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Introduction:

The range of Bebop Drone depends on the power of WiFi generated by the device (smartphone / tablet). This power depends on several parameters:

  • the type of device and its use
  • regulation
  • indoor/outdoor setting
  • selected channel
  • radio/physical environment

In general, it is better to use 2.4GHz WiFi to maximize range. If you want to focus on the quality of streaming video, it is recommended to choose 5GHz WiFi (less interference).

The Parrot Bebop Drone software features an optimized algorithm that gives advantage to the piloting reactivity than the video streaming quality.

Note that the quality of the streaming video has no influence on the quality of the video “onboard”  recorded by the drone (1080p 30fps).

Protocol:

To perform these tests, the experimental protocol is as follows:

  1. Bebop flies 20 m above ground
  2. Fly straightkeep heading camera forward (camera forward)
  3. Device held in its optimum position
  4. Flight in a neutral radio environment (without disturbance Wifi)
  5. Flight till disconnection

During these flight test sessions, the quality of the FPV experience varies. For example, you can reach 200m and then the video streaming quality decreases and then arrive around 225 m with a better one. This variation is mainly due to the physical environment around the drone. (Field, trees, buildings …)

Results

The following table shows the Bebop drone’s range results (estimated or calculated) with a Bebop No. PI040339P14K005079 with the version 1.32. FreeFlight versions used for the different smartphones / tablets are for iOS 3.1.25 and for Android 3.1.28. The tests were conducted December 3rd, 2014.

 

*Europe includes the following countries : Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom

Devices

The maximal range reached by the Bebop Drone is highly correlated to the device (see Table above). Note that intrinsic Wifi performances of Bebop enable it to reach 2km with Skycontroller in optimal conditions.

To maximize the reach with your device, Wifi antennas for your phone should be oriented to the drone (without obstacles). The position of your hands on it affects the quality of the wireless connection with your drone. Try to hold your device in one direction or the other and vary its inclination.

Choose your device to learn how to hold it when you pilot:

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Skycontroller

The Skycontroller * is a device, with a very specific Wi-Fi architecture, designed for the Bebop to maximize its reach. It is not compatible with AR.Drones.

Tests conducted by the Skycontroller take into account the quality of the video streaming unlike other devices. The position of the hands on the Skycontroller does not affect the test results.

Due to the Wifi regulation, channels at the beginning and end can not reach the maximum power.Here are the best channels with Skycontroller:

  • Channel 6 for 2G4
  • Channel 44 for 5G band-1
  • Channel 157 for 5G band-3

The Wifi transmitter of Skycontroller is more powerful in 5 GHz than in 2.4 GHz. The power is limited following the regulations of each country. The maximum power at 2.4 GHz is about 400 mW, it is about 4W at 5 GHz on channel 157.

Regulation

Each Wifi device must meet the standards of the country in which it is used. This applies to your device and obviously to the Parrot products (in particluar, Bebop and Skycontroller). Each country imposes a maximum power and a set of authorized channels. (See Table below)

To perform the required network settings, go to Settings, and scroll with your finger to the Settings screen Networks

Country Settings:

By default, the selected setting is AUTO. Bebop Drone scans the surrounding WiFi networks and select the country it detects in the beacon frames, according to the international standard 802.11d.
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When you use the Parot Bebop Drone in the US, the regulation restrains the access to the country setting.

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For other countries, you can change manually the setting

Indoor-Outdoor

Wifi standards distinguish Indoor or Outdoor use, especially in the case of the 5GHz band. This configuration affects the number of available channels.

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For some areas , the European zone, the 5GHz band (channels 36,40,44 and 48) are limited to Indoor use. They are therefore inaccessible if the Outdoor setting is selected.

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If you select Indoor setting. The channels of the 5GHz band become available to the countries of the European zone.

Channel selection

Notable differences between the networks 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz are:

  • The 5GHz network has a shorter range than 2.4 GHz.
  • The devices configured in 2.4 GHz are more affected by interference than those configured as 5 GHz (which uses more bandwidth on a given channel).
  • There are fewer devices supporting 5GHz.

 

Bebop embeds a channel selection optimization algorithm that will evaluate the best compromise between maximum range and quality of streaming video, while favoring the latter. The channel selection by the algorithm is correlated to the Bebop environment during Bebop boot.

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The transmission power of the Bebop is the same at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. It is necessary to emit twice the power at 5 GHz to have the same reach than at 2.4 GHz . Ifyou want to focus on the ranfe, configure in Auto 2.4GHz:

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The channels are much less congested at 5GHz. The standard for 5GHz Wifi does not extend to the adjacent channels. If you want to focus on streaming video quality, choose the configuration in Auto at 5 GHz.

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You can make your setting manually. Select Manual and click on the desired channel in the dropdown list. Reminder: some channels are not available depending on your country and setting Indoor / Outdoor.

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Recommendations

Here are our recommendations to increase your drone range:

  • Choose your device well and check the way you hold it, in particular the position of your hands, especially when you are at the range limit .
  • Choose the country in which you are in the app.
  • Respect the indoor / outdoor setting.
  • Channel selection : if you are in the middle of many wifi networks, choose the auto -all mode. Otherwise, go auto -2,4 mode.
  • Choose an environment with less physical obstacles as possible wether in front of you or a few meters next to you (tress, fences,..)
  • Choose a place with the least amount of interference (other pilots, networks … ) .
  • Stay at a minimum altitude of 5 meters. Avoid being directly above the drone. If you want to fly high, set a distance of 50m between you and the drone.
  • At the range limit, aim your device to steer the drone and orientate he drone so that you can see its rear feet (camera forward)

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  • The operator should keep the drone in his/her sight

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  1. Hi i have problem my parrot won’t show flight mode and i can either connect to the wifi of parrot and not my internet on verizon iPhone 6 plus or the other? help

      1. Hello people at Parrot. I have read every independent forum site in regards to your new drone, and have read through every message on here, and it looks like you are going to be running into some service and PR issues really quickly here. For starters, if you do nothing else, help this guy out:Diego Souza • 10 days ago

        First I need to make it clear that I’m not a drone starter, I have been flying couple of other drones before.

        Last week I bough a Drone from Parrot company.

        I did the purchase through the Best Buy online store, with the store pick up selection…

        Great.. I was really excited to have the drone in my hands, since I have watched many videos about this drone and was really engaged to have one.

