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 as 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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