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Everything you need to know about traveling with a drone

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These are the things you need to know before you travel with your drone.

This article will cover everything you need to know when flying with a drone or in another country.

Top Tips for Traveling with a Drone

Invest in a LiPo bag

LiPo batteries are the most common type of drone battery. LiPo batteries are known for spontaneous combustion.

To keep your batteries safe, get a lithium-ion bag.

Select Your Drone Carefully

Some drones can be more useful for traveling than others. It’s important to choose a drone with light weight and compact features.

This is the ultimate goal. It doesn’t matter if it needs to be disassembled or folded up like a transformer. For travel, less is more.

While size and weight might not be as important when you travel on a plane or backpacking with a 8-pounder, you will thank me later.

Keep it Close

Drones can be quite expensive. You can carry it around in your bag.

You’ve probably seen the mishandling of checked luggage and how it gets tossed around behind closed doors, so you can understand why you wouldn’t want your drone to go through that. You can’t check anything with lipo batteries onboard any airline flights, so if your drone isn’t checked, it might be confiscated.

Protect your investment

While a padded camera bag might work for you, if you need to inspect your drone, you’ll want to be extra careful.

These hard cases are made specifically for your drone and will provide the best protection. To ensure that your drone is protected, make sure you get the right case for it.

Prepare

Consumer drones can provide anywhere from 6 to 25 minutes solid flight time per charge. These tips will help you make the most out of your trip, and not waste any seconds.

  • Always keep spare batteries
  • Don’t leave without fully charging your batteries before you go.
  • To ensure you have everything covered, bring the appropriate chargers: USB, car and wall chargers. Importantly, make sure the chargers you use are appropriate for the area where you’re going.

While extra batteries and chargers can be useful, other things could go wrong. Drones can be just as easy to crash than they are to fly. You’ll need to have some basic tools and spare parts.

There aren’t many fancy options. You will need extra propellers and guards. A small screwdriver is also handy. In most cases, this will suffice.

Cold climates are to be avoided

Drones, like humans, don’t fare well below freezing temperatures. Keep your batteries warm to prevent them from dripping prematurely. You should be alert and watch your drone in the air. It could lose power during flight and, yes, even fall from the sky. Yikes!

Every drone is limited in its ability to withstand extreme temperatures. Before you fly anywhere cold or hot, make sure to check the specifications.

Universal Drone Etiquette: Keeping Out of Trouble

Drone flying can be fun until someone is hurt or the authorities are involved. These guidelines will help you stay on the right track and avoid any trouble.

Learn the Laws of the Land

Nobody needs to be “Locked Up Abroad” for 15 minutes of fame. Be sure to read the drone laws in each country and follow them.

You’ll need research to find out the laws for drones in each country before you go. It’s not difficult as it sounds. A simple Google search should give you all the information you need. Just like other laws, the flying and photography laws exist to protect you and others.

It’s best to be aware of your rights as a drone pilot and photographer. Also, learn about the issues that impact you and then be smart about how to use it.

Do not be arrogant and think you are above the law. If you are lucky, you may be charged with a heavy fine or even end up in jail.

Avoid crowds, avoid airports and private property. These are the most important rules for drone usage. These are the rules to follow if in doubt.

Airport Etiquette

As I have mentioned, it is important to keep your drone safe and protect it on the plane. But you also need to think about airport security. Although they can be annoying, they are there to protect.

Do not be rigid or fussy. Be open to answering all questions and being flexible. Keep the batteries separate so that they can be easily inspected.

Take care of others

Keep your distance from crowded areas and be mindful of others. Respect others’ privacy and personal space.

Safety is an important aspect of common courtesy. If your drone causes harm to property or persons, you will be held accountable.

Respect Mother Nature

Every life matters, not just the lives of people. Take care of your critter friends. Many animals find drones disturbing at best and frightening at worst. They can react by attacking or retreating, or even displaying basic flight or fight instincts. Keep your distance and be respectful.

Make a flight plan

There will be times when you need to take off in your own volition. You can be extra safe by having a flight plan.

You can have a drone smart enough to map your route before you take off or a simple flight plan that requires you to just make a mental note of where you want to fly. Any plan is better that no plan.

You can avoid obstacles, power lines, and other areas that could interfere with drone communications by following a specific course. You should ensure that you have plenty of open space for recovery in case of signal loss.

These apps will help you plan a legal and safe flight.

  • AIRMAP – Provides low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, manage aircraft & more
  • Flighttrader24 – Shows real-time information about aircraft flights on a map
  • Hover – Offers no-fly zones maps, flight logs and weather data. Also, industry news feed
  • UAV Forecast – Weather forecast, GPS satellites and solar activity.

You now have everything you need to avoid trouble. Now all you have to do is to have some fun.

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