While having my morning coffee, after crashing my drone other day, I was thinking, how to fly a drone without crashing. I did my research, and found out, because we are unaware of the mechanics of our Drone, we tend to crash our drone quite often.
Lets understand what I really mean!
1. Direction Of Your Drone
It has to do with the disorientation on the part of the pilot. so if I am flying away from me forward is forward, backward is backward.
The part when people get mixed up is when the drone is facing them. So a lot of time people would do, is they get a little bit too close to an object, for example, tree and their initial instinct is to move away from the tree, which from there perspective is right, not realizing that right is, right into the tree.
Always keep drone facing away from you & Fly in Open Area
The rotors/propellers of your drone are made to be sturdy, yet soft so as not to hurt people or cause damage to other objects. They are thus quite susceptible to bending out of shape after several bumps. Therefore, always check each of the rotors before a flight to make sure they are in perfect shape.
3. No GPS Signal
Your Drone will not receive GPS signals if you are flying it indoors. I would, therefore, recommend to always fly in open areas away from tall buildings whenever you can, so that your drone receives proper GPS signals.
Also when you kick start your drone, GPS system would take a while before it gets activated. So always check the GPS signal on your drone remote before the flight.
Wait for GPS mode activation before your fly
Incorrectly tuned compasses are one of the biggest causes of drone crashes. Drone compasses can become detuned from any magnetic and radio-frequency source.
Avoid keeping the UAV too close to magnets such as those in-car speakers during transportation as well as flying in an environment with high electromagnetic interference, such as close to high voltage power lines and mobile towers.
Stay away from large metal objects
5. Disconnected Video Transmission
This is another common cause of drone crashes and can happen at any time from your first flight to some months later, usually arising from loose cables and damaged ports. Make sure your cables are always well plugged in before flight and unplugged carefully after, to keep the ports in good shape.
6. Hitting Return To Home Too Soon
When you lose control of your drone, as a pilot one of the quickest natural reactions would be to hit the Return to Home (RTH) button.
However, it is worth keeping in mind that most consumer drones can’t avoid obstacles. This means the UAV will simply trace a straight line to the home point even if there are trees or buildings or electricity poles in the way which can easily result in a serious crash. Therefore, stay calm and figure out a better move before pressing the RTH button.
Set altitude larger than any objects in the area
7. Incorrect Home Point
This sometimes happens when the GPS lock is lost during the flight and then regained causing the drone to recalibrate an incorrect home point.
Keep in mind that the home point can be where your UAV took off from or wherever your remote controller is, so ensure that it is correct.
Finally, make sure that you set your return home altitude so that it’s higher than anything in the area, 100 meters should work fine unless you’re flying in a city or near some particularly tall structures such as telephone masts.
8. Power Failure
It is key to always fly with a fully charged battery and never be tempted to start a new flight with a low or partially charged battery. While you’ll probably get away with using a semi-charged batter most of the time, this always comes with the risk of randomly losing power mid-flight when you least expect it.
9. Insufficient Battery To Return Home Safely
It is important to land your drone with 30% power in reserve such that in case an emergency requires you to delay the landing you have enough time to either find a new landing spot or deal with the problem.
Furthermore, some UAV’s come with a failsafe feature where the drone automatically heads for its home point once the battery reaches 10% and whilst this can be useful if there any trees or other obstacles between the drone and its home point it will fly straight into them.
10. Crashing Into Another Drone
If there are other UAVs in the sky there is always the possibility of a collision especially if both pilots are unaware of each other’s presence in the area, performing complex flight maneuvers or racing.
Also Read: How to Find lost Drone without a tracker