GCU Preflight Procedures (Operator)
- Create flight plan (consider airfield and ATC limitations, weather data, aircraft performance)
- Upload flight plan
- Takeoff mode: Taxi Runway (confirm GPS tracking on taxi way and runway)
- Adjusting runway alignment (as required)
- Takeoff mode
GCU Preflight Procedures (Autopilot)
After takeoff procedure is activated by the operator, the autopilot will commence takeoff procedure and follow the active flight plan and land automatically. However, the operator can change the flight operation and override the flight plan at any time during the flight.
- Auto mode: The aircraft will takeoff automatically and will follow the flight plan as specified and land automatically.
- Operator assisted takeoff mode: After takeoff procedure is activated, the operator will operate the throttle manually for takeoff. After takeoff and positive rate of climb, the throttle control should be reassigned to autopilot.
GCU In Flight Procedures (Operator)
List of most common commands:
- Flight direct to WPT
- Commanded course ( + / - 10, + / - 90 degrees)
- Commanded altitude (+ / - 1, + / - 20 meters)
- Loiter / STBY
- Loiter Radius
- Flight plan modification and upload
- Throttle override
- Landing mode
- Cancel landing
Full list: refer to Key Shortcuts
GCU Landing Procedures (Autopilot)
After passing all way-points as per flight plan, the autopilot will proceed automatically to landing procedure. The autopilot will optimize automatically the approach flight path to the approach point towards the runway. If the approach will be under- or overshot will be indicated by a white square in the flight plan window at runway position. In case of undershot (square extended in front of the runway), the autopilot will cancel the landing and will proceed to a new approach for landing. In case of overshooting the runway, the operator has to take action at his own discretion to cancel or to continue the landing procedure, if the runway length permits for a safe landing.
- The operator will confirm (at 2 meter altitude) touchdown stage of the landing procedure. (small aircraft without AGL sensor!)