When flying sub-2kg drones in remote locations outdoors, thorough planning is essential for a successful and safe mission. Make backup plans before you find yourself in a situation where you won’t have access to the internet. These plans should include flight schedules, data storage, additional technology, and even connecting with locals.
1. Plan Flights Strategically, No Internet Needed!
Plan and save your flights in advance, when you have access to internet. This ensures you have all the necessary flights at your fingertips when you’re in your chosen location, especially if you’re offline.
2. Secure Your Data Like a Pro
Save all imagery on reliable hardware like SD cards, laptops, and hard drives for data storage. Don’t rely solely on cloud storage. But remember to upload to GeoNadir when you get back online for simple processing of your drone mapping data.
3. Establish Respectful Relations with Locals
Maintain open and honest communication with the local community, especially the elders and landowners. This builds trust and helps define boundaries for your drone adventures including flights and transport to your identified location.
4. Pack Extra Tech Essentials
Bring along extra batteries, tablets, phones, and even an extra drone if possible. It’s a wise precaution in case of technical glitches if your budget and baggage allows.
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5. Familiarise Yourself with the Regulations
Follow the CASA regulations in Australia. If you plan to fly in another country, find out about the civil aviation authority there and make sure you know and follow any local rules that may apply.
Flying in remote locations does not make regulations null and void.
6. Verify Permission with Drone Apps
Use reputable drone safety apps to confirm if you’re cleared for takeoff in your chosen spot. If you’re unsure, reach out to local aviation authorities for guidance.
7. Extend Courtesies to the Airport Personnel
Establish contact with the local airport team. Understanding their schedule will help you determine when and where it’s safe to launch your drone.
8. Plan for Weather Conditions
Flying in remote locations means you are more susceptible to harsher weather. Have strategies in place to protect your equipment from higher or lower than expected temperatures, rain, wind, dust, etc. Check weather forecasts in the local area leading up to and on the day of the flight.