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Karma First Flight Tips

by GoPro ‎09-30-2019 07:32 PM - edited ‎01-28-2021 11:32 PM
What are important items to consider with your first Karma flight? 

Where does it apply?
  • Karma

Before taking off for your first flight, here are some things to consider: 

Things to do at home:
  1. Practice with the Karma flight simulator to get familiar with the Karma Controller.
  1. ​Make sure you are on the latest software versions for all Karma components and camera.
    • Ensuring that all components of Karma are up to date will provide optimal performance for your first flight. 
  2. Make sure your Karma Controller and Karma Battery are fully charged.
  • Charging both the Karma Controller and Karma Battery will ensure that the user will have the longest performance.
  1. Make sure the camera is using a recommended micro SD card and have available space. 
  2. Inspect the drone to ensure that it's free from damage. (cracks, bends, or otherwise). Propellers free from cracks, debris, or un-manufactured bends. 
  3. Be sure to review the following settings:
    • Return to home altitude
    • Max altitude
    • Max range
    • Flight mode (Sport/non-Sport)
    • Camera settings
When choosing a location to fly in:
  1. Be aware of the weather conditions around your first flight (snow, rain, etc.).
  1. Make sure you are not in a No Fly Zone.
  1. Do not attempt to fly over any bodies of water for your first flight.
    • The Karma System is not waterproof.
  2. Consider the wind speeds.
    • Fly in wind speeds (including gust) below 22mph (10m/s). 

Before arming and taking off:
  1. Start your first flight in a wide open location that is away from any wireless interference or obstacles. 
  • It will be easier to get comfortable with controlling the Karma Drone and allow you to practice flying with minimal connection issues
  1. Do not fly above people, animals or vehicles. 
  2. Calibrate your Karma Drone.
  • We recommend calibrating your drone when filming in a new location. This will help maintain a GPS signal
  1. Make sure that all propellers are hand tightened.
  • Each propeller is self tightening, but it’s always a good idea to make sure they are secure
  1. Make sure you have plenty of space on the ground to launch and land Karma.
    • Take off and land in a clear and flat area. 
  2. Lock and secure the Karma Stabilizer into the Karma Core by turning the locking collar. 
  3. As a precaution, wait 1-2 minutes AFTER getting the prompt "Ready to Fly" to allow the drone to acquire additional satellites before taking off (not mandatory but a good idea). 
When flying Karma: 
  1. Never launch or fly near any cars. 
  2. Make sure the area is clear of people, obstacles, and the following:
    • Metal (including underground)
    • Reinforced Concrete
    • Sand which may contain magnetite
    • Structures
    • Electrical equipment
    • Groups of people or anyone standing within ten feet of the drone
    • Radio signals
    • Away from object that can cause Wi-Fi interference 
    • Away from areas of high Wi-Fi utilization
  3. Stay away from objects that can cause Wifi interference.
Type of BarrierInterference Level
Synthetic MaterialLow
Bricks Medium
MirrorVery High
  1. Keep the back of the controller pointed at the drone at all times.
  2. If the controller connection goes into the red (lower left corner indicator) or the video becomes choppy, STOP, adjust the direction you are holding the controller and give the controller and drone a little time to establish a stronger connection.
  3. The controller also has a GPS unit. Don't stand under/near structures that might interfere with the connection to the satellites (or your drone).
  4. Never initiate Return to Home (Auto Land) if the drone has lost GPS. If there is no GPS, it will result to an Auto Land procedure.