UAV HEADING CHECK
A heading check is always recommended before flying your UAS. Metallic objects may cause interference and negatively impact the calibration.
Always keep a distance of approximately 2 m from metallic objects.
Prepare your UAS and make sure that the GPS antenna is connected.
Install the battery on your UAS, disconnect the motors and then connect the battery to the power monitor. Connect to SkyControl via DataLink
Once your SKYMATE is connected to SkyControl, a pop-up message will request you to perform heading check.
When the pop-up message is clicked, you will be directed to the Heading Check tab. Wait for the GPS fix.
If an on-site calibration is present, its’ date and location will be displayed. Otherwise, nothing will be displayed.
We will start with a heading check to confirm that the UAS heading is correct.
- Begin by pointing the aircraft toward a landmark on the field. For example, point the aircraft toward a building or, parallel or, like in our case, perpendicular to a road. This landmark must be also visible on the map.
Once the aircraft is pointed toward the landmark, click on the 'UAV Positioned' button. The map, the aircraft and a white line will appear.
Check the map, the direction of white and orange lines must reflect the aircraft heading. For example, if on the field the aircraft points toward a building, then on the map the white and orange lines must also point toward the same building.
After the heading is validated, click on the 'Heading Validated' button. Blue, red and yellow lines will appear.
Rotate the aircraft 90 degrees clockwise. On the map, the orange line must coincide or be close to the blue line. (Within a +/-5 degrees interval)
Rotate the aircraft another 90 degrees clockwise. On the map, the orange line must coincide or be close to the red line. (Within a +/-5 degrees interval)
Rotate the aircraft another 90 degrees clockwise. On the map, the orange line must coincide or be close to the yellow line. (Within a +/-5 degrees interval)
To restart the process, click on the 'Done' button. An on-site calibration should be carried out if the heading check fails.
For more in-depth information, please consult your SKYMATE user manual.