Flying a drone indoors…things to remember.
There is plenty of information and help with general drone flying and the rules and regs, I even wrote about it myself in a previous blog post
But theirs not a lot of advice about flying your drone in doors and the problems that can arise so here are some tips for you to consider.
Safety – Probably the most important is making sure its safe to fly, are there people around or property that could get in your way or damaged, make sure you are in full control of the area and watch for people walking into your flight area. Use prop guards on your drone trust me they will save you a major problem at some point. Do not try to fly your drone in small spaces or where there are lots of people, keep your flight area clear.
GPS – the chances are you wont have any GPS so you will be flying in manual or atti mode this means even indoors your drone will most certainly drift, be ready for it and if you’re not experienced in flying in atti or manual mode then go and practice in an open area first so you have an idea of how your drone responds, believe me its completely different than flying in GPS mode and takes practice.
Compass Calibration – Chances are if you try to calibrate you compass (which you should always do before any flight) it may not work due to interference so make sure you have a space outside close by where you can do this if this happens.
Obstacle Avoidance – We all think its great right and you need it ? Wrong….often when flying indoors obstacle avoidance is more of a hindrance than help because your flying in a tight space so be prepared to have to turn it of to get the shot again if your not comfortable flying without it go and practice in an open space first.
Return to Home – Unless you are filming in a huge massive high top open building that’s completely empty and has no obstructions and you have set you RTH height to within the walls of the building then DON’T use RTH, if you do chances are your drone will fly up and crash into the roof.
Time – Take your time asses your surroundings, check for potential dangers and check again have a fail safe plan in case something goes wrong.
So there are a few points to remember these are things I deal with a lot when working indoors but if you remember them you should have a much easier time of it and be able to create some nice cinematic shots, of course these are just my opinions and you are bound to form your own in time.
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