        I went to the store and picked it up… then my problems started…

        First Drone – Got the drone and went home to fly.. Unpacked it and started to fly using my Iphone 5s… then I realized that the wifi connection was going back and forward… very wired.. I tried with my IPAD and my wife’s iphone and the problem continued… when I connected with my nexus 5 the connection were more stable, and I could to fly.. I though the problem could be fixed just restarting the drone after taking it’s battery off… Well didn’t work…. The result… I was flying and lost the connection and the wind pushed my drone against a wall, result.. The camera was broke….

        OK went to Best buy and related the problem, and they told me that I have to use my accidental plan that I have purchased too, in order to replace the drone(even being a problem with the drone)… Ok I did it.

        Second Drone – After the replacement.. Went home again to fly it.. Unpacked one more time.. And what… the hotspot from the Drone was not working at all… one more time I went to best buy and replaced it.

        Third Drone – At this time I was a little bit frustrated, but Ok, it happens…. And guess what.. This drone came with a missing part in the bottom back, it is a screw that connects to a red cushion.. And without it the drone was very unstable since it was a bit crocked.. So very hard to pilot and manage the drone…. And again the problem with the wifi with my Ipad and Iphones…. Result.. Went to best buy again to replace it.. Third time in less than 7 days.. The best buy employees at this time was laughing about me…. Not kidding.

        Fourth Drone – I have now the fourth drone with me.. The drone looks good, but again the connection with IPADs and iPhones still as a problem.. And I’m getting crazy thinking that the problem was my Iphone and Ipad, but it is impossible to have 3 devices with the same problem…. 2 iphones and 1 ipad.. So I tried with one more Iphone and the problem was the same… btw.. Even flying close to the drone… like 20 meters away in an open location….. And the most wired, connecting to my nexus 5 it worked.. Lol.. I guess I’m the guy with the most bad luck ever when buying these drones.

        Now I was thinking to buy the sky controller to solve the connection problem.. But guess what, they do not sell it separately… crying now……. Just want to fly with my Drone..

        The product is great, well done, and the design is amazing.. I just realized that they don’t like me.. … :(

        People at Parrot, it will be your customer service that saves you at this point Best of luck, and please, look this guy up. He posted in this thread, and take care of him.

      2. I bought two units: I opened the box, read through all documentation, downloaded the software/controller and followed all the instructions. When I started it up in the inside mode it took off like a rocket into the ceiling. I rechecked everything and did it again with the same results, straight into the ceiling so I thought I should probably take this outside. Once outside it shot up in the same manner, banked over and crashed. The next time it hovered about 1 meter above the surface as advertised in all the info available. I maintained the however and had the drone rise in elevation in which it did to around 2 meters. I then tried to rotate the drone and it took off again like a rocket at around a 20 degree climb shot over the next house and flew out of sight, disappearing and never to be found. The second drone did the same thing with shooting up vertically (outside) to around 25 meters, it banked and crashed. Now I am getting a motor error and I will not start. So………?

        1. Oh My! Not a Merry Christmas at all! Have you gone around house to house and ask permission to look around for your drone?

          1. Yes we did – had a for man search team looking and hunting the WiFi signal. We live in a rural suburban type area with mostly open space not many trees. No luck yet.

        2. I basically had the same thing happen to me….. If I had my time back I would have done more research before buying the parrot bebop drone….. I was taking video of my Christmas lights outside my house when all of a sudden it banked to the right, over the neighbours house and lost connection. I haven’t seen it since but will be out looking for it this morning

      1. The thing is, who is going to be flying a drone at this height? ….. You flew it very long but only about 5 ft high…..

    1. I was just wondering if you have tried to use the 2.4 band only as that has more range. I had to switch mine because i kept loosing connection but have not lost it since I switched to just the 2.4 band.

    2. I have about 10 videos already that have gone 10-11 minutes no problem you can view the, on YouTube no I don’t work for parrot but I would suggest reading around I found that if I go to manual mode channel 6 in the USA I am able to achieve straight line distance of 200 meters verified (video does get choppy/leggy at this range) and I have been able to get appx 100 meters yes I have the telemetry to prove this no I do not have the sky controller “yet” but I do like to help my fellow rc Enthusiasts before getting to those distances I was using auto on 5ghz and I was like you only able to achieve about 40 meters before losing connection the last time 1 got to 100 meters while testing its limits I did lose connection. (However it was cloudy and very humid out not rai y but it did over night) which probabl6 affected my range with the water in the air I lost complete wifi and it wouldn’t connect at all for about a minute or more eventually it turned around and headed home which was only a few paces back and started decending and I regained control the weather was bad but when it clears back up I will test again anyway hope this helps out if I am in a crowded bandwidth area I use 5gig but don’t venture out near as far

      1. Hi, thanks for sharing your experience. Concerning the picture you posted: Please update your FreeFight app and Bebop Firmware: if this issue
        remains, it could indicate an issue with the front camera or the image
        processing units and would require the unit to be exchanged

    3. Hi,

      Concerning the 300 m performances, those numbers were based and achieved during field
      tests by our staff. This value was achieved on public Bebop Drones and will clearly depend
      on several factors (the device used will have an impact and Tablets will get
      far better results than smartphones, Wifi interferences and physical objects
      between you and the Bebop Drone)

      Furthermore, battery lifetime will depend on the way you fly and 11 minutes is achieved with slow
      flights. High drifts and speed will of course drain more energy and reduce the
      amount of time. Nevertherless, if you witness a life time of 7 to 8 minutes
      during all types of flight, it could indicate a hardware defect of the battery
      and we would recommend you to contact your reseller.

      Concerning the 1080 p resolution, all these
      parameters are far better when taking place outdoors under a natural light.
      Also, make sure to update your Bebop Drone to get the best and latest software
      improvements

      Could you explain us why you say “109 meters max altitude is a joke too. (or with the skycontroller it maybelegit but you gotta pay 400 dollars more for that thing, and yet I see nowhere to buy it so far)” ?

      Finally, we have working on improving the Return Home feature as we have witnessed several
      unexpected behaviors. Upcoming updates will fix it

      1. Hi. If I were you, I would not ask an ‘unhappy’ customer to explain in details why he is not happy with the product. That would make him more ‘unhappy’. I would just try to fix the problems one by one humbly without any words maybe except apologies.

