Be sure to be aware of these 7 rookie mistakes when you are learning to fly your drone.
1. Power ON the drone when drone is not level
Many drones set its flying parameters when you power ON the drone. So if you power ON the drone when the drone is not leveled, the drone will set the wrong parameters which means your flight will be not stable. Always remember to power ON the drone on the even level ground so that the drone will set the correct parameters initially. This will ensure you to have very stable and smooth flight.
If your drone is drifting on its own in the air, land the drone and try to reboot on the flat level surface.
Also, some drones need to be calibrated when ever you are in a new location. Be sure to learn how to calibrate your drone. This is will ensure you to have stable and safe flight.
2. Loosing orientation
If you are a beginner, it is very easy to get disoriented when you fly your drone when flying in normal mode. Many drones now have headless mode where your orientation is locked in despite which way your drone is facing. But it is recommend that you learn to fly drone in normal mode.
Basically, loosing orientation means you lost control over your drone because the drone is not moving to the direction where you wanted to go. When your drone is facing towards you, your left control stick will be turn right and vise versa. This is something you have to constantly keep in mind when you fly your drone. Basically, you have to constantly be aware of which direction our drone is facing.
If you are not sure what position your drone is facing, move your drone very little bit and see which direction your drone is turning. This way, you know which way drone is facing and get in control over your drone right away.
This is something you have to practice. More you fly your drone in normal mode, more you are able to comfortably control over your drone without loosing your orientation.
Flying your drone using solely with your FPV screen also helps. In your FPV screen, right control stick always turn right and vise versa. But it is not recommend that you learn to flying your drone solely with your FPV in the beginning.
3. Crashing on take off
Taking off your drone from the ground is most crucial moment. There is this thing called “ground effect”. Ground effect is where your drone creates air bubble underneath the drone when it is trying to take off from the ground. Ground effects can easily flip your drone and make it crash during the take off. This crash can really damage your drone, so you need to be aware.
Best way to avoid the “ground effect” is to give a burst of thrust when taking off. Avoid taking off softly and slowly. Once the drone is above 3-4 feet above the ground, you can safely ascent slower if you like.
Crashing on take off is rookie mistake and you should try to avoid when you are learning to fly your drone.
4. Landing too fast
Always take your time and land the drone slowly. When you are ready to land, finding the landing spot, stop moving forward, hover over the handing spot, and land the drone straight down. Always avoid, landing the drone while moving forward.
Another method is to catch it using your hand while it is in the air. Hover the drone right above you where you can reach out the drone and grab the landing gear to catch it. Make sure your drone has landing gear that you can safely grab on to.
If you drone has not landing gear to grab on to, you can always catch the drone after you turn off the motor and let it fall in your hand. This takes a bit of practice.
Some drone has auto landing. If your drone has auto landing feature, use it. Hover the drone few feet above the landing spot, and active the auto-landing feature. The drone will land safely automatically.
5. Hitting something you didn’t see
It is easy to avoid the big stuff such as building, cars, and people, but some times you can’t always see smaller stuff that your drone can crash into. Always be aware of the things that you can’t really see such as thin power line and tree branches. Keep in mind that it is very difficult to see these things from the distance, and some times, you even miss it in you FPV screen (First person Point of View).
Also be aware of obstacles that are above or below your drone. It is easy to see what is front of the drone, but some time it is not so easy to see obstacles that are above or below the drone.
Best practice is to plan out where you want to fly your drone and what kind of obstacles are in the way before you actually fly your drone.
6. Letting your battery gets too low
You should never take chances on your battery. Remember to keep your battery level about 20% or above. Never use your battery below 20% when your drone is in the air. When your drone hits 30%, you need to start thinking about landing your drone.
In bigger drones, there is battery indicator that tells your battery level, but in smaller drone, it’s not so clear. In that case, you need to set a timer using the manufacture estimate of drone flight time. Set the timer conservatively, and once the timer rings, it is time to land the drone.
As always, when you fly your down, always make sure your battery is fully charged. What you don’t want to do is run out of your battery when the drone is in the air, this result in drone crash or even worse, you can hurt someone below.
As always, once you get used to your drone, you have better idea how much battery your drones uses, so you can easily calculate your flight time more accurately.
7. Flying too high and too far away
When you are learning, always have you drone in your line of sight. Never fly your drone too high and too far away when you are learning. Many things can go wrong when you drone is too far away.
First of all, be sure not to fly your drone above 400 ft. That is one of FCC rule you should follow.
When your drone is too far away and you can’t see them anymore, there is risk of running out of battery while you are coming back. Also there is risk of loosing your orientation and you ending up loosing your drone.
If you are going to fly your drone far away, you need to carefully plan ahead before you drone is in the air.