So you’ve picked yourself up a brand new drone, carefully unpackaged it, and you’re excited to get in the air, well you’re not alone. Last year over one million drones were sold worldwide mostly to new pilots with little no flight experience. But maybe you’ve held off, and you’re still looking to do a little research before taking the plunge. Well needless to say, there are a lot of newcomers out there in desperate need of some guidance. So to help remedy the situation, we though we’d share a few helpful tips.
Tip #1: Choose the right drone
Select a drone that fits your budget and your skill level. For most new pilots this means purchasing a small toy drone in the range of $50-$100. This is because you will likely crash multiple times while learning to fly, and toy drones are forgiving, durable, and easy to repair. If they happen to break beyond repair, you’re only out a few bucks.
Tip #2: Fly in appropriate locations
Always fly in an open area free of large crowds or pets. Ideally stick to your own private property, but large empty soccer of baseball fields can work as well. For small toy drones keep them indoors, an unfinished basement, garage, or large hallway would work well.
Tip #3: Get Involved
Get involved with the drone community. This hobby can be a boring one if you’re in it all by yourself. Chasing your cat or dog around the house is entertaining only for a short time. Get on the forums, find local clubs, and get active. You’ll have a much more enjoyable time!
Tip #4: Inspect & maintain
Get in the habit of regularly inspection the components of your drone. This is not as crucial for small toy drones, but it’s something that you should get into the habit of anyway. Things like small cracks, loose screws, or frayed wiring, can lead to catastrophic accidents.
Tip #5: Have fun!
Keep it interesting; flying your drone is only as fun as you make it. Set up obstacle courses in your house, make a video or get your friends involved. If you have enough friends you can even host fun events and compete through different challenges. This was something I did a bunch while starting out. Not only is it a lot of fun, its great practice and will get you a lot of time behind the sticks. (This is especially fun when flying FPV drones!)
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed a few of these simple tips, Happy Flying!