Map Pilot can be used to estimate a number of different metrics without being connected to the aircraft.
As the Boundary Markers and the Estimated Takeoff Point are added/relocated, the Flight Plan Statistics pullout menu shows the updated flight metrics such as area covered, distance flown, estimated flight time, number of batteries required and number of photos that will be taken.
The number of photos that will be taken directly translates into the number of points Maps Made Easy processing will require.
Adjusting the Altitude slider also affects the flight plan metrics.
Whether you plan on charging by the acre or by the image (like we do), using the Map Pilot app will make sure that you show up to the site properly equipped, with the data you need and a solid understanding of what your processing costs will be.
This walkthrough assumes that your device has a data connection but is not connected to the remote.
- Select "Create New Mission" on the Main Menu.
- Identify the Area of Interest.
- Open the Flight Plan Statistics pullout menu.
- Tap and hold to create Boundary Markers.Boundary Markers can be tapped to be deleted or tapped and held to be moved.As Boundary Markers are added, the survey area boundary is drawn.The shaded area shows the current survey area. The Flight Plan Statistics window is now being populated since there is valid data.
- Double Tap to add the Estimated Takeoff Location.This is only valid when the iOS device is not connected to the drone. When connected, the drone's current location is used as the takeoff location.
- Review the currently planned flight details and created flight path.Note that two batteries will be required to cover this area with these settings.
- Open the Altitude Adjustment pullout menu. It is currently set at 60 m (default).
- Adjust the Altitude using the slider. Fine adjustments can be made by tapping on the left or right side of the slider.
- Review how adjusting the altitude affects the distance flown, number of images taken and number of batteries that will be required. Note that the number of required batteries went down to 1.
- Use a two finger rotate gesture to optimize the layout.
- Review the generated flight path for potential obstacles. The the flight path line alternates between white and gray to denote each estimated battery flight that will be required based on the current settings.
- Open the Map Control pullout menu and select the Save button if desired. This will allow for later repeated or offline execution of the plan.
- When saving, the current overlap and battery limit timers are saved to be recalled along with the flight plan and cached map.
WARNING: Always inspect the intended flight path once on-site to be sure that real world obstacles are taken into account with any previously generated flight path.