For drone pilots, it's a nightmare to see how their drone crashes into a wall, gets entangled in a tree or simply falls from the sky. But sometimes it happens.
The latest generation drones incorporate anti-collision sensors giving even the most inexperienced of the pilots the opportunity to avoid crashes. But drones are not smart; They are machines and the sensors can fail.
There are a number of factors that can cause a crash or worse, that goes crazy or away without you can do anything about it.
These are the most common mistakes you should keep in mind so that your next flight does not become a nightmare
1. Losing direction sense
Not being completely familiar with the movements of the control sticks, the reference is lost when the drone rotates, because at that time the movements change. The drone is not the same looking straight ahead than you.
Tip: Practice flying at low altitude and something away from you. Rotate the drone causing the camera to look to any other side (front, back, left and right) and make all movements (accelerate, brake, forward, backward, left and right).
2. Do not plan the shot
We have seen several videos where some vehicles collide with drones. Or the drones go straight to someone's body. This happens when the shot was not planned and factors such as height, distance, gusts of wind ... among others were not taken into account.
Tip: Not as close as the drone is it means that the video or photo will be better. Plan your shot. That is, take into account all possible movements that your goal will make. Take advantage of some flight modes offered by drones.
3. Depend on sensors and "automatic" modes
Relying on anti-collision sensors, GPS and other technology that incorporate drones will not make you a good pilot. It would be like driving only automatic cars and never a standard. What to do if the sensors fail or there is no GPS available? What a situation.
Tip: Once you can perfectly control the drone with all available sensors and GPS, it is time to practice in what we know as "ATTI mode", that is free flight at the mercy of the wind, without GPS help to stabilize your drone. If your drone doesn't have that mode, practice with a minidrone.
Race drones do not have any "autonomous" technology, so it is much harder to control. Sometimes the flight is exciting. Sometimes not so much.
4. Fly indoors
So is. Flying indoors is a more common mistake than it seems. Why? Because the most advisable thing is to fly in an open place, free of obstacles and interference.
Tip: If you are going to fly indoors preferably with a minidrone. And keep in mind that it is not the same to fly on a beach, mountain or city. There are factors that can cause your drone to not work normally.
5. Do not observe the environment
Sometimes, we see somewhere we like and decide to take off without more or more. Frequent error in novice pilots because it is vital to verify our environment. Why? Because, depending on the place, you can find cables, metal structures, birds.
Tip: Before taking off (and as we mentioned in point 2), see what can cross your path. Consider all the possibilities so that nothing takes you by surprise.
6. Losing sight of the drone
This happens when we worry more about what the image on the screen looks like and forget about the drone. We lose the perspective of our environment. That's why it's important to plan the shot
Tip: Remember what we discussed in points 2 and 5. You can also take a practice shot. In the next one you won't have to worry so much about the drone.
7.Do not check the settings (or ignore them)
Every good pilot should have his checklist and do routine checks as part of the planning of the shot. It's like when you go on the road: check fuel, oil levels, air in the tires and operation in general. In this case, check the charge of your batteries, status of the propellers, calibration, etc., in addition to the settings of battery alerts, RTH, sensors, among others.
Tip: Make a list of the things you should check before flying. Always consider the distance between going and returning.