Drone Safety

 

Safety is the most important factor to consider when using a drone. Using all the necessary measures to prevent to prevent injury to yourself or other people to avoid damaging the surrounding area and your drone should always be at the forefront of your mind when using a drone. Some drones are designed as toys but larger, industrial drones are often much larger and weigh more than any toy drone could possibly ever weigh.

Fly in good weather

Despite the rapid improvement in drone technology high winds and heavy rain can destabilise even the most expensive of drones, potentially causing them the drone to blow of course and crash. Bad weather can also make the video or camera footage almost completely useless, making flying in bad weather not only dangerous physically but also a complete waster of time. Before launching your drone you need to look for clear symbols that the weather is safe and sustainable. Look for wind strength by monitoring how strongly nearby tree branches are moving and look in all directions for potential rain clouds. You also need to be conscious of changes in the weather as you are using your drone. If you are concerned that the weather conditions are becoming adverse then you should always prioritise safety and stop using your drone.

Observe line of sight

You should know where your drone is at all times and close it is to any obstacles. When flying a drone it built up areas it essential to familiarise yourself with the surrounding area, where any trees, buildings or lighting fixtures are. If you filming any sports such as baseball or golf you need to ensure your drone is out of the way of the potential flight of the ball. You certainly don’t want your $1,000 drone to be hit by a golf ball. Some government organisations and insurance policies require that the drone remains in line at all times so it not only important to protect your drone but also a legal requirement.

Steer clear of airports

Drones have gained negative publicity in recent years because some pilots have been irresponsible enough to fly their drones close to airports. It goes without saying that flying a drone close to an airport is incredibly dangerous and reckless. Airports incredibly busy places with airplanes, helicopters and cars constantly in moving around. Not only can a drone crash these vehicles but they can also distract the driver or pilot. Drones can disrupt radar equipment or trigger security equipment around the airport. Heavy fines or even prison sentence could be used as a penalty to anyone found flying a drone around an airport. Before flying any drone you need to fully understand where your drone can be flown and how close you are to an airport. Some airports are world famous but you also need to consider much smaller airports including private airports.

Watch out for interference

Almost all drones are fitted with a “return to home” function which automatically returns the drone to the controller. However, if there is any obstacle between you and the drone then there is a very strong chance that your drone will crash into the obstacle. Before flying your drone you need to identify both physical and electromagnetic interference. Power lines and trees can also bring down your drone if they are between you and your drone so it is important to fully understand your surroundings and how they may interfere with your drone.

Avoid roads and transport hubs

Drones can easily distract the driver of any vehicle including a car or train. Although you may not physically crash into the vehicle the presence of your drone could be enough to cause a serious accident. When flying your drone you should fully understand where the main traffic routes are and how you can avoid them. For example, if you are operating your drone close to a road you need to take measures such as avoiding rush hour or using rows of trees or buildings to avoid being visible by any cars on the road.

Don’t fly over people

Professional drones are heavy enough to kill someone if it falls on them – even from a low height. Therefore, it is essential not to fly directly over someone. In some countries it is also a legal requirement and your license could be revoked if you are found to be flying directly over people. It may also invalidate your insurance policy or to contravene your customers health and safety practices, resulting in you losing customers and receiving a negative reputation. Therefore, for a variety of reasons it is essential not to fly directly over people.

Don’t fly above 400 feet

Almost all nations have set a maximum flying height of 400 feet. But even if the legal height is higher than 400 feet you should set this as a maximum flying height – there are very few reasons why you need to fly at this height so it is better to be safe than sorry. You should also check the local maximum flying height to ensure that you are not flying to high.

Fully read the manual

Before flying any drone you need to fully understand how it operates.  It’s battery lifetime and how to return the drone back to you. You need to understand how you can accurately monitor the drones battery capacity, how to read and utilise any alarms or sensors and how to use any accessories. When piloting a drone you need to be able concentrate and remain in control at at all times. Any confusion or disruption on how to use the drone could lead to damage to your drone, surrounding structures or even fatalities.

You maybe in a rush getting to your next client or hoping to miss the traffic but you have to remember that safety is the crucial to any business including your own.