Even for the most experienced drone pilots it is easy to forget an essential check before heading out to the flight location. This could cause an unnecessary trip back to the home or office and delay your mission. In this article we will cover all the necessary steps you should take throughout the flight process. From preparing at home before a big survey to setting up and flying he survey in the field. 

Attached here you will find a full PrecisionFlight checklist for you to print and use for mission preparation. 

In the Office

Check propeller for major chips or dings
Check that the sensor indicator light is solid green
Check sensor connectors for bent pins
Confirm that camera view of DJI Go is displaying a live feed when system is powered
Check that you are using latest version of PrecisionFlight and DJI Go
Create any flight plans needed on the mobile device you plan to use in the field
Power on RC Controller and UAV and connect to the DJI Go App
Set display settings on mobile device so it does not go to sleep during a flight
Check that Status Indicator bar for any FW updates
Check that sensor SD cards are present
Check that RC Controller indicator light is solid green
Confirm batteries charged (RC Controller, UAV, Mobile Device, Laptop)
Status Indicator on the airframe should blink slowly in green within area of GPS reception
Confirm all gear is in the box

On Site Flight Preparation

Choose ideal setup location based on the given environmental conditions of the site
Extend the communication Antennas of the RC Controller up and out towards your UAV
Take note of wind direction, wind speed, and any potential obstacles in your survey area

Power on the RC controller
Clear all images on the sensor SD card
Power on the DJI device
Remove DJI device from case
Plug the power cable that runs from the RC Controller to the Mobile Device
Attach the sensor to the connection point checking once again for bent pins on the connector
If it does not do so automatically open the DJI Go application and follow directions for connecting the UAV
Attach propellers checking once again for major chips or dings
Confirm you are receiving the correct camera feed in the Camera view of DJI Go
Extend GPS antenna from storage position (Matrice 100 or 600 only)
Confirm you have a green status bar at the top of Camera View that states “Safe To Fly”
Lock your mobile device into place on the RC Controller but do not connect the power plug
Power off all equipment

Standard Survey 

Close out all applications running on your mobile device
Select the Take Off Icon and slide up to begin the mission
Power on your RC Controller but do not connect the power cable to your mobile device yet
Aircraft will take off directly upward to survey altitude and proceed to the first waypoint
Insert fully charged batteries into the DJI device
Monitor battery life and drone location in the app interface throughout the flight
Power on batteries at the same time if using two batteries
Monitor any oncoming weather conditions that would be unsuitable for flight
Plug the power cable from your RC Controller to your Mobile Device
If any irregularity is detected be prepared to activate emergency procedures in the app or RC Controller
If it does not automatically happen open PrecisionFlight for DJI and connect to the UAV
Once survey is finished or battery is to low the UAV will return to the takeoff location for landing
Check that you are in P Mode on your RC Controller (Or F mode for select drones that include this mode)
Clear all spectators and equipment at this location in preparation for landing
Plan a new flight or select from a saved flight in the App
RC Controls can be used to fine tune your landing location as it comes down
Confirm designated “Camera Model” and “Camera Settings” in “Advanced Settings” of the app
Power down flight batteries and the RC Controller
Place the DJI device in a area free of obstacles or spectators for at least 30 feet in all directions
Remove Micro SD card for In Field review of the data