For the best experience, use the combination of your smartphone and Parrot Skycontroller 2 to fly the Parrot Disco. Parrot Disco cannot be flown by using your smartphone alone.
STAY CLEAR OF THE MOTOR AREA AFTER TURNING ON PARROT DISCO!
When not flying, disconnect battery to prevent accidental discharge.
Under auto-assist, Parrot Disco maintains its altitude and heading automatically, so you can enjoy the flying without having to worry about maintaining speed, adjusting control surfaces, etc.
And in case you let go of the stick momentarily, auto-assist ensures that Parrot Disco stays airborne.
This feature allows you to use an RC remote (not included) to fly the Parrot Disco. However, auto-assisted flying is not available in this mode.
*Note: in order to use a RC controller, you must first install a radio receiver (in Parrot Disco) specific to your controller.
There are three piloting configurations:
1. Flying with Parrot Skycontroller 2 only.
2. Flying with Parrot Skycontroller 2 and smartphone/tablet.
3. Flying with Parrot Skycontroller 2, smartphone/tablet, and Parrot Cockpitglasses.
Familiarize yourself with no. 1 and no. 2 before advancing to no. 3.
You can also customize the controls to your preference in FreeFlight Pro.
Flat trim resets the downward sensor to further enhance flight stability. It is recommended that you flat trim the drone prior to each flight and after a crash.
1. Place Parrot Disco on a flat, dry surface. 2. Press the On/Off switch to turn on the drone. 3. On your smartphone, connect to Parrot Disco’s Wi-Fi ® : Disco_xxxxxx. 4. In the FreeFlight Pro application, go to FLY&FILM > Setting > Position, then tap FLAT TRIM.
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 any obstacle.
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 fully accelerates.
**Note: To stop the motor, press .
4. A «Ready to take off» pop-up window is displayed on your smartphone. The drone is ready for take off.
5. Holding 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 feet (45 meters) and circles over its starting position in a 180-feet-diameter orbit (55 meters).
*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 DISCO OVERHEAD!
6. Once Parrot Disco is in stable orbit, you can take over the controls .
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.
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 . >>Disco descends in a spiral 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 (50 m /150 feet) and begins circling overhead.
With Flight Plan, you can pre-plan a flight by designating specific routes for Parrot Disco, and just sit back and enjoy the scenery as it soars through the air.
Flight Plan is available as an in-app purchase in FreeFlight Pro. *Note: You must create your flight plan before taking off.
**Note: Parrot Disco still has to be launched MANUALLY.
Creating a Flight Plan
1. Tap to enable waypoint editing.
2. On the map, tap where you want to place your first waypoint. > A bubble with two numbers appears. The big number at the center is the altitude at which Parrot Disco will fly, and the smaller number represents the order of the waypoint.
3. Continue to place your waypoints.
4. Once you have drawn your path, press and hold the last point of your journey. > A pop-up window appears. Select a landing mode (linear or spiral).
Spiral landing requires an area of at least 240 feet (80m) in diameter and free of obstacles.
Your flight plan is created.
Flying with Flight Plan
1. Make sure your flight plan is created and loaded.
2. Turn on your Parrot Disco.
3. Wait until the Parrot Disco’s warning light turns green, indicating the GPS is connected.
4. Connect your smartphone to the Parrot Disco and start the FreeFlight Pro application.
5. On the Home screen, press Flight Plan.
6. Press Start.
7. Stand facing upwind and launch Parrot Disco.
> The drone begins the course you set.
For more detail on Flight Plan, go to Flight Plan .
You can plan your flights using the in-app Flight Plan, available in in-app purchase on FreeFlight Pro.
*Note that you need to create and load your flight plan before taking off.
Create a Flight Plan
Fly with Flight Plan
Create a Flight Plan
1. Make sure your smartphone is connected to Internet and the GPS is on.
2. In FreeFlight Pro, select Flight Plan.
*Note: you can also launch Flight Plan from the main menu by tapping .
3. At the PRODUCT CHOICE prompt, select Disco.
>A a satellite view of your area appears.
To see the satellite view in 3D, slide two fingers upwards.
When in 3D mode, the control interface disappears. To display the controls again, slide two fingers downward to return to the satellite view.
