How to Care for Your AeroPoints

AeroPoints™ are used on worksites all over the world. They’re on all types of sites, which means they get a ton of use. We’ve put together this post to help you understand how to best care for these smart GCPs.

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AeroPoints are tough, and generally require very little maintenance. But sometimes nature tests them in unusual ways, like when a black bear tries to eat them. To help extend the life and performance of your AeroPoints, bears aside, here are some basic things to consider:

Before you fly

If your AeroPoints are new, or if you haven’t used them in a while, make sure they’re fully charged before you head out on site. It takes about seven hours in sunny conditions to reach full charge.

Use a damp cloth to wipe any dust, mud, or grime from the solar panel located at the top of the AeroPoint.

While you’re out on site

When laying out your AeroPoints, ensure they have an unobstructed view of the sky. Avoid placing them beneath trees, walls, buildings, or power lines.

Also avoid laying them in areas where they are likely to be disturbed or moved by people, animals, or vehicles.

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AeroPoints are built to be water-resistant (they can handle some light rain, mud, or splashes), but they aren’t waterproof. This means they shouldn’t be fully submerged or left out in heavy rain.


When you’ve completed your flight 

Once you collect your AeroPoints, remove any dirt and dust with a damp cloth as soon as is practical. They should be kept clean and dry when not in use.

Store your AeroPoints in the bag provided, placing them back-to-back to avoid scratching the solar panels with sand or gravel.

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Read more:
Relative accuracy points: AeroPoints vs. Total Station
How to Optimize Your Ground Control Point Placement
How Propeller Handles The World’s Many Coordinate Reference Systems

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