0.2 Before you fly

A good pilot always checks their environment, performs an inspection of the hardware, and reviews the safety rules and recommendations before even turning on the drone.  Watch the general safety video below and then proceed to the flight checks.Fly indoors

CoDrone EDU is designed for indoor flight only. This means no flying outside! The drone is not built to withstand strong winds or other weather patterns. There are also certain rules to follow when piloting a drone outside. If you don’t follow those rules, it can be a safety hazard for you and others. For these reasons, keep your drone indoors.Clear out obstacles

Find an open area for flight without obstacles. Put away anything fragile or open liquids you do not want knocked over!

Maintain a safe flight height

CoDrone EDU will likely be damaged by any falls or crashes higher than 10 feet. It is recommended to stay in an environment with lower ceilings as opposed to gymnasiums or large auditoriums. If this is not possible, pilots should be cautious to stay within safe flight heights.

Check connectivity strength

Radio frequency is obstructed by walls, especially glass or metal ones. Water will also obstruct signal strength (this means people, too!). For best connectivity, make sure you have enough space to aim the controller directly at the drone.Find the best floor for flying

The optical flow sensor on CoDrone EDU works best with a patterned floor that is well-lit. If CoDrone EDU is drifting uncontrollably during flight, try flying over a different material.

Take your drone out of the box. Without powering the drone, check the following to make sure your drone is in the proper condition for flying. If the drone is not in proper condition, it can cause a failure in flight that can damage your drone.We will review these one more time before your first flight, but keep in mind these rules and best practices to have when using your drone. It’s the safe way to fly!If your drone and controller do not already have labels, we’ve included a set of stickers for you to use. Label your drone and controller with the same label so you can keep them together for future flights.

Note: If you are in a classroom or your drones already have labels on them, make sure to ask your teacher or coach before re-labeling any drones.Occasionally there are firmware updates for your CoDrone EDU drone or controller. Periodically check that your hardware is up to date, especially if this is your first time using the drone.Please remove the drone battery from the drone before updating. Similarly, remove any AA batteries in the Smart Controller before updating the controller.Instructions for updating the drone

Instruction for updating the controllerDid you complete this checklist? Let’s review:

  1. Check your environment
  2. Check your drone for any damages before flying
  3. Study the rules of operation
  4. Label the drone and controller together
  5. Check firmware

Whenever you are about to fly, make sure to go through each item above again. In the next lesson, you will learn all about the drone and controller hardware and how to maintain them.