Drone Safety Guide

Now that you have a drone, one of the most important things to be well-informed on is drone safety. This video provides beginner drone pilots with a variety of important safety tips. These are NOT rules – they have to do with general safety guidelines. It’s not a complete list, so if you have some tips, leave them in the comments and also save this video to one of your playlists.

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50 Comments

  1. Barrie Cowan on August 18, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Very informative and well explained video. Good tips and features for safety!

  2. Arvind Karthik on August 18, 2020 at 10:12 am

    One of the best flight safety video.!! Please do a video on flying in atti mode and flying in indoors !

  3. TheLandbo on August 18, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Sorry but your advice of storing Li-Po batteries with 20% power is very wrong and speeds up the process of breaking down your battery (Swelling and short circuit/fire !!!). Always keep a Li-Po battery at a cell voltage of around 3.8 volts on storage, as the least degradation of the cell occurs on that voltage. The best storage temperature is around 15-20 degrees celsius.

    It’s correct to charge a Li-Po battery only when the temperature in the cell has cooled down to room temperature.

  4. RGMG on August 18, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Honorable mention from Peter. Hey, that never hurts! Nice.. 😎

  5. potstella on August 18, 2020 at 10:18 am

    My gimble, won’t work, need help

  6. Ken Haynie on August 18, 2020 at 10:19 am

    I’d love to see a video on flying indoors/atti mode!

  7. Trader Jack on August 18, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Another great informed video, thanks Russ, by the way, is it possible to purchase one of your caps, looks great

  8. Dan Molumby on August 18, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Another awesome video Russ👍🏻👍🏻

  9. Colin Mathews on August 18, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Hi Russ
    The kill switch position, if you centralise sticks does the drone return to hover ?
    Regards
    Colin’s

  10. LarJgrip on August 18, 2020 at 10:22 am

    Excellent post Russ. I couldn’t help notice that you didn’t mention the camera/gimbal hood. I’ve booted the drone several times now without removing it first …my bad. Anyway, this is so valuable I’m going to make a print out and use it.

  11. RaptorMan M2Z on August 18, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Hey Russ got a clip I’d love to share with you and maybe since you have a larger audience you can put it in a video of yours it’s about UAS / manned aircraft and the inevitable issue that is not a matter of IF but more of a When. And this video done by another YouTuber I follow only is one example but we all know happens a lot as one can look up the stats. But if it was where a UAS was involved would be HUGE news and cause so much noise that the shot heard around the world would be jealous. Any how let me know where to send you the link as so you can look at it and give your feed back and maybe get this out.

  12. potstella on August 18, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Cheers bud will do 👍

  13. René Labastida DRONER MX on August 18, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Hi Russ, i am a subscriber of your channel, awere of the events it has started #FlyingDronesIsNotaCrime , I Know for your videos are worrying you to, so i ask for your support, regards and thanks.

  14. Peter Brøsted Jensen on August 18, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Sensor calibration is also an impotent safety step in a pre flight check. That goes for compass, IMU (Gyro) and vision sensor system if present in the drone. They have to work flawlessly to fly safe. Multi rotor RC’s are almost impossible to fly without. Especially the compass calibration, if you take your drone more then 50 miles from your last calibration point, do it again even if the drone doesn’t request it.

  15. Adie Lusted on August 18, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Russ,i think it would be extremely helpful to pilots if you done a video explaining what to do in yhe event of an app disconnect. This is very common with the poor quality side cable on mavic pro.
    When it happened to me id already seen someone mentioning to check if you still have rc connection. I flew mine back by counting down the distance figures but I should of pressed RTH. so many drones lost because of this. Also turning off controller should trigger RTH

  16. Ralph Woodard on August 18, 2020 at 10:36 am

    Another great and informative educational vlog Russ thank you

  17. Eli on August 18, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Hey peter McKinnon answered your question and gave you a shoutout in his new video. Sorry but he isn’t getting a Ford raptor ;(

  18. scaa22 on August 18, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Hey, your question was just on the Peter McKinnon Q&A! When are you getting a Raptor? Cool!

