Can You Fly a Drone At Night? | 5 Essentials to Know | Mavic Air Footage

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hi everybody thanks for watching so what

I'm going to talk about today is one of

the most hot-button topics when it comes

to flying a drone and that's flying your

drone at night and what I'm going to

share with you is my five essential tips

when it comes to flying at night from

the legality of it all the way up to

some of the best settings to use so

let's get to it okay so first of all I

have three disclaimers that I'd like to

mention first of all everything that I'm

about to tell you in this video has to

do with the rules in the United States

of America and so if you live out of the

country just be sure to research your

own rules and regulations secondly

everything that I'm going to say also

applies to just about every drone at

least every DJI drone but it's going to

apply to a lot of other drones as well

but I'm going to use the Mavic air for

demonstration and then the third thing

that I have to mention if you guys have

just an uncontrollable urge to post

negative comments or toxic comments just

know that everything that I'm gonna tell

you is correct it is the law as of right

now May 28th now the rules may change a

little bit and if they do I'll change it

in the description but if you feel

compelled to comment negatively down

below just please I ask you respectfully

to do a little research yourself first

before you fire off a rebuttal to

everything I say today so the first

question that needs to be answered is

can you fly your drone at night and the

answer very simply is yes you can see if

you're flying as a recreational pilot or

hobbyist then there's no special rules

that you have to follow other than the

rules put forth by whatever

community-based organization you might

be following for instance the AMA now

just on a side note there are other

community-based organizations besides

the AMA and I'm gonna put a link in the

description for a couple of them that I

know of now if you're flying as a part

107 pilot or commercial pilot then if

you want to fly at night you have to get

what's called a night waiver if you're

part 107 pilot with a remote pilot

certificate then you can only fly 30

minutes before

or sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset

otherwise you need a night waver now

you'll notice that I said when flying as

a hobbyist or flying as a part 107 pilot

and if you guys get anything out of this

video I want this to be the biggest take

away and that's for those of you who

have your part 107 or if you get your

part 107 you can still fly as a hobbyist

as a recreational pilot you just have to

determine before you fly or even as

you're flying if this is a commercial

flight or is this a recreational flight

so if you want to fly at night and

you're not going to be making any money

from the footage that you're getting

then you certainly can't fly at night as

a hobbyist but if you're going to be

making revenue from that footage that

you're painting then you need a part 107

and you need a night waiver so I know

I'm over stressing that a little bit but

I want you guys to understand that

because I'm currently studying for my

part 107 right now I should have it in

about hopefully in about a month but

maybe two months from now and the reason

that it took me so long to study for it

and to obtain it is because I previously

thought like I think many of you are

thinking that if you get your part 107

that you're going to be put on a leash

by the FAA and there's a lot of things

that you won't be able to do but that's

not true you only have to follow those

regulations if you are flying for making

money if you're flying recreationally

then you're flying as a hobbyist under

Section 336 and there's nothing special

that you have to do other than follow

those community-based organizations

guidelines when most people get the

remote pilot certificate or their part

107 you know they're looking to get it

because they want to make some revenue

with their drones they want to become a

commercial pilot at some point and

that's maybe a little bit of the reason

that I'm studying for and that I want to

get it but the biggest reason that I

want to do it is because I want to be

the best pilot that I can I want to

learn as much as I can and I want to

feel this brain full of lots of good

juicy information and then when you guys

ask me questions I don't have to

research it I don't have to look it up I

already know it and so you know yes I

maybe want to make some money with my

drone someday but for the most part I

want to give myself some validity and

give you guys some security in the

information that I present to you

actually means

thing now my second tip for you guys is

know your surroundings know the area

that you're gonna be flying at night you

know it's really important to know your

surroundings when you're flying during

the day but it's even more important at

night because you're not going to be

able to see any obstacles so you need to

scout out the area first and the other

reason is when you fly at night you have

to turn off your obstacle avoidance

because it doesn't work anyway and we

turn off obstacle avoidance

there's going to be a lot of obstacles

that your drone might not be able to

avoid or stop or go around or whatever

depending on your drone and so if that

obstacle avoidance is off also your

drone is going to be in sport mode

you're going to be flying much faster

you're going to be turning much faster

your yaw and your elevation and

descending everything is faster and so

it's really important to know where you

are flying and what's around where you

are flying there's nothing cool third

thing that I like to mention is how

important it is to keep visual line of

sight when you're flying your drone now

we have to do that during the day and

that's according to every rule across

every community-based organization as

well as the FAA we have to maintain

visual line of sight and there's been a

lot of arguments out there that people

say it's irresponsible and dangerous to

fly at night because how can you

maintain visual line of sight well I'd

like to tell you guys that you can see

your drone much better at night than you

