Installing, maintaining, and storing the battery
Installing the battery
Insert the battery (label side face down) into the battery compartment. The direction the triangle is pointing shows which way the battery should be inserted.
Charging the battery
Insert the battery (label side face down) into the battery compartment.
Connect the Parrot Hydrofoil to your computer using the provided USB/micro-USB cable.
The “right-eye” LED of the Parrot Hydrofoil lights up in red to show that the battery is being charged. The LED turns off when the battery is fully charged.
The battery takes about 1 hour 30 minutes to charge.
Maintaining the battery
Make sure the battery housing is intact and the terminal is clean. STOP using the battery IMMEDIATELY if the housing is cracked, punctured, or enlarged. Dispose of any discarded battery in compliance with your local safety regulations.
Storing the battery
Store the battery away from direct sunlight in a cool and dry place where the ambient temperature is below 140°F (60°C). We recommend that you disconnect the battery from the drone when you are not flying it; if you plan on not playing with your Parrot Hydrofoil often, run the battery to 50% capacity before storing.
Finding the serial number
The serial number is located in the battery compartment, and begins with a PI or a PS, followed by 6 numbers. Example: PI123456AA4A123456. You can also find it written on the box and within the app (clicking on the last connected drone's name).
FreeFlight Mini replaces FreeFlight 3 for Mambo, Swing, Airborne Cargo, Night, Hydrofoil, and Rolling Spider.
For Jumping drones, download FreeFlight Jumping.
For Airborne, Hydrofoil and Rolling Spider MiniDrones, download FreeFlight Mini for iOS and Android devices.
1. Side menu bar - Press for Drone school, to buy a drone or check for updates.
2. Update - Tap to update the drone's firmware.
3. My flights - See your flight history and register for Academy / Parrot Cloud.
4. Connect to a drone - Press to open the drop-down list, select your drone to connect. 5. Connect to Parrot Flypad - Tap to access to Flypad control layout.
6. Stored photos - Tap to access the drone's internal storage for photos taken.
7. Start - Tap to open piloting screen.
After tapping Start, you are prompted to choose the configuration of the drone:
Selecting No Hull opens the flying interface screen:
- Tap to activate hand-toss. This mode enables the drone to take off from an upward hand-toss.
- Tap to make the drone perform aerial tricks through a set of pre-programmed acrobatics. See Video Tutorials for more detail.
- Tap to take a photo with the drone's vertical camera. The photo is saved in the drone's memory.
Press to get the drone up. Once off the ground, it will hover at a height of 3 ft./ 1 m. while awaiting instructions.
To land the drone, tap .
Tap to open PILOTING SETTINGS.
Selecting Hydrofoil opens the hydrofoil interface screen:
- Drag the slider up or down to increase or decrease the drone's speed.
- Drag the slider left or right to turn the drone (pivoting) left or right.
Tap to open PILOTING SETTINGS.
This mode lets you fly the drone with just the smartphone, you can reverse the controls by tapping t .
Test your piloting skills in Ace mode by adjusting the drone's altitude, climb speed, and the pitch angle to make your flying more challenging. We recommend that you dial these down in the beginning until you become more familiar with the responsiveness of the drone.
Normal relies on the control device orientation for movement: tilt your smartphone left to make the drone turn left, tilt your smartphone right to make the drone turn right, etc.
Select CAMERA to take photos with your smartphone camera. By default Airborne Cargo is set to take photos with its own camera.
Select HULL if you are in hydrofoil mode, otherwise select NONE.
By default, this option stops the motors if the propellers hit an obstruction. Select NONE to deactivate.
Position, Distance and Limits
Tap FLAT TRIM before take-off or after a crash to ensure flight stability.
Limits how high the drone can fly.
Sets the pitch angle of the drone in forward flight. The greater the pitch angle, the faster the drone flies.
Max vertical speed
Limits how fast the drone can ascend and descend.
Max rotational speed
Limits how fast the drone can turn on its own axis.
Cannot connect to Bluetooth
Follow the steps below to connect with your mobile device:
Turn on your mobile device’s Bluetooth.
In FreeFlight Mini, tap to open the drop-down list, then tap MiniDrone's name and ID (drone name_xxxxxx) to connect.
*Note: to eliminate all potential sources of interference, turn off Bluetooth on all non-essential devices within range of your smart device.
Follow the above steps to connect the Parrot Hydrofoil to your smart device via Bluetooth.
In FreeFlight Mini, go to > Check for updates.
Follow the on-screen direction to download updates.
1. Power on the Parrot Hydrofoil and wait until the lights (eyes) turn green.
2. Connect the drone to your computer using a USB/micro-USB cable (provided). >Wait until the drone’s “right-eye” light is a steady green
3. Go to Parrot Hydrofoil’s support page at https://community.parrot.com/t5/Hydrofoil-Drone/bd -p/Hydrofoil.
4. Under DOWNLOADS, click Software update to download the update file. Do not rename the downloaded file.
5. Drag and drop the update file into Parrot Hydrofoil as though it were a USB Flash drive. The update file must be placed at the root of the drone and not in a folder.
>The lights flash while the update file is being transferred.
>Once the transfer is complete, the right-eye light remains green, and the left-eye orange.
