Hello, I fly a lot of forestland on steep mountain slopes in the Pacific Northwest, USA. These are often in remote places with no wifi. I desperately need:
The ability to have terrain follow cached for offline use. I have tried cheating the system by creating the flight plan with TF on beforehand, in wifi service, leaving the app open and driving to the location. Occasionally it works and most of the time it doesn’t.
The ability to use terrain follow for flight plans larger than 200 acres in size. I need the ability to
make map plans that are more like 600+ acres.
The ability to create a “margin” or “buffer” around an imported KML or SHP. There are often times thousands of vertices for the boundary of the flight area. In order to ensure there is sufficient coverage on/over the boundaries of the flight area, I need a feature that “grows” the shape of the flight area by a percentage. A slider that grows the flight boundary in all directions by say 1-20% would be great.
A toggle to switch the starting and ending waypoint with each other. Changing the flight direction feature rarely will get you this result. This feature would help the DD ortho stitching turn out better as the spatial and temporal pattern interruptions relating to sun shadows could be lessened. This feature would allow us to fly a large area that currently requires multiple 200-acre flight plans, more fluidly.
The ability to load more than 200 waypoints. By far one of the larger shortcomings. In steep terrain, I get one to two passes before the drone comes back. DD will not load more waypoints with the pause feature when I am out of internet service which is more often than not. Many times, even when I do have internet service, it still won’t pause and load the waypoints. I am unsure if this is a DD bug or not but being able to load all waypoints from the get-go would keep a whole string of issues from arising such as wasting battery, app crashing, angry fists shook in the air, etc.
There are many things I love about this particular app and would like to keep using it. Our clients really like our enterprise DD platform where we store their completed projects. With many thousands of acres of steep, remote forestland to cover, it would be awesome (and necessary) to have these features, please.