        Heres the answers to your questions:

        First is the 109 meters max altitude. I saw it on your website. It said the max altitude was 109 meters on one of the pictures on your website. But I could not find it anymore after my first post. Now I am not sure if it was just because of me misremembered or you just deleted it. But it doesnt matter anymore. Now I see you have this 199.03 meters on your website( definitely with skycontroller ) Let’s talk with some facts. I know the max altitude and range depends on the transmitter that you use, but as far as I know the only device that has that extraordinary power is Nvidia Shield except skycontroller. Most people use PHONES and TABLETS. I tested it multiple times in an open area with two drones( a farm without wifi interference ) I do understand the radio band matters so my settings are always 2.4Ghz and I always pick a channel that has minimum interference. My nexus 5 gives about 80 meters altitude and I keep losing signal at this altitude. My iphone 6 gives about 60 meters. My ipad air 2 gives around 65 meters. And the drone keep losing signal randomly when it makes sudden movement (for instance fly straight forward with max speed after hovering). It doesnt happen quite often but it sure bothers me when the battery is below 20 percent and I have to cut off wifi on my handheld device – re-enable it – find the drones wifi – connect it – launch the App – wait til I can re-gain control over the drone.
        So, with personal experience over 4 months of flying my two drones I am going to say that again: 100 meters max altitude is a joke for us who do not have a Nvidia Shield nor Skycontroller. 100 meters. IS. A. JOKE. If you are not happy with the customer telling the truth, you can either improve your product, or put those numbers that matters for us ‘non N-Shield users’ on your website.

        Heres an user in Hong kong’s fly range review:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGqdXEbtFVI

        Another video, this guy using an ipad mini and reached 61 meters altitude:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MonxqoLPPgY

        Do some googles and you will see what I mean. Yeah sure some of you can reach 100 meters with no controllability and no video feed and you have to wait till it gets lower to re-gain control. if you are happy with it I wont say a word about it anymore.

        If you think you need one more video on youtube that proves my point I will be more than happy to make a video with a much better 1080p video recorder compare to bebop drone.

        Now lets head to the 1080p resolution thing. Why did I say the 1080p video quality is not very good? Because it is not good. Take a look at this:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgZDWygIQNc

        watch close to the color and sharpness. The color looks amazing yes I admit it but it clearly was boosted too much. Now take a look at the sharpness. It looks okay by its own but it is so much worse if you compare it with Vision 2+. I own an iphone 6 plus, a nexus 5, an ipad air 2 and they all shoot 1080p video. I did the comparison. Yeah the resolution is right there 1080p no problem but the quality of the video? Nah! So I am going to say the exact same thing one more time: The bebop has the worst kind of 1080p.

        Now its time to talk about battery life. Yes, you are right, the maximum flight time is probably longer than what I said on my first post, you know why? It is because one of the battery is defected. It wont charge until I try to remove it from the charger and slide it back in several times while leaving the charger in the jack. Let me tell you how do I charge that one battery: I sat there put the battery in the charger and put the whole thing into the jack, wait for like 15 seconds til the red light start to flash to tell me it wont charge, then I would take out the battery while the charger remains in the jack and put it back in til the red light to flash again. Every time I tried to charge this particular battery it took me at least 5 attempts. And it wont charge to 100%. It stops around 70%. Thats why I get 6-8 mins of flight time. Now this one particular battery is not like it has been used more than several hundreds times so it gets bad, it was like this when I got it 3 months ago. I remembered that some people complained about it on your forum and the best answer to it was someone said ‘just unplug it and put it back in’ yeah thanks to that dude I thought this is common to everyone so I missed the 30 days return policy. Now I have to stick with that defected battery.

        With the other batteries that are not defected, I do get 11 mins of hovering without doing anything because I always hoped it would get as high as how you promoted it. So I kept trying to push the limit. But of course, I constantly losing signal when it gets higher. So the camera wont have to consume the battery power. I can hardly re-gain control without making some running towards the drone and raising my phone etc. After I get the connection back eventually it wont have much power left. I do some casual flying and thats it. 11 mins of flight consists most of the time hovering around 60-70 meters with camera off (super power saving right?) and several minutes of flying within 40 meters altitude and less than 100 meters range, yeah, 11 mins of flight time seems about right but still I normally get less than 10 mins flight time most of the time.

        One more thing that I think you should be paying more attention on: I see most of the piloting within the US are very short timed, most of them are less than 1-2 mins. If you look carefully you should see that most of the flights that are longer than 5 mins barely exceed the 40 meters altitude. Why? As I explained, we are phone and table users and 40-50 meters are the bottle neck for us. Altitude beyond 40-50 meters is just inaccessible for us.

        So after so many negative feedback from me, I do want you to know that I am happy with the video stabilization. The return home feature seemed had some improvements recently. And also, as what I said in my previous post, I am somewhat satisfied with the product I got at this price range, I just dont like it when you put those numbers that most of us will never reach, like 199 meters altitude, 300 meters range etc.

        Finally, tell me if you want me to add more ‘explain us why’, I will be more than happy to let more people know the facts that I gathered.

        One last thing: Where is the waypoint feature that is on your promotion video? Its been more than 3 months since the release of Bebop drone.

        1. Not owning a Bebop – Yet. But you could launch the thing 150 m away from your position, let it pass over you and go 150 m further, hence you get 300 m range. Just kidding. But that would be one way to work around this problem, if you need a long range shot.

  2. Is it possible to set up the Bebop Drone to maintain a certain height and distance from a controller automatically? For instance, in a “follow mode”, the drone would, say, stay 10 feet above the ground and 20 feet behind a moving controller.

      1. So after 2 month’s i’m looking for answer if u developped finaly the “Follow mode” but no answer … I send u 2 times email, i try to contact u from Social but nothing.. :(( Is importand to me to take a videos from our (Marathone experiences) .. Plz need some answers if it is possible to create it ..

        1. It would be really nice to get a straight answer out of these people… Anything at all would be better than pissing everyone off with ambiguous statements and/or silence. Parrot, what’s the deal? Are you having follow me issues that still need to be addressed which is preventing the release of this feature? Are you having pairing issues with the skycontroller or some other bug/problem that is preventing the release of this separately sold device? Is the skycontroller ever going to be sold separately?? What’s going on?!? Give us an ETA on the things that everyone is asking about or I swear to god my money is going to DJI next week (and I guarantee I’m not the only one)!

      2. Wait there is such thing as a follow me mode but what i want to know is when will the skycontroller be sold separately from the bebop pack

    1. Download AR.PRO 3 for Android for this feature. Parrot will never do it. If you are on IOS get Follow Me Bebop.

  3. Hi Parrot,

    i am very much interested to buy Bebop Drone,When can i expect in South Africa,
    at present i am on vacation my connecting flight is on Dubai can i buy from Dubai duty free and bring it to South Africa,is it legal in South Africa to fly Drone’s?

