Free Drone Training Course 1 – Pre Flight & Compass Calibration
Welcome to the drone trainer where we don’t just talk about how to do stuff. Your drone, we actually show you how to do it. This is our free flight safety course. Where we’re gonna show you everything from preflight checks with your drone, how to get it set up for flight takeoff, some drills and then how to land your drone safely.
Let’s begin. So first thing we want to do when we get on site is start putting our drone together. So I ‘ Ve got everything always together in this same case, so every time I show up on scene or on site, I know I ‘
Ve got everything together and I don’t have to go searching for any parts. So what I want to do first, is I’m, going to set up the transmitter and make sure that everything is connected, so we can open up the transmitter and put my iPod or iPad in the cradle and then connect it.
You can use an iPad, you can use your iPhone, you can use any Android devices and whatever you’d, like whatever you have. I prefer this full-size iPad because it’s. A lot bigger screen. It’s easier to see, and then I’m gonna set up my antennas like this, so they’re both up and straight.
They’re, not sticking straight out. They don’t walk. You out to the side they’re, pretty much just on an angle like that and straight up now, in a bright sunny day like this, it’s a little bit difficult to see the display.
Sometimes so we ‘ Ve got one of these shields here to keep the Sun off of the display. So I just connect that and then reconnect my USB and the controller transmitter is ready to go. So next is the drone.
So what we want to do with this is we want to have a quick look at it before we do anything to it. Just have a look and see if there’s any cracks or anything obvious that might have maybe inhibiting flight for next time we go and fly nothing other than the usual bugs and stuff on.
Here I don’t, see anything abnormal and the SD card is in there as well to always check and see. If your SD card is in there, there’s, nothing worse than taking off being in the air and have nothing to write onto so make sure that there’s, always an SD card inside the camera so take off the gimbal guard.
Once you remove the gimbal guard, make sure that you don’t set the camera down on something rough, something that’s gonna bump the gimbal or push it on here it’s. This is probably the most sensitive part of the whole drone, so make sure that this is gonna stay up and away from anything that’s gonna damage it grab your props and same thing give them a visual inspection to make sure there’s, no cracks or anything on them.
These ones are covered in bugs, which is normal for here for this time of year, but other than that there’s, no cracks or anything like that. They’re gonna cause. A problem for us for flight yeah, these look good, so we’ll connect them based on their color, so it’s, great a great white on the Phantom 4 Pro some other drones have a bit of a different connection method.
We have another video that goes over the different types of props on how to connect them, so I’ll just quickly go and attach these this time. So now we got our props connected and we’re just about ready to go.
Now we’ll. Have we & # 39? Ll choose a battery, so in this case I know all four of these batteries that I have here are all ready to go. I ‘ Ve got the numbered for reasons so that I don’t mix up and use certain batteries too.
Many times they’re numbered one, two, three four. So generally, when I’m on site, I’ll start off with battery one or whichever one I need to finish with, or I finished with last time. We’ll, go to the next one, so battery one looks good it’s, not puffy or anything everything looks nice.
The connections are nice and clear and insert it into the drone and push with two fingers and make sure it’s, nice and sturdy and stuck in there. So it’s good and again to check the battery charge level.
Just push the button once and in this case all four bars are lit up, so we know that we ‘ Ve got a 100 % charge on this battery. So now that we’ve got the drone and the transmitter set up.
We’re, going to fire it up and make sure we have some of our initial indicators to tell us that we’re gonna have a good, safe flight. So I’ll pick up my spot out here in the grass place, the drone down somewhere was nice and flat and sturdy.
Actually, I’m gonna use the bag. It’s a little bit long here in the grass, so I’m gonna use the bag. What I don’t want to have happen, is the camera when it when the drone starts up the cameras gonna move around a little bit, I just want it dragging in the grass, so I’m just gonna start.
It off on top of the back first thing you want to do when you start up, is before you turn the drone on turn on the transmitter. First, once you turn on the transmitter, then you can go ahead and turn on the drone.
So I’m just taking my iPad opened up to my drone DJI go for in this case for the Phantom 4 pro, and now that that started up, I’m gonna turn on the transmitter for all the DJI products. It’s, a double press of the power button.
It’s, the same thing on the transmitter. One single press is going to give you the battery indication to show you how charged it is. We can see we ‘ Ve got all four lights lit up, so we ‘ Ve got a full battery, so pushing it twice.
It’s. Gon na make a beeping sound and it’s on and then do the same thing with the drone push it twice and then, once all the indicators light up, we know that our drone is going to be on the drones gonna go through A couple quick series of movements, some of the props – might wiggle and then the camera is going to move and it’s going to start to initialize itself.
So as it’s initializing, sometimes it takes a couple minutes depending on what the temperatures are and things like that, but it’s gonna. Let you know when it’s, ready to go the important thing to wait for before you start any flight is for it to let you know that the home point has been updated and set point is updated.
Please check it on the map. Just like that, so now the app it’s confirming on the screen with me. It’s, showing that the iPad are sorry, not the iPad. The drone has enough GPS satellites and on the map itself, that shows the home point and where the drone is positioned.
So if the drone was to fly away or we’re gonna lose a connection or something like that, it knows where to come back to at the end. If you take off without the home point which you can, if there is an issue, and there’s, no home point set it’s, gonna go back to wherever its last home point was.
So if you weren’t flying in the same spot, there’s potential that it could go back to where it started from you. Don’t want to have that happen. Lastly, the last thing we want to check before we go is we’ve already checked to see if the SD card is in there and it is, we just want to make sure that we format the SD card and make sure it has enough Room for the task that we’re going to be doing today.
So within the app there’s in the settings there’s, format, SD card option and just press ok and it’s. Gon na clear everything off the card that way, we know we’re, starting with something nice and clean, and all the images and videos that we have on here are going to be for this job before you format, of course, make sure that you’ve got the data backed up somewhere else, first on your computer or wherever it is that you’re gonna, be storing your footage now that we’re all set up and ready to go for safe flight.
What we want to do is make sure that we have a nice calibrated compass. I want to show you the right way, how to do it, because there’s, a couple of different theories on how to do it, but this is the right way.
I want to make sure that you set things up properly and have a nice good compass setting so quickly. I’m just going to show you a wrong way to do it. You might go online and see a lot of videos where guys are turning and spinning around the entire way, like this themselves.
That’s, not going to give you an accurate calibration, because the drone itself is gonna be moving around. What we want to do instead is move around the drone itself. So what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna set up my iPad for a compass calibration.
I’m, going to start the compass calibration process. Now. What I’m gonna do is I’m gonna walk around the drone, so I’m gonna keep the drone on its own center. Above the ground right here and I’m gonna walk around the drone.
This way the compass is getting a nice clean circle. I was going to keep an eye on. The iPad is telling me that it’s good to go in this direction, so I’m gonna turn. It on its side, as it indicates and again keep the drone above its same spot on the ground and that’s, going to give you the best calibration so still telling me to turn, and now it’s finished.
So I’ll, set the drone back down and within the app I’m, just going to check and see what the compass calibration is like, and it is nice, nice and tight just barely any interference or anything like that with the Compass calibration so again, when you do that don’t swing, the drone around try and keep the drone as much in the middle as you can so just walk around around the drone.
Imagine it’s on a pendulum and you’re spinning around right there. So don’t spin, it around you spin it around itself: [ Music, ],