I'm fairly new to flying but I really do think it would be possible. So far, I have had a couple of instances where the app on the ipad crashed and I was still able to control the drone. I'm just not sure of the start up but don't think that would be a problem either. I would think that you would always want your settings set correctly for you but they should be anyway. Make sure you have a good GPS signal and give it a try. Just make sure your homepoint is recorded in case you need the RTH. I even think you can take pictures or video although you can't tell exactly what you are shooting.