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



16 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.


  3. I think you people are doing great. I’m looking forward to finding opportunities in the British Columbia interior.


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