Fly and Upload with the New DroneBase Pilot App

Yesterday, we released a major update to our iOS app, DroneBase Pilot. When you launch it, you’ll notice immediately that there is a new tab called “Fly”. The app can now connect to your drone to help you fly. Similar to how you use the DJI Go app, just dock your iPhone or iPad to your drone’s controller, open the app, and launch the drone. You’ll be able to see the 1st person point-of-view from the drone’s camera, shoot photos and videos, and control settings like camera angle.

Slideshow of new DroneBase Pilot app on iOS

But, what does the app do that you couldn’t do before? The real value-add in this update is the new workflow for flying missions. When you select an Active Mission, you’ll see a new “Let’s Fly” button. All pictures and videos you shoot in this context will automatically be associated with the mission.

Furthermore, the mission shot list is integrated directly into the fly screen so that you can classify each shot as you take it. Just select a shot from the list, shoot all the assets of that type, and go on to the next shot. Each asset is automatically tagged. Then when you’re done flying, you can upload all the assets directly from the app. No need to transfer the files to your computer, manually classify each shot, and upload through the web interface anymore.

Our goal, as an engineering team, is to keep drone pilots doing what they love – flying. The more we can streamline the busy work, the administrative stuff like classifying and uploading imagery, the better. Plus, this new capability of connecting to the drone will become a huge focus for us going forward. We will make flying not just more efficient, but leaps and bounds more enjoyable in the months ahead. Stay tuned.

DroneBase CTO and Cofounder
CTO and Cofounder of DroneBase, Eli Tamanaha



24 thoughts on “Fly and Upload with the New DroneBase Pilot App

  1. Question about the new app. Is their any support to do 12 shot automatic Panos? Also, most of us usually upload the SD stored photos as they are typically higher quality than the controller stored images. Is there any method to use the SD stored images on the drone to do these uploads or do we still need to transfer them to our PC?


    1. Hi Don! At this time, our app doesn’t have an auto-pano feature, but I’ve passed this feature request along to my team. The images we’re uploading are from the SD card, not the controller


  2. Ideally, there should be some integration or collaboration with Hangar’s AutoPilot app. That way, you could program the flight you want, connect it to a DB mission, push the button and off it goes. When it lands, you have everything you need.


    1. Dave – The Pilot dashboard can be accessed on non-Apple devices via your web browser. Currently we only have an iOS app for the Flight functionality, but we have plans on building for Android in the near future.


    2. I am really stoked on Drone Base and been flying close to 20 panos so far. Us Android guys need the pilot app too though!



  3. I heard that there problems when you don’t use the mfg app to fly the drone. Things like firmware compatibility and potential fly always. Does your app take this into consideration?

    Do you have a video on how to use the fly feature and how it interacts with the drone?


    1. Hi David! We’re not having any firmware issues with our app. We currently don’t have any of the automated flight features that other apps are having issues with. No video right now, but we’re working on that!


  4. This is a huge step forward for the platform! Real-time uploading of the images and the option to leave my laptop at home are both huge pluses. One thing I did notice when I tried to use the Fly function of the new app is that my Phantom 4 Pro is not nearly as stable as it is when I use the DJI app. Last weekend I flew in a ~25 mph wind. With the DJI app the P4 was rock steady with no visible drift throughout the pano shoot. With the DB app it would slowly drift downwind, enough that it was 20-30 feet away from the starting point in the two minutes it took to shoot the full pano. Is this a bug in the app or is DJI doing something extra tricky to hold position that they don’t release to the API?

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    1. Thank you, Brad, for the kind words and your feedback! Our app in its current version isn’t controlling the drone to take shots, so it shouldn’t be affecting the flight of the drone in the way you’re describing. However, I’m passing this feedback along to my engineering team to make sure this isn’t an issue on our end.


  5. Is there a way to use Litchi to take the automated pano shots and then have the DB app upload them directly at the same time? In other words, how can we use the Litchi auto-pano function at the same time as using the DB app?



  6. I was playing around with Aircraft. Not a very user friendly interface to say the least. Are there any video tutorials?

    Anyways, my main question is while flying with DB and Aircraft, do those logs get recorded anywhere? I like to upload all my logs
    to Airdata (aka healthydrones).



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