      1. Just came across this, your advice is both grossly incorrect and not legally sound. More specifically, failure to comply with legislation in South Africa could lead to a R50k fine or 10 years imprisonment, so it’s probably better you don’t say anything lest your bad advice lead to someone being imprisoned. The SACAA does, in fact, have an FAQ for UAS / “drones”: http://www.caa.co.za/Airworthiness%20Docs/FAQ%20for%20UAS.pdf

        To touch on the key points of current legislation:

        1. It IS NOT legal to fly a multicopter / drone for commercial purposes. You CANNOT charge for footage you shoot.
        2. It IS NOT legal to take off from, land on, or fly over roads without permission (typically from the municipality).
        3. It IS NOT legal to fly within 5 nautical miles of an airstrip.
        4. It IS NOT legal to fly with limited visibility, flying at night is by special permission only.
        5. It IS NOT legal to drop ballast or carry/discharge pyrotechnics.
        6. It IS NOT legal to fly over or in a built-up area.
        7. It IS NOT legal to fly above 150 feet (45m), except at registered clubs/airfields, where you can fly up to 400 feet (120m)

        If you choose to break the law it doesn’t matter if you claim you’re “not being a chop”, you are still liable. Eishkom might not be able to keep the lights on, but you can bet the cops will make an example out of you. Additionally, as of a couple of months ago there is proposed legislation that is specifically for multicopters/drones/UAS, so it is important to pay attention to what the SACAA is doing in that regulatory space.

        Additional relevant links:

        http://www.htxt.co.za/2014/06/19/are-drones-legal-in-south-africa-what-the-law-really-says/
        http://www.bdlive.co.za/national/2014/04/11/move-to-regulate-sas-drones-welcomed
        http://traveller24.news24.com/News/Flights/SA-takes-lead-in-drafting-drone-regulations-20150306

        1. I fly mine every weekend. I have a close associate who serves on the CAA board and he himself sad that they don’t have the means or man power to apply any ban. Ask yourself this…. If there is a ban , would you be able to buy a drone ?
          If there is such a strict ban in place would you be able to import drones by the thousands as is happening at the moment ? Here are some stats. Lasts. Month alone 142 units were sold by one company. There is an estimate that more than 12000 units are active in South Africa. With more than 350 on any given weekend….. The gov wants to control drones, yet it cannot maintain the law like road traffic….. Please buddy…. Give me a break. I have 3 drones and I will fly them till kingdom comes. Per haps you should read the CAA documents before you comment further. The law will apply to those who want to fly drones as a commercial prospect.

          1. Will, you didn’t read anything I read, and so your reply makes you look like an idiot.

            At no point in my response did I say that owning or flying a “drone” was illegal. I merely pointed out the ease with which you can break the law (e.g. by ascending higher than 45m when not at a designated field/club). The onus is on the individual as to whether they want to break the law or not.

            I live 25 minutes away from SteadiDrone, and I build and fly multicopters as a hobby. I have significantly more than 3 high-powered quadcopters and a pretty big workshop. I know what I’m talking about, and I have educated myself on this subject. Your statement about having a “close associate who serves on the CAA board” is a weak attempt at trying to sound self-important, but then you only end up making a fool of yourself by failing to read what I said.

            Your closing comment is both incredibly irresponsible and factually incorrect: the laws apply to ALL hobbyists, commercial flyers ARE NOT ALLOWED TO FLY without exemption from the CAA.

          2. I think you both miss understood each other… I don’t think Will was saying ‘don’t be a chop, GO fly at the air field’… he was saying ‘don’t be a chop and fly it at an airfield’, as in ‘don’t fly near an airfield’.. Fluffy then responding by saying ‘there are laws about that kind of stuff’, then Will returned with ‘it is not illegal to fly drones’… i think you both have grabbed at the wrong end of two totally different sticks.

          3. I agree with what ur saying but a post on a blog shouldn’t be an essay detailing every law in grate detail. Don’t be a chop is a broad swipe of the brush as to suggest don’t do things ur not supposed too, clearly one of the big ones is airports, I’m pretty sure if someone in a field several miles from anyone tried a bit of fpv then no one is calling scottland yard… Even I once left my drone hovering in an empty field while I went out of line of site to get my camera… It’s hardly the same as flying over Heathrow.. The box clearly states not to fly over stadiums or near people etc. This is just a blog post.. Also u can’t really think people get their hard legal facts from a blog post that is accessible by any layman from anywhere on or off the planet… U judged his simple blog post to harsh.

          4. Fluff your response is ignorant…PERIOD! You “imply” from your first sentence that it is illegal. You then post regulations…here’s a thought…STFU! Know-it-all

          5. Of course it’s illegal to break the law, that’s the very definition of “illegal”. Did the whole human race up and forget how to comprehend things overnight??

        2. So you see the loop holes in your post…. If someone flies. Drone and gives you the footage you’re cool…. But if they charge you you’re not ….. Mmmmm me smell a rotten fish here and a massive loophole

  4. Or reaching distance of Wifi is really a less than 100M?

    Also, do I true to say that the radio has Return Home does not start to cut?

    This is a fatal

    Automatically do you become so Retrun Home is started in an update?

    1. Take a look at my post. It will not go beyond 100 meters without skycontroller. Not even 80 meters. The drone wont go back home when connection is lost. It hovers till battery almost dead then it will execute automatic landing procedure.

      1. How far can you fly it? Also do you worry that they will only sell the sky controller in a $900 package and not independently for $400?

          1. I have the sky controller and i can tell you that there is no way to achieve 2KM. This is completely theoretical value to me. From my balcony in my apt I fly about 80M and the W+ light is down to one light and I turn back for fear of loosing control.

          2. I have also tested in a completely different area (different country in fact) and i get the same results. The only people I see getting true good range are people in completely open fields with little to no WiFi related objects around.

  5. First I need to make it clear that I’m not a drone starter, I have been flying couple of other drones before.

    Last week I bough a Drone from Parrot company.

    I did the purchase through the Best Buy online store, with the store pick up selection…

    Great.. I was really excited to have the drone in my hands, since I have watched many videos about this drone and was really engaged to have one.

