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Expert solutions to common questions ⁄ by team RotoRdRone
For commercial purposes, how
many people do you need to fly
a drone safely?
Answer: When working as a commercial
drone pilot shooting footage for TV commercials
and movies, pilots have to be able to fly their
multirotors in a wide array of circumstances.
This includes flying indoors and outside under
various weather and lighting conditions.
Needless to say, this can create a stressful
environment for pilots, who can have equipment
costing $10,000 to $20,000 in the air.
If you want to work professionally, try to
establish a three-person crew, consisting of the
pilot, a gimbal/camera operator, and a safety
spotter to keep everybody informed about the
aircraft’s location and any hazards that may be
around it. When you have some practice time,
try to do it with all three members of your crew.
Pick the area where you are going to fly, making
sure you’re not near an airport, a crowded
area, or any place that could get damaged by
a wayward multirotor. Practice working with
each other so that you always know what the
other person is doing and maintaining good
communication. Each member of your crew
should be an accomplished pilot so that if
anything does happen, somebody else can take
control of the rig.
Safety is rule number one. It’s important to
establish a preflight checklist that you can go
over before each flight. Do the preflight check
by working from the top of the multirotor down.
When on the set, assemble your rig with your
team in a secure area that nobody is allowed
to enter. Once the rig is assembled, redo your
safety check on everything, starting with the
props, then the GPS module, the fail-safe
system, and all the wire connections for the
batteries and speed controller. Also, check
all the camera functions and ground-station
professional Hollywood multirotor pilot
What is a “C rating” for LiPo
battery packs, and why is it
Answer: The short answer is that when it
comes to flight times and motor performance,
the higher a battery’s C rating, the more likely it
will make you smile. A 45C pack makes a joke
of a 10C pack when it comes to power delivery.
The C rating for a LiPo battery, quite simply,
Tony Wilson on location with his DJI