Before You Fly What You Need to Know

Before You Fly
What You Need to Know

It’s as simple as 1-2-3:

  1. Know the rules

  2. Know your drone

  3. Know your drone is ready to fly


Know the Rules

Do not fly:
  • In no-fly zones
  • Over people
  • At night
  • Above 400 feet
  • Near first-responder activity
  • Near other aircraft

These rules may vary by where you are.


Know Your Drone

Know Your Drone is Ready to Fly – Follow the Lily Next-Gen Pre-Flight Checklist

  1. Calibrate the drone’s compass for your first flight and each time the take-off point changes. Watch the how-to video below.
  2. Calibrate the Lily Next-Gen Remote Controller, if using, before each flight.
  3. Verify
    1. Batteries in the drone, controller, and phone are at full power.
    2. Propeller arms are extended and latched securely in place.
    3. Each propeller is securely attached and free of damage: not bent, scratched, nicked, etc.
    4. Lenses on the optic flow camera and the front facing camera are clean.
    5. Drone status indicator LEDs display flashing green (systems normal).

Helpful Tips

  • Use a mobile app like the FAA’s B4UFLY or a web source like AirMap or the map at Know Before You Fly to identify no-fly zones before you head out:,,
  • Allow for obstacle avoidance if your drone automatically returns home at any time. Return to Home cannot see obstacles in front of or above the drone, like a tree or overhang.
  • Do not fly in rain, snow, high winds, or in severely polluted or dusty environments. Same if you’re distracted, tired, or under the influence.
  • Use caution in cold environments (less than 40° F / 5° C). Cold weather reduces the charge of the lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in your phone, controller, and drone. Severely cold environments may damage a Li-ion battery. A temperature of about 68° F (20° C) is optimum for maximum drone performance.
  • Do not fly in areas with strong electromagnetic interference, such as a cellular antenna or microwave dish.

You are responsible for maintaining control of your drone at all times