Flying any drone over water presents some unique challenges, so we always advise using caution and common sense guidelines when flying near the water. Unlike solid ground, visual navigation is less reliable over water because of the constant changes in geometry and texture. Although it's not waterproof, Skydio 2 has the ability to safely fly over larger bodies of water and the Skydio 2 app adds additional safeguards to keep the drone securely tethered to your phone. Pay attention to your batt...

Launching and landing Skydio 2 from your hand is a quick and convenient way to start or end your flight, particularly if you can’t find a clear flat spot to take off, but it should be done with caution for your safety. Both maneuvers are dangerous and should not be attempted in unstable environments, such as during high winds or while standing on a moving vehicle or boat. We highly recommend that users do not attempt hand launching or landing their first few flights with Skydio 2 until they’v...

The swappable battery in the Skydio 2 allows for an average flight time of about 23 minutes on a fully charged battery. Your available flight times will vary with environmental conditions and flight speed. For instance, flying in windy conditions or tracking a fast-moving subject will impact battery life. The Skydio 2 app will show you how much battery life is left during any flight. The app will also warn you in advance when the battery is getting low. Note that you’ll want to fully charge a...

We’ve optimized Skydio 2’s flight behaviors based on its ability to track a subject accurately. Using the Skydio app and a variety of different skills, you can adjust and alter Skydio 2's flight behavior to get the perfect shot. Based on which flight mode you’re using, or whether or not Skydio 2 is currently tracking a subject, here are the altitude (height) specifications for Skydio 2: (Please note that these values represent the max height from the controlling device, meaning your phone/Con...

Skydio 2 has built-in GPS, which enhances the autonomous flight experience with features that enable it to follow a Beacon or go to a point on a map within the Skydio 2 app. Below are some details around Skydio 2’s GPS capabilities. If Skydio 2 has trouble establishing a strong GPS signal, a warning message will appear in the app cautioning that it may not be safe to fly. At any time during flight (either following a subject or flying manually), you can easily return Skydio 2 to your phone’s ...

Skydio 2 is designed to be easy and fun to operate, and using a few common-sense guidelines should help you to find an appropriate and safe place to launch and fly. When choosing a time and a place to operate your Skydio 2, please follow these general guidelines and suggestions, and be sure to check out our related articles for even more detail. Follow the law In the US, it’s illegal to fly drones within 5 miles of an airport. Always follow FAA guidelines for drone piloting and check out help...

Before flying, please read through all of the guidance and suggestions at skydio.com/safety, as well as the User Guides (available on this page), where you’ll find best practices, links to additional content, and regulatory information to enhance safety as well as your overall experience with your Skydio drone. Important note: Disregarding the safety instructions above could result in damaging your Skydio product in a way that renders it ineligible for warranty coverage. Meaning, if you aren’...