Get Insured For Drone Flyaways
We all hear the horror stories of the dreaded flyaway not knowing you will see your drone again. But if you have selected to include drone damage on our policy you will be covered for any flyaways as standard.
What causes a drone to flyaway
Flyaway is a term to describe a drone flying in a random direction without a prompt from the drone pilot to do so. It can be hard to explain why the drone has flown away and is very frustrating for the pilot particularly if the drone cannot be located and recovered.
The causes of a drone flyaway can vary but are usually as a result of pilot error such as:
- Flying too far from the controller
- Flying around obstacles
- Operating near areas of interference such as power lines or communication towers
- Component failure
How to avoid a drone flyaway
Whether you are a novice or a highly experienced drone pilot, learning how to avoid drone crashes or flyaways is a must. It can be a costly mistake resulting in the loss of your drone and you run the risk of damaging someone else’s property or worse injury to a person. But with a policy from DRONE GUARD you can obtain flyaway insurance in the click of a button.
To help mitigate the risks of any flyaways read below for some common mistakes which may cause it to happen.
Return to Home (RTH)
If you want your UAV to automatically return home, always make sure that the home point is set before you take off. A GPS signal is necessary and you should have at least 4 GPS signal bars. Activating the RTH will initiate your UAV to fly back to its home point stopping any flyaways
Whilst GPS is necessary to determine the drone’s location, it is not always sufficient to return your drone home safely. The compass determines the drone’s orientation. You should check for compass interference and if it is too great it would be wise to recalibrate or move to another location. High electromagnetic interference can be caused by wi-fi, radio, TV, power lines and mobile phone signal towers. Flying your drone in an area with high electromagnetic interference could affect your drone’s compass - if it doesn’t know which way to turn it could end up flying off elsewhere.
Line of Sight
Your drone is less likely to flyaway or get lost if you can see it. Flying within Visual Line of Sight (VSOL) is included within the standard CAA operation rules. Monitoring your drone through the live video field is never a good idea because you can’t always see what is behind or at the side of your drone. Drone flyaways are sometimes a result of the drone not being visible. Always stay in line of sight and keep your drone safe!
Although newer drones have collision systems which allow them to fly over or around obstacles during RTH, you should still set a RTH altitude. For example, the obstacle sensors will not work in low light situations and obstacle avoidance sensors may not detect thin objects such as power lines or tree branches
Avoid Built Up Urban Areas & Radio Towers
Flying too close to an object such as a metal bridge or tower could cause compass interference and cause the drone to malfunction. There is always a risk of interference in built up areas which could jam, block or interfere with wireless signals. In addition, radio towers or power lines can affect compass calibration and can make flying your drone much more difficult.
Flying Over Water
Flying your drone too far out over a body of water can be risky. If you experience any issues with the control or if the battery fails whilst the drone is over water, it is highly unlikely you will be able to recover the drone.
Keep in Range
Always keep your drone in range and never fly too far or too high. If you fly too high and too far and you lose the signal, your drone will just keep flying.
Keep an Eye on Your Battery
Flying until your battery is at a critical level is also another cause of failure. As soon as you notice the battery is beginning to get low, bring the drone closer to you and land immediately rather than push to the limits of the battery.
Have a Pre-Flight Routine
Be disciplined and always stick to a pre-flight routine. Know your manual inside out and have a deep understanding of how to properly use your drone safely. If you are using an iPad or smartphone or other tablet always remember these devices can often have apps running in the background which can compete with your drone for computing space. Close all your apps and push notifications and reboot your tablet or smartphone prior to commencing your pre-flight routine. Be safe not sorry!!