Most modern drones have a dependency on using a mobile device as part of the flight systems. Whether for the actual flight or for your pre-flight routine, there’s an app to help you out. 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.
Best drone apps
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.
Personal note: For both my hobby and commercial flights, once I figure out where I’d like to fly, I find myself using AirMap as my first look at airspace, then UAV Forecast to check the weather (and more.) Once I know where and if I can fly, I check Sun Surveyor to see what my lighting will be like. I do end up using almost all of the apps listed below for almost all flights, but these first three, particularly AirMaps, I hit each and every flight.
As you well know, the first thing you’re going to need to do with any drone is figure out a place to fly it. Truth is, there are some drone dedicated mapping apps on our list today, they are great at showing where it is safe to fly. Safe places to fly is one thing, but before you get to that point, why not scour Google Earth to find exceptional places to fly.
Google Earth is free for your mobile device and available on the web as well.
Related reading: Best mapping apps for Android – on Android Authority
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.
Airpmap is now one of few apps that can help you attain airspace authorization for your hobby flight.
Check out Airmap for your basic needs, or for your commercial piloting business.
- Pre - flight map
- LAANC - authorization
- Real - time airspace