This is down to pilot error unless you’re phillips, scrubber, obviously but most of the time, it’s pilot error, poor planning and some questionable choices of your flying. So let’s discuss 10 ways today of how to prevent crashes and flyways, so the drones aren’t cheap, starting at 400 400 pounds around the mini series up to around about the 2 000 mark for the bigger more expensive drones, it’s, not something you want to actually crash And lose you want to take care of this yeah. I know you can get insurance but it’s inconvenienced time consuming. So hopefully some of these tips today will help you and actually stop all these drone crashes happening let’s get into it. So in the uk we have terrible weather – and i know different countries around the world where there is a problem when flying your drone. I know you’re itching to get out start flying, but flying indoors is the route some people go down and that’s a really quick way of actually crashing your drone when indoors you’re not going to have a gps, lock so you’re in atti mode, which means the drone Is going to be drifting side to side, you’ve got so many obstacles around the house. All these are potential reasons why this drone is then going to crash. You can get prop guards on it, but you’re still going to have the risk of damaging the motors or the gimbal when actually flying indoors. So if you’re going to be flying indoors, you need to be so careful.

I don’t fly any of the dji drones indoors. If i’m going to be flying indoors because i’m, so bored and i want to i’ll – fly a really cheap drone – something i’m not really bothered about. If i then go and crash it, the main thing that gets hit first of all, when you are entering a crash especially indoors, is this gimbal. The lens is so sensitive. You get a slight crack on that. Your footage is out of the window, so you can put this gimbal cover on and this gimbal guard to protect it. But indoor flying, if you’re going to do it and you want to be so careful because that’s a really easy way of crashing your drone flying backwards. So, although this makes a fantastic shot – and i do it all the time, the flying back shot does look good, but without any position sensors on the back of it. Another really fast way that you’re going to crash this drone when you’re going back you’ve got no idea, what’s behind you by looking down at the screen, you can’t tell what’s behind you and even if it’s in sight, you can easily miss something like power lines or Small twigs, something you can’t see: it’s gon na hit that drone or hit propellers and then it’s going to come crashing down so flying backwards, although it is good, it’s really risky. So when you’re first flying this drone practice when there’s nothing in the area, no obstacles.

No trees, no branches, nothing it can hit a really open space is what you want, a good tip for you when flying backwards is actually fly, the shot forwards and then, in the editor program, just reverse that clip so it’ll actually show you flying backwards. The clip will be in reverse, but by flying forwards, low you’re, getting that same shot, reverse it and then it’s, taking away all that risk for you, so quick tip there for you return to home altitude crucial when flying this drone or any other drone. Where are you going to be flying? Are you finding the countryside so set your return to home altitude higher than the tallest tree? Are you going to be in the city set it to the tallest building higher than that tallest building, and then you can always change it when you’re, actually in the app and you’re flying as well. So if you’re flying and you actually then discover another tree or another tall building change, it change that return to altitude even higher as well. You don’t want it to actually lose a signal and then say it disconnects and your return to home altitude is 70 meters and then the tallest building in that area is 100 meters. It will just keep crashing into it, there’s nothing! You can do about it. You might lose connection, you might have a black screen and you’ve got no no idea what’s going on, but whilst all that is happening, the drone is returning back to you and it will just crash.

So planning is crucial. Make sure that return to helm altitude is set accordingly or what you can also do is within the settings. You can go into settings and go to advanced safety settings and change it from if you have a disconnect, rather than actually returning to you, you can set it to hover in place. So if you get a disconnect and it’s near a really tall building, it will just hover in place. You could then go nearer to it and it will retain that signal. Then you can take over control and land it manually. So all about planning. Where are you going to be flying and for beginners make sure you’re flying in a really open space somewhere, where there’s not a lot of obstacles, just while you get used to it? So wind is a big thing and the reason why you will get a fly away with this and then potentially a crash, if you’re coming from, say a mavic or a phantom series, you’re not going to have the same problems because they can fly into stronger winds. The mini is a lot worse. It can’t fly in really strong winds, because it’s so tiny so make sure you’re flying into the wind. So this was the wind i want to be flying into it as i first set off and then, when i’m coming back, that wind will be helping getting the drone back to me so use a app like the uav fly, app, which is really accurate.

I use that in loads of different countries and that will tell you your wind speed and your wind direction and then plan ahead. Do all the good shots and cinematic shots and any further distance shots all at the start. And then, when you’ve got a low battery, concentrate on just getting it back to you. Another surefire way of losing this drone is to ignore the automatic return to home message that comes on i’ve ignored this a few times and i’ve nearly lost this. On a couple of occasions, so don’t do that when it comes on it’s telling you that it’s time to get it back, because you’ve only got a certain amount of battery life left to be able to get from where it is to you. So if you ignore that it’s at your own risk, it probably won’t make it back to you. So when it comes on press, ok and it’ll auto come back to you, you can get into a really bad habit by doing that. So when the battery indicator is getting close to being on amber bring it back to you automatically don’t get into the habit of waiting for it to say oh it’s time to come back now, you should know and then, as it’s closer to you, it will retain Back into green, and then you can continue flying, but by ignoring that it’s, a big big risk it’ll, probably end up falling short or crashing into something or a crash landing.

