While every operator and operation is different, it’s wise to take some time before every flight to ensure you have the proper equipment and conditions for a successful flight. Below is a list of factors that you should make sure you have reviewed before you go out into the field. It’s advised to print this page out and include it in the bag for your drone so you can always refer to it to prepare for a successful operation
1. Functioning Drone
It’s wise to inspect your drone for damage before going out in the field to ensure that it’s ready and safe to fly. Make sure your compass is calibrated and also your GPS connectivity is working properly.
2. Charge Batteries
This is a no-brainer, but worth adding because we’ve all made the mistake of forgetting to charge our batteries before leaving the house. It’s especially important when it comes to drone batteries.
3. Charged Mobile Device
Charge your mobile devices such as tablet, laptop which will be used as your Ground Control station.
4. Up to Date Firmware
Make sure the firmware is updated. Any latest firmware will be provided by johnnette for all johnnette products
5. Spare Batteries
While you should always have at least one fully charged battery for your flight, we recommend having one or two spare batteries for longer flights.
6. SD Card with Adequate Space for Your Images
Always format your SD card before going out to fly to avoid complications.
7. USB Cable for Your Mobile Phone or Tablet
Mobile phone or Tablet or laptop are the devices that are usually used ad ground control stations, therefore it is essential to carry the connection cable to the field to perform emergency procedures such as calibration of the drone
8. Enough Propellers for Your Drone
Carrying additional propellers for your drone can help ensure you can keep flying should any of your propellers get damaged during your flight.
9. Understanding of Your Field Connectivity
If you are going to be flying in an area without cellphone service, then conduct Desktop Planning of your flight path before you go out into the field. (If you are unfamiliar with the data coverage of the area that you will be flying, you can use resources google maps and similar platforms' to calculate the area )
10. Adequate Weather for Flight
Utilize websites like Weather.com to ensure that the area you will be flying in has good weather. High-winds, low-clouds or precipitation can make flying and mapping difficult.
11. Cleared Airspace for Your Flight
you can use your NPNT module to get necessary permission from the DGCA and ensure the airspace is clear.
1. Visual Observation
Observe the drone for any damage from a potential collision or crash.
2. Securing all Parts
Check to be sure all moving parts including the propellers are secure.
3. Check Batteries
Check the battery for signs of overheating, warping or swelling. If you notice any abnormality in the battery such as swelling , remove it immediately from the drone.
4. Efficiency of the battery
Check the levels and efficiency of the power of the battery. Use a voltage tester to check the voltage of the battery.
5. Check landing gears
Re-examine the landing gear of the drone to ensure it has not sustained any damage during landing.
6. Check all LEDs
Clean all lights and be sure they are all functioning properly for the next flight.
Follow these drone flight checks to greatly increase the life of your drone and get the most out of your investment!