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The first flight with your new Fishing Drone – Helpful Tips

So you have just bought yourself a new fishing drone! Congratulations! We have put together some very helpful general tips to get your started (and these apply no matter what fishing drone model you have). These should help point you in the right direction so read on:

First flight should be in a big empty field

Your first flight should always be in a open paddock or big park, well away from people, animals, cars and buildings and hopefully also away from trees. This is just in case you do something wrong, there is less risk. It’s also a good idea for your first flight NOT to be over water, and forget trying to fly a baited trace out to sea on your first flight, this is just asking for trouble.

Fully Charge your drone before your first flight

Secondly, ALWAYS make sure you have fully charged both your drone battery and also the remote control battery before you attempt to fly. Even if you think there is a charge in the battery but don’t know for sure – then don’t fly, charge up first.

Calibrate your drone before your first flight

Make sure you calibrate the drone before your first flight. This is an important step for most drones before any flight, so it’s a good idea to learn how to calibrate your drone properly. Also, DON’T Calibrate the drone with the propellers installed already. This is a safety measure because you will need to spin the drone in your hands. One the Calibration is complete, then you can install the propellers. The owners manual will have all the information on how to do this correctly and all drones have different ways of doing this.

Stay in GPS Mode

This mode is sometimes called different things, depending on what drone you have. In GPS Mode the drone uses a GPS while in flight to ensure that it holds in one location (horizontally) while you are not controlling it with the Joysticks. This makes the drone MUCH Easier to fly (as it will not drift with the wind, which is what you get if you are instead in ATTITUDE, or MANUAL Mode). So if you leave the drone drone in GPS Mode right from the start, this is the best option and this means that the drone will hold both altitude and GPS Position.

Note: As a Drone Fisherman, you should never need to change your fishing drone out of GPS Mode and into any other mode (unless you are ever having issues controlling the drone – but this is for another article).

Understand the Switches and Buttons on your Remote

Be sure you go through the buttons and controls on your remote, fully understand & familiarise yourself with what each means before your first flight, apart from understanding how the joysticks behave, buttons or switches like “Return to Home”, “Manual Mode”, “Auto Landing” are all functions of the remote that you need to get used to using.

Secondly, if the remote control has a little LCD display there might some useful information displayed there, things like GPS Satellites (number of satellites that the fishing drone has a fix with), Distance (distance the fishing drone is from it’s take-off point), Drone Battery Voltage (battery remaining) are all useful to understand and monitor during your flight.

On your first flight DON’T use the Phone APP to control the drone

For your first flight, it’s a good rule of thumb NOT to try and fly using the Phone & APP to begin with. Use the Remote Control ONLY to control the drone. This means using the drone in full “manual control”, so that you are using the Joysticks to control the height, and the movement of the drone horizontally while in the air. Some of the newer fishing drones have features like Autocast or waypoint mission planning within the APP (where the drone is using full autopilot to be controlled), but it’s a good idea to get used to flying the drone manually first. By using the remote control, this gives you the basic feel for the drone in the air an how it handles, and a better understanding of the drone without the additional complication of the APP (and all the different functions and features that the APP has also). For your first flight it’s enough to just get your head around controlling the drone solely using the remote control.

Always point the nose of your fishing drone away from you

Once you have completed all of the above, and you are ready for your first flight put the drone in front of you and stand at least four meters away from it (behind it). The nose or front of the drone should ALWAYS face away from you and the area you are looking to fly in should be the area that the nose of the drone is facing. Never try to fly behind yourself as this just adds complication that you don’t need until you become really proficient at drone fishing.

Also, even while the fishing drone is in flight, it’s a good idea to continue to keep the drones nose facing away from you . This means the Joystick controls always behave in the way you expect them too (namely the RIGHT HAND Joystick) while the drone is flying, otherwise the controls on the joystick can get pretty confusing – something you don’t want if you are a novice drone fishing pilot!

Be gentle with the Joysticks

Don’t get too cocky, too quickly and instead ease into using the joysticks with small movements, particularly with things like taking off and landing. Mistakes are more likely to happen if you are too aggressive with the joystick controls until you are more experienced and confident.

Hopefully the above general tips and hints you will find helpful and get you set in the right direction early on. If you start out with good basic information (like described above), and then learn the best practices from there, you are more likely to enjoy your early fishing drone experiences.

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