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What I’ve learned after flying drones for the past 3 years

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Being a new drone pilot! I totally understand your excitement of getting a new drone! But don’t rush into flying just yet! It’s relatively straightforward to take off, but do you know every button's function or have a good understanding of how your drone reacts to the remote controller? Before you head out and get it in the air, you should know your drone well. As it’s the best way to prevent crashes and flyaways. Furthermore, it’s being responsible for the safety of yourself, others, and your drone. 


There’s more to running successful drone operations than capturing data. Particularly as operations grow, logging flights, managing pilots and equipment and maintaining compliance all become increasingly important.


After 3 years of using my drone, I feel like it is very important for me to write this post and share with you my knowledge about how to operate these devices safely and what to watch out for.


How to operate your drones safely?

City photo aerial

1. Try Your First Flight Within Line of Sight

I understand the urge, I really do, you have a great new flying camera or drone and you want to put in the air as soon as possible. Please, do not throw it in the air urgently. People who hasn’t never flown a drone before comes to flying the drones, it is easy to lose sight of it than you think. The thrill of flying a drone for the first time is an exciting rush, but it is also scary as hell. And if you launch this device without knowing what you are doing, you could end up crashing it into a tree, a lake or even worse, a person; all of which could be a very expensive and harmful mistakes.


So take your time, launch it outside in an open area and keep it on beginner mode until you feel more comfortable flying. Always check what is above your drone and be aware of it’s surroundings. Some models have more sensors than others but you need to be aware of thin ropes, telephone lines, transparent objects, etc. are hard to detect. Thus, you should be hyper-ware of what is happening with the aircraft you are piloting.

2. Be Patient To Do Practice

With the drones more and more popular, anyone can go to the store and purchase one off the shelf at a fraction of the cost. That’s powerful and exciting, but you need to take the time to understand this device that has so much capability. 


I learned this the hard way myself. I had a simple drone that I just wanted to see how it handled, it was a windy evening, but I took the risk. No word of a lie, less than 45 seconds in the air, the wind was beyond the quadcopter’s capabilities and I had to go climb a tree to recover the thing.


No one is expecting you to go through weeks of training before you take your first flight with a drone, but it is going to take practice to get comfortable flying. The only way to get better at flying is to practice, but make sure you do it slowly and get a feel for the controls before you run off and turn on sports mode where it can hit top speeds of 50 mph.

Drone take city photo

3. Fly Legally

Update: December 2017 – You need to register your drone with the FAA before you fly!(That’s assuming you are in the United States; other countries also have their own aviation authorities.)

Most drones do not come with a set of instructions on what you are and are not allowed to do with them. This is not a problem in most places around the globe, but in the United States, every craft that weighs more than 0.55 pounds must be registered and follow strict aeronautical guidelines. We have explored these before, and will do so time and again, but the short version is as follows:

May 2017: You are no longer required to register your drone with the FAA. The registration is now optional, and recommended, but not legally required. Note that registration is optional, but the rules of the air are still in effect. Fly safe or you can face fines.


Basic drone flying guidelines in the United States


  • Fly at or below 400 feet above the ground

  • Always fly within line-of-sight, if you can’t see it, bring it in

  • Stay away from airports

  • Stay away from airplanes – they have the right of way in the air

  • Do not fly over people

  • Do not fly over or close to sports events or stadiums

  • Do not fly near emergency situations such as car crashes or building fires

  • Do not fly under the influence

  • Be aware of controlled airspace


Aviation authorities around the world are adding more regulations as more people own drones. And we want to make sure we operate them safely so we show the world they can be used in a safe and useful manner.

4. Pay Attention To The Battery Status

Always check your drone’s battery status during flight and leave enough battery and prepare extra batteries for your drone to return safely. Note that flying against the wind uses batteries faster than flying downwind.


The drones today are smart enough to know when they need to come back based on the battery life that is left. However, what they are not smart enough to know is that they may not be able to get back home if there is a head wind on the way. I have a great friend I met a few years ago who is an experienced drone pilot. He told me once where he flew the drone away when it had about half the battery left because the software said he could get back.


