10 Tips for New Pilots

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James Bastable

Photographer, Drone Pilot & Editor - Director at Photos.co.uk

If you’re a new DJI drone pilot, you’re 100% going to be excited to get started and take your drone out for a spin. However, it’s important to remember that drones can be dangerous if not used properly.

Before you start flying your drone, there are some important things you need to know to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Here are ten tips for new pilots when first flying their DJI drone:

  1. Find a Safe Space

Before you start flying your drone, make sure you’re in a safe space. Look for a large open area free of obstacles, such as trees, buildings, and power lines. Avoid flying near people or animals, as they could get hurt if the drone crashes. Personally, I would go to a large open field, not your typical back garden.

  1. Check the Batteries

Before you take off, make sure your batteries are fully charged. Always use genuine DJI batteries, as third-party batteries can be dangerous and cause your drone to malfunction. This is overlooked by new pilots but it’s important to know the battery is the lifeblood of your drone. Without it, you’re toast! Bring extra batteries with you, so you don’t run out of power too!

  1. Learn the Controls

Take some time to familiarise yourself with the controls of your DJI drone. Practice flying in a safe space before you attempt to take more complicated shots or fly in different environments.

  1. Use GPS Mode

When you’re first starting out, use GPS mode. This will allow your drone to hover in place and maintain its altitude automatically, making it easier for you to control the drone.

  1. Take Baby Steps

Don’t try to do too much too soon. Take baby steps and gradually work your way up to more complex maneuvers. Start with simple flights and gradually increase your skill level over time.

  1. Keep Line of Sight

Always keep your drone within your line of sight. This will help you avoid obstacles and ensure you maintain control of the drone.

  1. Be Aware of Wind

Wind is a major issue for drone pilots, especially when flying at higher altitudes. Be aware of wind conditions and adjust your flying accordingly. Always stay below 400ft in the UK.

  1. Use the Gimbal

The gimbal on your DJI drone is an important tool for stabilising your camera and getting smooth footage. Make sure you’re using the gimbal properly and adjusting it as needed to get the best possible shots. Practice gimbal movements at home, inside when not flying. This can be great practice to familiarise yourself with the controls. Do this on the ground without task overloading yourself 🙂

  1. Check Your Settings & Props!

Before you take off, make sure your drone is set up properly. Check your camera settings, flight mode, and other important settings to ensure everything is ready to go. Check those props one last time..

  1. Always Be Prepared

Finally, always be prepared when flying your DJI drone. Bring extra batteries, a charger, and other essential equipment with you. Keep an eye on the weather and be prepared for unexpected changes. And remember, always have a backup plan for your landing spot!

Flying a DJI drone can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it’s essential to take the necessary precautions to ensure a safe flight. By finding a safe space, checking your batteries, learning the controls, using GPS mode, taking baby steps, keeping line of sight, being aware of wind, using the gimbal before flying, checking your settings, and always being prepared, you can have a great time flying your drone while staying safe and avoiding accidents.

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