Thanks to the Bebop Drone’s GPS and Flight Plan, an in-app purchase on Free Flight 3, you can plan your flights directly on the map and enjoy the flight as a spectator. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to do it using your tablet or smartphone.
Pre-load a map
In order to use Flight Plan in an area with no internet connection, you have to pre-load the map while you still have access to internet.
1 – Open Free Flight 3.
2 – On the contextual menu, tap on Settings.
3 – Then, tap on Map preloading. The map appears on your screen and the blue point indicates your position.
4 – Zoom in on the area where your flight will take place. If you are already on location, tap on the blue point to center the map on your location, and then zoom.
5 – Press Preload.
6 – Once the pre-loading is done, press the return arrow to go back to the previous page.
Create your Flight Plan:
Flight Plan allows you to create the flight course with the tip of your fingers
The blue point shows your current location. Tap on this icon to focus the map around your location
Zoom/unzoom and change the map type
You can adjust the zoom level of the map with two fingers using the touch screen
You can change the display mode (map/satellite view/hybride) thanks to this button
Enable/Disable the editing mode:
To enable or disable the way point editing mode, tap on this icon
How to create a way point:
Press on the location of the map you want to create your way point. A bubble with a number pops up.
How to change altitude:
The number in the bubble shows the flight altitude of your drone. To change it, press on the way point and adjust the altitude on the cursor on the right of your screen. Press a second time on the way point to save it.
You can then place other way points following the same rules.
How to change in-flight orientation:
The arrow around the way point shows the direction your drone will look at while flying to the next waypoint. You can change it by pressing on the way point and then place the arrow in the right direction
Set the flight speed between two way points
Press on the line between the 2 waypoints and use the horizontal cursor at the bottom of your screen to adjust the speed
Move a way point:
Press the way point and drag it to desired location
Delete a way point:
Keep pressing on the way point and then tap on delete.
Close the loop:
your starting point is tagged with an S for start, while the finish point is tagged with an E for End. Keep pressing on your last way point and then tap on buckle if you want your Drone to land where it took off.
You can add contextual actions that take place during the flight. Just tap on the icon that brings you to the scenario mode. On the timeline, you’ll find all the way points you created on the map.
Add and modify actions:
To add an action, just drag the icon between two way points. If you tap on it, you can modify the parameters of the action. Let’s say you want to change the orientation of the camera between the 4th and the 5th waypoints, drag the icon between these two points and the tap on it to set the right angle.
To remove an action, drag it outside the timeline.
Save, edit and delete a flight plan:
The plan you’re working on is saved in the app’s cache memory/CPU memory. To save a new plan, tap on the save icon : and the tap on save as. You can then name you plan and tap on ok.
To edit or delete a flight plan, press on the flight plan and the tap on edit or delete. To create a new flight plan, just tap on new.
The actual flight:
Check your GPS fix
Start your drone and connect it with your smartphone/tablet. Wait until this green signal : at the bottom right of your screen should appears, it means your Bebop’s GPS location is detected.
You can now select flight plan on the home screen of free flight 3. Let’s go!
You are now ready to let your drone do its first autonomous flight. Press on start to start the flight plan and your drone will take off and follow the instructions you just set.
Note: The Bebop can fly by itself outside of the Wi-Fi network’s reach.
During the autonomous flight, a small HUD window appears. It allows you to access the piloting screen to to see the Bebop’s live video. If you want to go back to Flight plan, there is similar window. In case of a problem of any kind, you can pause the flight plan and take back control over your Drone any time.
Have great flights!
Some regulations about drones flights:
Do not film people without their consent.
For more information on how to optimize the Bebop’s reach, check this article:
You can watch the tutorial video on our You Tube channel.