Skyward’s Live Flights tool expands upon existing situational awareness features available in the Skyward interface. Supported in both the web and mobile platforms, you’re now able to see the live position of other drones being flown within your organization. This article talks you through the features of this reporting, as well as how to access other assets being reported across your organization.
Before we begin, a couple notes regarding setup:
- First, this functionality only works when drones are piloted via Skyward InFlight. So, if you’re using a different ground control system, you won’t see live telemetry reflected.
- For more information about InFlight, please click here or contact your Customer Success Manager.
- Currently, Live Flights is only available with supported aircraft, which means most DJI models.
- Lastly, we want to assure you that only members of your organization will see drones being flown live on the map. This data is not consumable by the general public, or other Skyward customers.
Getting started with Live Flights is really easy. Just access the Live tab in Skyward by selecting it from the menu at the top of the screen.
Once a drone flying with InFlight is airborne, it will automatically begin broadcasting its position, as well as the position of the pilot.
Clicking on the drone icon will turn it orange and will reveal some additional detail about the airframe being flown.
Note that the Height from Takeoff, Speed, Track (heading), and Height MSL are all shown on the drone detail, as well as the Pilot and the aircraft name. In addition, as the drone navigates, you’ll notice that the previous track of the drone is populated as a ‘tail’, which slowly disappears as the drone continues its route.
If there are multiple drones being flown at once on the airspace map, each of their locations will be represented by the black drone icons. Simply clicking on one of these aircraft will reveal the operator details, as well as the speed/track information mentioned above.