Flight Planning Dashboard
This is perhaps the most crucial part of the the Flyte system. It is where you draw your flight area in order to be presented with all airspace, restricted areas and ground hazards for which to plan your flight safely.
Step 1 Getting to your flight location:
The location the map loads to is the one selected in the location selection in Step 2 of the initial project setup. Once within the project you can refine this, zooming into the more specific location where you will then draw your flight area. You can also enter an address, or just postcode in the search bar and our system will load to the specified location.
To identify a particular building, we recommend that you switch to the Sattelite Map display option for increased granularity to accurately depict specific buildings or areas.
It should be noted that all satellite imagery provided is up to date, with images no older than six months at a resolution of 5 sq metres per pixel.
Step 2 Toggling Map Layers:
Because we aim for simplicity, we have aimed to create as minimalistic a mapping dashboard as possible. On the right hand side of the map page there is a vertical bar two tabs: Planning and Map Layers. Using the rightward point arrow in the middle of this bar, you can toggle it away to create a larger map view.
To enhance your map view, switch to the Map Layers tab. Within this is a menu of relevant airspace and ground information which can be toggled on and off. Note that this does not remove the data from your flight planning, but just removes them visually to create a clearer map view if preferred.
This might be useful for a broad overview, at this stage provides more information than necessary for your specific flight area.
NOTE: Depending up the licence you select, the relevant airspace relative to your fight location and licence will alter. Ensure you are operating under the correct licence for the correct region.
4.3 Defining your flight area and hazards:
Flyte aims to ensure usability, clarity and simplicity — particularly at this point. When you are at the correct location, click the Draw Flight Area button (for this, I have toggled off the map layers within the Map Layers menu and switched to satellite mode to depict certain buildings).
Now use the cursor to draw your flight area and double-click when confirmed.
In the planning tab, any hazards will be highlighted within the flight location.
Once your flight area is confirmed, hazards which must be considered before flying are presented. The location of each is provided and each one can be interacted with. Once all are resolved, the Flight Approval button can be clicked to approve the flight.
Each hazard can be selected and interacted with either by clicking on their map pin or within the list of hazards. This creates a small window to enter any information about the hazard such as mitigations. You can then click confirm to resolve each hazard afterwards.
If any changes are required, you can click the “Edit Flight Area” to adjust the flight area and he “Clear Map” button to start a fresh.
Step 4 User Created Custom Alerts
The pilot can also add bespoke alerts by clicking the Custom Alerts button within the Planning Tab.
These are for any hazards or notes which the pilot wants to include within their flight plan, perhaps from local knowledge or observing the hazard once on site. The type of hazard and degree of risk and/or importance to the flight is entered within this dialogue box to and then included as part of the plan.
The custom hazards can be defined through various descriptors with an importance selected. Each of these then must be confirmed as resolved, and any mitigating notes can be entered as with the standard alerts.
Step 5 Approving your Flight and Generating Flight Reports
Once each hazard is resolved, you may then approve the flight. The flight is now considered approved — this is updated within the flight’s listing in the Flight Overview. Once the flight has been flown, under project actions, click to confirm this in the top right of the flight’s dashboard. This enables you to upload your flight logs, add airframe/drone and battery flight times.
To generate report a report, click the create report button to generate a report. Click the same button again to then read the report. This will open a Flight Report in a new tab.
Note: Ensure your pop-up blocker is turned off when using this feature.