I debated on using DroneLink in the short term. I stopped as I just didn’t know which plan would give me the mapping features I want/need. Can I ask if you are using ENTERPRISE dronelink or HOBBY?
If you are using Enterprise, (are the ADVANCED MAPPING features something I really need)
I’d be happy for any/all opinion on that.,
Yeah, not a big fan of their plan structures. We’re using the $39.99/month Growth plan. It is the lowest cost plan that provides advanced mapping. It just gives you more control. The most important of which for us is an oblique camera angle. It’s just a way to get you on a subscription.
As a 3rd year Dronedeploy subscriber i use the DD software very nicely to suit my needs, but i need to replace my drone with either the Air2S (preferred for travel) or the Mavic 3, but this wait is causing problems for me as my aging batteries are not up to planning longer flight maps anymore and i cannot invest in old tech.
Michael, Is dronelink easy enough to run and then you just bring images into DD to process?
Yes. Last person I talked to said that the Starter Business license has oblique camera control which I would think is a must. The main reason we got duped into the $39.99/month Growth plan but it works well and our other Pilots can use it as well so water under the bridge. The Starter is $19.99/month. Or you can get the Elite Hobbyist plan which is a one-time purchase of $99.99.
The decision might be if will DroneDeploy onboard the Air 2S, will it require a license like the Air 2 and whether or not this happens quickly enough to save some money by leasing. The problem we had was this little grayed-out footnote that I wasn’t too happy about when we first signed up. It’s up to you how you use it though.
Same issue as yesterdays post.
I can get Air2s to connect
but I get an error where it can’t access the camera.
If I continue past the error I also get a controller error saying “turn on multiflight mode”. Teell me others are trying this and have figured it out!
First error is the camera preflight check, I don’t see the camera moving at all and it spits out the error. You are asked to try again or keep going. I tap keep going and then when all is good to fly, “Start Flight” there is another error saying “Plan upload failed: The execution could not be executed” or something along those lines, and of course it won’t take off. Any ideas? I’m using latest firmware, latest everything.
I have tried and tried to get my Air 2 to connect but just can’t. I dont want to commit to a $1200 a year plan if I cant even get my drone to complete a preflight check list.
Following this. I have an Air2S. From what I’m reading here… Get DroneLink Business. Use that for flight plans and photos. Then upload photos to Drone Deploy for the mapping and data? Hoping someday DroneDeploy will directly work with Air2S?
If you already use DroneDeploy for processing that’s the best way currently. If you aren’t a processing customer I would entertain WebODM until DD has the whole workflow together.
What is WebODM? sorry i am very basic right now, love my Air2S was super excited to discover DroneDeploy, but this was a gut punch lol
I feel you. Being straight DJI compatible makes it seem like some of these 3rd party solutions would get quicker access but it has always taken 6 months to a year to get anything out of DJI. WebODM is free a photogrammetry processing software. It’s not the most intuitive but it’s free, lol. I recommend everyone try it just to become more familiar with the guts of photogrammetry.
Thanks for all the help. Ok DroneLink - do I have to get Growth version? or is starter ok for DroneDeploy Air2S connect?
We went with the growth plan because it was the first level that had advanced mapping but I think we were misled. Basic mapping should be fine so you could do the starter or even the one-time purchase of the Elite hobbyist. Not really a big deal to us as we do have a couple of different people that can use the software so we needed the business licensing anyways. Just verify with them whether or not basic mapping allows for oblique camera angles.
This worked great. i went with Dronelink Starter (enterprise) and was able to map out both a park and 30 acre field. then uploaded to Drone Deploy, and it looks pretty dang good. Thanks for the help Mike!
@MichaelL is there a way of sending you a direct message i have multiple questions relating to thsi thread and other ones ans you em to be the guy with the most knowledge
Feel free to PM me any time. If we get into something that needs more media capability then we can set something up.
Currently on the same moment where I’m deciding to downgrade the drone or have a bit more patience. Would be nice if there would be a global timeframe or indication if support will come.
I’m in the same boat. As a new drone owner and newly licensed commercial drone pilot I was super interested in Drone Deploy as my entry point into this field. But I’ve been following this thread for a month and a half now, it seems pretty dead and Drone Deploy doesn’t really seem interested in supporting this drone. I think it’s pretty odd that the best advice has been to pay for a separate software as a workaround and then pay to manually load that data to DD.