After you have charged the batteries and updated the software, you are ready to fly! For the best flying experience, use the combination of your smartphone and Parrot Skycontroller 2 to fly the Parrot Disco. (it cannot be flown by using your smartphone alone).
Make sure you are in an obstruction-free clearing (no trees, power lines, etc.) with at least 240 ft/80 m on all sides to accommodate launching, flying, and landing. Maintain line-of-sight with Parrot Disco at all times during the flight.
Parrot Disco is equipped with a powerful motor. Before taking it to the air, make sure you have read through the following carefully to prevent injuries.
For more detailed information on flying, go to Flying.
Using the Parrot Cockpitglasses with Parrot Skycontroller 2
You can also customize the controls to your preference in FreeFlight Pro.
This is Parrot Disco’s default flying mode. Under auto-assist, Parrot Disco maintains its altitude and heading automatically, so you can concentrate on flying (accelerating, climbing, diving, banking) without having to worry about sustaining speed, adjusting control surfaces, etc. If you let go of the stick momentarily, auto-assist ensures that Parrot Disco stays airborne.
This feature allows you to set the Parrot Disco in standby/orbiting mode overhead.
This feature allows you to use an RC remote (not included) to fly the Parrot Disco. Auto-assisted flying is not available in this mode. Refer to your RC remote's user guide to configure the channels for Parrot Disco.
*Note: manual flying is recommended for experienced RC pilots only.
Flat trim resets the downward sensor to further enhance flight stability. We recommend that you flat trim the drone prior to each flight and following a crash.
Press the On/Off switch to turn on the drone.
Wait for the drone to connect to your smartphone.
On your smartphone, open FreeFlight Pro.
Go toFLY&FILM > Settings > Position, then tap FLAT TRIM.
Parrot Disco must take off into the wind.
1. Stand facing upwind and firmly hold the area near the nose/shoulder of the Parrot Disco with one hand.
2. Make sure Parrot Disco’s propeller area is completely cleared of obstacles.
3. On Parrot Skycontroller 2, press the TAKE OFF button . The motor runs slowly for 3 seconds before kicking into full power.
*Note: DO NOT LAUNCH until AFTER the motor comes to full power.
**Note: To stop the motor, press .
4. A «Ready to take off» pop-up window is displayed on your smartphone. Parrot Disco is ready for take-off.
5. Hold the drone to your side. With the arm fully extended, gently toss Parrot Disco straight and upward (without twisting at the waist) into the wind. Parrot Disco climbs to an altitude of 150 ft/45 m and circles over its starting position in a 180 ft/60 m-diameter orbit.
*Note : If the drone is not airborne within 10 seconds after powering on, the motor shuts off automatically. Press again to begin a new take-off sequence.
**Note : DO NOT LAUNCH PARROT DISCO OVERHEAD!
6. You may take over the controls once Parrot Disco is in stable orbit.
For more detailed information on landing, go to Flying.
General guidelines on landing
*Note: Make sure you are in an area with at least 240 ft/80 m of clearing on all sides to accommodate landing.
1. Maneuver the drone into the wind (i.e. against the wind), and start your approach.
2. Throttle back (left stick back) to reduce speed, when you are ready to land, press on the controller to begin the landing cycle.
*Note: throttle is cut once the landing cycle starts, but direction control is still available.
3. As you approach the landing area, if you are coming in too fast, pull back gently (right stick back) on the nose to further reduce speed. If you are going too slow, lower the nose (right stick forward) to increase speed.
4. Before touchdown, pull back on the nose. Parrot Disco lands softly.
Once spiral/circular landing is initiated, Parrot Disco automatically turns into the wind to reduce landing speed on touchdown.
1. Make sure you are in an area of at least 240 ft/80 m in diameter to accommodate the spiral pattern.
2. Push the left control of the Parrot Skycontroller 2 to the left or to the right to set your Parrot Disco to loitering mode.
3. On your Parrot Skycontroller 2 press . > Parrot Disco descends in a spiral pattern and lands.
To land Parrot Disco in a straight-a-way fashion:
1. Maneuver the Parrot Disco so it is flying into the wind.
2. On Parrot Skycontroller 2, press LANDING . >Parrot Disco descends in a straight line, and just prior to touchdown, noses up to reduce speed and lands softly. *Note: you can still control the Parrot Disco during descent.
To abort landing, press again on Parrot Skycontroller 2. Parrot Disco climbs to loitering/standby height (150 ft/50 m) and begins circling overhead.
To recall Parrot Disco to its starting point, press the return button on Parrot Skycontroller 2, or tap the Return Home icon in FreeFlight Pro.
When Return Home is activated, Parrot Disco climbs (or descends) to 150 ft/50 m (default altitude) and heads for the starting position. Once there, Parrot Disco orbits overhead in a 180 ft/60 m-diameter circle at the same altitude.
Never leave the Cockpitglasses (with the phone inside) in the sun when not in use. This could damage your phone.
Never look directly at the sun with empty Parrot Cockpitglasses. Permanent damage to your eyes may occur.
Using the Parrot Cockpitglasses with Parrot Skycontroller 2
For more detailed information on Parrot Cockpitglasses, go to FPV.
1. Make sure you have downloaded the free FreeFlight Pro app from the App Store ® or Google PlayTM to your smartphone or tablet.
2. Pull out the phone cradle.
3. Open the cradle
4. Pass your smartphone’s USB cable through the cradle's side opening.
5. Plug one end of your smartphone’s USB cable into the Parrot Skycontroller 2, and the other end into your smartphone.
6. Turn on Parrot Skycontroller 2, and open FreeFlight Pro, wait for the controller to connect to your phone.
7. Turn on Parrot Disco, wait for the drone to connect to your phone.
> By default FPV mode is activated when the drone is connected, if not, tap in the cockpit view window to turn it on.
8. Align the center line on the FPV display (on your smartphone) with the dotted line on the inside of the cradle cover. Make sure the smartphone is resting against the bottom edge of the cover before you close the cover.
9. Make sure the cradle is tightly closed before sliding it back into the goggle.
10. Adjust the strap so the goggle fits snugly on your head.