3. Set up your flight plan

Create a flight plan

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  1. Open WingtraPilot and press “New” to create a new flight plan
  2. Give your flight plan a descriptive name, select the camera, and press “Next”
  3. Import a KML file or skip if you want to plan from scratch

You can also plan your flights in WingtraHub (PC). Learn more at knowledge.wingtra.com/en/flight-planning-in-wingtrahub .

Center your map

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  1. Use the "Center" or "Search" function to locate the area of interest
  2. Click on "WingtraOne" to center the map on the current drone location

Create a home point and set the transition height

   

    1. Tap the "Plan" and then "Home" icon to create a home point at the planned take-off location; it will be updated once connected to the drone
    2. Adjust transition height and direction; it's the same for take-off and landing

    Home point and transition height explained

    1. Home point is the place where your WingtraOne takes off and lands
    2. Transition height is where your drone transitions into a forward flight mode

    Always set the transition height at least 20 m (65 ft) above obstacles, but not too high! Increased transition height reduces flight time.

    Create area(s) or corridor(s)

    An "area" or a "corridor" is where you want your WingtraOne to fly and capture the data.

       

    1. Add one or several areas by clicking on "Plan" and then "Area"
    2. If you are using the corridor feature, click on "Plan" and then "Corridor"
    3. Move the corners until you have outlined the area(s); you can also move the position of the area(s) by moving the A1/A2 bubble in the middle
    4. Optionally, loiter waypoints may be inserted manually to ensure safe flight paths between flight plan elements and back to the home point. Loiter waypoints can be used to fly over or around obstacles

    Learn how to import a KML file on knowledge.wingtra.com

    Adjust parameters

    Important

    1. "Terrain following"—make sure the box is ticked especially when flying over hilly terrain
    2. "Height above ground" and "Ground sampling distance"—define at what height your drone should fly to get the required GSD

    Optional

    1. "Flight direction"—set the angle of your flight direction, if possible perpendicular to the wind direction
    2. "Side overlap" and "front overlap" is based on percentage, and >60% is recommended (consult knowledge.wingtra.com for more detailed recommendations)

    Optional "corridor" parameters

    1. Define the corridor width
    2. Switch start and end point
    3. Turn flight direction 90°, e.g., if the terrain is steep

    Adjust safety parameters

    Minimum and maximum height above ground

    These parameters define the minimum and maximum height above ground for the flight of the drone.

    If the drone cannot fly within these parameters, take off will be denied.

    Sections where these safety parameters cannot be respected will be highlighted in red on the altitude graph.

    Recommended minimum height is 10 m (30 ft) higher than the tallest object in your area.

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    Connection loss timeout

    This parameter defines the maximum time a telemetry connection can be lost until a flight is aborted and Return to Home (RTH) is triggered.

    Increase this value if you are flying beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) or if you are flying in environments where the telemetry connection cannot be maintained (e.g. due to the topography of the area of operation).

    The drone will still collect data, if the telemetry connection is lost during the flight. However, the user interface in WingtraPilot will not be updated in real time.

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    Safe Return To Home (RTH)

    The drone will fly home on a safe path. This may not be a direct path to home, depending on the planned mission or topography of the area of operation.


    Safe RTH is triggered if:

    1. The drone flies beyond your geofence
    2. The connection between operator and drone is lost
    3. Battery gets low

    You can adjust the thresholds for the triggers in the “Safety” box of your flight plan.

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    RTH triggers

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    1. Geofence radius around home: the drone aborts its mission if the horizontal distance from its take-off location is larger than this value
    2. Geofence height above home: the drone aborts its mission if the vertical distance from its take-off location is larger than this value
    3. Connection loss timeout: maximum time a connection loss with telemetry is tolerated before a mission is aborted; increase this value in case of BVLOS missions or for missions in environments where you cannot maintain telemetry connection

    Adjust geofence

    Geofence type: Circle

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    This type of geofence confines the drone's flight area to a circle with the home point at the center. If the drone crosses this geofence, the Return to Home command is triggered automatically.

    The dimension of this geofence type may be adjusted with the radius, measuring the distance from the home point to the geofence.

    Geofence type: Polygon

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    This type of geofence confines the drone's flight area to a polygon shape. This shape may be modified by moving, adding or removing corner points.

    If the drone should cross this geofence, the Return to Home command is triggered automatically.

    To create a geofence from a KML file, drag the imported KML polygon onto the geofence settings window.

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