Flying a drone can be an exciting affair, especially for the first time. However, as a novice pilot, you can crush your drone and lose hundreds of dollars if you are not careful. Here are seven common drone flying mistakes novice pilots make:
1. Throttle Abuse
One big mistakes novice pilots make is to immediately fly the drone after unboxing it and mashing the throttle up aggressively. This leads to a destroyed, lost, or crashed drone. It is best to give yourself about one month of training in an indoor setting to get used to the controls before flying outdoors.
2. Having One Battery
A majority of the drones are powered by small and cheap Li-Po batteries that are easily interchangeable. One battery will fly your drone for about 15 minutes to half an hour and the time is sliced by half when you use the camera. Having three spare batteries that are fully charged for immediate change when the initial one dies allows you to have a long flight session.
3. Flying in the Neighborhood
Novice pilots may be tempted to fly their drones in their neighborhoods so that they can share the experience with their families and friends, and take pictures of the neighborhood. However, most neighborhoods are full of roofs and trees, and these need to be avoided by drones. Flying a drone in free space will save you the time and cost of hiring someone to retrieve your drone.
4. Assuming Wind
On particular days, when the wind is strong, it is ideal to avoid flying and wait for a day when the weather is calm. Novice pilots lose their drones to wind all the time.
5. Smartphone/Tablet Control
Many drone companies are developing mobile apps to be used with the flight controller while others are fully replacing the flight controllers with apps. If you are not used to the app, use the flight controller because apps can be challenging, especially when your tablet or smartphone tends to freeze.
6. Lack of Airfield Awareness
Many novice pilots get the excitement of flying their drones near the airport. However, it is illegal to fly a drone within five miles of any airport, including local and regional airfields. To be on the right side of the law, fly your drone away from an airport.
7. Failing to Check the Screws
Failing to check that the drone is in proper condition, like having tight screws, can cause the drone to be unscrewed during takeoff. This results to crashing or destruction of the drone.
Considering that airplane pilots spend years in school learning how to operate an airplane, it is automatic that a drone also needs some skill to fly. Take time to learn and avoid all these mistakes to safeguard you drone investment.