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:
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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: