Create a new location via the map tool or by importing a .KML file.
A location is the area where your mission takes place. The FlyFreely Office App allows you to create a location and view it as a satellite view, airspace information, or both. If you can't see the Locations widget, make sure the Location checkbox in the Left Nav Bar is checked.
Add a New Location
You can add a new location by scrolling to the Locations widget on the dashboard and clicking on the Add [+] button. A Location dialogue like the one below, will open. You can close a dialogue by clicking the Close [x] button.
You can find a location on the map in three different ways:
- Search for the location using the search box in the upper-right corner of the map.
- Manually zoom into your intended location on the map.
- Upload a .KML or .KMZ file using the button Upload KML button.
For now, we'll use the first method. Start typing an address or place of interest into the Location dialogue search box and select the correct location from the dropdown list. The map will zoom in on your chosen location.
Toggle the various airspace layers using the Layers dropdown. These layers include Class C and D airspace, Commercial Airports, Helipads and restricted areas. Please note that this feature is intended as a guide only and you should still consult the relevant charts when planning your mission.
Using the Airmap layers, we can see that our flight area falls within 3NM of Brisbane airport (orange shading).
Once you’ve focused the map on your mission location, you can draw the flight area boundaries using the draw tool. This opens three more buttons (Clear, Cancel, Done) to the left of the map. Outline the flight area boundary, by clicking points on the map. Use a double click on the last point to complete the shape, and then click Done to apply your flight area. If you need to undo this, select the area and click Clear. Redraw the area if required.
Lastly, name the location. This can be anything that will help you remember it in the future. If you’re creating a location from the mission planning dialogue, the location name will default to the name of the mission. Click Save to complete the process. Close the dialogue by clicking the x button.
Importing .KML Files
When creating a location, you can import a KML file using the Upload KML button shown below (if your KML file is not of the polygon file type, it won’t upload – see here for more information):
The KML overlay will be shown on the map, and you can then edit it simply by clicking on the polygon and dragging the outside points around. Press ‘Done’ when you’ve got the correct area selected, then give your location a name and press save.
Selecting your Location
You’ll now be able to select the location via the Location dropdown when planning your missions. (New locations are added to the end of the list in the Locations widget.) You can use the same location on multiple missions – as many as required.
For more information about how locations work in FlyFreely, click here.