Human Guidance: The best way to fly drones without GPS

Conventionally, drone flying requires a complex communication system between an operator and the drone’s GPS navigation. There are times, when the GPS function might not work or may experience interference. This affects the smooth flying and photography experience one might experience from a drone.

Our experts got together to solve that problem for you. We attempted to find the best way to fly a drone without GPS. Our expert drone flyers tried the DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone for this experiment.

Take a look at what our efforts led us to discover:

Step 1

Ensure that the ‘F’ switch is in the middle. Also check to see an orange colored bar at the top of the screen in your viewing device that reads ‘No Positioning’ or ‘Altitude Marred’.

Step 2

Ensure that you are in a wide and open area with no or very less traffic around before attempting to take-off. As the wind conditions affect the balance and positioning of the drone it is important to ensure that you have sufficient amount of free space around before you get a better hang of it.

As the GPS function is what helps the drone to maintain a constant hovering position automatically or on command, when you switch it off it affects the positioning and the drone can tend to hover over a large area. This can be dangerous if tried indoors or around trees.

Step 3

The rest of the process is solely managed by human guidance. You will have to keep the drone within eyesight even if the camera is on. The wind factor has to be constantly countered with smooth maneuvering, ensuring that the drone does not stray away in stronger wind and crash.

The whole experience is based on instinct when flying a drone without GPS and relying solely on human guidance.

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