Drone Fails:3 Lessons We Learn From Drone Videos
Although the new drones buzzing over our heads have the ability to improve our lives, the reality of any emerging technology is that sooner or later someone will do damage through recklessness or ignorance. How can you, future drone pilot, avoid this? Just learn from the drone fails shown in these videos.
1. Do not ignore your battery levels.
Drones have made great strides in remote control technology. But battery life continues to be the Holy Grail that manufacturers constantly pursue.
Most drones offer a maximum of 30 minutes of flight time, so if you want to avoid losing hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars representing your beloved drone, keep an eye on battery life.
Whether in the form of LED lights or an app for your smartphone, most drones have some kind of indicator that tells you in real time just how much battery you still have.
If you are a distracted person, buy a drone that has an automatic return function once the battery reaches a low level. In other words, consider buying a drone that can think for you, since your brain is not reliable.
Otherwise you’ll end up in the local news like this poor pilot who, after flying with his DJI Phantom 2, had to plunge into a lake to retrieve it.
2. Beware of people near the drone.
Flying a drone can be a great gateway to a new type of career (such as aerial shooting of events, TV, reporting, weddings, etc.). But first make sure that you have the skills necessary to operate a UAV in a crowd before making your “premiere primetime”.
For the case study here, we returned to YouTube with WeddingMan123 which in 2013 was training to film a wedding from a friend. During practice for filming the actual video, WeddingMan123 reports: “I brought him [my drone] to do another flight to make sure the scene was good. I underestimated the time to catch up and he hit the face of the groom. It cut him on his face and beside his head. I felt awful. ”
Although the groom is doing well and the wedding took place without further air strikes, Weddingman’s tale is a warning. Before flying over crowds, make sure you have the skills you need to avoid running over people with your drone.
3. Do not assume everyone likes drones like you do
If you plan to film in a public space or at an event, common sense says you must inform the event organizers so they can, in turn, make the participants aware.
For example, this is what happens when you start flying in a rock concert without telling anyone:
Okay, now you’ve learned from the mistakes of others. Fly with responsibility!