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FPV (First-Person View) Flying

Flying FPV is a great way to send your drone to places you can’t physically go.  Before taking off on an FPV flight, there are a number of things to consider.   Proper UAV operation would require that the operator is within site of the drone at all times. You will quickly find that this is not always possible, and if you are going to try to fly FPV you need to make sure you are ready.

 

  1. Know the geography – Relying solely on you video stream can lead to disaster if you don’t know what you’re flying over.  Take the time to scout your flight path and determine the minimum safe flying altitude.
  2. Don’t rely strictly on the video feed – There are a number of things that can interfere with your video signal, and if the signal is lost you need to be able to continue to operate the aircraft until you can get it home.  Practice flying using only the map view, and get comfortable with any autopilot features that your drone may have.
  3. Prepare for signal loss – In the event that you lose signal, you need to know how your drone is going to react.  If you are flying at an altitude that is higher than your tallest obstacle, telling your drone to return to home is a safe option.  If you will be dropping the drone below the obstacle line, you may want to consider programming your drone to auto-land or hover until signal is regained.  Be sure to take into account water hazards!

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