DJI Tutorials – Spark – Flight Basics and RC Piloting


Hey, I’m Ty, and you’re watching the DJI
Spark tutorial video series. In this video, we’ll
show you how to fly Spark with its remote controller. In part four of this series, we’ll discuss how to fly
with just a mobile device and virtual joysticks. Now, to get started, power
on the remote controller, then the aircraft. Power on each by pressing
the power button once, again, then hold. Connect the remote controller via Wi-Fi as we discussed in part two and mount your mobile
device by slotting it into the clamps on the controller. Push both clamps inward until your mobile device fits snugly. Next, find a suitable
takeoff point on level in open ground. Don’t take off in tall grass or on sand as debris may enter the motors and affect aircraft performance. If there’s no suitable takeoff
point in your vicinity, you can always try palm launching which we’ll discuss in part five. After choosing a takeoff
point, open DJI Go 4 into the camera view and
check the aircraft status bar at the top of the screen. Generally, if the aircraft
status bar is green it means you’re safe to fly. If the bar is yellow or red,
you may need to calibrate your IMU or compass or move
away from magnetic interference to gain GPS signal. Check that each menu
item displays as normal, and that flight mode is set to GPS. Now, while flying without GPS is possible, we strongly recommend flying with GPS especially if you’re a new pilot. Once you’ve confirmed the
aircraft is safe to fly it’s time to take off. Now, to start the motors, pull both control sticks
to the bottom inner corners to perform the combination stick command. Alternatively, you can
tap the auto-takeoff icon and slide the slider to start the motors and automatically ascend
to a height of four feet or 1.2 meters. Now, let’s learn how to fly
in the default stick mode which is mode two. You can choose alternate control schemes in remote controller settings
to suit your preference. Now to ascend or descend in mode two, push the left stick up or down. To adjust the aircraft’s heading, turn the left stick right or left. To move laterally, push the
right stick left or right. And to move forward or backward, push the right stick up or down. To land the aircraft manually, descend to the ground slowly, then hold the left stick down until the motors turn off. You can also land automatically by pressing the return to home icon. Alright, that’s it. Now you know the basics of flying Spark with the remote controller. In our next video, we’ll show you how to fly using your mobile device. Thanks for watching, and
we’ll see you next time.


58 Responses

  1. 1923bob

    June 15, 2017 5:27 am

    Do you have to calibrate it like the Mavic ? I have looked at a ton of videos on the spark and no one shows calibrating it before the fly.
    Thanks Bob

  2. Ben Chng

    June 18, 2017 3:55 pm

    Is there anyway to switch the joystick modes to be more like FPS games?? Left stick for forward backward and sideways while right stick for ascending descending and turns.

  3. Mohamed Sadik

    September 6, 2017 7:44 am

    Hi.. I had recently updated my firmware for the remote controller…. after i reconnect to my spark … the video doesnt come up on my iphone. However the direct wifi with spark (without remote) shows the video. Help me with this please

  4. Primaria Municipiului Adjud

    October 5, 2017 12:22 pm

    I see in this video that you use the drone with no OTG cable. I try for two day to connect and is not working. The phone is connects to RC. The RC is linked to Spark. If i use cable is working, but i cant atach my phone to the remote because is kind of big and the usb connecter hace a real wierd position. Thank you.

  5. Carlos Estrada

    October 11, 2017 7:04 pm

    Hey DJI, you should have shown the video in which you landed it through the RTH mode so we could have been warned that it [the drone] is going to ascend up to 20-50 mts and then land. Why am i saying that? Because the Spark is not able to avoid objects when it's ascending (and flying in reverse), so there might be trees or buildings in general and the spark may got damaged.

  6. gobigparts

    December 30, 2017 1:34 am

    I just got my spark and noticed a problem. It could be a setting. I have the remote control and it seems it doesn't want to go forward a lot. I can make the drone go backward most of the time. I think the sensors are detecting things that aren't really that close because it does not want to go forward. If I put it in sport mode forward works great. Any help?

  7. TelocheTV

    January 29, 2018 12:12 pm

    i read people losing their drones due to remote issues, no mods all stock, yet with more then 50% battery life the remote alerts a autopilot fly away, does not RETURN TO HOME, disrupts the flight logs showing the aircraft i in perfect condition, perfect day and less then 200m away yet DJI says they can only offer these victims 30% off on another purchased giving them little time to decide.

    If you buy a car and it drives away due to break issues, motor issues etc and no wrong doing was done on the drivers part before a crash or fall of a cliff is it not the manufactures fault when they dont know what caused it?

