If you have flown a drone in a public place before. There is a chance that you have encountered a situation where someone comes over and start asking you questions. This can be quite distracting even if the individual has nothing, but the best intentions. It is essentials that you know how to speaks to these individuals of the public when you are drone flying. As a drone pilot, you will face these questions and being prepared is important. Here are our top 5 AD tips!
1. Take a friend with you!
Piloting a drone can be quite attention consuming. It is always a smart idea to put your undivided attention into flying a drone. You are responsible for flying the drone and remember, if you bring a friend with you. They can answer the questions you get asked all the times like, “how high does it goes,” and “how much does it cost?”
2. Always be polite
You might be thinking to yourself, “hey, you don’t need to tell me that!” But it is definitely worthy enough to mention this. Unfortunately, there has been some instances where people confronted drone pilots sometimes with hostility. Don’t worry though, all it takes is a little bit of diplomacy with a non-confrontational attitude to defuse the situation quickly. Land your drone first, and happily explain why you can fly and ask if there is still a problem. If you do your own homework beforehand, you should be able to demonstrate why it is okay for you to fly.
3. Land the drone first
If you are piloting the drone without a friend and an individual approaches you. It is important that you let them know that you need to land the drone first before talking to them. As I mentioned previously, flying a drone is a top priority and you are responsible for it. Being a drone pilot means you are the pilot in command. The safest thing to do is land the drone before you can start answering the questions. Of course, if that person simply comes over to you just to say, “nice drone!” Just respond them with, “thanks” and continue your flight mission.
4. Do not lose visual line of sight
Maintaining visual line of sight is most important when it comes to flying your drone. You should never take your eyes off flying the drone even if someone tries to talk to you. If you are piloting the drone via video monitor, you need to be aware of the surrounding. When someone asks you if they can see what you are looking at the video monitor, happily share the screen with them and briefly let them know what you are doing. If they asks you more questions, refer to tip #3.
5. Answer all the questions with enthusiasm!
Answer all the questions with enthusiasm as much as you can! If someone asks you how far your drone can go, tell them! if someone asks you how long your drone battery can last, tell them! Share your expertise and knowledge about the drones and interact them about how great the drone technology is when flown responsibly.