This article will guide you through the process to create a flight plan, capture data with your Parrot Bluegrass and use key features in the ParrotFields application.

 

Plan a flight step-by-step

Once you open a or create a project from the dashboard you have access to the project view.

 

A New Project

The following screenshot and table explain the main tools accessible from the project view when using the ParrotFields application.

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  Icon name  Description 
Home  Return to the project dashboard 
Project name  The chosen project name
Edit project name Rename a project
Comparison mode  Compare layers (double / split screen) 
Zonation and prescription  Create a zonation and prescription rates 
Annotations  Create annotations or aerial scouting points 
Export logs  Send to email logfiles 
Flight planning mode  Access flight planning tools 
Collapse menu  Collapse/expand side menu 
10  Manage field boundary  Access field boundary tools 
11  Trim layer  Trim layer with field boundary 
12  Edit field boundary name  Edit name of field boundary 
13  Delete field boundary  Delete a field boundary layer 
14  Edit layer name  Edit name of a layer 
15  Delete layer  Permanently remove layer 
16  Layer color skin  Change between various layer skin colors 

 

Plan a flight

The following screenshot and table explain the main tools accessible from the flight planning view when using the ParrotFields application.

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  Icon name  Description 
Home  Return to the project dashboard 
Project name  The chosen project name 
Edit project name Rename a project 
Geolocate  Center screen on your device location 
Center the plan  Center the plan to the middle of the current screen location 
Recenter on the plan  Center the screen on your flight plan 
Center on the drone  Center the screen on your drone current location* 

* Note: if the drone is currently not connected, the map will locate to 0,0 coordinates.

 

1. Tap on New Capture Path to open up the Capture Path side menu.

Note: a prompt for allowing ParrotFields to access your tablet location will appear, select your preferred option.  If you select Don't Allow then the application cannot be used for flight.

2. Drag and hold the corner points of the polygon which appears on the base map to create the boundaries of your flight path.  Use the + icon which appear around the polygon to add further points and manipulate the shape.

3. Hold down the crosshair symbol to drag and move the entire polygon.

4. Hold multiple fingers to the screen and twist clockwise / counter-clockwise to alter the flight path (e.g. North-South or East-West direction).  This allows you to factor in wind conditions and plan a logical start position for your flight in relation to you and the drone location.

5. On the side menu tap the title Capture Path to rename, or leave with default name.  Use the sliders to adjust flight height and overlap settings.  The image resolution, memory requirements, number of images captured and flight duration will update accordingly.

6. Once you have set your preferences, you can toggle Lock Direction to maintain the capture path and avoid mistaken changes.

7. To toggle between Real-Time Mapping and Live Video select under Capture Settings.

8. Once complete, tap APPLY.

 

Execute a flight: preflight checks

 1. The drone is now trying to connect, useful information about the status is displayed in the bottom left of the screen.

2. Status information is displayed at the top of the screen.  The color and information displayed depends on the status of the drone connection.  This includes the current flight height, drone battery percentage, memory space available on the SD card or integrated memory (dependant on flight activity) and Skycontroller remaining battery percentage.

Note: if the drone or controller are not connected the status icons will remain yellow with a ? status.

3. If the drone is connected, the CHECK icon will be white.  Tap this icon to proceed to full preflight checks.  If the icon is yellow, follow the instructions on step 5.

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4. The full preflight checks will be performed automatically, each check will go green if completed successfully.  At this stage any error will prohibit take-off from being performed until it has been resolved.

5. (Optional) If the drone is not connected, a screen titled Your drone is not connected yet... will appear.  To diagnose the issue, first tap OPEN SETTINGS to check and confirm the wi-fi link on your tablet device is operational.

6. The preflight checklist will appear when the drone is connected and verify the status of each flight requirement.  Check items will turn from yellow to green once verified and complete.  Once these turn green you can tap CONTINUE to proceed.

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7. The application will return to the flight plan view, the check icon will now display a blue TAKE OFF icon.  Tap this to proceed to launch the drone.

Note: if the drone requires calibration, a pop up will prompt you to do this, tap CALIBRATE to begin this process, or CANCEL if you are indoors and not ready to do this correctly.  Once all steps have been followed for calibration tap DONE.

 

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