We all want to have a safe flight.
Even though crashes are part of the hobby, we want to keep them to an absolute minimum.
This short and simple checklist could help you prevent crashes and other misery when flying.
Make sure you are aware, and obey the rules and regulations in place.
Not every country has regulations, and not all regulations are the same.
If you crash in a place where you can’t fly you are responsible for any damage caused.
Before you head out.
- Check your drone for any visible damage or cracks.
- Check screws and connections if they are tight.
- Check the thread of the propeller and motor for damage.
- Check batteries for charge and any damage, take a charger with you if you have power at the flying site.
- Check if motors run free. Put props on, spin them by hand, and listen for any strange sounds.
- Check propellers for damage, if damaged don’t fly them.
- Check the SD Card/tablet/phone, and make sure there is enough space for your footage.
- Check if propeller can be tightened properly.
- Is the weather okay for the whole flight? watch out with rain or fog.
Also before you go make sure you have spare batteries, and a few propellers.
If you damage a prop for whatever reason you can just put a new one one and fly off again.
At the flying site.
At the flying site there’s still a few things we can, and should check.
- Are you in a legal place to fly?
- Is there enough time left to fly before the sun sets? try to avoid flying at night! it’s illegal in most countries.
- Isn’t there anything around that could cause problems in flight? (power lines, trees, etc)
- Is it safe to fly? aren’t there crowds of people?
- When the drone is in place and powered on make sure the connection between transmitter and drone is good.
- Check (if any) FPV feed is good, change channel if needed.
- If you use GPS, make sure you have a good 3D fix, and enough satellites before flight (at least 6).
- Once you’re ready to fly make sure it is safe to take off, and that no one is close to the drone.
- Once you are in the air, stay hovering for a few seconds to see if there is no interference before you fly off
(if you see toilet bowling or other erratic movements, LAND, and try calibrating compass or wait for a better GPS fix).
One thing I hear, and read a lot is that people are trying to push the boundaries with the drone when it comes to flying times.
If you have a failsafe system in your drone, remember it’s there for a reason!
Don’t try to overrule the low battery failsafe for that extra photo, It’s better to go back and swap batteries! the drone will crash without power. and LiPo’s don’t like low power, you could also ruin your battery with it.
Also if you don’t feel confident about flying for whatever reason, then don’t!
It’s better to pack up and leave and try another day, taking risks is just too expensive.
Apart from these tips, always fly with common sense, common senses saves you from a lot of missery!