FAQ

Learn more about Propeller’s AeroPoints—the smart ground control points

Can I buy a smaller set of AeroPoints?

No, they’re only available in minimum sets of 10. It’s important to us that AeroPoints deliver reliable, accurate data every time. More points means redundancy if they get accidentally moved or covered, improved accuracy, and extra data for checkpoint verification.

Do I need a Propeller subscription to use AeroPoints?

For AeroPoints to work, you need to maintain a subscription to Propeller Correction Network. It’s included with your purchase for the first 12 months.

After the first year, if you have any current Propeller Platform license, you get the Network subscription for free.

If you aren’t using the Propeller Platform, the Network subscription is just $600 a year.

Can I use AeroPoints with other cloud- or desktop-based processing solutions?

Yes, we make the control point data easy to export in CSV, KML, and PDF formats.

Even if you do your own processing, you can upload the mapping outputs (orthomosaics and DEMs) for visualization, sharing, and measuring in Propeller’s industry leading platform.

How quickly will the location data be available after the AeroPoint is connected to WiFi?

Points are available within 24 hours after uploading. This varies based on local providers and in many places it’s much faster—contact us to find out typical times in your area.

What is the minimum/maximum operating temperature?

AeroPoints work from 0ºF (-20ºC) up to 104ºF (40ºC) ambient temperature.

What level of moisture/dust can they handle?

AeroPoints are water resistant, dust proof, and they’ll be fine even in moderate rain.

If I order my set now, when should I expect my AeroPoints to arrive?

AeroPoints are now available. Delivery time may vary depending on freight to your location but usually is up to seven business days.

Head to the AeroPoints page to order your set.

What area can I cover with a set of AeroPoints?

A set of 10 AeroPoints will get accurate results on areas up to 120ha (300 acres). Even for the smallest surveys such as a single building we still recommend putting all of your AeroPoints—it’s easy to do, and gives you the ability to verify accuracy and avoid accidental movement or obstruction ruining your survey.

We recommend two sets of 20 AeroPoints for high accuracy on areas up to 350ha (865 acres).

How long do AeroPoints need to be running to get good accuracy?

We recommend they stay active for at least 45 minutes in order to record enough positioning data sets to be survey-grade accurate. As you can start flying as soon as they are activated, they have been running for long enough by the time you are ready to pick them up.

Do AeroPoints come with a warranty?

We offer a standard one-year international warranty from the date of dispatch. Within that time, we will repair or replace faulty AeroPoints if necessary.

Will AeroPoints work in my area?

Propeller’s AeroPoints work everywhere in the world where there’s solid ground and sky. If they are in range of our Corrections Network, they will automatically deliver survey-grade accuracy, but there are a number of other methods you can use. Read here to learn how.

Where do AeroPoints record  their height from?

The height in the report is the top of the AeroPoint. That’s the point you use in the georeferencing process when you have the AeroPoint in the survey images.

If you’re processing images that instead contain a stencil mark or ground marker (i.e. the point the AeroPoint was placed over), you need to subtract the thickness of the AeroPoint (32mm) from the report height. You can download the survey report in CSV format and use Excel to subtract 0.032m (0.105ft) from the elevation you use.

Note that if you use Propeller’s cloud processing, we’ll handle this for you.

Where can I buy AeroPoints?

You can buy them directly from Propeller Aero, or one of our partners. Buy online here, or get in contact with us to find a partner near you.