- Do a pre-flight check
Before you take off, inspect your drone closely. During your once-over, make sure the drone’s batteries are correctly inserted, and tighten the propellers so they can spin freely without the risk of falling off. While you’re at it, double-check that your drone has the latest firmware and is set to the right flight mode. Finally, take off your lens cover.
- Scout the area you’re planning to fly in
Once you’ve worked your way through the pre-flight checklist, turn your attention to the sky above. Assess the weather conditions and wind speed to determine whether it’s safe to fly. If it is, look for any obstacles you’ll need to avoid, like buildings, trees and cars. Choose a safe drone takeoff and landing point, and make sure there’s a strong signal between your drone and controller.