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. (Optional) loiter waypoints are automatically inserted between two areas; additional waypoints can be inserted manually to ensure safe flight paths between areas and back to the home point

    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

    Optional safety parameters

    RTH

    Automatic return to home (RTH) defines when a drone is prompted to abort a mission and come back to its take-off location called home.

    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.

    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

    Note that when RTH is triggered the drone flies back to its take-off point in a straight line. Set the “Minimum RTH height above Home” parameter to define the lowest altitude at which the drone flies back to the home point in case the mission is aborted.

    Make sure this altitude is higher than any obstacle the drone might encounter when flying straight back to home from any point during the mission.

     

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