Flying with the Mavic Air

Where to draw inspiration from

You can be inspired by the work of many peo­ple, but there are those that are real­ly breath­tak­ing and you want to learn some­thing. For me, that per­son was Robert McIn­tosh. After watch­ing him and his vir­tu­al flights for many years, I also want­ed to go where this guy sent his copters. Each time I looked at these shots, I tried to repeat after him, but I soon real­ized that spe­cial skills and tools were need­ed to per­form such mas­ter­ful tricks. A small quad­copter like the Mav­ic Air helped me take a chance and shoot places where quad­copters had­n’t flown before.

Mavic Air testing

When I first bought the Mav­ic Air, I attached a pro­peller guard and decid­ed to fly inside the house. I spent a lot of time fly­ing the quad indoors, which improved my skills a lot. Over time, train­ing improved my skill lev­el. To cre­ate an aer­i­al video, you have to go around the house in search of a space where you can direct the quad­copter with­out dam­ag­ing it. It is enough to look around to see if shoot­ing is pos­si­ble, and if not, then move on and look for oth­er oppor­tu­ni­ties. My goal is to find areas where a large quad like the Inspire 2 sim­ply won’t fit. I love my job! I like to shoot in big and spa­cious hous­es where my cre­ativ­i­ty and imag­i­na­tion can find an out­let. On the YouTube chan­nel, I cre­at­ed a playlist called “Cre­at­ing Space”, which describes the tech­nique of fly­ing in such hous­es. It takes a lot of learn­ing to fly a quad­copter, but the more time I spend, the more I fly, and my skills improve notice­ably.

My flights

When it comes to real estate pho­tog­ra­phy, the Mav­ic Air is ide­al for this pur­pose. It is easy to use and made of durable mate­ri­als, plus it has a small size. When it comes to tight spaces, some­times a use­ful obsta­cle avoid­ance sys­tem and flight modes can even get in the way. There­fore, when buy­ing a small quad­copter, like mine, it is impor­tant to decide for what pur­pose it is required, because any tech­nique can have both strong and weak char­ac­ter­is­tics. Mav­ic Air is suit­able for fly­ing with­in the field of view when shoot­ing at a short dis­tance is need­ed.

Security Tips

From the height of my expe­ri­ence, I have com­plete con­fi­dence in my style of pilot­ing, and can sug­gest the tech­niques that I use most often. If I had less skills, I would­n’t do it. The impor­tant fac­tor here is to keep your own quad­copter, and not ruin oth­er peo­ple’s prop­er­ty. I have some advice for this.

Flying with the Mavic Air

If you feel that it will be dif­fi­cult to fly, then install the pro­tec­tion on the pro­peller. This will obvi­ous­ly secure the flight itself, but slight­ly increase the weight and slight­ly impair maneu­ver­abil­i­ty. The pro­tec­tion itself does not dam­age the equip­ment and the objects sur­round­ing it. In a col­li­sion, the pro­tec­tion is able to throw the mod­el away from the obsta­cle, and the unpro­tect­ed screws would hit direct­ly into them. Soon you will learn to fly so well that you no longer need to pro­tect the pro­pellers.


To make the pho­to clear and not blur­ry, do not make sud­den move­ments. It is impor­tant to pilot very slow­ly, this is the only way to cap­ture a suit­able frame. By the way, the faster you fly, the greater the chance of a col­li­sion. There may sim­ply not be enough time to react, and seri­ous dam­age can occur in a col­li­sion at high speed and height. You will have to learn how to con­trol the con­troller with­out sud­den move­ments. You should feel how hard to pull the con­trol levers so that every­thing is in order.


When fly­ing in tight spaces, you need to know where your copter is now. Take a per­son with you to mon­i­tor the quad­copter and keep him in sight at all times while you are film­ing. So you will not wor­ry, and you can shoot good shots. Watch the pic­ture on the screen care­ful­ly, turn on the grid in time if you need to deter­mine whether the mod­el pass­es between obsta­cles. When there is space left in the mid­dle square, the quad will most like­ly fit there.



The Mav­ic Air has opened up new pos­si­bil­i­ties for me and my busi­ness, and every day I have a lot of cre­ative ideas. I need this small mod­el for fly­ing in tight spaces that are inac­ces­si­ble to oth­er quad­copters. In the near future, I would like to reach a lev­el where I can safe­ly oper­ate the quad­copter in closed, cramped spaces. A large num­ber of flights gives me con­fi­dence.



By Yara