Indoor coverage can now be added to any SkyWatch.AI policy: hourly, monthly, and annual. This additional coverage has a premium charge of 20% of the policy's liability premium. Pilots can add this additional coverage when activating their policies directly through the web portal and mobile app.
SkyWatch.AI is very excited to offer this additional coverage. As always, we want to remind our pilots that flying indoors, whether it be for training operations or drone racing, requires numerous safety measures.
If you are new to operating a drone, getting the proper training along with the right insurance is crucial. Together with Barry Morris, president of Dronitek - Drone Flight Academy (formerly Drone University USA), we remain dedicated to providing reliable and professional tips for flying your drone.
SkyWatch.AI and Dronitek Present: 5 Tips for Flying Your Drone Indoors!
- The smaller the aircraft the better:
Based on first hand experience, Morris recommends using DJI Mavics for your indoor flying needs. Larger aircraft (like Phantoms & Inspires) tend to produce more propwash and while the Mavic is smaller than other DJI drones, its performance is far more advanced.
- Secure your flight area before taking off. This includes:
- Removing any unnecessary fixtures from the vicinity
- Establishing clear perimeters using cones, tape, signs, etc.
- Use prop guards to protect interior fixtures
- Take note of all air conditioning vents and open windows that may create unpredictable airflow
- Familiarize yourself with Attitude Mode (ATTI mode):
When indoors, drones will almost always set themselves to ATTI mode because they cannot pickup GPS signals inside. It is important that you know how to operate in this situation because even though the drone will remain at a stable height, it may drift around. Using a drone with a Vision Positioning System (VPS) or any sort of sensor or collision avoidance system on-board will allow the drone to minimize this undesired drift. Fly at an altitude that maximizes your vertical envelope both above and below to allow for safety and collision avoidance.
- Beware of metallic interference:
It is important to stay clear of any metallic interferences that can affect the drone's compass. If flying inside a building that contains any metal, the signal has a strong likelihood of being lost. This includes something as simple as flying near a microwave that is in use.
- Always have spare parts:
Like in all flights, you should always have spare drone parts (especially propellers) accessible!
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