Advanced Drone Flight Checks

Drone Start is an advanced flight check & planning tool for drones. Drone Start is packed full of features that will help you plan a safe drone flight every time! You simply turn on your drone, plug your device into the drone controller, open the app & tap Start! Drone Start will then do a comprehensive set of advanced checks to see if its safe to fly in your current area & it will even check your drones battery and sensors in real time to check your drone is in perfect condition to take off!

When your not out flying you can use Drone Start to create comprehensive flight plans, just type in where you want to fly and Drone Start will get Weather, GPS, Light Levels, Terrain Elevation, No Fly Zones and more! You can also plan your flight route and find out the elevation change & how much battery you'll have left! You can view the area map and see No Fly Zones, Terrain Elevations, Sunrise/Sunset Times & Positions plus you can also see an animated Wind Map, showing the wind direction with colour coded arrows so you can immediately see if its too windy to fly or not.

Drone Starts calculation are also based on your drone model*, so things such as winds speeds and battery range are calculated using your actual drone!

Drone Start also has some great advanced features too such as:

Daily FlyCast

Daily FlyCast is a daily notification sent at sunrise every morning outlining the days flying conditions. You'll also have access to the FlyCast Widget, so you can always quickly check if its good to fly without even opening the app!

Solar Storm Warnings

Solar Storm Warnings are notifications informing you incoming solar storms which can cause high levels of magnetic interference which can affect GPS signals and impact the accuracy of your RTH point.

Intelligent RTH

If enabled Drone Start will automatically calculate and set your Return To Home Height based on surround terrain elevation and building heights, making sure your doesn't fly into a mountain side or building when it returns to you!

Fly Zone Alert

When enabled you will receive a notification informing you have entered a No Fly Zone, we will also let you know when you leave one too!

Battery Manager

Drone Start records battery data before each flight so you easily check battery health, including deviations. It also recommends battery rotation order if you have multiple batteries. You can also perform a battery test to check it's heath & efficiency, plus create pdf reports from the results.

Intelligent VPS

If there are large bodies of water in the area, Drone Start will automatically disable your VPS for you and automatically enable it next time you fly in an area with low amounts of water.

Active Drone Alerts

Get notified when theres a another drone flying near your location.

Drone Start Features Include**:

Start Checks
- Weather, GPS, KP Index, Terrain Elevation & Airspace Checks
- Light Checks
- Aircraft Checks
- Aircraft Warming
- Building Height Check
- Drone Battery Health Check
- Drone Sensor Health Check
- Wind Altitude Checks
- RTH Height Check
- Wind Map
- No Fly Zone Map
- Terrain Elevation Map
- Ephemeris
- Dedicated Drone Model Checks
- Golden Hour Times
- Water Area Check
- Active Drone Check
- RTH Reminder

Flight Plans
- 7 Day Weather Forecast
- 7 Day GPS Forecast
- 7 Day KP Index Forecast
- No Fly Zone Check
- Terrain Elevation Check
- Weather Check
- Wind Map
- 3D Building Map
- No Fly Zone Map
- Terrain Elevation Map
- Ephemeris
- Best Time To Fly
- Flight Route Planner
- Dedicated Drone Model Checks
- Weekly Summary
- Light Check
- Golden Hour Times

*DJI Drone Models are only currently supported.

**Some Feature May Require An Active Monthly or Yearly Auto Renewing Subscription.

See our Terms of Use here:

What’s New

Version 2.0.4

- Bug Fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

GelfYou ,

I wanted a simple app., that covered all aspects while setting a method to the madness. 👍👍

I wanted an app that is the checklist I usually go through in my head, but in a straight forward app. This checks off seemingly everything I basically do but in a simple, well organized, visual, way. It has a “right to the point” practical list and a clean interface, which never hurts. I’ll be using it because it refreshes me to do a standard comprehensive checklist. PM primary Maintence has saved lots of money in many industries. Worth using it. Signed up. Thanks.

brockIsaacks ,


This app is a fantastic and easy to use tool for my fellow pilots! There is a Subscription it was purchased within the app to get any good information but well worth it.

Gaddget ,

I am canceling the pro subscription during trial.

I am canceling the pro subscription during trial. I can find no support for part 107. Even with pro account, air space warnings still apply as recreational (5 mile airport limit). But what is more disappointing is no response to email request to dev. If app had support for part 107, it would be excellent. so maybe posting a review will get a response.

App Privacy

The developer, Neil Faulkner, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Diagnostics

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Identifiers

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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