Top 5 Drone Tips for Safe Content Creation
Utilizing a drone can help businesses to create professional content at their own fingertips.
Here are the top 5 tips you should use to avoid unsafe conditions.
1.) Know the Surrounding Airspace
Understanding a VFR Sectional chart should be the first step when preparing to fly your drone in unfamiliar airspace. Sectional charts can be used to identify regulated airspace, nearby airports, and hazards.
2.) Respect the Privacy of Others
Always be aware of who and what will be in the vicinity of your flight path.
While the FAA and federal courts have not decided who owns the airspace above private land, it still can be illegal to fly above private property depending on where you live. The last thing you want to get caught up in is an angry homeowner with a shotgun and good aim.
3.) Understand Your In-Flight User Interface
This is the basic the interface for a DJI drone, other brands will have similar information.
Always be checking your in-flight interface. This is a window into everything that is going on with your drone. It can show you your speed, altitude, battery, GPS, and much more. This is a great tool to monitor to prevent any fly always or crashes.
4.) Know the wind
Strong wind can lead to a decrease in performance and battery life. Be aware of how strong the wind is and which direction it is blowing. If you are flying to your planned position, with the wind. Don’t assume it will take the same amount of battery to return.
If you are flying without GPS assistance strong winds will cause your drone to drift. This can position the drone into unplanned areas such as power lines, tall buildings, or out of the signal range.
Keep in mind the wind speed can double, or even triple from where you are to the altitude of your aircraft.
5.) Check the Propellers
The propellers create the ability for the drone to fly. Ensure that they are free from any damage such as dents, cracks, or breakage. Dirt, sand, and other elements can also effect the propellers performance.
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Meet the Author
Mike Schmitz is the Videographer and Motion Graphics Artist at AmpliPhi Social Media Strategies. Whether it's a small production or a custom animated video, Mike can work with you in creating the perfect piece of content to drive marketing campaigns or develop your online presence.
Mike graduated from Madison Media Institute’s Video Production program and is an FAA Part-107 UAS certified drone pilot. Before joining AmpliPhi he was a part of UW Madison's Video Production Team, a Wedding Videographer, and a freelance drone pilot.