Traveling with a drone for aerial photography is a popular traveling way currently. But a series of problems are coming when we need to travel by air, like what machines we should carry, whether the battery can pass the safety inspection, and what we need to pay attention to when doing aerial photography. Don’t worry, I’ll tell you how to do.
1, Type: take small-sized drone with high integration level
Why? Because drones for aerial photography are not popular products, and the custom inspectors are not familiar with them. Taking a small-sized drone like DJI Phantom, Zero Xplorer and 3DR solo, is easy to explain to the customs officers its usages. As to 6-axis and 8-axis drones, they look professional and inconvenient to disassemble, so the customs officers may doubt the usages and don’t let it pass.
2, package and consignment
If it is possible, i suggest to carry drone by your side to board, which is not a difficult thing actually by means of specified backpacks. Of course, you can choose to consign( except batteries).
If you choose consignment, the propellers should be discharged for easy transportation. Besides, i recommend to bring extra pairs of propellers in case some of them destroy. Due to gimbals are exquisite, you’d better carry it or pack it using shockproof materials to prevent damage during transportation.
3, battery: keep in mind of laws and regulations
Drone can’t work without batteries, so you must want to carry more batteries to go with you. However, it would be better if you know more about the local laws and regulations from travel agency or friends to avoid delaying your journey caused by the exceeding Li-Po batteries.
4, precautions of aerial photography
Pay attention to no-fly zone! Take Zero Xplorer for example, the manufacturer stipulates on the firmwares that it can’t fly within 15km from airport. According to real test, if it flies in that zone, the remote controller will shock fiercely and the take-off order won’t be implemented. While DJI Phantom drones will show you on screen where is forbid to fly with refreshing its firmwares. In addition, pilots should also have that sense. There comes another question whether we can fly at tourist attractions. In my opinion, to avoid hitting visitors, you’d better not fly in crowded area.
Beyond the issues mentioned above, it’s time to care about the safety of your beloved drone. Do not fly up when there is no GPS signal! What’s more, try your best to avoid photographing in water zone.
All in all, when you take drone to travel with you, you need to notice the following several points:
1, it would be better to bring small-sized drones
2, get familiar with the local aerial laws and regulations, correctly pack drone and transport specially the batteries.
3, take sensitive factors(religion, border, secret base…) into considerations
4, don’t fly when there is crowded, no signal or in water zone.