can during the day you can see those LED

lights from a long ways away at least on

my maverick air and my maverick Pro and

I've seen phantom force up in the sky at

night and those lights are even easier

to see than both of my Mavericks and so

when someone asks how can you keep

visual line of sight well that's how

those LED lights show you the

orientation of the drones at all times

now I've taken it even a step further

and I got a set of LED lights some

aftermarket LED lights for my Mavic Air

hobby NRC actually sent me a set of

these and already had a set that I

bought from Amazon but these things are

super bright and there's no worrying

about knowing where your drone is at

night if you're using those things

they're really easy to install and

they're pretty lightweight they don't

cause any trouble flying your drone they

have no if

on dynamics they have no effect on

battery life I flew for 17 minutes last

night and that's kind of what I get with

my maverick air anyway and it was a

pretty windy night as well and so I

thought that was pretty good so I have

two sets of these lights for my maverick

air I don't need two sets and so I want

to give one to one of you guys and so

all you have to do is one simple thing

at the end of this video I'm going to

post in the end screen a video from one

of my favorite youtubers it's orange 83

he's a video editor and I've learned so

much from him and he recently went to

Iceland for ten days and he did a little

travel vlog on it and it has some epic

footage in it he's got a sony 6500 I

think plus he got some great drone

footage but it's just beautiful footage

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his stuff if you like it go ahead and

subscribe because I have learned a lot

and I think those of you who are trying

to get your drone footage your post

drone footage edited correctly and

nicely then orange 83 is one of the

people that's going to help you out so

all I want you to do is watch that video

and then let me know down here in the

comments that you did watch it I know

it's kind of on the honor system but

just let me know that you watched his

video yeah and in a couple of weeks I'll

go ahead and just pick one of those

people randomly and I'll contact you and

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pjy tech makes a lot of good stuff

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not junky I think they're like

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set of these and so they're pretty nice

now if you guys are wondering why I'm

moving around so much today it's for a

couple of reasons I decided to go for a

walk in the park and I figured I might

as well do my video while I'm here it's

a beautiful day actually it's not that

beautiful it's kind of cloudy but it is

a nice day for a walk and all the apple

trees are blooming in my favorite Park

in town and so that's why I'm moving

around so much the other reason is I'm

actually just trying to find a little

bit of shelter to get out of the wind

because it is pretty windy and I don't

want you guys to have to listen to all

that wind noise so if you're wondering

why I'm jumping around that's why now my

fourth tip for you guys when you're

flying a drone at night there's one

simple thing that you have to do you

have to go up to your camera settings

and you have to toggle on this little

switch that says turn off LEDs while

shooting and what that does it turns off

your front LEDs as soon as you hit the

button or the record button and what

that does is it prevents seeing any red

or green glows in your footage or in

your photos and if you're not shooting

any footage then your LEDs stay on so

you know the orientation of your drone

now those lights that I told you about

just a little bit ago those have no

effect on your footage your photos or

your video as long as they are angled

down a little bit at about like a thirty

degree angle because if they're angled

straight ahead and you're flying very

fast with at least with your maverick

air I don't know about the Maverick Pro

or any other drones but if you're flying

with those lights pointing straight

ahead then there is just a little bit of

glow on the edges you can't really tell

but if you look really close you can see

it but all I had to do was shift those

lights down just a little bit and they

had no effect on my footage at all and

the last thing that I want to talk to

you guys about is the best settings the

best camera settings now there is no

such thing as the best camera settings

if you guys want to go ahead and watch

this video right here there really is no

such thing but you know every situation

is different and for this situation last

night when I was flying it was a clear

sky it was pretty dark out and I live

kind of on the edge of town and so

there's not many lights there's not many

lights anyway because our town is pretty

small but you know for this situation I

just played with the ISO and I played

with the shutter speed and that's what I

recommend you guys do but what I found

to be best in this situation was an ISO

of 1600 and my shutter speed was at 50

and that kind of gave me the most clear

picture and less noise in the sky now

one thing that I do want to mention is

the Maverick air did much better as far

as video footage at night than the

Maverick Pro because the Maverick Pro I

think has trouble focusing and you're

always tapping trying to find focus and

it just can't get a focus but the

Maverick air has a fixed focus so it

does much better at night at least it

did for me so like I said just

experiment if you're gonna fly at night

put your drone up and just test out your

ISO test out your shutter speed you know

maybe do a couple of passes of some of

the footage that you're trying to get

and and go from there so that's it for

today's video you guys I hope you got

something useful out of it please know

that I did research this very well and

you guys can fly your drone at night

don't be afraid to fly

tonight it's not dangerous it's not

irresponsible and you know if you're

following the rules that you're supposed

to when you're flying during the day the

same at night then you should be just


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