    I went to the store and picked it up… then my problems started…

    First Drone – Got the drone and went home to fly.. Unpacked it and started to fly using my Iphone 5s… then I realized that the wifi connection was going back and forward… very wired.. I tried with my IPAD and my wife’s iphone and the problem continued… when I connected with my nexus 5 the connection were more stable, and I could to fly.. I though the problem could be fixed just restarting the drone after taking it’s battery off… Well didn’t work…. The result… I was flying and lost the connection and the wind pushed my drone against a wall, result.. The camera was broke….

    OK went to Best buy and related the problem, and they told me that I have to use my accidental plan that I have purchased too, in order to replace the drone(even being a problem with the drone)… Ok I did it.

    Second Drone – After the replacement.. Went home again to fly it.. Unpacked one more time.. And what… the hotspot from the Drone was not working at all… one more time I went to best buy and replaced it.

    Third Drone – At this time I was a little bit frustrated, but Ok, it happens…. And guess what.. This drone came with a missing part in the bottom back, it is a screw that connects to a red cushion.. And without it the drone was very unstable since it was a bit crocked.. So very hard to pilot and manage the drone…. And again the problem with the wifi with my Ipad and Iphones…. Result.. Went to best buy again to replace it.. Third time in less than 7 days.. The best buy employees at this time was laughing about me…. Not kidding.

    Fourth Drone – I have now the fourth drone with me.. The drone looks good, but again the connection with IPADs and iPhones still as a problem.. And I’m getting crazy thinking that the problem was my Iphone and Ipad, but it is impossible to have 3 devices with the same problem…. 2 iphones and 1 ipad.. So I tried with one more Iphone and the problem was the same… btw.. Even flying close to the drone… like 20 meters away in an open location….. And the most wired, connecting to my nexus 5 it worked.. Lol.. I guess I’m the guy with the most bad luck ever when buying these drones.

    Now I was thinking to buy the sky controller to solve the connection problem.. But guess what, they do not sell it separately… crying now……. Just want to fly with my Drone..

    The product is great, well done, and the design is amazing.. I just realized that they don’t like me.. … :(

    1. That smells! Can you call Parrot to explain? Reading your comment persuaded me to not buy their product. I really did like their promo videos, but what comes out of the box seems a far cry from the reality of the machines actual performance. Parrot better hook you up with their Sky Controller. It is really the only right thing to do. Write me back later and tell me how it turns out, will you? Thanks, -Tom

    2. Hi Diego,

      this is a bug with ios (starting with ios7) and the freeflight app.

      I know this from my AR.Drone 2.0.

      I also get grey hair, till I found the solution:

      Turn of the location access of the app in the security setting of IOS.

      Than
      you might only able to fly with joystick mode – no absolute control
      mode anymore (I just know freeflight 2.x) but the connection will be
      stable with ipad and iphone.

  6. I have the BeBop drone and love it! However I am looking to purchase the sky controller and can not find it forsale anywhere please direct me

  7. Question: if the drone lose connection and I am not able to restablish it, will it come home automatically after a while or just land in the place just below its position?

      1. I have read in the blogs that the Return To Home feature is sometimes not working correctly, so what happens then if you loose connection? Just hovers until battery dies? Thank you.

        1. Hi, 2 minutes without any WiFi connection before Bebop starts automatically Return to Home.
          This value will be lowered to 1 minute in next firmware version

  8. Hi, nice post about the ranges and regulations.

    1) Can you confirm that everyone should self take care of the right app settings?
    If he choose the wrong US settings the drone may work with illegal 4 W in EU with that settings?

    Okay sure the smartphones WiFi will not work with 4W in EU, but what about the drones and the sky controller?
    2) How the sky controller increase his range vs smartphones? Which output power it uses and how it detects the country regulations here? Automatically or also via the smartphone app? Oh one more question I don’t know. Can you fly it without a smartphone attached to the sky controller?

    ————- Other topic ———-
    19.12.2014 should be a release in Germany, Our stores and Internet showed that the last week. But it seems that there is no availability today in the stores or in amazon.de
    Maybe our charges for EU used for the replacements by the US warranty? :(

    @thelove Do you test the range before or after you read that post? •You fly on 1.5 m over the ground. do you hold your iPad 2 Air as described above? Not shielding the antennas with a case or the hands? Which county you use (Auto detect? )

    Best regards
    Nighty –> Owner of a AR Drone 2.0 only.

    1. 1) Can you confirm that everyone should self take care of the right app settings? If he choose the wrong US settings the drone may work with illegal 4 W in EU with that settings? Okay sure the smartphones WiFi will not work with 4W in EU, but what about the drones and the sky controller?

      Indeed: Bebop Users are responsible for the way they decide to configure the device and are required to respect local laws and rules.

      2) How the sky controller increase his range vs smartphones? Which output power it uses and how it detects the country regulations here? Automatically or also via the smartphone app? Oh one more question I don’t know. Can you fly it without a smartphone attached to the sky controller?

      Sky Controller uses Wifi antenna in order to keep a proper connection with the Bebop Drone for 2 km. Power supply
      is provided by a battery which is identical to the Bebop’s. Bebope setting are set in the factory and based on the country the product is set. It can be modified from the app.

  9. Where is my comment gone? I asked about what happen if you select the wrong country? What is the output of the drone’s WLAN then? 4W if I select US for example?

  10. Hi

    I am an experience drone guy and for me this is one of the worst drone I have ever flown , even its fail-safe function is Dangerous .

    – no user manual at all , just an unusable quick start guide

    -Problems with wifi connection , if you loose it , it take a long time to reconnect or even you never reconnect it again

    -some times you get an engine failure message

    -Very sort range even at non other wifi environment

    -No wifi password protection , its easy to hack

    -Some times at take-off it jumps like a rocket to the ceiling ( indoor flying )

    -Very poor gps positioning

    -No telemetry , speed . distance , altitud etc .

    -Image quality worst than a go-pro or a phantom vision for example , at low light unusable footage , some much grain

    -Some times there is an image “jump” that ruined your footage

    -very abrupt camera control , no “rump” at all

    -No lens protection , if your drone falls nose down your are going to broke the lens

    -tricky battery connection , no battery charger from a 12 volt source just wall charge

    -No waypoints navigation capability , even return home sometimes does not work and you are not able to decide at what altitud it will do it

    -if you hit accidentally the emergency button your drone stops and fall from the sky with no recovery option .

