Nobody expects you to fly your newly purchased drone expertly on your first attempt, and most people improve with practice. However, since most recreational drones don’t come with a set of rules or guidelines for piloting them, you’d be wise to exercise caution when flying one for the first time.
Here are a few things to take note of before you launch your drone for the first time and begin piloting your way around the world!
Each country has a different set of droning rules and regulations that are legally binding:
If you plan to travel overseas with your drone, try to familiarise yourself with the local laws and guidelines to make sure that you don’t get into trouble with the authorities while you’re away from home. Here in the U.S. it’s no longer necessary that you register your drone with the FAA, but it is still strongly recommended that you do so, and at the very least, take note of their guidelines.
Strict rules apply in most countries as to the flying of drones in the vicinity of airports, and many other large public spaces may have restrictions in place, too. As we have seen in recent years, you may receive more than just a slap on the wrist if caught flying your drone in or close to a restricted zone, and at the very least could face a hefty penalty and even jail time.
If weather conditions aren’t suitable, don’t attempt to fly:
Even the most experienced and adept drone pilots don’t fly their drones in certain weather conditions, such as high winds, heavy rain and snow. You may be keen to get going with your newly purchased drone, but any attempt to fly it in conditions that are less than favourable, could see you damaging your drone or even causing harm to individuals or property. Ground conditions can sometimes lull us into a false sense of security, and while the weather down on the ground may seem settled, the same may not always be said of the sky above our heads. Check local weather forecasts before flying, and if you’re concerned, it’s best to wait.
Be mindful of ‘Return-to- Home’ technology:
While this may be an exciting new feature available on many drones, it can lead to some catastrophic crashes, so if you’re going to make use of this software, be sure to fly your drone well away from trees, powerlines and tall buildings.
Practice makes perfect:
If flying your drone for the first time, don’t rush into it and try to ensure that you are calm and not distracted before beginning. If your first attempt doesn’t go so well, don’t give up. Practice makes perfect when it comes to flying a drone, and the only way is truly up! Fly your drone often and over short distances until your confidence and your skills grow, and you’ll soon get the hang of it.
Keep safety foremost in your mind when flying your drone, whether you’re experienced or a novice and begin with a small drone that won’t cost the earth should you damage it. Once you become more confident, it will become more fun, too and you can upgrade your drone as and when you see fit.