Beginner Drone Pilot Mistakes – Are YOU guilty?

With the huge success of commercial drones like DJI Mavic Pro, many new pilots have entered the hobby with little or no experience in flying drones. Unfortunately, this means a lot of crashes too. Are you guys are doomed to make one of the beginner drone pilot mistakes covered in this video. Watch along and see if you are guilty in one of these common drone pilot mistakes?

 

 

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Most crashes are related to pilot mistakes either due to failed judgment or not knowing the expected behavior or limitation of your drone. Most will say that you need to read the manual before first flight. I can only recommend that doing that, by reading the manual you have a rough idea what your drone is capable of.

But let’s be realistic many pilots are not doing this. Watch this countdown of 9 drone pilot mistakes. If you can avoid these they might help you save your precious aircraft.

Even knowing the manual, will not help you when things start to go wrong. Remember in some cases you only have a fraction of a moment to react. This makes many drone pilots panic and acts irrational that will make them crash. The best thing is to avoid putting yourself in a situation where that put you under pressure.

Countdown: Beginner drone pilot mistakes
9. CSC – Combination Stick Command.
8. Unsuited flying conditions or environment
7. Disoriented
6. Not understanding RTH – Return to Home
5. Trusting the Sensors
4. Flying Backward
3. Flying batteries too low.
2. Returning Nose in
1. Indoor flying

Thank you and I hope to have contributions to make your drone flight a little bit safer and help you prevent potential crashes with this 9 drone pilot mistakes countdown.

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— Disclaimer. —-

Not all pilots will crash their drones because of the mistakes in this video. This video does not cover all possible scenarios.
This video is primarily based on experience with Mavic Pro beginner mistakes, but would more or less apply to any other DJI product or like. Finally, the list does not cover crashes caused by electrical and mechanical errors. It’s made under the assumption you have a well-working aircraft with propellers intact etc.

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Review DJI Spark – Perfect Selfie Drone?

I got my hands on a DJI Spark for the weekend. Imagine a Selfie drone you can control only by use of your hands. In this DJI Spark Review, we are going to test this selfie drone while riding electric unicycles to see if it can live up to the hype.

 

 

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So what is DJI Spark? This is the entry level drone from DJI, it has a pretty compact design if you compare it to Mavic Pro you can see how tiny it is. It has foldable propellers like we know for the big brother and it packs a 12MP camera with F2.6 aperture lens, that is stabilized with a 2 axis gimbal. It records Full HD 1080p in 30fps sec.

DJI Spark comes in 5 different colors. it has a removable battery with a flight time of 12 min that easily pops in and out. It comes with a multi-charger that will allow you to charge 3 batteries at the same time, so you have to pick up an extra as 2 is standard in the packets.

Spark has obstacle has 3D avoidance sensor in the front and downward sensors stabilize hovering. You can fly the DJI Spark with a remote, your phone or with new exciting hand gestures.

I have been a Mavic Pro owner for the last 9 months and as you know this drone packs a pretty impressive set of specs that are far superior to DJI spark, but it’s also twice the price., so for me it’s not interesting to buy the Spark as a replacement, but as compact point and shoot camera that I can easily bring along for those unexpected moments when we are out riding Electric Unicycle

Sizewise DJI spark seems on the surface to be pretty small, but because the arms don’t fold it actually take up some space. If you throw in the controller and some extra batteries, it takes almost the same space as the Mavic when folded, so this is not the reason for picking the spark over Mavic. But launching Spark from the palm of your hand and be ready to shoot within second really get me pumped. The new hand gestures, seem so cool and can’t wait to get a chance to try them out, so let’s ride and find out how well they work.

One thing that is really annoying is there no gesture for starting video recording. There is a workaround that I want to show you but this makes the whole solution less elegant. You need to connect your smartphone and start video recording, and then hand launch the drone. Video keeps recording while using the hand gesture mode. Why DJI? This sort of ruins the whole purpose for me with hand gestures and getting the machine in the air fast.

Now what have the smartphone going we can go through the Intelligent flight modes that will take your experience even further. There are 4 modes available and you can activate them through the DJI Go app. This, of course, requires a little more planning compared to the hand gestures. These are the Spark QuickShot modes available:

Rocket: Ascend with the camera pointing downward.
Dronie: Fly backward and upward, with the camera locked on your subject.
Circle: Circle around your target.
Helix: Fly upward, spiraling around your subject.

You can do a lot with your smartphone, you have all the usual cool stuff we know from DJI, with auto takeoff and return to home. As well your battery status, flight mode, number of satellites and of course your camera feed. So no complaints here.

If you want to fly it like a Mavic you need the remote. This looks more or less like the Mavic remote but without the LCD screen. using to remote only makes sense if you want or pack light, or don’t want to spend the money on both drones as everything Spark does here Mavic is better, as it should be at twice the price.

What the video to find out what I think about the DJI Spark 😉

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In this DJI Spark Review, we are going to test this selfie drone while riding electric unicycles to see if it can live up to the hype.

 

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Quickshot Mavic Footage – New Flight Modes

Includes: Quickshot Mavic Footage

During last weekend I had the chance to borrow DJI Spark to test and review. Review of DJI Spark will be up on the channel soon. Funny enough the QuickShot features was one of the things I really liked about the DJI Spark and with the latest firmware 01.04 DJI now makes it possible to make quick shots with Mavic Pro

 

 

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The idea with Mavic Pro Quickshot is to make video clips with 10s of duration with rather complex camera movements. I have previously made tutorials that show how you can get some amazing footage by combining intelligent flight modes with stick commands.

These tips made it easier to get that amazing shot, it still requires some practice to get it right. With QuickShot this makes it even easier, you just frame your target and the Mavic will automatically take care of the complicated part. One the Quickshot has been completed it will return and you are now left with the 10s great looking footage. Almost sounds too great.

There are 3 modes available for
– Mavic Pro QuickShot mode: Dronie
– Mavic Pro QuickShot mode: Helix
– Mavic Pro QuickShot mode: Rocket

Before we shoot some Mavic Quickshot Footage, let me ask you a question? What to do think about this about 10s predefined intelligent flight modes?
What would other flight modes you like to see with the Mavic Pro?
Leave a comment below, don’t be shy as the best advice is often found among the comments from you in the Drones & Electric Unicycle community.

The way it works is you select Quickshot from the intelligent flight mode menu, and then you frame your subject with the green square, and then select the Quickshot mode, and press ok.

Let’s see the modes in action

1. Dronie

The aircraft will fly backward and upward, the camera constantly tracking the subject. Tap the dronie icon to check and set the flying distance before you press go. Make sure there are no obstacles behind your Mavic when it back away, as there are on sensors to save you from a collision.

2. Helix

The aircraft will fly backward while spiraling up around the subject. Tap the helix icon to check the flying distance before and set the direction before you press go. Again make sure there are no obstacles on the side of your Mavic, as there are no sensors on the side to save you from a collision

3. Rocket

The aircraft will ascend with the camera pointing downward at the subject. Again you can Tap the Rocket icon to check and set the flying distance before you press go.

Pretty cool don’t you think? The quickshot modes are known from Spark, that also has a 4th called circle. This is the in principle the same a POI, which could be the reason for `DJI leaking out of the options for Mavic.

You need to the latest firmware from DJI for your Mavic Pro and the DJI GO 4 App needs to be v4.1.10 for both Android and iOS

It getting from time to time a bit annoying with the frequent updates from DJI, but once I a while they really add value to the platform.
I think DJI is doing a great job supporting and improving their Mavic Platform to the benefit for all of us to make some great Mavic Quickshot Footage.

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