This article originally appeared on our partner site DroneRush.com
You want to fly your drone and you want to incorporate your mobile device into the experience, you’ll need to download some apps, but which should you get? Your drone manufacturer will have an app, but what else can you get your hands on, join us for a rundown some of the best drone apps.
We will regularly update this list with new and exciting apps to enhance your flying experience. Reminder, you must register your drone with the FAA before you fly, info below with the FAA app. Airmap has added new functionality, you can now use this mapping app to control certain drones.
We have released our big list of apps from the manufacturers, the apps that you need to fly, head over to Drone Rush to check it out.
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First, some theory. What is it you are hoping to do with your drone? Perhaps you are trying to keep it legal, making sure you can fly in a specific location, there’s an app for that. Maybe you are looking for a logging service to help track your flights, there are tools for that as well, or maybe you just want a weather report.Your needs will differ depending on your drone as well, a camera drone has different needs than a racing drone, for example.
Go ahead and run down the list to get an idea what functions a non-manufacturer app can serve for you. We hope to help you find something new and helpful.
Related reading: Best mapping apps for Android – on Android Authority
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Airmap is one of those tools that does so much more than just map a potential flight location or help you keep a log of your flight. With backing by companies like Microsoft and Qualcomm, not to mention drone players like Yuneec, Airmap is rapidly becoming the de-facto tool for commercial drone flight. Don’t let their drone mapping, geo-fencing and flight logging commercial tools scare you off, utilizing the realtime traffic alerts in their mobile app is value enough. Check out Airmap for your basic needs, or for your commercial piloting business.
Update April, 2018: Airmap can now control your DJI drone! They’ve built in functionality to actually fly machines like the DJI Mavic Air, Mavic Pro and more.
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Update: Aside from that short stint in 2017, you need to register your drone with the FAA before you fly. This is not a suggestion or optional thing, if your drone weighs more than 0.55 lbs, you must register and affix your registration number to the craft. The process is simple, but will cost you $5 and you must be at least 13 years old. This registration will expose you to the FAA rules for drone flight, which we highly recommend you familiarize yourself with. Drone Rush can help too:
FAA Rules Overview!
Related reading: Best weather apps for Android – on Android Authority
Side note: You may have looked at or used Pix4D and not even known it. Manufacturers like Yuneec are building their core apps using Pix4D for mapping and more. If we were giving out an award for the best drone app to keep an eye on in the next two years, Pix4D would be our pick today.
That’s all for today, we hope you’ve found a new app or two to enhance your flights, or get more out of the captured aerial footage after the fact. This is an early list with plenty of room to grow and mature, just like the drone market, so please hit us up in the comments if you want to discuss any other apps that you think belong here.
What is your favorite drone app to enhance your flying experience?
Looking for a new drone? Drone Rush has a list or two for you.
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If you are looking to get into commercial drone operations, which includes receiving any form of compensation for your drone photos or videos, you will need a commercial license. Drone Rush can help:
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