6. Safely remove and disconnect the Parrot Hydrofoil from your computer.
>Installation begins. The lights alternately flash orange with increasing rapidity. Do not remove the battery from while the update installation is in progress.
7. The installation is complete when the lights turn green.
If you are unable to complete the update using either Bluetooth or USB, you may need to reset the drone to reinitialize the software.
Insert a fully charged battery and wait for the lights to turn green.
Press and hold the power button down for 10 seconds (minimum) to reset the drone. This will clear all current settings and stored media on the drone.
Repeat the steps in Updating software once the drone completes booting.
I just completed updating, but the app still tells me update is required
Connect your mobile device to the Internet, then open FreeFlight Mini, make sure the app is running while connected to the Internet.
Wait 60 seconds, then test the drone once more by connecting it via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
The drone’s internal memory only stores the photos I took, where are the videos?
Check your phone’s photo library. The Parrot Hydrofoil takes videos via your smartphone’s camera, as a result, the videos are automatically stored on your phone.
*Note: once the memory is full, you cannot take additional photos and/or videos until more spaces are allocated by deleting or transferring files off storage.
How do I transfer media from the drone?
On the FreeFlight Mini’s main page, tap and follow the on-screen directions to transfer media files from the drone to your phone.
Pairing the Parrot Airborne to the Parrot Flypad
*Note: Follow this order when connecting: Parrot Flypad > Smartphone > Drone.
1. Turn on the Parrot Flypad.
2. On your smartphone, turn on the Bluetooth ® function and open the FreeFlight Mini app. The application automatically connects the smartphone to the controller.
*Note: Parrot Flypad's status light (also the On/Off button) goes from red to flashing green, then becomes a steady green once the connection is established.
3. Insert the drone's battery or press the On/Off button (the drone powers on automatically if the battery is charged).
4. Wait until the booting sequence completes and the LED “eyes” turn green.
5. On FreeFlight Mini's main page, notice the green dot next to Airborne_xxxxxxx and the Parrot Flypad icon , indicating both the Parrot Flypad and the drone are connected.
1. Place the Parrot Airborne on a flat, dry surface.
2. Launch FreeFlight Mini and press START.
3. Select the configuration (with or without hulls).
4. Press on the screen or press the TAKE OFF/LAND BUTTON on the Parrot Flypad. The Parrot Minidrone takes off and hovers at 3 ft./1 m above the ground while awaiting further input.
To land the Parrot Airborne, Tap on the screen or press the TAKE OFF/LAND BUTTON .
Parrot Flypad's joysticks work the same way as the joypad mode on the smartphone.
Control your Parrot drones using a bluetooth controller!
Discover a new way to pilot your drones using bluetooth wireless controllers for Android and iOS!
Bluetooth controllers are compatible with the Freeflight 3 app on iPhone and Android so you can use them instead of the touch screen of your smartphone to control your drones!
Any controller respecting the MFI standard will be compatible with the FreeFlight 3 app on iOS and any controller respecting the HID standard will be compatible with the FreeFlight 3 app on Android.
In order to use a controller, activate Bluetooth on your device (Settings > Bluetooth > Activate)
Turn your controller on, it should start flashing while waiting to be paired with your device.
On your smartphone, in the Bluetooth settings, the controller should appear, click on it to pair it to your device.
Once your controller is paired, open the FreeFlight 3 app and connect your drone noramally, you can now pilot your drone using the controller!
Here are the default controls layouts:
Bebop Drone 1 & 2
Warning: When navigating through menus using the bottom left cross, pressing the “A” button will activate the selected icon on the screen.
Types of controllers
Here are few examples of controllers compatible with FreeFlight 3:
Mad Catz C.T.R.L
Buy Mad Catz C.T.R.L R for Android
Buy Mad Catz C.T.R.L i for Iphone
Buy Ipega PG-9025 for Android /Iphone
Buy Ipega PG-9023 for Android / Iphone
F A Q
This F.A.Q has been made by “soron666” from the Parrot forum, big thanks to him!
What happens when the controller disconnect or runs out of battery? Freeflight will automatically switch back to on-screen tactile controls.
Are on-screen tactile buttons still active when using a controller? Yes, except for the virtual joypads.
Is there interferences between bluetooth and 2.4 or 5Ghz wifi ? No.
Does the controller reduce the wifi signal strengh? No.
Is there some drifting with the analogic sticks of the controller? No, plus you can re-calibrate the stick on some model of controllers.
Is there latency issues with the controller? The latency is very small, the sticks are very reactive.
Isn’t the weight of the controller + device too heavy? No, the whole setup remains pretty lightweight.
Is there a sun shade for the smartphone? No, but it is possible to find some online.
Are the analogic sticks well calibrated in Free Flight 3? Yes.
Can I use the controller with an iOS or Android tablet? Yes.
Quick start guide
Guide de démarrage rapide
Guía de instalación rápida
Manual do utilizador
Hurtig start guide
Краткое руководство по эксплуатации
Skrócona instrukcja obsługi
Hızlı kullanım kılavuzu
دليل البدء السريع
Οδηγίες ταχείας εκκίνησης
クイック スタート ガイド
Trumpa naudojimosi instrukcija
Isa lietošanas instrukcija
Návod na použitie
Mod de utilizare
Vodič za brz početak korišćenja
Ръководство за бързо