5.2. Flight planning

We describe here the actual operation of a UAV to list the important considerations prior to flight, during flight and after flight (Mesas-Carrascosa et al., 2015). Experiences gained during our UAV operations form the basis of this description.

The success of a UAV campaign is, to a large extent, dependent on pre-flight planning. UAVs normally come with a “mission planner” application that makes this step relatively easy. This stage allows one to plan the whole flight by selecting and defining important parameters required for a successful campaign. Gaining a better understanding of these parameters helps to make proper decisions. To this end, we detail some of the important pre-flight preparations required for UAV operations. The section has been structured into four subsections.