You have just finally put your hand on a DJI Mavic Pro and despite the excitement and the need to test it that is becoming more and more present, you are now asking many questions about the routine to follow for you launch the best and without crashing your investment! Mavic may be super easy to deploy and use, it is still good to follow this quick start guide to carry out your first mission or missions1 – Start here to read the instructions provided with the drone! This seems obvious for most of you but it is not necessarily always for some … Good ok the instructions for use provided by the drone manufacturers are quite basic and many people (including me) find them really TOO basic.You will still learn the fundamentals with this manual that will allow you to quickly master the basics if you start.By here for the user manual 2 – Batteries To fly such a machine, you will need fuel and here the fuel is electric and you will have to familiarize yourself with the fundamentals regarding the use of battery drones, type Lipo la most of the time.I strongly advise you to take a look at my guide to using, charging and storing drone batteries to learn more! Here do not rush too much. The first charge is the most important! As stated in my battery guide, it is the maximum capacity of the first load that will serve as a reference to the smart electronics embedded in each of your batteries. In other words, I do not advise you to do a short load at just 50 % to be able to test your Mavic the fastest here … Similarly for your radio control, take care to charge it as much as possible, as well as your tablet or smartphone for the video return.3 – Deploy your drone and install the propellersBefore starting your bird , it will of course have to unfold his arms in a delicate way (watch the rear arms fold down) and put in place the propellers. DJI propellers are really super easy to install, do not panic. It will be necessary to respect the color code set up by the manufacturer.
Place the white-ring propellers in the center on the engines with white lines on the motors and those without color (black) on the colorless motors. The engines of a drone on the diagonals opposite do not rotate in the same direction to be able to turn your drone in the air (to make really simple).
Personally I prefer to put my props so straight but you can take off with the propellers folded, no worries after DJI!
Then remove the protective plastic bubble on the nose of the drone used to protect your basket and camera. This bubble just serves to protect the nose of your craft. I personally advise you to fly with it because the rendering is quite ugly! Also remove as carefully as possible the plastic clip used to block your nacelle (gimbal clamp in English). Be careful to always remove this protection before starting your Mavic!
When you turn on and turn on the drone, the basket and its camera set in motion (sometimes super fast do not worry here) to perform some internal tests before giving you the green light for takeoff.
4 – Install the DJI Go 4 App on your Smartphone or Tablet Go to your App store and download the DJI Go 4 app (Be careful not to go wrong here, the normal DJI Go App is used to control the old models of the DJI range or the OSMO range, download version 4).
Connect your smartphone or tablet to the Mavic radio remote control. A tip do not push it thoroughly because it will be difficult for you later to access the buttons on the top of your DJI Go App (slight design error here on the part of DJI). Once the App downloaded, launch it and start your radio control and your Mavic drone with a quick press followed by a long press on the start button. It is recommended to launch preferably the radio control before the drone so as not to have problems of connections thereafter.
You will probably have to update the firmware of your drone when you first start and a notification should appear on your DJI Go screen. Make sure that your drone, remote control and video return device have enough battery because the updates can sometimes take a few tens of minutes. The drone must have at least 50% battery so you can start the update. Of course, be careful not to turn off your phone / tablet, the drone or its radio control during the update! Once the update is complete, the drone will probably restart once or twice by emitting the famous DJI-specific startup sound.
Once the updates are done, switch your smartphone to airplane mode to avoid flying interference and block calls!
5 – Settings Drone status menu (top left) Go directly to the DJI general menu on the top of your screen (red, orange or green depending on the take-off status of your drone) .Click on the navigation bar. color that will open the menu of advanced settings of the drone.Here you will have to perform a calibration of your compass (compass in English) every time you fly in a different corner. The system will ask you to do this calibration when it is really required but I advise you to do it every time you fly in a new spot. Be careful to keep away from any metal source during calibration! Avoid anything that is reinforced concrete or metal structure bridge hidden under the structure and remove any curb and place the remote control and your smartphone remotely. I personally recommend downloading the DJI Assistant software on your computer to calibrate your IMU, your VPS and your camera in a rather regular way and before your first flight (not completely necessary because the Mavic is really made to be quickly deployed, but it can help you to solve possible problems in the future). The advanced users will necessarily pass by this step that I really recommend for more control over your bird (firmware upgrades and downgrades in particular). Check that your SD card is formatted and inserted into the port provided for this purpose. It would be a real shame to notice a possible forgetting once in the air? If you care about the format of your SD card, load it, preferably empty so as not to lose your data and format it via the DJI Go menu. Make sure that there are no error messages especially concerning interference and signal quality.
Here, if the bars turn red, it is recommended to change the place or to redo a calibration! 6 – Settings General menu (top right) Here several sections available: General settingsHere you need to make sure that your home point is well recorded at the location where you are.Take the habit of checking that the point is in the right place on the GPS map (DJI has experienced bugs in the past with drones that positioned Home Point miles sometimes its actual location … I'll let you guess the result in case of low battery or when users have triggered the return home …) .Parametrez then your minimum altitude back home. Super important concept here, in case of loss of signal (failsafe) or pressure of the back button at home, the drone will automatically climb to this altitude to make its return automatically. Be careful to set this altitude in relation to the highest obstacle in your environment. In case of doubt see wide, better to warn you that … You can also activate the beginner mode in this menu if you are not very confident. This mode blocks your drone in a range of 30m and limits your maximum speed and the modes of accessible flights. Practical but quickly annoying in my opinion … Sensor settingsIt activate all sensors, especially if you start! Go also in General Settings (the 3 …)> Video Cache to activate or not the video cache, ie the recording on your smartphone / tablet (in addition to the SD card, not necessarily top if you're just memory level, however practice to view your rushes immediately after landing) .That's all you need to adjust here for start in good conditions. Of course this tutorial is more for beginners and presents the DJI Go settings in a "summary" way. The App offers much more advanced settings with which you will quickly get acquainted later. Top tips before you start Do not pit yourself in an indoor flight if you have little or no flying experience !! The flight inside can be really treacherous, even for more advanced pilots, the Mavic does not fly with the help of the GPS but its system of positioning and is directed in manual only! Launch from a place released outside in preferably respecting the legislation in place 😉When we talk about manual mode, you should also know that the Mavic automatically switches to manual mode (Atti) when it passes below the bar of 10 locked satellites and when the GPS signal becomes so be sure to have a good GPS lock (enough satellites available at the top right of your screen) if you are not comfortable with theft in manual (I myself failed c Rasp my Mavic from the first day not knowing it by taking off from my balcony …) and always be ready to keep control over your bird. Finally, last tip to close this tutorial, avoid relying on in-flight assistance if you are not familiar with drones, including the return to the house whose operation can be difficult to identify at the beginning and can sometimes cause "strange" reactions from the drone.Entre you pilot your drone in GPS mode or manual and repatriate manually which will help you later. Always keep in mind that support is great but sometimes problems can happen because of this same support! Rare is the bugs even if they arrive but do not worry if any you should be covered by the guarantee DJI.The majority of crashes come mainly from a human error and often stem from a misunderstanding of the behavior of the drone. You find the sticks and the basket too sensitive? Go here to fix that.