    – Dangerous fail safe , if you loose connection it hovers till battery almost dead then it will execute automatic landing … imagine you are over water or trees … you will loose your drone or hit someone. You should be able to decide how it performs at fail-safe … immediate return home , climd to a certain altitud and come home or wait until connection reestablished .

    -Very low capacity battery , and it´s Dangerous that after you get a “low batt” advise it auto land after 20 ” only

    -no follow-me capability

    Conclusion: there are a lot better options out there … don’t loose your money with this drone . On paper it looks grate but in real world it´s one of the worst drones you can buy
    For example Iris from 3DR ( grate navigation capability ) or any of the phantoms ( even the phantom vision have a better camera ) .

    1. I’m getting into Drone footage for our engineering company. IRIS starts at $750 without camera. To get it to AR3 levels (HD Cam + Image Stabilization + Viewing Monitor) gets into $1k+. DIY Builds go a little less, but not by much. I couldn’t build an AR3 for less than $500 – and it’s mostly due to the App. Good controllers are $150 and that’s without video. Believe me, I’ve been researching all day long on these things without spending a dime, and DIY builds hit $500, and that’s with zero support. By the time you outgrow this device, you will probably have to build your own.

  11. I got a bebop for Christmas from my wife but I blown it for times and each time it will not record does anybody know how this can be fixed or reset I’m desperate to get this working

    1. Perform a hard reset to the drone. Press and hold the power button till it starts to flash red/green. It will automatically power cycle and you should be good.

  12. Hi,
    thanks for this helpfull informations. I travel a lot to different countrys.

    Are the Bebop Drones and/or Sky Controller sold with different Wifi-Adapters relating to the country where there are sold? Or is the maximum Wifi-power adjusted by software?

  13. My Skycontroller does not pickup the Bebop WiFi network for some reason. I can connect to the drone via iPhone or iPad, but when I search for it via the Skycontroller the drone is not there (other networks are visible). What should I do to pair the two manually (in Australia)?

    1. Hi,
      To connect it to the Bebop drone, press the power button (or on/off button) located at the right side of the remote.

      A signal tone indicates that the Parrot Bebop Drone is connected to the Parrot Skycontroller and ready to fly.

      1. I had to read up on the frequency selection. Once I understood it all I was able to set it up correctly and have had no problems since. I use 2.4G and automatic channel selection. That works every time. I’m very happy with this product :-)

  14. Finally got my Bebop in the mail a couple days ago. After reading a ton of these threads I was really careful to calibrate it before each flight. The connection issues with this thing are relentless. If it disconnects you can bet it won’t re-establish connection without disconnecting and reconnecting the battery first – maddening. I’ve also experienced the unstable indoor flight behaviors (shooting straight up into the ceiling, sharp banking into the wall) which made me really nervous about taking it outdoors. I took it to an open field today where there would be little to no wifi interferance and also told my iPad Mini 2 Retna to forget any other known networks. The 2-minute flight went ok but I was holding my breath the entire time with my thumb hovering over the ‘Emergency’ button the whole time.

    Got it back inside and wanted to see my footage – discovered a whole new headache. It wouldn’t show any of my videos under the “my gallery” section in FF3 (yes, I was connected to it’s wifi…when it would allow me to) and it won’t appear as a drive on my Mac Mini when I plugged it in. Hopped online and discovered that many people were using Android File Transfer or FTP connections. (BTW, why is Apple selling this thing if it’s not Apple compatible? Seems odd…)

    I downloaded Android File Transfer – no dice. Paid $15 for an FTP client app (Yummy FTP in the App Store) and established connection but was booted 10 seconds into the transfer and wouldn’t connect again until I disconnected and reconnected the Bebop battery (becoming a default solution). Went through this process several times until I tried resetting my computer as well. Same issue with FTP but all of a sudden Android File Transfer begins to work. I get three files from the Bebop before it freezes again…WITH A USB CONNECTION! Reset the Bebop several times and each time can only get a portion of a file…I finally gave up.

    However, I did get the footage from my outdoor flight. Flight was at midday, clear sky, TONS of light. 1080p? Not a chance…I’d be hard pressed to call it 720. Lines are anything but crisp…nothing anywhere near the quality of a GoPro. On the positive side, the footage was stable even though it was pretty breezy out, the colors were OK, and the image isn’t distorted like a GoPro would be. Still, if you are thinking this will get you anywhere near professional footage…forget about it.

    Parrot, your idea was DOPE but I’m beginning to think you rushed the Bebop to market for the xmas season. No spare parts available, no separate Sky Controller available, and features touted ON THE BOX or in your YouTube Ads are not yet available (GPS waypoint planning, “follow me” mode to name a few) and when they are you will charge me extra for them.

    I bought your product ignoring the negative reviews because the idea of the thing is so exciting – Full HD FPV experience for $500?! But it’s getting less and less exciting all the time and I’m about 48 hours from calling it quits and saving up for something more proven. I refuse to go through what some of your other customers have (4 drones…really?!).

    I ain’t mad at you, Parrot…I’m just really disappointed…I really wanted this to be as awesome as your promotional materials suggested it would be. Sorry for all the flack – sounds like you’re getting quite a bit of it lately…Capitalism’s a B like that sometimes…

    1. Had same issue with the video footage not being in my gallery, but figured out a work around. Connect the USB to PC. Worked like a charm for me. Open the USB connection under my computer and open the bebop folder.Under it you will find a folder called media. All the footage is there.

  15. the part about the correct way to hold ipads or iphones does not work – nothing happens when i click on the device name (the page just scroll up).
    this might be connected to the fact that some js files are missing (see the javascript console).

    1. Tethering is not required when connecting or using Bebop except for FreeFlight App.
      In all cases, you must connect your cellphone directly to the Bebop in Wifi. There is no need to use another wifi network.

  16. Hello parrot team. I leave in Cyprus which is in Europe. I have recently order a bebop with skycontroller and i am very excited. I want to avoid any accidents or signal lost. Can you give me an advise which is the best ghz – channel i have to set for the best fpv experience and range?? Thank you

      1. Hi, we are really sprry for the delay. We haven’t a precise answer:
        • 2.4GHz is recommended to have better range.
        • 5GHz is recommended to control and signal quality,

        In addition, the choice of channel depends on the wireless space at the place of theft and therefore can be analyzed by yourself from the interface FreeFlight.

