WORLDWIDE – July 2017 – Available this month Drone Start allows any drone user to quickly check and plan their drone flight before they fly. Drones are expensive and can be complicated to fly, most drone ‘fly aways’ are caused by human error. Most drone users are unaware how things such as weather conditions, solar storms and surrounding terrain can affect their flight, Drone Start aims to make it as simple as possible to check whether its safe to fly before they take off.
Drone Start is absolutely crammed full of features to make sure every drone user can fly
with confidence. The App is made up of two distinct parts, Start Checks and Flight Plans.
Start Checks are performed when you arrive at a location and you want to fly your drone.
Drone Start will then perform a series of checks based on your DJI drone model and
calculate if its safe to fly or not. Theses checks include Weather, GPS, Airspace, Terrain,
Drone Laws, Light Levels and if your drone is connected and turned on it will also check
your drones Battery Health, Sensor Health and if your drones Return To Home height is
set high enough based on surrounding terrain. Once the start checks are done the user
will be presented with all the data, plus they have access to a map view showing
animated wind direction and speed, no fly zones, terrain elevation and a photographer’s
ephemeris to show where the sun will rise and set. Start Checks can also be performed
on the Apple Watch.
Flight Plans are used to plan flights in advance. You simply type in a location and Drone Start will gather all the necessary data. Each flight plan shows best time to fly for each day, with an animated graph displaying the flying conditions throughout the day. The users also has access to hourly weather for up to 7 days in advance, estimated GPS lock in that area, KP Index forecasts and no fly zones in the area. Users can pull down on the main flight plan view and it will show the map an interactive map & weekly summary for that location. The map allows users to view no fly zones, terrain elevation, photographer’s ephemeris, animated wind map & plan a flight route. Users can plan a flight route by placing a series of waypoints along their proposed route, Drone Start will then calculate the length of the route, the elevation change along the route, number of no fly zones they enter and the remaining battery life of the drone all calculated based on the users DJI drone model. The weekly summary for the location will show the user the best time to fly that week, terrain elevation information, GPS satellite information, amount of daylight and golden hour times, no fly zones and advisories in the area and current drone laws in that country. Users can also view drone images shot in the local area, so they can get some
ideas and some inspiration for when they fly at that location.
Drone Start also has some extra advanced features. These are FlyCasts, Intelligent RTH, Solar Storm Alerts, RTH Reminders and No Fly Zone Alerts.
FlyCasts are daily rich notifications sent to the user every morning outlining the flying conditions in their local area for the day ahead. FlyCasts are also available as a Today Widget so users can quickly check their local flying conditions without even opening up the app. FlyCasts are also available as Complications on the Apple Watch.
Intelligent Return To Home when enabled will automatically set the return to home height on the user’s drone based on the surrounding terrain. It will then remind them after they have closed the app to check if the RTH is accurate based on their observations.
Solar Storm Alerts are rich notifications sent to the user when there are high amounts of solar activity. The magnetic interference caused by solar flares can cause GPS signals to drop out and also make the drone’s GPS inaccurate which could severely impact basic drone features such as RTH.
RTH Reminders when enabled will remind the user to check their RTH height after they have exited Drone Start and opened their flight app such as DJI Go. This is a handy feature, as a lot of drone pilots forget to do this.
No Fly Zone Alerts when enabled will send the user a notification when they enter a no fly zone warning them of the potential danger. Drone Start will also send them another notification when they leave the no fly zone so they can set up their drone and get flying.
Drone Start is available in July and is free to download. Drone Start also has different
subscription options giving users access to the more advanced features. Advanced membership is 1.99 a month and Professional membership is 2.99 a month. Users can also subscribe yearly and get a discounted price of 19.99 for Advanced and 29.99 for Professional.
Please visit dronestart.io for more information.