Getting Started With the X-Star Premium Drone

Congratulations on your new drone!

The X‑Star Premium is a sophisticated quadcopter that comes with the best-in-class 4K camera and 3-axis gimbal, lengthy flight times, custom carrying case, intuitive and intelligent flight controls, and industry leading customer support. Whether you’re a first-time pilot or an experienced pro, you’re going to love your new drone.

This guide was designed to help you get the X‑Star Premium out of the box and up in the air. It connects you with useful resources and includes best practices and tips that can help you establish habits that lead to safe and successful flight.

Here are a few steps you can take to ensure you’re prepared for your first flight and beyond:

See what’s in the box

First things first, when the X‑Star Premium arrives at your door, open the box and check out your new drone. Here’s what you can expect to find:

Register with the FAA

Any drone that weighs between 0.55 – 55 lb needs to be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The X‑Star Premium weighs in at just over 3 lb, so before you head out for your first flight be sure to register. The registration process is simple and only takes a few minutes, but there are a few key differences depending on whether you plan to fly for commercial or recreational purposes.

For everything you need to know about registering your drone visit Registering a Commercial or Hobby Drone with the FAA or jump straight to the FAA’s registration page to get started.

Learn the rules

You may already know that you need to keep your drone under 400 ft or that you shouldn’t fly near airports and other basic rules, but there are legitimate penalties for breaking certain laws and it’s worth taking the time to learn and understand drone regulations.

The FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems website and the Summary of Small Unmanned Aircraft Rule are great places to start. KnowBeforeYouFly.org also provides a lot of helpful information for both recreational and commercial drone pilots.

Pro tip: If you plan to fly for commercial purposes, be sure to take advantage of our You pass, we pay program which offers a $150 rebate to X‑Star Premium pilots that pass the Part 107 knowledge test.

Prepare for takeoff

Download the free Starlink app

The X‑Star Premium controller has a built-in LCD screen that displays the flight status and provides warning messages and other real-time instructions, but the free Starlink app is where you’ll really unlock the power of your drone. Using the Starlink app, your mobile device acts as the central monitor where you can view live video from the drone, capture beautiful aerial photos and video footage, utilize auto-pilot flight modes (such as Orbit, Follow, and Waypoints), customize the camera settings, and more.

Download the Starlink app on your Android or iOS device today from Google Play or the App Store.

Charge the battery and controller

The X‑Star Premium battery and remote controller can be charged simultaneously with the dual charger that comes with drone. The drone battery should be charged to 100 percent before your first flight. A completely drained battery takes about an hour to charge and provides up to 25 minutes of flight time. The controller should also be charged to 100 percent before your first flight, which takes about 4.5 hours, but a single charge provides you with several hours of flight time. Visit our knowledge base to learn more about batteries and battery maintenance.

Pro tip: The drone battery in the X‑Star Premium is removable. Pick up a few extra batteries to increase the amount of time you can fly on a single outing.

Get to know the remote controller

The X‑Star Premium controller is thoughtfully designed and puts the most important features and controls at your fingertips, but it can take a little bit of practice to master the flight and camera controls. Before you head out on your first flight, get your hands on the controller and ensure you’re comfortable with the key features.

Scout a safe place to fly

It’s going to be tempting, but DO NOT fly the drone inside your house or right outside your front or back door. Find a wide open area that has a level surface and is clear of trees, buildings, or other potential obstacles. Keep an eye out for sources of magnetic interference, such as fire hydrants, underground pipes, power lines, cell radio towers, or other metal objects like your keys, smartwatch, or cell phone.

Pro tip: Map your flight plan. This will help ensure the path you intend to fly is safe and clear of obstacles or sources of interference that might impact your flight.

Create a preflight checklist

A preflight checklist is a list of essential preparation and safety tasks you should complete prior to flight. Your checklist should be used to confirm that the drone is prepped and ready for takeoff every time you fly. Your checklist might include a step to scout the flight area, check the weather, remove the gimbal holder, fasten the propellers, calibrate the compass, and several other important tasks.

You can read up on creating a preflight checklist and other habits for drone pilots on our blog, and visit our video library for several step-by-step tutorials. For example, this video walks you through how to calibrate the compass, an action you should complete each time you fly (especially if you’re flying in a new location).

Take flight!

The X‑Star Premium is loaded with features to help new pilots fly safely. For example, consider flying in Beginner Mode (which has default limitations on altitude, distance, and speed), and utilizing the one-touch auto-takeoff and landing buttons on the front of the controller to help you get the X‑Star Premium up in the air and back on the ground safely.

Pro tip: When you first takeoff, let the X‑Star Premium hover 10-12 feet in the air. Make sure the drone and camera are stable, satellites are connected, and that the drone is hovering as you expect. If you see anything unusual, land the drone for inspection.

This tutorial video covers the basic takeoff and landing procedures:

Get inspired!

One of the main benefits of owning the X‑Star Premium is having the ability to capture beautiful aerial imagery. Get inspired by the incredible photos and videos created by X‑Star Premium pilots from around the world by visiting and subscribing to our YouTube channel or following us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

We’re here to help

Our knowledge base, video tutorials, and blog are full of articles and videos to help answer your questions and improve your piloting skills. You can also connect with a member of our U.S.-based customer support team by email, live chat, or phone seven days a week. Visit our support page for complete details.