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[TIPS] How to safely fly your Parrot drone in 8 simple steps

When you want to fly your drone you must make sure that you are doing it properly. Here are 8 simple safety tips from Verizon Wireless that we also recommend:

    1. Choose the right environment. First, try flying a drone in an open, preferrably outdoor area instead of indoors. Make sure the day you’ve selected is relatively wind free and the location has few trees – because no one wants an emergency drone landing 15 feet up in a tree!
    2. Be aware of your surroundings. Take note of where other people, objects, trees or roads are to assure a safe flight path and landing. Don’t fly near an airport or over a large group of people. Be aware of powerful antennas and power lines as well.
    3. Get permission. If you are on someone else’s property or in a public space, ask for permission to avoid invasion of privacy or other consequences.
    4. Learn the modes and controls. Different flying modes and settings can affect your flight and ability to control the drone. Before flying, learn which setting is best for you in your selected environment. For example, Parrot AR Drone 2.0 has an outdoor flight mode, left-handed mode or joypad mode. Watch our tutorial videos about the AR.Drone 2.0:

  1. Check the battery. Make sure your battery is fully charged to avoid an emergency landing. You should also consider the season. If you’re flying in the cold winter, your battery will drain more quickly than it would in the summer.
  2. Be in control. The emergency land button should be one of the first things you learn before flying the drone. It ensures the drone lands safely if you make a critical error while flying. However, you should only use the emergency land function in true emergencies because the motors will cut out and your drone will drop (which could cause serious harm to those below). Also, keep a direct line of sight on your drone and watch its altitude.
  3. Practice, practice, practice. Start with a couple of short, quick flights. You could even try arranging two X’s on your lawn and flying the drone back and forth landing on the X’s. Once you have mastered that, you can continue to challenge yourself by going higher or farther.
  4. Watch and learn. For further help and instructions on flying a drone, try online resources on our blog, our YouTube channel or other sites that walk you through the process and offer other tips.

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If you live in the US, you can take a look at the “do’s and don’ts” of flying safely from the FAA.

If you live in Canada, the Minister of Transport has released a clear infographic mentioning a few guidelines.

Now that you’re ready to fly safely, have fun with your Parrot’s drone!

Here are Guidelines you should respect to fly responsibly in different countries:

  • lokus 220

    do you still give those chargers

  • http://homefitnessguru.net/ Jesse

    This is so important though, and something that everybody should read. Important with the Parrot but even more so with the larger drones that can cause serious damage if they drop on somebody. Kudos for putting this up.

    Jes / http://www.droneguru.net/

  • http://smashingdrones.com Smashing Drones

    I just recently had the opportunity of trying out the Parrot A.R 2.0 power edition and was really impressed how responsive it was. It was a little windy on the day but because I was in a large field, it was a lot easier to recover any time I got dragged a bit with the windy conditions.

    http://smashingdrones.com

  • abhilash

    i buy Parrot Bebop drone 2 month back and write a review on my blog. it is very good drone and give the value of money.

    http://drone.weararena.com/

  • Hans-Martijn Visscher

    Dutch guidelines: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/drone/inhoud/veiligheid-drones?utm_campaign=sea-t-verkeer_en_vervoer-a-drones&utm_term={keyword&gclid=CjwKEAjwrOO3BRCX55-L9_WojHoSJAAPxcSPDKU74e9ltzEoJfg5Tl9pDiKkiZ9RQMroIiKdQcPz9hoCpVHw_wcB

  • Gary Layton

    Is the battery charger supposed to blink red as it charges?