Time of day:
Always take heed of the fact that drone flights must take place during daylight hours, with the general rule of thumb saying that this is between 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset.
Take-off and landing:
When flying in a location where pedestrians may pass by, put safety first and make sure that your take-off and landing area is at least 30-metres away from where people will be walking.
Notices to airmen (NOTAMs) are temporary warnings of aircraft activity and flight restrictions that, if active where you intend to fly, can be found by using apps such as Drone Assist and Air Map.
Calibrate the compass:
When you visit a new location, your drone will prompt you to calibrate the compass. This calibration should be performed away from metal objects to avoid magnetic interference.
With the potential risks involved in drone flight, to be safe and legal, you should never operate a drone when you're under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or even if you’re feeling unwell.
Before and after every flight you should check all the propellers for damage and replace them if damage is identified. Always carry spares so that you can swap them on location when required.
Bright sunlight, even when the sun is behind you, can make it difficult to see the drone in the sky, even at a relatively low height, so in these situations wearing sunglasses can be much more comfortable.
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