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6.1 Routine Maintenance

Wear and damage does happen. In this lesson you'll learn about maintenance issues that will arise with your UAV and how to keep them in check.

2 lessons, 06:29

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Drone Project Uses

2.Equipment and Setup
2 lessons, 09:33

Technical Specs

Cameras and Gear

1 lesson, 04:46

Shooting Techniques

4.Outdoor Factors
2 lessons, 07:29

Weather Factors

Timing and Time of Day

5.Camera Setup
2 lessons, 12:46

Camera Settings


6.Maintenance and Preparation
2 lessons, 11:23

Routine Maintenance

Planning for a Shoot

2 lessons, 07:30

What Is Legal?

How to Obtain UAV Insurance

8.Drone Services
1 lesson, 02:36

Service Ideas

1 lesson, 02:05


6.1 Routine Maintenance

In this lesson we're gonna examine different maintenance issues that may arise with your drone and what you can do to keep them in check before flying. Just like a vehicle or any other piece of equipment that's gonna be used outdoors, you're gonna get build up of different elements that are gonna arise on your drone and then will need to be cleaned off. Dust can pose problems if the dust build up isn't cleaned off and maintained properly. Aside from just getting dust on the lens of the camera, drones are gonna attract dust to the rubber dampeners that are typically located above the gimbal of the drone. Because these are softer with a rubber texture, dust and grime will stick to them a lot more than other areas. Use a cloth or a moist wipe to wipe away the dust. I don't recommend using paper towels because they can leave kind of a fibrous residue that can stick to the drone as well. You may also want to use a spray duster like the common ones used for electronics equipment. Bugs, just like on your car windshield they're gonna leave residue on your drone. The props basically act as a vacuum, pulling flying bugs into them. You'll want to give your drone and props a quick wipe down with a wet cloth from time to time. Not only because it will keep the drone looking like new, but the buildup on the props can cause uneven air flow or other problems. Just use a bit of water on a towel to clean off your drone and don't use any household cleaners cuz this could cause the plastic housing to actually crack. Always check your UAV camera and ND filters before flying to make sure they're spotless. Use lens cleaner with shammy wipes to prevent streaks that can cause glares or unwanted flaring. And monitor your camera for bug smudges that could occur during the flight as well. And if possible, always use an ND, or clear protection filter over your UAV camera for that extra protection on your lens. It's also a good idea to always check your drone regularly for cracks on the drone itself, and on the props. Cracks on props can be very bad, resulting in breaks mid flight. Look for splits on the edges, or even down the middle of the prop blades. And never fly with a broken or damaged prop. It's best to just throw them away immediately, that way you don't accidentally grab them by accident. I also recommend always packing a spare set of props with you whenever you go on a shoot. Just in case you chip a prop or discover a crack you didn't notice before. Humid environments can also pose problems for drones if you're not prepared. A lot of times on early morning shoots you'll open up your drone case and get everything setup, and then you'll notice a heavy fogging on the camera lens. You'll need to be prepared for this, packing a dry towel with you on every shoot. This way you can wipe away the excess moisture. You may also notice moisture buildup on the battery in the body of the drone after flying in high humidity. Again, use a dry towel to wipe this away after each UAV flight. Check the battery and gimbal connections regularly on your drone to make sure they're free of grime and dust. [MUSIC] A lot of times a bad connection can result in a battery warning or seemingly battery problems. I've had a few instances where I thought I had a faulty battery but all I really needed to do was just give the connectors a quick wipe down. Finally, I always check and install drone updates for your drone regularly. This can seem like a huge pain because some of DGI's reviews take about 15 to 20 minutes to install their new updates. So you want to do this for any scheduled shoots and not do it at the shoot location. Also always take a UAV out for a safety test flight after doing a software update and before you go out on a scheduled shoot. This way you ensure the update went smoothly and don't have any surprises on the day of your shoot. Make sure you conduct the test flight away from people in an open area and run through the typical movement you're going to be doing and shooting techniques you would normally perform on your drone flights. In the next lessen we're going to go over some pre-flight checklist and how you properly prepare for an upcoming shoot.

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