We were excited about flying a drone in Lake Tahoe, especially since we recently picked up a new DJI Mavic Air. This is the aerial footage that we captured while visiting Lake Tahoe, NV. We did three drone flights — two along the lake and one in a snowy meadow. The contrast between the crystal clear water and the snowy mountains was spectacular!
While Lake Tahoe is a wonderful place to explore with your drone, you do need to be careful of the surrounding national forests in the area. National Forests are no-fly zones, so I recommend checking airspace maps for restricted areas.
If you fly in the cold weather, make sure to either warm your batteries or hover your drone for a few minutes before going full blast with the controls. Also, be very careful of the trees and water. Both have the potential to disrupt your GPS and controller signal/connection. I recommend looking for open spaces where you have a clear signal. Lastly, consider bringing a landing pad when flying. I forgot to bring ours during the trip, which made landing the drone near the beach very challenging.
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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.