Wingtra describes its latest release as, “The latest flight planning improvements [that] will make a big difference for our customers. Especially those, who rely on WingtraOne for complex mapping and surveying missions in difficult terrain.” Armin Ambühl, CTO of Wingtra said WingtraPilot 1.6 offers extended flight planning possibilities, simplified operations and increased safety.

WingtraPilot 1.6 release enables multiple area planning for complicated missions, he continued. It also allows users to swap batteries during long missions.

WingtraOne already comes with an area coverage of 400 ha in a single flight. But now it is possible to fly even longer with just one planning session, the company said. With the new “Swap and Resume” battery feature, our users can plan large survey missions without worrying about the range or flight duration. During the mission, WingtraOne automatically returns to home position when the battery is low. After the battery swap, WingtraOne takes-off and resumes the flight path where it left off, collecting the remaining aerial data.

“The ground elevation offset” feature gives WingtraOne users the ability to plan flights in difficult conditions or above hilly terrain. Users can now predefine the elevation change and adapt to the terrain to map areas that do not lie on home altitude. According to Wingtra, those who use aerial data for complicated research projects can add negative overlap. “It helps to cover even larger areas and capture images as frequently as needed. It eases drone usage for scientific applications where artificial intelligence or machine learning is involved,” it continued.

Wingtra 1.6 release introduces the option to export Geotags (geographical identification metadata) of aerial images as a .csv file – compatible with most photogrammetry software.

WingtraPilot 1.6 introduces “Loiter Waypoints” that define how WingtraOne flies between different areas.