Before Heading To The Field (Stand Count)

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It's that time of year again when we must dust off the drone and ensure everything is updated for the upcoming stand count season. In this article, we provide some basic things you should be doing before every time you hit the field and maintaining your drone throughout the season. 

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Overview

The day before heading out to the field:

Power on all the devices you plan on using in the field: drone, controller, and mobile device. Ensure all appropriate connection cords, SD cards, and accessories are available. If there is anything you will use in the field, you can check it now. 

  1. Check your drone's and controller's firmware through the DJI app on your mobile device. Depending on the model drone you're operating, this will be either DJI GO, DJI Fly, or DJI Pilot 2. To ensure smooth operations throughout the season, you must check for firmware updates every time you enter the field.
  2. Update the software on your device. Apple is good at releasing automatic updates,  but you want to ensure operating on the most recent iOS version.
  3. Update the DroneDeploy app on your mobile device! You always want to ensure the DroneDeploy app runs on the latest version. This will guarantee that any bugs or issues identified throughout the season have been patched and fixed through these updates. Also, check the Amazon App Store to update to the latest application on your RC Pro Controller if operating the M3E.
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  5. Please take a look at your equipment. This is an excellent time to go over all of your connection cords. Please ensure there are no cuts or frays and everything connects correctly.
  6. Format your memory card and clear out any previous images.
  7. Fly a test mission utilizing the DJI app and make sure everything on the drone functions correctly. Ife,  please fly a small sample. It is also recommended to fly a test mission in DroneDeploy to ensure everything is correct and no issues are present. 
  8. Please take accountability for all your equipment and charge your mobile devices and batteries for your drone and controller for your mission the following day. Always keep your equipment together and run checks before you leave the home or office. The last thing you want is to arrive at your job site with missing equipment or dead batteries! 

Hardware Requirements

Please review the links below for information on supported and recommended drones, phones, tablets, and accessories.

Stand Count: Supported and Recommended Drones 

Stand Count: Supported Phones, Tablets, & Accessories

 

 

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