So don’t do that fine areas where there’s loads of twigs and branches. I went to a forest recently and although it makes a great footage twigs and this drone just aren’t compatible, they will break these propellers. They will cause the drone to crash to the floor on bigger drones with sensors. They can’t pick up them twigs they’re, an absolute nightmare they’re just like little wires as well, which the drone really can’t pick up on automatic sensors, so the mini 2 doesn’t have them so it’s up to you to actually see it. So if you’re going to be flying in an area there’s, a lot of twigs just like i did on the forest, video put it into cinema, go slow and try and avoid them as much as you can and don’t. Get too close flying under fridges looks great and i love flying under bridges. I do this a lot, so why am i going about this well it’s, all about planning and that illusion of what it looks like when i produce that video, so flying under a bridge has two problems, so the first is if you’re, if this is the bridge And you’re underneath it if you was to lose connection, that drone is going to rise and it’s going to hit the bridge and then it’s game over if you’re too low it’s, then going to think. Oh is it time to land? The centers could start messing around it’ll land it’s game over so it’s.

All about planning so make sure you’re actually just outside of the bridge say this is the bridge you’re just outside of it and then put it into city mode and then go nice and slowly and then try and judge it properly and then continue going. Don’T just be flying around like this, you see a bridge and go oh we’ll. Go into that because unless you’re, some fantastic fpv pilot you’re not going to be able to pull it off. So a quick tip for you is what i do. A lot is i’m. Just outside of the actual bridge, i’ll put it into cine mode, so i’ll go nice and smoothly through the bridge, making sure it’s, nice and level and go through the bridge there and then we’re safe. And then, when i get into the editor program, i’ll then speed it up. So i’ll do two times speed so in real in real time, it’s this speed and then on final cut when i’ve actually finished with it it’s this speed. So it looks a lot better. It’S all about, i would rather just take five seconds doing that on final cut, then that’s a risk in this, however, hitting the roof hitting the bottom and game over planning sports modes, a lot of fun. I love flying in sports mode, but for beginners, especially because you’re flying so fast it’s going to take even longer to stop so if you’re flying in areas and you’ve got loads of different objects around you.

Those are trees, houses, fences wherever the hell you’re flying right. You’Re flying it’s going to take longer to actually come to a stop. So if you pull back on this, stick or you just take your finger off it, that drone is going to take longer to actually stop and people aren’t. Aware of that, at the time and that’s when it’ll go crashing into something so sports mode and just flying fast in general, around closer to things, unless you know what you’re doing it’s a surefire way of crashing, this drone no position sentence on this whatsoever. So if this sees an object, nothing’s going to stop it and this, although it is well made it’s very plasticky, doesn’t, take much for any problems with this at all. If you have any issues with these propellers and you’ve got a slight problem with it, and this isn’t spinning around fully all it takes, is one of these to be slightly jammed. It might take off in the air – and you might think it’s all right, but if it’s not fully working 100 and that stops it’s game over so flying fast as a beginner, especially or in areas where there’s loads of different objects around it’s really risky. So take it easy sports mode is good for where there’s a massive open area or over the sea or big fields get used to it have fun there. Sports mode is not for flying around cities or neighborhoods or areas where there’s a lot of people about that’s.

Not what sports mode’s about flying in bad weather is pretty similar to point one, and especially in the uk, i’m sure you guys all know about this, but as much as you want to go out and fly your drone just plan ahead if it’s dry, but it Looks like it could go and start raining soon, scrap it. Do it another day if it starts to rain. This drone is not waterproof. None of the dji drones are waterproof, so it needs to get back to you as fast as possible. It can handle some light rain i’ve had it in bits of rain, about it in snow and it’s been all right, but that said it doesn’t take much for this to fry one of these motors or to have problems the electrics. So if you are caught short, get it back to you, get the battery out dry, it all off put it in a bowl of rice and hopefully it still works but it’s about planning isn’t it. If you’re going to be taking this off in the rain. You know it’s your own stupid fault if it doesn’t actually work afterwards. If you’re going to be flying this – and it starts running your court short just try and get it back to you as much as you can quick put it into sports mode, fly it back to you, get it dried off and you should be fine. You’Ll, be absolutely fine with that and the final point, although it seems really obvious people forget about this, and you know i’ve had this a couple of times as well.

So when the drone is facing you and you press left or right when you press left, the drone goes left press right. It goes right when the drone is the opposite way, so the drone is now facing me we’ll say, but the drone is really facing me. You know you know what i mean so if the actual gimbal is facing me and i push left, this drone is actually going to go to my right. If i push right it’s going to go to my left, and sometimes people can actually forget that, because they’re having the moment or they’re distracted, someone’s talking to him and especially when you’re coming into land to say i’m coming in to land here, there’s a wall there There’S a wall there and i want it to land flat and i’m just getting it lined up here, but there’s a bit of water there. So i want it to move a little bit to the left, so i want it to move this way a little bit. So someone’s talking to me, oh yeah, you, like your drone, oh yeah, yeah, it’s, good, that’s, what’s, trying i just press left and it really. It goes that way and it’s now crashed so remembering that when it’s actually facing you, then controls left and right are opposite. I know it seems straightforward and simple, but believe me, you do forget, so i hope them tips helped you to actually have safer flying with this drone.

These drones are phenomenal pieces of equipment. We all love them. We all love flying them. We don’t love replacing them because of errors that we have caused so be careful. Take care have fun with your drone and i hope you enjoyed that video. If you did like and subscribe it’d be excellent.

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