When they say life is a learning process, it means that you will make mistakes in your entire lifetime. It is by making mistakes that you will learn, sometimes with terrible consequences. This adage is true even in flying drones. You cannot really be good at it the first time. You need to practice how to control it. You will make a lot of mistakes flying it, even if you are already a trained drone pilot.
In piloting unmanned vehicle systems, it is always advisable to avoid making mistakes. True, you cannot really prevent bad things from happening 100% all the time. There will always be small chances of making mistakes. However, the mistakes can go bigger when you know how to avoid them but you got too complacent to act. Here are some blunders you need to avoid when flying your copters.
Flying in restricted areas
Know where you can and you can’t fly your drone. Consult with your local authority if you don’t know where it is allowed to fly drones and where it is restricted. The Federal Aviation Authority has put several guidelines in place. The regulation makes it illegal for drones to fly within a 5-mile radius from the airport. It is also not allowed to pilot copters in busy, crowded areas. Don’t fly a drone near military bases. Do not use a drone to spy on anybody (like your neighbor). If you break these rules, you might get yourself into trouble.
Flying near obstruction
Don’t fly near buildings, trees, and posts. You need a big open space to practice your piloting skills. Your backyard won’t suffice unless you have a baseball court there. Your drone can crash into buildings, trees, or any high posts. Be kind to the birds as well. If you know the place is frequently visited by birds, find somewhere else.
Using an expensive drone during initial practice
You should start learning how to fly a drone using a cheaper model. At the beginning, there is a bigger chance that you’ll break a drone. Your drone can crash on buildings or get stuck on trees. When it falls badly, you might just collect its pieces on the ground which is terrible. Imagine if that drone costs $1,200 dollars and it got broken into pieces, you or your parents might be crying all day long. So better start with a cheap drone before you try piloting your new DJI Phantom 4.