Drone Pilot Pre-Flight Checklist
Whether you’re a novice or experienced drone pilot, keeping safety first will help you get the most from your drone flights. Use this pre-flight checklist whenever you begin a mission.
Before You Take Off
- Check the current weather and windspeed conditions.
Pro tip: Consider using a pilot weather app like NOAA Aviation Live Sky Weather.
- Make sure your SD is card loaded and formatted.
Pro tip: Make sure your SD card meets UHS speed class 3 (U3) and UHS video speed class 30 standards.
- Check your drone and controller’s battery strength.
Pro tip: Always return your drone to home the moment you get a low battery warning.
- Check your controller’s signal strength.
Pro tip: Position the antennas on your controller for maximum range. Consult your drone’s documentation for more info.
- Make sure your lens cover and gimbal lock are removed.
Pro tip: ND filters can help enhance your shots and they work as good lens protectors.
When You Take Off
- Check your drone’s satellite strength.
Pro tip: Drones use GPS signals to stabilize themselves in flight. Be extremely careful if a lack of GPS signals occurs during flight (your drone may alert that you are in atti-mode or attitude mode).
- Wait for your home point and return to home settings to lock in.
Pro tip: Consider using a launch pad and let your drone hover for a few seconds after take-off to lock in your home settings into position.
- Double check your surroundings for obstacles.
Pro tip: Consider flying with a visual observer or keep your drone in your line of sight if you are the sole pilot.