What should be your drone pilot routine?

September 26, 2017 | Jose Lizama

What should be your drone pilot routine?

Before the flight

Read the flight plan. A drone pilot should check the state of the drone. Are the propellers in good condition? Do the motors turn? Is the payload well attached? Are the batteries charged? What time will be the takeoff? Is the weather right to fly? Are there birds flying around? Did you analyze the main risks of the mission? Some of the checks would depend on the drone. It is important to incorporate the steps recommended by the manufacturer. Verify that the place for for taking off and landing is free of obstacles. Check if the settings on the camera are correct. Wait for drone would be ready to take off. Test the link between the remote control and the drone. Check that the antennas of the remote control are in a good condition.

During the flight

The drone pilot should focus on flying. Yet the pilot should have a routine to ensure a safe site. The routine should include. Keep the line of sight with the drone. Flight to the positions defined in the plan. Move at an adequate speed. If the drone orientated, be aware of the obstacles. Be aware of the battery remaining time. Return on time to the landing site. Make sure that the camera or other payload is recording the data.

Picture: During the flight

After the landing

The pilot should write down all incidents that happened during the flight. Then annotate the time the flight ended. The annotations are important to keep in the pilot’s log. The pilot should inspect the drone after every flight. The condition of the propellers. The motors are working well. Make sure to follow the proper procedure to switch the drone off. Remove the battery at the right time. Store the drone to be used next time. Remove and store the SD card. Store the files on a secondary drive.

Picture: After the landing
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