First Flight

Planning your first flight is important to get off on the right foot!

Make sure you follow these quick tips

  • Read any manufacturer- specific recommendations and guidance

  • Find a location that matches these requirements: Few obstructions/obstacles (large open field - football field sized), low wind (<5-10mph), no precipitation (no snow or rain), airspace is good (link to airspace page)

  • Do not fly too far at first - you will be tempted to! We recommend you keep within 100 - 200’ from your launch location.

  • Do multiple take-offs and landings to get used to how the drone starts and stops.

  • As you are becoming more comfortable in your skills, consider using “more advanced modes”, such as “orbit” or “point of interest

  • As you are flying, attempt to watch the drone and not get attached to your screen. Your main goal is to avoid crashing or having the drone fly too far away.

  • Pay attention to depth perception and the direction the drone is facing. Most drones have lights on them to assist in this

  • Be aware if the drone controls are “reversed” (i.e. if you are facing the same direction as the drone that is normal; if you and the drone are facing opposite directions, the controls are “reversed”). Always try to imagine yourself in the cockpit of the drone, as that is how the controls operate.