        Kind regards,
        Parrot’s Team

  17. Hi Parrot. I just bought the Bebop drone and searching for how to use the waypoints or GPS flight plan functions as advertised. I tried the Return home function. It was ok but not great (not accurate up to 5 meters radius). I know the Follow Me function is still under development. Pls reply.
    Thanks

  18. Hi Parrot,
    I just bought a Bebop drone days ago and now testing the functions myself but couldn’t find any info about the advertised Waypoints or GPS flight plan etc. Pl. Share with me how to do that. I tried the Return Home function. It was not quite accurate. hovering in around 5 meters radius. Not great but still ok, further. Improvement is needed. I know the follow me function is not available yet, when will it come to live?
    Thanks

  19. Hi Parrot
    Pls share how to use the ROAD PLAN function in Bebop. I can set the plan but don’t know how to activate the drone to follow the plan.
    Thank you

  20. Bebob problem: it say motorphase not connected. There ist no visual problem to see. Problem occured even if it is switched off and on again,which happend earlier. Pls see photos. Any idea?pls help thanks peter

  21. motorfase not connected: i solved problem, it s defintly a software problem but there is a work around: repair as follows, open drone, head, diconnect during switched on mode, both motor plugs, switch off, switch on, check both lines are now disconected,plugin both again. Make sure both are proper connected. Switch off and on again, you will immediate hear that motors are checked by the software. Good luc

  22. Guys,

    The Bebop is really well-engineered…

    I was flying it today with the skycontroller in the middle of an open field of about 500m x 700m and climbed to 110m high. Suddenly the Freeflight on my tablet crashed, and my Bebop fell from 110m high.

    Curiously, I noticed that it tended to fall flat downwards after an initial spining around. I suppose the centre of gravity of the drone, coupled with the wind-resistance of the props, ensured that it landed in an upright position.

    And it did… on a very thin patch of grass on top of a packed dirt surface… And amazingly, nothing broke. The props were OK, the lens was OK…

    Superior engineering and design! Nothing of this price level and above could have survived a fall from this height!

    Just so its clear, I was flying right in the middle of an open field, with no trees and no human beings (other than myself) for a radius of about 500m…

    1. I too had a rather cheek clenching moment: We were investigating whether we could inspect some structural towers at a plant when I got too close and it hit a beam. The drone cut power and dropped over 80 feet to the cement! I was shocked to discover no damage and as stated above the drone landed right side up! The only suggestion I could give in development is perhaps an auto recover? Say after the done falls a couple of meters it turns the motors back on and hovers? Just a though if possible.

      1. The rotors tend to cut out after hitting something, and I think that’s a good safety feature. I think you can try pressing the take-off button again to rotate the rotors again to maneuver.

        It it simply fell because of VRS (Vortex Ring State) from descending too quickly, you can try to max the pitch to try to fly out of the vortex.

  23. 4 days after my purchase of my drone and sky controller set. My sky controller have no WiFi singal.I can only see the drone WiFi signal but not from the controller… Is there any setting issue involoved or reset is possible?!

  24. Do you recommend any Wi-Fi range extenders for those people that don’t have skycontrollers and would like to increase their flying distance?

  25. Sorry Parrot, but this page is really unclear. First you write
    “The Wifi transmitter of Skycontroller is more powerful in 5 GHz than in 2.4 GHz. The power is limited following the regulations of each country. The maximum power at 2.4 GHz is about 400 mW, it is about 4W at 5 GHz on channel 157.”

    And a bit later you write
    “The transmission power of the Bebop is the same at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. It is necessary to emit twice the power at 5 GHz to have the same reach than at 2.4 GHz”

    So what is it now: do you emit twice the power at 5 GHz or do you emit 10x the power at 5 GHz (400 mW versus 4W). And does 5 GHz then go further with twice the power than 2.4 GHz?

    And finally why is Channel 6 best for 2.4 GHz? The power is no different on channel 5, 7, 8 or 4!

  26. i just bought today. my parrot bebop camera view is blur.
    i am using sky controller with samsung tab s LTE tablet
    singapore
    auto/ 5.ghz/outdoor

    auto at channel 36

  27. I’d like to know: What does the Bebop Drone’s “Emergency” button do? I’ve never pressed it because I didn’t want to break it…

  28. When using my skycontroller my iPad always detects a strong network using channel 6. I think that network is produced by skycontroller (I tried switching it off and the network dissapears). Should I avoid using channel 6 or may I select that channel on my ipad? I mean could my iPad cause interference with the skycontroller if I set both the dame channel? I am a bit confused about this topic.
    Thank you in advance

  29. Hey I have been seaching the net to try and find out how I can create a xet of waypoints so I can get the Bebop to fly a set path say allong the cliffs nrad out to sea and then follow the cuastline. Is this function available if so can you direct me to the link.

  30. Hi .. I am having challenges with my newly acquired bebop.
    I tested it and worked ok, but the next time I tried to fly it, my phone would not see the wifi signal. I tried everything but the device is not broadcasting the signal. I tried with another phone and the same thing happened where it picked the signal at first, but then it just disappeared and would not work.
    I need help on what to do. Thanks.

  31. I’ve just bought the bebop with the skycontroller. it mentioned/talked about the way point navigation.. even saw that in one of the videos, where you select some points on a map, and the bebop flies thru the way points selected. so my question is, where can i find that feature? how to do that?

  32. Why hasn’t anyone developed GSM or CDMA for drones? fly anywhere without line of sight for the cost of a phone data plane. . . only makes sense and would totally open the commercial market applications. dumbasses

      1. You just have to follow all the recommendations from Parrot:
        2.4 GHz, channel 6 USA. Open field, no humidity and pointing the SKC in the direction of the Bebop (nothing between you and the bebop… 😉

  33. Hi parrot, I just bought one bebop drone two days back . I purchased a lenovo S8 tablet to pilot the bebop. Unfortunately the tab is not detecting bebop’s WiFi .The tab is android with KitKat. I took the drone and tab to the vendor, there they rebooted the drone and it detected the WiFi, I flied a few times there. But when I reached home and tried, it again failed to detect the WiFi. I tried with another android device of my friend ,(HTC desire 820) that device detects WiFi of bebop. Can anybody help me to solve the issue. What devices are compatible with bebop drone.

