Heading out to fly your drone can be incredibly exciting, but even the most experienced of pilots can run into trouble from time to time. By setting aside some time to carry out five essential checks before flying, you can ensure that your flight will keep you and your drone safe. Take a look at our essential drone flight checklist below.
1. Check the weather forecast
British weather is notoriously fickle, so you should always check the weather forecast before heading out, even if it looks nice. Keep an eye out for rain as water can easily damage your drone and leave you with costly repair bills. It’s also wise to be aware of wind speed and direction, so you can take these into account when flying.
If rain or high winds are likely, it’s often best just to postpone your flight to another time, so you’re less likely to run into trouble or damage your drone.
2. Be aware of flight restrictions
Flight restrictions may be in place dependant on where you’re flying, and which country you’re in, so it’s absolutely crucial to check local laws and guidelines before taking flight. In the UK, you should generally:
- Keep your drone within eyesight
- Fly below 120m/400ft
- Stay well away from people and private property
- Avoid airports
This list is by no means exhaustive, but for more information, check out our post on drone regulations.
3. Take a good look over your drone
Once you’ve made sure your area is safe and legal to fly in, it’s time for the final few checks before taking flight.
Spend a couple of minutes thoroughly inspecting your drone and making any necessary pre-flight adjustments. Ensure that all parts are in good condition, and any cameras or accessories are firmly attached to the drone body. If anything is amiss, make sure to fix this before taking flight so you don’t risk damaging your drone further.
4. Make sure your batteries and controller are charged
The last thing you want is for your drone to run out of battery whilst out of sight, leaving you to try and find where it has crash landed. To avoid this, make sure that your batteries and controller are fully charged and take spares if you’re planning to fly for a while. This will help to ensure that you don’t lose or damage your drone in a crash landing.
5. Hover at 15ft for 15 seconds before flying
Before you set out on your main flight, hover your drone close to you at 15ft for 15 seconds. This will help you to get into the swing of things and make sure that your drone is working as expected. If you notice any unusual flight activity, this gives you the chance to correct any issues before heading out to fly.
These checks will help to keep your drone safe, but it’s important to make sure it’s protected even when you aren’t flying. A protective hard drone case will look after your drone and accessories no matter what environment you’re in. Take a look at our range of DJI drone cases and other drone cases to find the perfect protective case for you.