and laws which need to be followed which can be found at www.tc.gc.ca. This is a great guide but of course doesn’t really help a new pilot except give you an understanding of the Canadian Drone laws.
From my experience you need to do the following things in order to ensure a safe and fun flight:
- Build a pre flight check list which is used before you take off
- Enabled all sensors.
- Set your maximum altitude (in the case of Canada 90m)
- Set your Return to Home altitude (50m) based on height of surrounding terrain.
- Always keep your drone within line of sight and have a spotter where possible.
- Don’t fly on rainy or windy days.
- Always check your propellers for damage
- Do not fly near people, or buildings.
Here are some beginner safety questions which I had to learn the hard way, through experience!
What happens if we are up in the air and someone complains about our drone?
In my experience the best way to handle this is bring the drone back and land it. Then speak with the individual about their concerns and try to win them over by showing them examples of the video or photos you have taken and apologize for the action which might have upset them.
What happens if my controller loses connection to the drone?
With DJI drones, it will automatically return to home (RTH).
What happens if my drones battery gets low?
With the DJI drones you will be prompted and if it gets too low the drone with automatically return to home.
Now that we went through the safety section, the next area of course is maintenance. Maintenance is like any other camera or technology product. You need to make sure you keep the drone clean, the optics clear and if anything strange happens fully investigate it before flying again. You do not want to get your drone up in the air and then at 90m it starts to suddenly fall and crash.
Here are some beginner maintenance questions:
How do you clean your optics?
I use a lens pen which can be found on Amazon.ca or any other place which sells cameras.
What do you do if something does happen or you lose power?
Well my go to has been google and the DJI forums. The community is very helpful and can help solve 99% of the issues. If you are still having issues feel free to shoot us an email and we can try to help OR take your drone to a repair shop.
OK now the boring stuff is out of the way!
Onto the flying and getting your camera configured for taking the best videos! I am a big fan of the DJI take off system, once GPS has found 13-16 satellites your console goes green and you can now take off. Make sure there is nothing near the drone or above it as this will be your Return to Home (RTH) point. Click the launch button and slide to the right. Your drone will now launch and hover around 4 feet in the air. For new fliers i recommend setting your drone to beginner mode which limits its power and output.
Once hovering, check your camera settings, focus and anything else. Out of the box the video is set to automatic which will give you good results for your first time in the air. We will be posting a video / news article about the best camera settings for a Phantom 4 and a Mavi Pro.
Fly around, enjoy and get used to how the drone operates once you are comfortable take it out of beginner mode and see the difference.