*Note: You need an Internet connection to display the satellite view. If you want to fly in an area without Internet connection, create and save your flight plan beforehand.
**Note: Make sure your flight route is located in an area unobstructed by power lines, buildings, residences, and trees.
Plan a route
Waypoints help you create a precise, autonomous flight plan using Disco’s GPS feature.
*Note: Before launching Flight Plan, make sure your smart devices are connected to the internet, and turn on GPS.
To place waypoints:
1. Tap on the map to create a waypoint.
> The first waypoint appears. Waypoint bubbles are solid colored when first created.
2. Tap on the map again to create another waypoint.
> A line connecting the two waypoints appears.
The number at the center of the waypoint bubble indicates the drone's altitude in flight.
The upper right-hand number indicates the order in which the waypoints were made: #1 is the first waypoint, #2 is the second way point, and so on.
The number over the connecting line indicates the distance between two waypoints.
S is the starting point, and the circle around the first waypoint means the drone will orbit over the starting point after launch.
3. Continue to make waypoints until you are satisfied with the route.
To undo last action, tap
Plan for landing
After you have mapped your flight, you need to tell the Parrot Disco where and how to land.
This is the default landing pattern for the Parrot Disco, where the drone aligns itself with a "runway" and lands like a conventional aircraft.
To set linear landing:
1. Press and hold on the last waypoint until the blue dialog box opens.
2. Select LINEAR LANDING (default) and the landing funnel graphic appears over the last waypoint.
The landing funnel depicts the amount of distance the Parrot Disco needs to land. If necessary, zoom out to see the entire flight plan, and move the cone-by dragging the E or L bubbles-to another position on the map. (E = End point, L = Landing point)
During circular landing, the Parrot Disco will circle over the end point and descends in a spiral pattern.
To set circular landing:
1. Press and hold on the E button after selecting linear landing.
> The blue dialog box opens.
2. Select CIRCULAR LANDING.
> The landing funnel disappears.
3. Drag the E button to relocate the landing site. The circle surrounding the button signifies the landing pattern.
Circular landing requires an area of about 240 ft./80 m free of any obstacle all around.
After you have created your route, you can go back and change various parameters of each waypoint.
There are two ways to change the altitude of the Parrot Disco in Flight Plan:
Using the vertical slider
1. Tap a waypoint; the bubble turns solid, the blue dialog box opens, and the vertical slider becomes active.
2. Slide the button up or down to adjust the drone’s altitude.
*Note: the maximum altitude is limited to 492 feet.
Using the keypad
1. Press and hold a waypoint until the blue dialogue box opens.
2. Tap EDIT to open the “WAYPOINT” dialogue screen.
3. Enter a new altitude and then tap OK.
Insert a waypoint on a line
1. Press and hold anywhere on a line where you want to insert a waypoint, and the blue dialogue box opens (notice the arrow indicating the point of insertion).
2. Tap INSERT.
> A new waypoint appears.
Saving a flight plan
To save a new flight plan:
1. Tap at the upper-right corner.
2. Tap Save as on the Saved flight plans screen.
3. Use the keypad to enter a name for your flight plan and then tap Save.
Open a saved flight plan
Launch Flight Plan.
At the Saved flight plans screen, tap the flight plan you want to open.
Delete a flight plan
At the Saved flight plans screen, tap the flight plan you want to delete, the selected file turns blue.
Tap Delete. When the dialogue box opens, select OK to confirm, or Cancel to return to the previous screen.
Fly with Flight Plan.
Make sure your Flight Plan is created and loaded.
Switch on the Parrot Disco.
Wait until the light turns green, indicating the GPS location is fixed.
Connect your smartphone to Parrot Disco and launch FreeFlight Pro.
On the main screen, press Flight Plan.
Stand facing the wind and launch the Parrot Disco into the wind.
The Parrot Disco makes its way to the first waypoint and orbits 3 revolutions before starting the route you have defined.
How to reset the Parrot Disco?
Quckly press the on/off button twice , then hold the button for about 10 seconds. > The on/off button flashes orange and red before the Parrot Disco shuts down.
Switch on the Parrot Disco to complete the reset process.
Use this process to reset the settings and erase the memory of the Parrot Disco. This process does not erase the firmware version installed on the drone.
