Flying a drone in Bath was an incredible experience. This city in southwest England is a UNESCO World Heritage City and is best known for it’s Roman Baths. The area has natural hot springs and many buildings with 18th-century Georgian architecture.
We decided to fly our DJI Spark drone twice in the city, though we were especially cautious when flying to avoid people and minimize any disturbance. The weather conditions were windy too, so there was some noticeable movement and shakes in the footage. Flying in windy conditions can be dangerous, as you not only have less control, but also can affect the speed of your drone. This is particularly dangerous if you are at 50% battery and attempting to return back for a landing. If the wind flow is against your drone, it can result in your drone running out of battery before returning home. To be safe, I recommend being conservative with your battery level and not pushing the limits.
First drone flight – Royal Crescent
Our first flight was near the Royal Crescent. This was an excellent location to fly the drone. The park offered a wide open space, which meant fewer potential hazards and a strong GPS signal. The park was also somewhat empty, which gave us the confidence to launch the drone without disturbing others.
Second drone flight -Hedgemead Park
Our second flight was in Hedgemead Park. In retrospect, I personally would NOT recommend flying from this park. The tall trees and general signal interference resulted in a loss of connection between my drone and the remote controller, causing the drone to perform a return-to-home landing. Luckily, the GPS signal was strong, so the drone returned to the home point without any incident.
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If you want to get even more serious about drones, consider getting an FAA 107 certification. While you can study for the test without a prep course, we recommend the Drone Pilot Ground School course taught by UAV Coach. We completed the course in January 2018 and passed the certification test with a 95%. Getting your FAA 107 certificate is not required for hobbyist pilots. However, you’ll learn a lot of fundamental aviation concepts that will make you a better drone operator and pilot.