You’ve got your new shiny drone, and are excited to try it out.
Whether you’re an expert or a novice, sometimes flying a drone can be tricky, especially when obstacles are in the way.
If you’re ever faced with the dreaded stuck in a tree scenario, don’t panic. There are a few tricks you can try to rescue your drone and fly again.
8 Ways to Get Your Drone out of a Tree
1. Climb the Tree
If the tree is easily climbable, or you are able to get into the tree in a safe way, then climbing the tree is always the first option. You don’t need anything to get the job done, and it takes only a matter of minutes.
If you are with others you can always ask for help and guidance on where to move as you’re climbing. Try to have a clear view of where you are climbing and where the drone is stuck.
Unfortunately, there are going to be many scenarios in which climbing the tree just isn’t an option–at least not a safe one.
Drones are able to fly much higher than the average person can climb a tree. Certain trees will have too many branches, making them virtually impossible to climb.
When it doubt, don’t do anything that will put your safety at risk. There are always other options.
2. Slingshot with a Fishing Line
Try using a slingshot and shoot a strong (kevlar coated) fishing line over the branch. Remember to use a weight on the fishing line so that it drops to the ground afterwards. Then shake the fishing line and try to shake the drone out of the tree.
3. Get a Lift
Your next option is to get into the tree without just using your strength. If you’re lucky enough to know someone with a bucket truck or a hydraulic lift that can safely lift you into the air, give them a call. In just seconds and no effort at all, you can have your drone in your hands.
If you are really dedicated to getting back your drone, many rental stores have lifts you can rent by the hour or day. Otherwise, you might need to go with the good ol’ fashioned ladder.
4. Use a Ladder
Ladders can also be rented from various stores if you don’t already own one.
Ladders are much safer than just trying to climb the tree, but make sure you always have someone to watch and help.
Having someone on the ground can make sure the ladder stays steady and you stay safe.
This is not your last resort, so don’t panic if a ladder doesn’t work. Some trees may simply be too tall or dense for this trick to work.
5. Knock it Out
If you can’t get up to the drone itself, you need to find something else to do the job. This will be something you throw at the drone to knock it out of the tree.
Since this object will be coming into contact with your drone to knock it out of place, make sure it won’t instead damage the drone.
Some good ideas are a dart gun, if you have one lying around. The pellets are soft enough to reduce damage, but have enough force to dislodge a stick item.
An inflatable ball or toy is also a viable option. Again, it needs to be soft enough to reduce any damage.
If you do attempt this, always make sure to stay out of the way of the drones path. When falling from a tree, sharp or pointy parts on the drone can cause injuries. If other people are nearby, make sure to give them a warning beforehand.
6. Fiberglass Pole
Try to poke it down with long pole. This an be combined with a ladder. Be sure to keep your balance, have someone to keep the ladder steady and always consider safety first!
7. Fire Department
No one likes to call the fire department if they don’t have to, so this is always the last option.
You may have tried all of your resources, but have come up short. If you happen to be in a pubic park or public property, you may not have access to a ladder or other tools. And throwing things around can be dangerous with bystanders around.
If you do end up calling for help, make sure you are very clear about what your problem is, and assure them you are able to wait for help if necessary. At times, the fire department may have higher priority events going on.
8. Cut Your Losses
There are some cases where there is simply no solution. If none of the previous methods have worked out for you, you may need to determine how much your time is worth. If your drone is lower in price, it may simply be worth it to cut your losses and walk away.
You can always wait until the next storm to check if the drone was dislodged. You can also try to find someone else willing to help out.
Hopefully one of these tricks should help you get your drone and get back to flying in no time!