How to Fly a DJI Inspire 1


How to Fly a DJI Inspire 1


If you are an avid drone flyer, you probably cannot wait to get the DJI Inspire 1 off the ground. While other drones come with varying, impressive features, the Inspire 1 is a dream. When you take it to the skies you will be amazed that you are in control of a craft so powerful and sleek and that can extend your reach beyond anything you’ve thought was possible. It is truly . . . well, inspiring. Not to mention it is extraordinarily easy to fly.


The advanced, Inspire 1 system comes with a controller, GPS, gimbal, and top-of-the-line camera. All parts of the drone intelligently communicate with each other to give you a smooth flight. And it arrives ready to fly—no major assembly required! So once you’ve got your Inspire 1, the first order of business is learning how to fly.


First, you want to familiarize yourself with the remote control. The single remote controls every movement the drone makes, mostly through the two toggle sticks on the top surface of the remote. You will control nose direction, forward and backward pitch, and rotation of the drone, among other things. Then, with the transformation switch, you can lower or raise the landing gear. But, you don’t have to worry about your landing skills if you just press the RTH button on the transformation switch which will return the drone to the last home point automatically.


There is also a flight mode switch which puts the Inspire 1 into three different flight modes. The two you will mostly use are the GPS mode and altitude mode. For your first flight you will want to use GPS mode since this is safer, but, once you get the handle of your drone, you might want to try using altitude mode since this will generally give you a smoother flight.


The trickiest part of flying your drone will be coordinating the toggles on your remote controller to adjust flight. To make the drone take off, simply move the toggles to the bottom inside corners. But don’t forget to calibrate your drone before taking off. After that, the left toggle stick will control the throttle and rotation. The right stick will control forward and backward movement as well as side to side.


After you familiarize yourself with the remote controller, you want to consider a few factors that will affect how long you have your drone in the air. Generally, a drone’s flight time will depend mostly on battery capabilities. But this will fluctuate depending on wind velocity, the net weight of the load a drone is carrying, and the task of the flight. If you sacrifice one factor for another, you will be able to optimize flight time. Or, similarly, you can increase or decrease flight time by removing or adding troublesome factors.


You are probably eager to get in the most flying time you can and, with the DJI Inspire 1, you get up to 18 to 20 minutes of flight, which is perfect for aerial video, animal tracking, and any number of scenic shoots.

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  • Ashley Smith
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