Drones have revolutionized films and photography. While there are institutions that use drones for spraying pesticides or delivering food and medicine, most drone pilots venture into it as a pastime activity. Many drone pilots do not have any prior training, which means they are bound to make mistakes. If you are starting, chances are, you will make some of these mistakes. Knowing about them will ensure that you can avoid them. Here are some of the common drone pilot’s beginner mistakes:
Not Getting Legal Certification to Fly It
One of the things many drone pilots forget is, there are a set of laws to govern drone flying. You cannot just wake up one morning and choose to fly a drone before you get legal certification for it. Before you get to fly your drone, ensure you look at the UAV laws guide to see what you need to have in terms of certification and if there are areas you are not allowed to fly the drone. Doing so ensures your drone is not confiscated and your license is not revoked.
Crashing an Expensive Drone
No matter how careful you are, at some point, you will crash your drone. It often happens when you are new to flying, and you do not know how to control your drone well. Beginner pilots often go all out when they buy their drone. It can be devastating to crash an expensive drone, and you might even quit flying. To help you with this, do not start flying an expensive drone. Buy a cheaper version and use it to learn before you by the expensive drone.
Flying in Controlled Areas
One of the things you need to remember when starting is, there are areas that you should never fly a drone. Areas near airports or military bases are prohibited from all forms of photography. Flying a drone in such an area will not only get it taken away from you, but you might also face charges against you. Before flying a drone, ensure you check the area you plan to fly your drone in to know if it is restricted.
Training in a Crowded Area
Many beginner pilots get confident excessively fast and take their drones out to fly in an area with either too much coverage or many buildings. If you are not careful, you might end up hitting a building or flying into a tree. If you are starting, find an area that is clear of obstacles and start learning from there. Once you are confident in your skills, you can now slowly start flying the drone on areas with either building or tree. It is also recommended that you do not fly too close to trees as hitting them will damage your drone.
Improper Battery Care
Many people have spoiled their drones due to bad battery care. You need to remember that letting your drone stay plugged in after the battery is fully charged will not do it any good. You should always ensure that the drone battery gets unplugged once it is fully charged. Another thing you need to remember is never to charge your battery if it is still warm. You risk setting it on fire as well.
Being a drone pilot can be a fun experience. Not only do you get to take amazing pictures, but also you can make it your career. For these reasons, you need to take your time and learn about the drone and the rules that come with using it. If possible, register for a training course to gain some knowledge on drone flying. Registering for a course will make it easy for you to get a certification. There are various online courses that can help you get started on your journey to be a drone pilot, and you should take advantage of such.
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