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 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 calculate the best time to fly that week! You can also plan your flight route and find out the elevation change & how much battery you'll have left! Plus loads more! 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 rich 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 rich 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, making sure your doesn't fly into a mountain side 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.


Send Messages, Photos, Audio Messages, Flight Routes & Warnings to local drone pilots! Discover local obstacles and dangerous flying area when you fly in a new area!

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
- Drone Law Checks
- Light Checks
- Drone Battery Health Check
- Drone Sensor Health Check
- ND Filter 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
- No Fly Zone Map
- Terrain Elevation Map
- Ephemeris
- Best Time To Fly
- Flight Route Planner
- Dedicated Drone Model Checks
- Weekly Summary
- Drone Laws
- Light Check
- Aerial Images From The Area
- 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 1.7.4

- Bug fix where for some users the airspace advisories were incorrect.

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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.

sxxsmith ,


Amazing app.


Neil Faulkner
155 MB

Requires iOS 10.3 and watchOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (9.7‑inch), iPad Pro (9.7‑inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad (5th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (10.5‑inch), iPad Pro (10.5‑inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), iPad Wi‑Fi + Cellular (6th generation), iPad Pro (11‑inch), iPad Pro (11‑inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (3rd generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (3rd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini (5th generation), iPad mini (5th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Air (3rd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (7th generation), iPad (7th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch.


English, Simplified Chinese

Age Rating
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
In-App Purchases
  1. Professional Monthly $1.49
  2. Professional Yearly $14.99
  3. Advanced Subscription Monthly $0.49


  • Family Sharing

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

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