    How can they sell a drone, have all the flight data and not know it was caused by the remote itself,

    After reading several threads i also realized DJI is tealing with Apple who cyber bullies critics about bugs or issues which 9 out of ten times where all RECALLS., they mock, insulted , gaslighted and even blamed the victims of fly away drones to close the threads,

    Imagine the threads dating back 5 years with comments until date of more and more pilot horror stories been told its an old issue DJI fixed….you did not get this with the GopRo Karma..

    Class Action is the only way to deal with companies that abuse their customers and put the public at risk (which is the reason i personally think DDJI would never admit their remotes are faulty at times)

  8. Michael Millines

    March 9, 2018 10:22 pm

    I know I'm late but I can't believe he said to land automatically press RTH. When there's a auto take off/ land button.

  9. Traveling with Kristin

    April 7, 2018 7:42 am

    Ty = Top Gun 2 + human Ken doll + AI Robot + personal trainer + Tony Robbins <3

  10. Calvin Moon

    April 7, 2018 3:38 pm

    What if you don't want to use the iphone and just want to use the re controler and the spark. I have found the software want to register the aircraft over and over and never lets you go straight to the view screen. I have problem when it says that the battery needs update. I say OK but nothing happens. Too, when I start the go pro software, it always want to scan my aircraft number over and over. I cannot trigger the scan window. The books and videos always assumes it all goes well and no trouble shooting is allowed. I have gotten the fool things to fly and it flew well, but repeating the success is never the same. I just wish they would go slow in the videos showing things that can appear on the screen. TOO, I hear the Wire from the RC controler to the iphone is a NO NO and will void the warranty and is not recommended. So, what is the truth?

  11. photophiz Studio Antoine Nemnom

    May 22, 2018 5:05 pm

    all I have a problem in the app when i enter to go fly a window appear said (switch WLAN setting) if i press ok the connection between the drone and the RC disappear, i cant use my drone using RC, anyone have this problem too? and how i fix it?

  12. boko

    August 9, 2018 5:45 pm

    BUYERS BEWARE: Check the reviews before you buy DJI products. You see on their website they don't allow reviews because they would be rated a 1 star by the consumers but there are other sites that show consumer ratings. Don't listen to these big reviewers like I did and purchase their drones, etc. You will soon find out they have the absolute worst customer service! I paid $200 for their extended warranty and it took about two months to receive my drone back and it was still broken, and they didn't even replace the propellers which were all cracked. The damage of my drone wasn't even much it was just the gimbal that needed to be replaced and that came back crooked and couldn't shoot straight film. Upon returning the drone a second time clearly stating they did not fix it the first time, they told me I would need to pay over $200 more to get it fixed. The whole experience was so terrible, I had to sit on hold week after week to hear if there were any updates on my drone since they would never send me emails or anything. There's too many similar products emerging to waste your precious time with these sub-par products.

  13. DOA HS Nyotengu

    October 9, 2018 2:00 am

    I wonder if he's this joyful, friendly and amazing in real life off cam. How do I get my spark to follow me though?

  14. johnyou35

    March 10, 2019 12:35 am

    Mine absolutely WILL NOT work. As soon as I start the motors, the camera image goes out, and it says “aircraft disconnected “. As soon as I stop the motors (if it will let me), it shows the camera again, and the aircraft is re-connected. I don’t know if an otg cable will help. I can’t find the problem. Been flying only with the mobile app.

  15. Joe Blow

    March 24, 2019 7:18 am

    So sad, I crashed my drone after only three flights because I didn't read the directions and tried to fly it out of my 7th story window 🙁 Luckily nobody was hurt, and the materials they use for the body are great. Somehow, when it crashed ten stories down after going crazy, it didn't smash into a million pieces. I think it's safe to say that DJi has put a lot of effort into making these things idiot-proof, and you really have to ignore the warning signs to mess up that badly.

  16. Nagle Appraisal Dayton

    May 29, 2019 12:42 am

    Bought this drone and was really disappointed! The software had so many glitches it just would not work! So many bugs I just couldn't justify the cost!! I wish I would have seen True tutorials about how bad the software works!

  17. Flying Mermaid

    June 6, 2019 8:39 pm

    Hes like a video game character giving you a mission. Untouchable,perfect and scary hahaha

  18. alaa eddine wind

    September 16, 2019 8:54 pm

    You are amazing with your smile and explain. The best i ever seen and wish to see more video of you 👍


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