What happens when the drone reaches the limit of the Geofence?
Geofence is a virtual barrier that restricts the drone from flying out of a designated zone set up by the pilot via the FreeFlight Pro app.
When the Parrot Disco reaches the limit of the Geofence, Return-to-Home is triggered and the drone automatically navigates back to the starting point. Once there, the Parrot Disco initiates stand-by loitering mode and begins circling overhead.
It is then possible to retake control of the drone and continue flying within the fixed Geofence limits.
3 settings are available for the Geofence :
Maximum distance : from 200m to 2 km, the drone can't go beyond that distance and goes back on Return To Home mode.
Maximum altitude : from 50 to 150 m, the drone won't go above that altitude.
Minimum altitude : from 5 to 50m, the drone won't go under that altitude.
Once the drone has reached the altitude limit defined by the Geofence it will:
Won't go over the defined maximum altitude limit
Not fly under the lowest altitude limit that has been set
In this particular case, the Return to Home option is not engaged.
To activate GEOFENCE:
1. Open FreeFlight Pro and go to FLY & FILM >Setting > Position.
2. Tap GEOFENCE.
You can share flights data using social netowrks and email. To do so, you nee to register on Parrot Cloud : Academy and using a valid internet connection. There is 2 boutons "Send Piloting" / "Share" .
The data sent via email is a json file. Using third party tools like Flight Data Manager permit to process data shared.
You can fly Parrot Bebop Drone, Parrot Bebop 2, and the Parrot Disco with Parrot Skycontroller 2. Before you do so, you must "pair" (connect) the drone and the controller.
Pairing speeds up the time it takes to connect various devices. Once the initial connection is established, the drone and the controller will connect automatically the next time when you want to fly.
Auto-pairing/connecting with your smartphone/tablet via FreeFlight Pro
*Note: when connecting, always follow this order : controller > smart device > drone.
1. Connect the controller to your smartphone/tablet via a USB cable.
2. Press the ON/OFF button on Parrot Skycontroller 2 to turn it on.
> When the USB icon appears next to the Parrot Skycontroller 2 icon , connection is established.
3. Press the ON/OFF button on the drone to turn it on.
4. Wait until the status light on the controller is a steady green. Parrot Skycontroller 2 is connected to the drone.
*Note: when prompted to calibrate the controller, follow the on-screen instructions.
Manual-pairing/connecting with your smartphone/tablet via FreeFlight Pro
1. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi, under CHOOSE A NETWORK, select the name of your drone (for example, Disco-xxxxxx).
2. Open FreeFlight Pro, at the main page, you should see the drone's status as connected.
If you do not see a connection, tap the Wi-Fi icon and select the drone from the drop-down list.
1. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi, and select your drone (for example, Disco-xxxxxx).
2. Open FreeFlight Pro, at the main page, you should see the drone's status as connected.
*Note: FreeFlight Pro interface is identical in both iOS and Android.
Connecting without a smartphone/tablet
You can fly the Parrot Bebop Drone, Parrot Bebop 2, and Parrot Disco with the Parrot Skycontroller 2 only. You need a smartphone or a tablet to access to any feedback on telemetry, radar, battery reserve, and other information.
1. Press the ON/OFF button on Parrot Skycontroller 2 to turn it on.
2. Press the ON/OFF button on the drone to turn it on.
3. Wait until the status light on the controller is a steady green. Parrot Skycontroller 2 is connected to the drone.
*Note: we recommend that you fly with a smartdevice.
Locate a suitable landing spot prior to take-off.
Always make sure you are in an area with at least 240 ft/80 m of clearing on all sides to accommodate landing.
When you are ready to land
1. Maneuver the drone into the wind (against the wind), align it with your intended landing area and start your approach.
2. As the drone descends and gets closer to the landing area, if necessary, pull back on the left stick to reduce speed.
3. When the drone is between 20 to 30 ft.(5-10 m) off the ground, press on the Skycontroller 2 to begin auto-landing.
*Note: direction control is still available during auto-landing.
**Note: pressing again will ABORT auto-landing if the drone is still more than 30 ft/10 m above ground.
4. Parrot Disco reverses thrust to reduce speed, noses up right before touch down and lands.
***Note: avoid over-correcting the drone during the final stage of the auto-landing sequence.