How to Fly A Drone without Flying Away - 5 Solutions

Author:Jake | TIME:October 20,2017

Just like a kit could be gone off breaking line, a drone may fly away without expectation and no longer belongs to you. Although DJI drones are very smart and they are designed to automatically Return to Home (RTH) once you lose the remote control signal, there are occasions when some pilots would encounter a real flyaway and lose their property worth one thousand US dollars or even more.


The reason why a drone flies away can be various, but mostly caused by several common user operation errors instead of system errors. And to help you with that, below we will share 5 solutions on how to fly a drone without flying away. Now you can follow below.


How to Prevent A Drone from Flying Away?


1. Set a Home Point

After you get a new aircraft from the DJI drone stock, don’t get too hurried to go for a task. There are things to do. And before you take off, make sure you’ve set a Home Point for the drone if you want it to return home automatically. If you set the Home Point, you cold see a prompt in the app and then a green Home Point icon on your map, as below screenshot shows.



2. Watch Out for Compass Interference

GPS signal helps you locate where your aircraft is but you need more tools to make a safe return for your drone. In addition to GPS, you need help of the drone’s compass. It’s true that GPS only determines the drone’s location while the compass determines its orientation. Therefore, you also need to try to make sure the compass is relatively free from interference.

If the compass interference goes too great, the DJI GO app will give you a warning. You can go to MC Settings > General > Compass to check the amount of interference in your area. Both the Mavic and newer DJI drones have two compasses, and if you see one or both of them are in red, you’d better recalibrate the compass or just move to an area with less interference. 



3. Keep Your Drone Within Your Sight

Keeping your drone within an area where your eyes can reach could decrease the risk of crashing or losing it. You can control and monitor your drone merely through the live video feed on your iPhone or Android device, but this won’t give you a whole vision of what’s behind or on either side of the flying object.




4. Reset Your Home Point if You’re Moving

Your Home Point will be set automatically if the GPS signal is in good condition. However, it won’t reset automatically if you keep moving from one place to another, even though you have good GPS signal. For example, if you’re driving in a car or moving in a boat, you’ll need to reset your Home Point periodically. This gif shows you one way to reset your Home Point: 



5. Set an Appropriate RTH Altitude

The DJI’s newer drones have vision systems that allow the drones to fly over or around obstacles during RTH. However, it’s never been a good idea to set an RTH Altitude. This is because the obstacle sensors don’t work in low-light situations, pure glass surfaces and water may not be detected. Besides, the obstacle avoidance sensors may not detect thin objects like tree branches or power lines.



Above are some useful tips on how to fly a drone, which helps avoid a flyaway.


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