3. Practice, Practice, Practice. If you’ve never flown automated missions, it can be a very strange experience the first time doing it. I hated it at first and still don’t like handing over the controls to software. So before doing automated missions, go out to a big field and practice mapping. Get very familiar with the software you’ll be using. Make adjustments to the map in between missions, so as to get used to adjusting on the fly. Also, practice emergency procedures such as RTH (Return to home), try switching out of GPS and take control of the drone while mapping is in progress (this will abort the mission), but will give you control in an emergency. Practice every scenario you can think of, so when you show up to a site, you have much more confidence in what you are doing and can fly safer.