Drone pilots should adopt this Navy Seal saying when flying. “Slow is smooth – smooth is fast.” In the context of the military the saying suggests moving fast, or rushing it, is reckless and will likely get you killed. In the context of flying a drone, rushing is likely to result in a crash, or other accident. Mostly likely, rushing when flying a drone, is stick movement that is too fast for the situation. My first serious crash due to rushing came on the Fourth of July one year. It was a perfect day for flying. There was a light breeze, sunny skies and the temperature was in the low 80’s. I was practicing with my Phantom 1 with a GoPro attached in a large field in front of a school. There was a flag pole and the breeze was causing the flag to flutter. Since it was the Fourth I decided a great way to practice would be circle the flag and get some patriotic shots. Instead of being patient, and advancing the done on the flag slowly, I pushed the right stick up to close the distance. As I approached the wind shifted and sent the flag right into my Phantom, when then went about 30 feet straight down and smashed into the concrete sidewalk.
I made more mistakes than just rushing. I should have had more altitude and then slowly brought the Phantom down into position to get the shots, and I needed to be an appropriate distance from the flag. Two things I didn’t think about because I was rushing.
I’m a believer in “Slow is smooth – smooth is fast.” You should be to, especially if you are a new pilot.