I can’t stress having charged batteries, decent propellers and a flight plan! The worst feeling is losing a drone due to collision, low battery or propeller failure. All scenarios can be prevented if we prepare!
Some of the riskiest times for a pilot is when taking off and landing. This is no different for a remote pilot. Visual observers are an invaluable resource for safe flight. VOs give the Remote pilot an extra set of eyes during flight. This can be especially valuable when there are vines hanging from the tree.
Upon take off, all DJI drones record your current position at an elevation of 0Ft. But this only applies to your current take-off position. Meaning that a collision is possible even at higher altitudes due to uneven terrain. Jungles tend to have uneven terrain so make sure to do a quick scan before flying!
Creating content in the Jungle is a unique way of capturing content. Looking back I still feel a lot of anxiety about flying my drone in close quarters. For those who have started getting into drones, I would stick to operating over open land. Able remote pilots should know that the jungle comes with its own particular set of risks! Even by preparing and bringing a friend to help, think twice before flying drones in the jungle!