  34. So does everyone have pretty decent delay on tablet or just me I thought I would be able to fly the drone specifically off the tablet screen when I was high in the air but such a larch delay

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  36. i bought the skycontroler about 7 days ago… it arribe 2 days ago and in this morning i only used it for one hour then i turn off the skycontroler for about 5 to 10 min then i turn it on again and now not even my iphone 5s or ipad 2 cant detect the wireless of the skycontroler… i have done many things like restaring the skycontroler or my iphone or ipad and theres no sign of detecting the skycontroler wifi… if you can give me an advise i will be so glad to hear it

  37. HI. I use Bebop for 2 days now. In every flight (close distances max 50m, with skycontr.) I experience blue screens. It flashes both on live-view and on recorded video. It happens mostly when I turn, but also when bebop stays in air with no move. It is quite frustrating, I cannot make even one clear vieo-shot. Where should I look for solution ?

  38. Hey all,

    So I came here wondering how to get around the 150m altitude limit (I know, illegal/probably impossible) and I saw all this angst about advertised range and altitude. I use a iphone 5c(heap) and it does suck with range, even at 2.4GHz. I could not ascend more than 70 m without losing connection and I would be lucky to get 100 m horizontal range. I have had several situations where the drone lost signal OVER THE OCEAN and I was unable to reconnect. It didn’t fly home. I waded/swam out and caught it as it tried to land on the water. Talk about a nail biter.

    Anyway, I wanted to share something I did that will eliminate your range concerns. I didn’t get a skycontroller, which is not available separately anyway and while its great its huge. I bought a Netgear EX6200 Wireless AC1200 dual band wifi repeater with some $5 20dBi omnidirectional antennas. I got some cheap LiFePo4 batteries and a voltage controller and stuck it all together. The whole setup cost me about US$120. Now, I can fly at least 1 km away at max altitude (150 m) with my iphone and have no problems. I am sure I could fly further but I am too scared!

    You definitely cannot see the drone anymore at 1 km/150 m, and the 2.4GHz video feed has some noticeable latency. But it responds perfectly to your control inputs and you can fly easily.

    Just saying, its fine to complain but you can also solve your own problems.

    Parrot: The IS is great, but is there anything you can do about the pixel blur under acceleration? I don’t know what causes it, but even though its “1080p”, it looks terrible. I would value a fix for that more than any GPS guidepath or “follow the narcissist” feature.

  39. had another bebop flyaway for no good reason and the drone landed ina puddle, now it won’t connect to my ipad’s wifi, even after compeletely drying/cleaning it. Any recommendations?

  40. Hi. This is my first post. I have been flying my bebop with skycontroller and samsung s5 mini (my second flight). It reached a heigth of 149 meters, but lost connection. I´m not sure to flight the bebop only with the skycontroller, withouth the help of a tablet or a smarthphone, in order to increase the range of the flight. Is too small to be seen in distances > 100 meters. Is there any way to increase the range of the bebop without loosing the WiFi signal of the smarthphone using the skycontroller? Thanks

  41. Hi. This is my first post. I have been flying my bebop with
    skycontroller and samsung s5 mini (my second flight). It reached a
    heigth of 149 meters, but lost connection. I´m not sure to flight the
    bebop only with the skycontroller, withouth the help of a tablet or a
    smarthphone, in order to increase the range of the flight. Is too small
    to be seen in distances > 100 meters. Is there any way to increase
    the range of the bebop without loosing the WiFi signal of the
    smarthphone using the skycontroller? Thanks

  42. Today I’ve made a range test with the Skycontroller and Samsung S5 mini. It lost the signal at 490 meters. It started by itself the back home after 1′ 05”. I recovered it. Perhaps It is adjusted to the loyal rules of my country. Anyway I don’t like nor need to fly so far with it, I prefer to keep the bebop into my vision range.

  43. Hi, just got my bebop today. I have a question about altitude. Were I to climb a hill to say 300 meters which is higher than the official max altitude of bebop and fly my drone horizontally away from the hill and as such 300 meters above ground. Would the drone descend or remain at the height of the sky controller?

  44. After a couple of months my drone’s range decreased from 1200 meters to 300 meters. I downloaded last updates but the results didn’t change. What is wrong?

  45. In Spain frequencies in 5,8Ghz (5725-5825) are ALLOWED to be used outdoors since march 2010 at 1W with TPC and 500mW without. Why do you put all europeans in the same limited bag? Every european country has self regulations!

  46. Mine barely gets 20-30m away from me without losing video, but controls work!
    + my return homr was about to smash my drone to nearest power line and lost antrnna at same time! It was so scary but i saved it! When it was about to hit! Based on these things im nit even gonna try the flip! Worried that it might hit itself to ground or something

  47. Hola soy de Costa Rica mi patrón me trago un parrot bebop drone i tenía un defecto en La cámara i una valeria mala como ago yo para conseguir repuestos ne Costa Rica q garantía me dan

  48. Hola yo de nuevo una pregunta más tengo un Samsung s5 por q con le programa de parrot bebop drone no me sale como rotar la cámara gracias

  49. Can you adjust the return to home default altitude? The default is 10 meters but I live in the forest and need the default to be 50 meters.

  50. I fly this thing with my Samsung note 5 and for all your guys complaints I have none, the thing goes everywhere I want it and farther then I can even see the dam thing, it’s small light fast. Planning on upgrading to better 5000 mah universal batteries. it flies awsome .

  51. Can’t get more than 250 meters without itdropping out of range even without no obstacles, a far cry less than 2km very disappointing that company’s lie to make sales I could have bought a no name brand that would.fly further than this

  52. I was recently looking at dji phantom drones for the same price as the parrot and saw that the live video feed went up to 2.4/5 miles. I was wondering if parrot could release a sky controller ad on/mod in the near future without releasing a whole new drone. I am writing this in 2016 as I have the parrot bebop 2 with the black sky controller

  53. For Singapore, why does the sky controller have a further range with 5g rather than 2.4G. What’s the best setting for Singapore, one to connect phone with skycontroller and to connect sky controller with drone

  54. I would love to know when they will add the flip/trick features to the sky controller so we do not have to use a tablet device at all if you already own googles. Wearing your fpv goggles and trying to do flips is next to impossible because there is no easy access button on the controller. However in the settings you can basically change what each button does so just add a feature that lets us hold a button down, flip the right joystick in the direction you want to flip, and release the button to continue flying….you know, LIKE EVERY OTHER CONTROLLER ON THE MARKET! PLEASE!!!!

  55. What is the average Wi-Fi distance using an app on a Samsung S6 on a Bebop drone? I have lost my drone I need to know approximately the max distance I need to start working back from

  56. I have bebop, one of the wifi feet is damaged, but it flies ok with my phone, on my small tablet the flight plan mode couldn’t send the info until I put the tablet in airplane mode, should I do the same with phone?

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