Flying best practices

Is your drone finally ready to make its first flight? Check out all our best practices for flying your PARROT DISCO!

 

Before starting a flight, always check the following. This will allow you to fly with confidence and protect your drone.

 

Make sure that the wings of Parrot Disco are properly secured

 

Make sure Parrot Disco's battery and your remote control's battery are charged

 

Make sure Parrot Disco's hood is properly closed.

 

Make sure Parrot Disco's indicator light is green. This means that Parrot Disco has acquired the GPS signal.

 

Do not use the drone if a cable is damaged or if some of the electronics are visible (bare cable, twisted PCB, etc.) If this is the case, do not hesitate to contact the Parrot.com after-sales service.









 

BEFORE TAKE-OFF



 

  • Check the weather: the conditions are not all optimal for flying your drone, e.g. it is raining. Do not fly your drone in head and side winds because the battery discharges more quickly.

     

  • To check if the weather is good for flying, download the UAV Forecast app that uses precise calculations to advise you on whether it is safe to fly your drone.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.uavforecast&hl=fr

     

  • Check that your smartphone/tablet and your drone have enough battery life for the duration of the flight.

     

  • Also check that your smartphone/tablet has enough memory to store the videos and photos you are planning to take during the flight.



 

DURING THE FLIGHT

 

Let's go for take-off! Here are some tips for ensuring a pleasant flight with your drone.

 

  • If you are a beginner, do not fly in manual mode. This is reserved for more experienced pilots. Instead, choose the automatic flight mode because this activates all the flight control options.

     

  • Set yourself an objective: nothing is worse than flying about aimlessly. Whether you are training to take off or capturing a specific image, give your flight an objective.

     

  • To get some inspiration regarding potential photos or videos, do not hesitate to browse Google Maps and have a walk around the area: lakes, mountains, dunes, islands, etc. there is no lack of beautiful photo opportunities!

     

  • If you decide to invert the position of your drone (i.e. to make it face you on take-off), remember to reverse all the horizontal controls as well!

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TAKING BEAUTIFUL PICTURES AND VIDEOS

 

Who does not love capturing great pictures and breathtaking videos with their drone? Feel free to read our suggestions to improve your results.

 

  • Practice flying your drone very smoothly in order to shoot great photos. Indeed, although it may seem easier to fly the drone than it looks, each vibration affects the final result of your production.

     

  • The framing is very important too: you will get better results by taking great care in this area. Follow our advice: avoid placing the horizon in front of the lens and tilting the camera slightly forward to reduce the space occupied by the sky.



 

PREVENT FLYAWAYS

 

To prevent flyaways, you must take certain preventive measures.

 

  • Check that the Return to Home is switched on and that the Home coordinates are entered in the data.





 

FLYING YOUR DRONE IN COLD WEATHER

 

Many drone owners want to know more about flying their drone in cold weather. Here is some advice and suggestions on handling this situation.

 

  • Fully charge your battery. This will ensure that it has a higher voltage. We recommend that the battery of your drone be charged to at least 90% for taking off.

 

  • Prepare for sudden drops in voltage. We recommend that you fly your drone smoothly without pushing it to its limits and performing acrobatics.

 

  • Plan for a shorter flight time. Indeed, low temperatures will affect the capacity of your battery by 20 to 30%.

     

  • Preheat your batteries or charge them for a few minutes before taking off.

     

  • Do not store your batteries in the cold. Indeed, it can create voltage differences between the cells of your batteries.

Update : 15/10/2018
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