Drones are in high demand and lots of people want to fly them and take those amazing videos and pics, but before you head to skies, please read the following:
- Follow the rules. There are lots of rules and regulations for drones, learn and obey them. A few of the common sense rules are: a) Never fly over airports, people, national parks or anywhere a descending drone could cause harm. b) Always keep your drone within line of site. c) Never fly higher than 400 feet.
- Learn to fly your drone in an open area first. Choose a wide open area with no one around to start like a soccer field or park.
- Begin with simple basic movements close to you. Try hovering at 5 feet then 5 more feet. Then go left and right very slowly. Bring extra batteries and have spare parts handy. Most drone batteries only last about 30 minutes, have 2-3 on hand. Spend a lot of time practicing.
- Don't start with an expensive drone. Learn to fly with smaller more affordable models that can easily be replaced in case of a crash. Two affordable models are the Syma X-8 and Hubsan X-4.
- Check out You Tube channels and beginner forums for help and advice. A few I recommend are : Drone Life, Drone Training and That Drone Show Youtube Channel.
- Learn to fly without GPS. Several models of the mid to higher priced models have GPS and allow it to return to a predetermined position practically unassisted. This helps you during the learning curve, but don't rely on it. GPS has a tendency to fail if there are mountains or cliffs nearby. That said if it fails, you could be picking up a lot of little pieces and ordering a new drone...
Drones are a lot of fun and can make a good vacation spectacular! Enjoy and record all your adventures!