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How to Fly Your First Flight with Ground Control

Ground Control™ is the all-in-one software solution for safely operating commercial drones and effectively managing a growing fleet.

If you're reading this, chances are you are currently using a variety of software to manage your drone operations - flight control apps, flight logging programs, program management tools, equipment health trackers, etc.

Ground Control allows you to streamline your drone program as it includes both an in-flight app for pilots and a robust program management tool.

If you haven't already, contact Measure for a free 14-day trial of Ground Control.

 

For Pilots - iOS In-Flight App

Getting Ready to Fly

Ground Control offers a selection of tools depending on your current flight needs.

In Flight App LP
 

Once logged in, select the Airspace Map tool to check for any airspace advisories in your flight area. The Rules & Advisories button can be tapped to view local advisories according to your chosen rule set.

LAANC

 

LAANC Request

 

If LAANC is supported in your area, a Request Flight Authorization button will appear. Authorizations within Ground Control are supported in partnership with AirMap and require the AirMap app to function. Ground Control will auto-switch to AirMap, process the request, and then jump back to the Ground Control app. 
 
AirMap

 

Ground Control provides access to multiple custom flight settings. In the Settings tool, pilots can set general preferences including max altitude and distance, local data mode, RTK, and connection loss behaviors. Camera settings can also be applied including HDMI through the RC, auto upload of low resolution imagery with the flight log, and custom exposure controls. Users can also customize the Remote Controller by assigning actions to the C1 and C2 buttons.  The Settings tool also includes common calibration options for IMU, gimbal, and compass.

general flight settings

 

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Fly Manually

Manual flight with Ground Control is simple. Connect your iPad to your DJI drone's remote control. Once turned on, the app will automatically connect. The Fly tool provides image and video capture capability, advanced camera settings, and access to a live flight map. Fly also includes one-tap access to Tripod Mode for smoother flight.

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Fly Autonomously

Flight Plan provides autonomous grid-based flight planning. The first step is to choose a New Flight (you can also select previously-saved flights).

Autonomous Flight Planning

 

Step 2 is to create a mission name and choose some other attributes such as drone camera and mission code.

Grid Flight

 

Next, adjust the map to your desired flight area.

Grid Flight Pattern

 

Setting up your flight area is done by dragging the corner points to your desired location. Additional points can be added by tapping the "plus" icons. The flight settings panel allows the appropriate details to be set including front and sidelap, resolution, flight direction, and speed. The bottom of the screen displays flight information including estimated flight time, area covered, and number images to be captured.

Flight planning

 

At this point we're ready to fly. Tapping "Save & Fly" will save the flight plan and begin a pre-flight check. Once complete, the flight can begin.

uav flight planning

 

During flight, the app will automatically control gimbal pitch and image capture based on the flight settings. Once completed, the drone will automatically return to home.

drone flight pattern

 

Project Managers - Web Portal

View Flight Logs on the Web Portal

When you log in, you will be presented with your company dashboard, which provides high-level metrics and a flight list. The flight list offers high level information such as flight time, location, pilot, aircraft type, and more. You are also able to sort and search on specific categories.

Ground Control also tracks specific equipment data. Drone type, drone and remote controller battery health, and serial number data are included in each flight log. Users can search and sort on these values to view and track associated flights.

program management

 

Clicking a flight will present the flight details view. This outlines general flight details, provides a visualization with log playback and metrics, and previews any images that were captured during manual flights.

web portal details

 

The flight reconstruction offers granular insight into a specific flight. Playback displays real-time flight metrics including altitude, satellite connectivity, drone location, attitude, battery health, and speed.

flight reconstruction

 

The Ground Control app will automatically sync flight logs from the field to your account online. If a pilot does not have connectivity in the field, logs will be queued and synced when the device achieves an internet connection.

automatic upload

 

Managing Your Fleet

Ground Control offers company-wide customization and management features. In Settings, you can configure Ground Control with your own company logo and brand colors. Important flight settings such as max altitude, return-to-home altitude, max distance, and max speed can also be configured. When set as company defaults, pilots will have these settings locked-in when they login to the Ground Control app.

software settings

 

Ground Control also automatically highlights potential incidents as a safety protocol. These may include flights that are flown at high altitudes, incur low-battery warnings, or are flown at max distances.

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These main features will get you started on your first flight with Ground Control, but there is a lot more to explore and new features are coming out regularly!

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