Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about taking your drone through TSA in your checked baggage. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here.
I’m going to Maui in three weeks, and I would love to bring my GoPro Drone. I was wondering if you know the regulation at SFO regards to having drone in my carry-on. Any tips in Maui? What spots are good to fly drones at?
I’m jealous you’re heading to Maui! And yes, it is totally okay to take a drone through a U.S. airport. It’s clearly written on the U.S.’s TSA site that drones are allowed to be brought through security in your carry-on.
That being said, before flying, check with your individual airline’s website to make sure drones are not on the prohibited packing items list.
As a personal tip, before I send my drone through the scanner, I usually give the person working it a head’s up there is a drone inside. Every time I don’t, they also see its weird shape and feel the need to inspect it! This always ends up just saving everyone time.
Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about a problem with the left joystick on the DJI Phantom 3. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here.
We have a DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone and on the left joy stick when you pull it straight down to the bottom it just stay there and locks to get it back to center you have to nudge it upward and it pops free and returns to center. Is this normal or a defect?
This is totally normal! But if it is impacting your flying, there are things you can do to “fix” it. It sounds like what you experienced is the “throttle lock” feature which DJI created for the Phantom 2 Vision Plus and carried over to early models of the Phantom 3 Standard.
It was actually intended to be a safety feature to help shut down the motors after landing, as well as to allow high altitude decent without holding the stick down.
Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about how to read the Know B 4 U Fly map. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here.
I’ve been scanning B 4 U Fly and some of the forums for tips on where I can fly (legally) in Orange County and it looks like the abundance of helipads/airstrips makes the whole County a no drone zone. Any recommendations?
The great news about flying as a hobbyist is you have far fewer restrictions than commercial pilots.
There are three things you need to pay attention to:
You DO need to pay attention to airports. Drone community guidelines ask that recreational operators give notice for flights within 5 miles of an airport. You can give that notice to the air traffic control tower, simply by calling them.
Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about waterproof drones. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here.
We do a lot of boating and my husband also owns a boating company. I would like to get a nice drone with a good camera that is splash proof or can even be submerged. I have seen a lot of reviews on the SwellPro Splash; in articles everyone rants and raves, but on Amazon everyone seems to be not impressed or having issues with it.
Before we go further, the two big questions to ask yourself are 1: What’s your budget? and 2: What do you intend to use this for?
The DJI M200 is one of the top-of-the-line industrial drones and has a water-resistant body. However, that’s going to run you well over $5,000. DJI’s products are going to be durable , well-made and easy to fly.
But since you are already a licensed airplane pilot, it will be significantly easier for you to get a remote pilot certificate so you can operate drones for profit. You simply need to complete the FAA’s online course, which will take you about two hours to complete.
The latest post in our Ask The Drone Girl series is about buying the right drone for commercial purposes. Got a question for Drone Girl? Contact her here.
We are getting into the commercial side of UAS (oil and gas, insurance, construction, wind power, engineering, surveying and possibly fire fighting). What drone would you recommend? I thought maybe the DJI Matrice 210.
The Matrice 210 is a great drone, designed for commercial purposes. It can carry 2 kg of payload (4.4 pounds), fly for 38 minutes and operate as far as 7 km from the pilot. It has a power system for automatically heating batteries when flying in sub-zero temperatures AND is water resistant. It has been used in a variety of use-cases, from wind turbine inspections, to firefighting to search and rescue machines.
However, a word of caution before you make the massive investment in a Matrice 210: Nail down your business model before you nail down what drone you want to use.