Once you have gone through your preflight checklist, you are now ready to take off. Are there any strategies for taking off and landing a drone? In this video, Richard Harrington and Francis Torres walk through several techniques that can help you have smooth takeoffs and landings when flying a drone.
- Well, we've gone through pre-flight checklist, we're ready to take off, and there's a couple you're gonna wanna walk through when you get on location. Francis, the first thing you mentioned was finding a clear area. That, of course, make sense. But what else are you gonna check for? You know, it doesn't just need to be clear. I think we probably want a level area and a safe place to set up, right? - [Francis] Yes, you want a level area so that way when your copter takes off, it's not gonna be taking off at a weird angle. - [Host] So, one of the things we can do when we take off is we can pull the two sticks down and invoke a manual sort of start in a take off and then push up.
And this is sort of doing it yourself. Now what's the danger here of doing this completely by yourself? - [Francis] Well, if you're not used to flying drones you can miscalculate the speed of how much the drone can take off. So if you're flying in a low ceiling, maybe inside and you take off, you could causE some damage to the ceiling or potentially crash. - [Host] Yeah. And I sometimes find that, you know, doing the manual start and take off, that sometimes if it's a little but windy, the drone may not automatically compensate as much for me.
Which is why many of these devices are actually putting, you know, push buttons to start the propellors, to do the take off and the landing. We can actually have assisted modules. And these are interesting. So on the bottom of the drones we have some sensors. So in this particular one here, we actually have two speakers. One sends out sound waves and the other receives it. So this can help it measure for landing and take off, the distance to the ground. And the drone kind of calculates it's own speed, right? - [Francis] Yes, correct. Yeah, these are obstacle avoidance sensors.
They, you know, what you just said. They calculate the distance between actual objects. And it tells the drone that, you know, you're too close to something and it prevents it from crashing. - So this automated landing and takeoff may be beneficial to you, particularly if you're a newer flier, or if you're not looking for the challenge. Now there's nothing wrong with doing this manually. But the automated ways can also save you a step and really cut down. I find that the two hardest things to do with the drone are take off and land. Much like an airplane. Like once it's up, you're in pretty good shape.
- [Francis] Yeah. - [Host] All right. So that's the take off and the landing part. Now are there any other things to be mindful of as we're getting ready for this launch? - [Francis] Another thing we gotta look out for is making sure that our batteries are charged, so that way we get the maximum flight time. Controls are charged and our devices are charged. - [Host] All right, as you can see, taking off and landing can be fully automated or you can do this manually. It is a good idea to practice this skill though so you can get your drone up safely in the air and land. I do recommend that before you tackle a difficult take off and landing, or working in an area that's a bit obstructed, practice in a big open field, so you have a little bit of room in case you don't get it quite right the first time.
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