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A Beginner’s Safety Guide for Flying a Drone: You don’t want to hit your drone somewhere right after you bought it. So, when you buy a drone and start piloting it for the first time, you better educate yourself. You have to learn the airspace regulations of your vicinity. This will help you keep out of trouble. With that said, following we are going to mention some guidelines. Mind them when operating your drone:

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A Beginner’s Safety Guide for Flying a Drone

A Beginner’s Safety Guide for Flying a Drone

  • Register your drone with an authority
  • Stay 5 miles away from every airport
  • Dot fly more than 400 feet above
  • Don’t fly on people without their permission
  • Never fly over government facilities
  • Never fly in national parts
  • Never fly over a private property
  • Never fly over fires or a crime scene
  • If the police approach you, you better be calm and polite

Not Every Drone is Ready to fly

Just because you invested in high-end drones, it doesn’t mean its ready to fly at the moment. When you are out in the market to buy a new drone, you will come across with acronyms including RTF, BNF and RF. Most toys are ready to fly, but can they race?

If you are buying a high-end product, then you will need to tweak it a bit. Following, we are describing these acronyms.

RTF: It stands for ready to fly. These drones don’t need any assembly or setup. But you have to do some trivial tasks like charging the battery, installing propellers and binding the control.

BNF: It means to bind and flies. These drones are completely assembled, but they don’t have a controller. They are sold separately. You should know that just because a transmitter and receiver are on the same frequency, it doesn’t mean they will work with each other without an issue.

Fortunately, we are living in the digital era; if it were the analogue era, you would need to make sure the receiver and transmitter are on the same frequency. The digital communication has changed this.  Even if the transmitter and receiver are on the same channel, they have to follow the same manufacture protocol to communicate.

ARF: It means Almost Ready to Fly. These drones come in the kit. They usually don’t have a transmitter to the receiver, and they ask some partial assembly. These kits may leave out components like ESC, flight controller, battery or motor. The definition of these kits are very broad, so if you see the word “ARF”, you better read the description.

Easy to Fly and Crash

If there is one thing you need to learn about drones, it’s they are easy to fly and easier to crash. There is a misconception that drones are hard to fly. They are not. If you can use a smartphone, you won’t have an issue handling a drone.  This doesn’t mean some drones are foolproof. Even the most advanced drone needs some general knowledge if you want to keep it from crashing. Just mind the following things, and you will be fine:

Onboard Sensors

Every drone is equipped with at least one camera, motor, battery and radio. There are different sensors installed inside of the drone to make it work. The weather can control some of these sensors. Its just one sensor in the drone is prone to GPS interference. The GPS tells the drone where it is, and if you lose the signal, you might lose the drone. There are a few things that affect the signal and its common in mountain ranges, trees, and indoors.

The second might get affected by the compass. GPS tells the drone its facing direction and helps to navigate. When the compass interferes, the drone flies in a circular pattern, and it only gets worse from here on. This is better known as the toilet bowl effect.  If you see this, you better recalibrate your drone.

Control Range Specs

When you buy a drone, you better pay attention to the control range specs. If you don’t, this will cost you dearly in the long run. You might end up losing your drone because of this negligence.  So make sure you read the specs before you invest your money, or else you will lose your drone soon after you make the purchase.

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Dimple Gola is the Chief editor at Bollywood and the Co-Founder of ‘Chop News'. She writes about Entertainment, Youth related topics, especially on Movie Reviews and Box Office Collections.


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