What he didn’t realize at the time was that there was a headwind to get back home, and there wasn’t enough battery left to get there because the headwind caused the drone extra time and power to make the same journey.


He ended up getting really lucky; the drone did end up falling out of the sky, but it landed in a bush not too far away from him, and it didn’t hit anyone. This won’t always be the case, be aware of your battery life, your distance and the wind; remember that it is your legal responsibility to ensure that your machine maneuvers and lands safely, you should not take off if you do not think you can land. Taking off with a full charge on all your equipment is the easiest way to mitigate an incident.

5. Get Certificate

If you just unboxed your drone for the first time, you are most likely a hobbyist. This means in most cases you don’t have any legal right to use your footage for commercial purposes or to make money with your new tool. This in general means you can’t sell a photo, you can’t make a video for a company and get paid for it, you can only use it for yourself because you dont have a license to fly the drone for commercial purposes. So no company could purchase your amazing footage. But if you want to turn this into a business, you have to get a certificate. And it will be worth it. If you are an American, the FAA part 107 certification is a great place to start. Take this seriously, it is worth it to gain the experience and become an amazing drone pilot, but please do it responsibly, the future of this industry depends on it.

 Drone Take mountains photo

What to watch out for flying drones?

During my past three years working as a pilot time it is not about the 95% of the time when things are going right. It is about that 5% of the time when things are going wrong. That’s when you are really going to learn, but I don’t want you to start at zero like I did. I’ll give you a few tips that you need to watch out for flying drones.

1. Don't Share, Do Fly Alone

This sounds like terrible advice, at least it sounds rude to your fellow human beings. Truth is, flying a drone is an experience that should be had from start to finish. Think of each flight like driving a car: you are welcome to trade off with others, but not while the car is in motion. Land the drone before handing over the controls. If nothing else, you know for sure who crashed it if anything goes wrong – no need to add the risk of a bumped lever while handing the controls over.


When I tell you to fly alone, I mean to stay away from the local drone park until you know your craft. You do not need the added confusion and commotion when you first put your drone into the sky. This goes for anything that may require your attention, pets and children, for example. Remember, the FAA says you are solely responsible for everything that drone does until it is safely back on the ground. You legally need to give your drone your full attention and you should not take off if anything may pull you away before landing.

2. Don't Rely On AI

Most drones today are smart and offer an abundance of autonomous flight modes. There is no doubt that autonomy, especially the ability for a GPS-enabled drone to hover perfectly in place, makes flying extremely easy. In truth, almost anyone can fly the DJI Mavic Pro – tap the button to take off, it hovers with extreme accuracy, then press the button to land almost exactly where you took off.


Using the Mavic Pro for your first flight is so simple, but what did you learn? More important, what will you do if those AI features fail? Once again, practice is the key to future successful flights, over-dependence on AI is not practice.

Forest aerial photo

3. Do Not Fly With Partial Battery!

Make sure you top up the battery the morning of your planned flight. If you plug in the charger and the lights do not come on, unplug the charger, turn the battery on, then plug the charger back in. This will charge the battery the last bit of depleted battery to full.

4. Don't Fly Around Objects

Be aware that the flight speed and lighting conditions may affect the obstacle avoidance system’s performance. Do not overly rely on the obstacle avoidance. It is easy to avoid the big stuff such as building, cars, and people, but some times you can’t always see smaller stuff that your drone can crash into. Such as tree branches, light posts and power lines that can quickly creep up on you during your flight. Also be aware of obstacles that are above or below your drone. It is easy to see what is front of the drone, but some time it is not so easy to see obstacles that are above or below the drone. So before beginning a flight, please choose a wide open field without any objects nearby you.


5. Dont Fly Too High And Too Far Away

When you are learning, always have you drone in your line of sight. Never fly your drone too high and too far away when you are learning. Many things can go wrong when you drone is too far away.


First of all, be sure not to fly your drone above 400 ft. That is one of FCC rule you should follow.

When your drone is too far away and you can’t see them anymore, there is risk of running out of battery while you are coming back. Also there is risk of loosing your orientation and you ending up loosing your drone.


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I hope you can fast grow to be able to fly with different type of drones and enjoy tons of fun.

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