The Ultimate Drone Pre-flight Checklist
At Drone Giant, we understand that while aerial photography and videography can give you striking results, working a drone for the first time can be quite challenging. Flying a drone while ensuring that you stay within the set rules and regulations can be daunting, but with a little preparation, you can safely operate and maintain your drone systems.
As experts in drone/aerial photography and videography, we’ve created a handy checklist to help you fly a drone with little stress as possible. Follow our ultimate drone pre-flight checklist so that you can get the results you envisioned while enjoying your experience with the drone.
1. Check for Safe Flying Zone. For example, check to see how far from airports or aerodromes you are flying. You can use NAV Canada’s flight supplements, water aerodrome supplements, and safe flying apps for this information.
2. Examine to see if you are flying in controlled airspace. You may need to seek permission from NAV Canada to operate your drone in your location.
3. If you’re flying within three nautical miles of a military airbase or flying over crowds for special events, you may need an SFOC (Safe Flight Operations Certificate).
4. Check other aerodromes in your flight area and ensure that your flight stays off those aerodromes’ established flight patterns.
5. Ensure that no temporary aviation restrictions are in effect by checking the NAV Canda NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) site.
6. Look and listen for nearby low altitude air operations, such as helicopters and seaplanes.
7. Check the weather forecast and the KP Index for your location. KP Index describes the disturbance of the Earth’s magnetic field caused by the solar wind. The higher the KP Index is, the greater the turbulence is from the solar winds. This will affect the GPS on your drone.
8. If you’re flying your drone between 15 and 90 feet from people, ensure that it is approved for flying near people.
9. Ensure that the crew and other parties involved are aware of the flight mission and stand clear.
10. Complete a thorough site review. Check the entire area for buildings, tall trees, power lines, cell towers, wind turbines, and places people gather such parks, golf courses, and schools.
11. Make sure that your drone is registered, and the registration number is visible on the drone.
12. Check drone for damage, cracks, or any other signs of potential failure.
13. Check propellers for damage and ensure that that they are secure.
14. Ensure that batteries are fully charged.
15. Ensure that the memory card is installed.
16. Check whether the launch site is suitable for take-off. Make sure the area-level is clear of debris.
17. Confirm that the pilot is certified for advanced operations.
18. Check whether the crew is fit for duty and confirm that they have no alcohol consumption within twelve hours prior to the flight.
19. Ensure that all crew members understand their roles and have a means of communicating with the pilot and emergency procedures.
20. Ensure that the flight log is available to record the flight.
If you have any concerns about flying your drone safely, or if you’re looking for a drone/aerial videographer and photographer to help simplify the process, reach out to Drone Giant. We are licensed and certified drone operators who can help you capture stunning aerial photos and videos. We promise to get you the results you envisioned while keeping safety our number one priority. We have a copious amount of experience and have worked with clients from several industries, including real estate, mining, construction, and sports. Our drone and aerial videography and photography services are available across Thunder Bay, Nipigon, Terrace Bay, Dryden, Kenora, and all over Canada.