Create a flight plan
- Open WingtraPilot
- Open the start menu
- Select "Create a new flight plan" or open a previously saved one
- Give it a descriptive name and choose a location to store it in
- Press "Create"
- Select the camera you will use
- Click "Finish"
Center your map
- Use the "Center" or "Search" function to locate the area of interest
- Click on "WingtraOne" to center the map on the current drone location
- (Optional) choose an already-saved map if you do not have an internet connection
Create a home point and set the transition height
- 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
- Adjust transition height and direction; it's the same for take-off and landing
Home point and transition height explained
- Home point is the place where your WingtraOne takes off and lands
- Transition height is where your drone transitions into a forward flight mode
Always set 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.
- Add one or several areas by clicking on "Plan" and then "Area"
- If you are using the corridor feature, click on "Plan" and then "Corridor"
- Move the corners until you have drawn the area(s); you can also move the position of the area(s) by moving the A1/A2 bubble in the middle
- (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
- "Terrain following"—make sure the box is ticked especially when flying over hilly terrain
- "Height above ground" and "Ground sampling distance"—define at what height your drone should fly to get the required GSD
- "Flight direction"—set the angle of your flight direction, usually perpendicular to the wind direction
- "Side overlap" and "front overlap" is based on percentage, and >60% is recommended (consult knowledge.wingtra.com for more detailed recommendations)
Optional "corridor" parameters
- Define the corridor width
- Switch start and end point
- Turn flight direction 90°, e.g., if the terrain is steep
Optional safety parameters
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.
It is triggered when the drone flies too far or high; the connection between the RC and telemetry are lost at the same time, or when the battery reaches a certain level.
You can adjust the thresholds for the triggers in the “Safety” box of your flight plan.
- Geofence radius around home: the drone aborts its mission if the horizontal distance from its take-off location is larger than this value
- Geofence height above home: the drone aborts its mission if the vertical distance from its take-off location is larger than this value
- Connection loss timeout: maximum time a combined connection loss of both RC and telemetry is tolerated until 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.