  19. neubalance1 on August 18, 2020 at 10:38 am

    I got myself a landing pad for free. I’m using 1 of the political signs that are around my neighborhood. I had my daughter draw a huge H on it and let her color it any bright colors she wanted. Works great. Sucks i can’t fold it. I might cut it up and make duck tape hinges.

  20. LLAP Spain on August 18, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Great tips and info – many thanks for sharing 🙂

  21. papa smurfs on August 18, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Thanks for the information Russ..you help us a lot…merry Christmas

  22. LarJgrip on August 18, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Yes, a video on indoor flights would be welcome. Thank you

  23. Paul Lavigne on August 18, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Great video. Informative. Every thing you cover big thumbs up! I personally never use the launch button anymore. The same emergency stop also start the props. Once started I wait to launch. It’s a great way to spin up the props. Once launch, I test yaw. Left right and up down. I personally try to never use rth.

  24. Prelude View on August 18, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Hello Russ,
    I just received a message from dji informing me that they will no longer be supporting version dji 4.3 with iPhone 9 and lower version. I currently have a iPhone 8 and a dji mavic pro. What does this mean to me if I can’t get an iPhone 9 or 10 at this time? Will the iPhone 8 version and dji mavic pro start to not function, what should I expect?

    Thank you.

  25. chillimocha on August 18, 2020 at 10:42 am

    It might be old school and over the top. But I think it’s good practise to read the user manual before your first flight for any new drone. For my Mavic 2 Zoom and the Yuneec Q500 I just sold bought them both online and had read the manual before they arrived and before I took my first flight.

  26. GoFlyZone on August 18, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Cool check my vids out too!

  27. Jeff Fulmer on August 18, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Thanks for the Info…question, when storing your batteries for a month to several months, how far should I drain the batteries down? 30 percent? 40 percent?

  28. Mark Manes on August 18, 2020 at 10:44 am

    Thanks! Great video!

  29. James C on August 18, 2020 at 10:44 am

    Great video! I’m just starting out and I’ve seen a lot of videos for beginner drone pilots. What I haven’t seen much of are videos of post process of the images and videos for beginners.I know that there are several programs out there for this but I’m curious as to which programs work the best for the best quality photos and video. Do you have any recommendations? Thank you

  30. gregory lens on August 18, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Yes please give us a video and info for flying inside, what to do and settings are important, thanks Gregory 🙂

  31. PhotobyWD DeRosa on August 18, 2020 at 10:47 am

    A video on Atti would be great

  32. Bill Farnham on August 18, 2020 at 10:47 am

    How about a session on LANC for HOBBYISTS as opposed to 107s? Using Airmap?

  33. ZERUS1648 on August 18, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Another excellent video, thank you!

  34. Nick Hay on August 18, 2020 at 10:51 am

    I’ve been flying for a year plus and I still learned alot from this. Thanks!

  35. Eli on August 18, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Your channel is growing so fast. The fact that you’ve only been on YouTube for a year or so and are already at 30k subs is amazing. You will be at 100k before you know it if you keep up this great work! Congrats on 30k.

  36. Paul Bergman on August 18, 2020 at 10:53 am

    If you fly (mode 2) with your camera forward/away from you and hit return to home, the drone will rotate 180 degrees and the camera will be pointing toward you and the controls will be reversed, i.e., when you press the stick to the right, the drone will go to your left and v.v. This takes lots of practice to master. The same is true for forward and reverse. When the camera is pointing away from you, and you hit RTH, remember it has rotated so that pulling the right control back makes the drone go further away, and pushing forward makes it come closer. If you fly in tripod mode, the controls will only allow the drone to fly and maneuver slowly. Use beginner mode for quite a few flights to learn your drone characteristics. Remember releasing the controls will stomp,the drone if you become disoriented. That all folks! 🛸😎

  37. The Gigliotti's on August 18, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Wheres more drone videos Russ?

  38. Abu Layla on August 18, 2020 at 10:54 am

    Another great video. I have a question about LAANC. I’ve tried using it and it said that it got submitted but i never got a reply back in any form. I’ve searched the airport and it supports LAANC. Is there supposed to be a reply back with authorization or not. Thanks

  39. AJ Walsh on August 18, 2020 at 10:54 am

    Yes, please make an indoor flying video. As you mentioned it’s a whole other "animal". Thanks

  40. Chris Slack on August 18, 2020 at 10:56 am

    Good tips! The kill switch using the sticks doesn’t work on the Spark. I’ve tried it and there’s YouTube videos of guys trying it. DJI took that function away.

