This article provides instructions for manually logging flights in Skyward. For the best experience, we recommend automatically logging flights via our InFlight GCS, DJI GO, or DroneDeploy. You can also import flights by uploading a CSV or DJI Log File obtained directly from a compatible GCS App.
Note: If several pilots are actively editing an operation or the flights within an operation at the same time, the last pilot to save changes will overwrite all the other changes. Best practices: Assign each operation to a single flight crew, and close the operation after you’re done making edits (ie, don’t leave a given operations record open if you’re not actively editing it).
Skyward operations have been designed around one flight crew operating in a single flight area. In order to get the best performance from Skyward, keep a single operation to 30 flights or fewer.
1. Go to Manage > Operations or click the Log button on your dashboard.
a. If you are logging flights within an operation you previously planned, select the operation’s name. If not, select Log a new operation.
2. Go the Flights tab.
Create Flight and Import Flight allow you to create a flight record or import a flight within the selected operation. If one or more flights already exist within the operation, clicking Create Flight duplicates the flight immediately above, copying flight crew, aircraft, batteries, payloads, and custom fields.
3. Assign your flight crew to roles and select your aircraft. Batteries, payloads, and custom fields are all optional.
a. Set start time and end time
b. Select the pilot from your flight crew and assign them to the pilot role. Please note that flights cannot be created without an assigned pilot.
c. Select an airframe if desired. It's not mandatory, but highly encouraged for the sake of proper reporting related to airframe hours.
d. Click Save to add the flight.
Once you've added the Flight(s) necessary for the operation, select Save. Once you've saved the flights, all of the flights added will appear on the map in the Operation using the center-point of the operation as the location for the log file.
A record of these flights is also available for reference on the Flights tab at the top of the screen. For more information regarding Flight Insights, please review the Flight Insights tutorial.