What Do I Need to Do Before Flying a Drone?

  • Check your local weather first to see if the conditions are favorable to fly. If there is rain on the way, there’s no reason to risk damage to your drone.
  • Ensure that all of your batteries are charged and in good condition.
  • Check your controller, monitor, and/or other devices such as your iPhone, tablet, phone, or iPad to make sure they’re fully charged. Take any appropriate car charges with you for emergencies.
  • Make sure there are no flight restrictions or no-fly zones in the area you want to fly. Use the B4UFLY app and check for any temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) currently in effect by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
  • Give your drone a quick look, make sure there is no physical damage.
  • Take spare parts with you, such as propellers, guards, chargers, etc. Did I mention extra BATTERIES?!
  • Double check your firmware. Make sure there hasn’t been a recent update before heading out.
  • Remember to bring enough Micro SD cards (with enough memory) to film more than enough footage for your project. Also check your cards for proper ratings and correct formats.

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