  41. Oklahoma Outside on August 18, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Good info

  42. François Lataste on August 18, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Tks again for a good instructional video. Each time I learn something new with you.

  43. Scott Bailey on August 18, 2020 at 11:01 am

    Hi Russ thanks for another great and important video! I have been flying for close to 2 years and still consider myself a beginner. This video hits on points that all pilots should review again and again. It’s easy to think you have it all covered when you’re familiar with your equipment but not with things you described like knowledge of the area you’re flying in and the respect you need to have for the danger of the batteries. After seeing your battery fire photos!

    One thing that I find is another safety issue is not having any distractions on the ground. Be free from worrying about bags extra equipment, cases, etc. Your attention needs to be up in the air and not on the ground. I shoot landscapes and like to move around a lot. I purchased a backpack that I carry extra batteries, my camera and just about everything I need so I don’t have to worry about running back to my truck or leaving anything behind. This keeps my mind focused on what’s going on in the air and not on the ground.

    This method of flying also helps with the creative aspect as well. You can walk away from your launch area and keep a better line of site. (Especially if your flying low in wooded areas). Giving you options for photo and video.

  44. MatteBox Studios on August 18, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Hey Russ. Please do a video on flying indoors and flying in atti mode !

  45. The Gigliotti's on August 18, 2020 at 11:04 am
  46. Stefan Cujma on August 18, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Thanks Russ!

  47. Ceilidh Aerial Photography on August 18, 2020 at 11:05 am

    RTH height I feel is overlooked so much – think about where you are, where you’re gonna fly, always set RTH height higher than anything around you especially if your in a hilly environment – correct me if I am wrong here but this actually happened the other day – I set my RTH height to 75 meters – i was in a very remote location and the drone got out about 1 km and the signal was weakening so I went up to about 110 meters – just then I loose signal to see fpv – I fly a little higher and I get fpv back – then I lost it again – so I hit RTH on the controller – just when I did that I got fpv back – the drone did not descend and stayed at that height till it got above me – then came down to the 75 meters then all the way – I have to test this out again to make sure that’s actually the case – so the question is if your drone is higher then your set RTH height and you initiate RTH will it maintain that altitude (the height level above the RTH level set in your settings) and come back – I know if it is less than the RTH height it will fly upwards to that level and fly back at the RTH level then descend.

  48. Archeryhardcore on August 18, 2020 at 11:08 am

    hey russ one thing that i didnt hear you talk about is that other types of drones and mini quads can over power your video and RX reception, i have found this out this year with my mavic pro, and spark and i would figure that it would happen with other drones also, and that is that the RX signal from fpv racing and freestyle miniquads and over ride your signal causing you to loose control and possibly have fly aways.

    i tested this with my fpv quads and it does over ride the drones due to the signal power and what have you. also the mavic pro i have found out will over ride the spark due to the wifi and i dont understand why but every time me and the lady go flying we can not fly together at the same time we have to take turns.

    so its good to see if there are other people with quads and drone in the area too.

  49. k6lsn on August 18, 2020 at 11:10 am

    I was really hoping you would address Safe Flight Paths. Over and over I’ve seen people take serious risks in complete denial of the fact that things can happen, including myself at first, and I really think it’s important to address. A drone falling from 250 ft. can cause serious and life threatening damage and people think it’s never going to happen but it does and can happen. Even if your insured it’s a risk taken all too common for no reason really. There are plenty of places to fly without the risk and even pro jobs can be assessed with this in mind and performed a lot safer. I’ve made some serious changes lately because I really don’t wanna be faced with the situation of being the cause of bodily injury or property damage. There’s a whole other level to this with pilots taking risks and how it forms negative public opinion which directly effects there very own rights to fly yet they blast it on YouTube but that’s a whole other topic. Anyway, really wish it would have been addressed, it’s a serious matter. Peace.

  50. potstella on August 18, 2020 at 11:11 am

    It says gimble motor load to great, says check it moves smoothly which it does. Tried to calibration won’t get by 5 percent

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