Flying best practices

Is your drone ready to fly? A number of checks must be made before take-off.

 

PHOTO ONE

 

  • Check the weather to ensure the best possible conditions for flying your drone. Ideally, this means flying when the weather is fine, without strong winds or rainfall!

     

  • To check if the weather is good for flying, download the UAV Forecast app that uses precise calculations to advise you on whether it is safe to fly your drone.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.uavforecast&hl=fr

     

  • Check that your smartphone/tablet and your drone have enough battery life for the duration of the flight.

     

  • Also check that your smartphone/tablet has enough memory to store the videos and photos you are planning to take during the flight.



 

DURING THE FLIGHT

 

Let's go for take-off! Here are some tips for ensuring a pleasant flight with your drone.

 

  • If you are a beginner, do not fly in manual mode. This is reserved for more experienced pilots. Instead, choose the automatic flight mode because this gives you access to all the flight control options.

     

  • Set yourself an objective: nothing is worse than flying about aimlessly. Whether you are training to take off or capturing a specific image, give your flight an objective.

     

  • To get some inspiration regarding potential photos or videos, do not hesitate to browse Google Maps and have a walk around the area: lakes, mountains, dunes, islands, etc. there is no lack of beautiful photo opportunities!

     

  • If you decide to reverse the position of your drone (i.e. to make it face you on take-off), remember to reverse all the horizontal controls as well. Flying "backward" is for more experienced pilots!





 

TAKING BEAUTIFUL PICTURES AND VIDEOS

 

Who does not love capturing great pictures and breathtaking videos with their drone? Feel free to read our suggestions to improve your results.

 

  • Practice flying your drone very smoothly in order to shoot memorable photos and videos. Indeed, although it may seem easier to fly the drone than it looks, each vibration affects the final result of your production.

     

  • The framing is very important too: you will get better results by taking great care in this area. Follow our advice: avoid placing the horizon in front of the lens and tilting the camera slightly forward to reduce the space occupied by the sky.

http://blog.parrot.com/2016/01/12/parrot-bebop-1-2-conseils-et-astuces-pour-la-prise-de-video/





 

PREVENT FLYAWAYS

 

This is one of the worst nightmares of all drone owners. To prevent flyaways, you must take certain preventive measures.

 

  • Check that the Return to Home is switched on and that the Home coordinates are entered in the data.

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https://community.parrot.com/t5/Bebop-2/TUTO-Utilisation-du-RTH-Return-to-Home/td-p/139448/page/2



 

FLYING YOUR DRONE IN COLD WEATHER

 

Many drone owners want to know more about flying their drone in cold weather. Here is some advice and suggestions on handling this situation.

 

  • Fully charge your battery. This will ensure that it has a higher voltage. We recommend that you take off with a well charged battery – at least 90% of a full charge.

 

  • Prepare for sudden drops in voltage. We recommend that you fly your drone smoothly without pushing it to its limits and performing acrobatics.

 

  • Plan for a shorter flight time. Indeed, low temperatures will affect the capacity of your battery by 20 to 30%.

     

  • Preheat your batteries or charge them for a few minutes before taking off.

     

  • Store your batteries in a warm place to prevent differences in voltage between the cells of your batteries.

Update : 26/02/2019
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