Traveling with the Mavic is a breeze!
I have taken my DJI Mavic Pro on multiple trips now, but I’m still amazed how easy it is to pack away when travelling – even internationally. Although the process of travelling with a drone is relatively painless, it still requires some forethought. Here are five tips for travelling with a drone:
Carry it On
When travelling by airplane with my Mavic Pro I keep both the drone and its batteries in my carry-on backpack. Drone batteries must never fly in checked luggage – they must always be carried on. The batteries should be carried separately from the drone, with the leads should covered to prevent any accidental shorting. You don’t need to buy any special battery covers – I’ve used socks, gloves, and hats for this purpose.
Although the drone is not required to be packed in carry-on luggage, it feels more secure to carry everything with you. It would be tragic if the airline lost your bag with your drone in it.
Protect your Drone
If you don’t have a dedicated backpack for your drone like mine, it pays to at least invest in some protective items for your gear. I carry my Mavic in a protective sleeve to prevent damage to the aircraft or propellers, and a few items from this kit like the controller guard protect my gimbals. I still add some cushioning to my backpack too in the form of sweaters and gym clothes for further protection.
Extra propellers, extra batteries, and an extra large memory card are all essential for travelling with your drone. You probably spent a long time travelling to get to a super exciting place to fly, so it pays to spend as much time as you can flying. That means not stopping to charge batteries, empty your memory card, or finding extra parts to replace things that break.
Research Local Rules
Compared to travelling domestically, International travel can throw you a curveball if you’re not prepared. Your destination may have different rules for flying drones than your home country. For example, the Bahamas have many similar rules to flying in the USA (must stay below 400 ft above ground level, do not fly around people, do not fly at night, etc), there are several additional hoops that must be attended to before travelling (pilots must pay a security deposit on their drones drone, and must pass a knowledge test before a permit is given). I recommend taking the time to research local laws a few weeks before your trip.
Study the Airspace
If you won’t have an internet connection before you leave, download or print out airspace maps from skyvector.com so you know where you can and cannot fly. Also check Flight Service for any temporary flight restrictions. Doing your homework before you travel ensures you will fly safely and avoid run-ins with local law enforcement and collisions with other aircraft.
Enjoy your travels, and fly safe!
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