There are risks associated with flying a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) but by taking these risks into account, and by taking ample precaution, the operator can ensure that anyone in the surrounding area is safe and reduce the likelihood of damage to the UAV.
1. Choose the Proper Environment
Avoid places (if possible) with tall buildings, wires, wind and/or rain, and anywhere that is heavily populated. When flying in a cityscape, try to maintain a line of sight between yourself and the UAV. Keep in mind that UAV’s can be heavy and if the unit falls on a person, especially if it has a payload, it could cause injury. The Canadian government has also started to enforce more stringent regulations on when and where operators can fly their UAV’s; when near airports, military bases, or any heavily populated area make sure to check with the appropriate governing body before taking flight.
2. Fully Charge the Batteries
Don’t forget to check if the battery for your UAV is fully charged before take off. It’s also good practice to keep a spare when you are in the field. Many UAV’s have an auto return function when the battery dips to a certain level, this is a nice fail safe feature to have and inceareses safety.
3. Check the Propellers and Other Parts
It’s crucial to check if the propellers have any dents, cracks or dirt because this can impact the thrust that makes the aircraft fly. Also, inspect the entire unit to see if there are other broken or loose parts; be sure that the gimbal of the camera is properly fastened and working as you will not be able to fix this once the UAV is airborn.
4. Calibrate the Compass
Calibrating the compass before a flight is essential for safety as it determines the flight orientation.
5. Turn on the Remote Controller
Turn on the controller before launching the aircraft and ensure all buttons and/or the touchscreen is functioning properly.
6. Observe Line of Sight
This was mentioned previously, but it is so important we thought we would mention it again, you need to be within the visual range of your drone. This ensures that you know where it is at all times. So before launching make sure that you have a clear line of site in the area.
7. Flight Height
Check the recommended or regulated height threshold per your area regulations.
8. Signal Jamming
Check for potential signal interferences that could compromise the communication between operator and UAV.
After the Flight
1. Turn Off the Power
Always power off the aircraft before the controller.
2. Be Careful in Charging the Battery
Don’t charge the battery right after a flight. The battery’s temperature is high after the flight. The Intelligent Flight Battery has a temperature detection sensor and will only charge when its temperature is between O°C and 40°C on most units.
3. Store the Aircraft Properly
It is recommended to remove the propellers and store them properly to avoid damage caused by bumps and knocks when in transit. If the UAV has a gimbal clamp, make sure to attach this as it will help avoid any damage to your gimbal. Store the aircraft in a dry, cool and non-magnetic place to avoid any damage.
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