#1 Mistake That Drone Pilots Make – Earthofdrones 2022

The #1 mistake that drone pilots make


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You just bought yourself a brand new drone, or you’re feeling overwhelmed if you’re feeling scared about flying after a recent crash maybe. Or maybe you’ve just got yourself a brand new drone and you’re nervous and overwhelmed.

Today we’ll be going to be talking about the #1 mistake that drone pilots make. This is something that you can avoid so easily. It’s unbelievable how many people upload videos onto YouTube of them doing the wrong thing, crashing their drone, or running out of battery life and then blaming DJI, Parrot or you know whoever Autel Robotics, whoever the drone is. They blame them for their ignorance and their own mistake. 

This is the #1 mistake that drone pilots make daily

If you do have one of these smaller drones, one of these mini drones like the Mini SE for example, then you would probably be aware that they do handle well in the wind. This is probably quite surprising to a lot of people but they’re not perfect. Some of the larger drones can handle the wind a lot better than some of these smaller drones. Even though it’s got a level 5 wind resistance on the Mini SE it’s got a wind rating of over 30 kilometers. We think it’s 37 kilometers uh wind rating on it still, we would be a little bit skeptical to push this drone in 37-kilometer winds. There are a few apps out there that you can actually monitor wind conditions and wind speeds. You can flag certain criteria so maybe the wind condition, maybe the rain, it could be anything. It could be the visibility, it could be cloud coverage like whatever kind of rating or credential you want to know about the environment that you’re about to fly in. 

In today’s article, we’ll be talking more specifically about the Wind Compass App and how to avoid the #1 mistake that drone pilots make.  


It gives you the wind direction and this is the key ingredient that so many drone pilots seem to forget about. You know the wind doesn’t blow in all directions. It doesn’t blow you back to the location where you want to land the drone. It’s got a set location, a set direction, it’s pushing objects in. So if your drone is flying towards the wind for example then you’re going to have a lot more resistance. This little drone trying to fly against the wind, it’s going to be working a lot harder than it would be if the wind was pushing it along to the location you wanted to get to. That’s the thing that you need to be aware of. You want to load up the Wind Compass App and you want to see the wind and the gust rating. Because the gust rating is going to be a lot more unpredictable than the wind. So if the gust rating is in the 30-kilometer range let’s say, and you’re flying a tiny drone, like the Mini SE, you would probably avoid a day like that. If you are to fly let’s say 25-kilometer gusts, and the wind conditions are 20 kilometers still like a fair bit of wind. You need to be aware of the wind direction. Here is the risk of the #1 mistake that drone pilots make.

Let’s say the wind is blowing towards you and you’re flying your drone in this direction, you’re going to have resistance trying to get to whatever location you want to get to. But when you want to return the wind is going to push your drone back to you. There’s going to be less resistance, less stress about getting it back in time. But way too many people fly with the wind which gets them to their location nice and quick, and they get there nice and snip snap fast. But then they don’t think well now “I’ve got to fly back against the wind” and they’re too far away. Many people fly
kilometers away which firstly is illegal, but then they go. Okay well, now they need to fly back. That should be easy. But they’re flying against the wind now and their drones at 30 battery, let’s say. It started beeping at them and then they don’t have the time physically, they don’t have the time to get back to the location because the wind is too strong.

It’s blowing against their drone now when they are trying to return it. The wind is one of the biggest risk factors for your drone especially if you’re trying to fly head-on into the wind to get back before the battery dies. You’ve got to be aware that it will take longer to fly against the wind to get back and land your drone.

The number one tip is using an app like Wind Compass or other wind apps that you can get on the Play Store or the App Store. And just being aware of the Wind Speed, the Gust Speed, and the Wind Direction. This can save your drone. This can helps you avoid the #1 mistake that drone pilots make.

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