Pre-Flight Checklist

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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. Charged Remote Controller

3. Charged Mobile Device with the Latest Versions of the DroneDeploy and DJI Apps

Needed if you are using a DJI drone for your flight. Latest DroneDeploy app and supported devices can be found here

4. Up to Date Firmware

For Firmware related questions, please see Upgrading Firmware on DJI on our Support site.

5. Charged 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 and ensure you have enough storage space for your images before going out to fly to avoid complications with image capture.

7. USB Cable for Your Mobile Phone or Tablet

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 like OpenSignal to review the coverage area.)

10. Adequate Weather for Flight

Utilize websites like 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

To ensure that the area you will be flying is cleared for drone use, visit a site like or our in-app LAANC Authorization feature to review any airspace restrictions in the area.

Pre-Flight Checklist still Failing?
Please try: Restarting all devices
Unplug and replug USB cable upon failure indication
Toggle mode switch on the controller
Check DJI app: Multiple flight mode = on. Beginner mode = off
Test using another mobile device

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