Flying Large Sites with Propeller PPK and AeroPoints

A single AeroPoint can cover up to 100 acres (40 hectares) if the AeroPoint is centrally located and if there is less than 50 ft (15 m) of topographic variation throughout the site. The expected accuracy for one to three AeroPoints on 100 acres is 1/10ft or 3cm. 

When on a local grid, we recommend using three AeroPoints to correct for the small amount of error related to the rotation scale and planar shift in locally calibrated sites. 

You can add checkpoints (CPs) to help benchmark accuracy between AeroPoints.

Standard Site

Total area: less than 150 acres (60 hectares)

Large Site

Total area: 100 acres to 300 acres (40 to 120 hectares)

Place one to two AeroPoints every 50 acres (20 hectares) to maintain whole site accuracy. 

Distribute the AeroPoints evenly across the site, horizontally, and vertically.

Checkpoints (CPs) are your friend! CPs help our teams conduct quality control on the data and note any shifts between surveys. 

Massive Site

Total area: over 300 acres (120 hectares)

For sites larger than 300 acres, you must leapfrog your AeroPoints to cover the whole site. 

If you do this, you must first place a known point (benchmark) down. Pick up this AeroPoint last. It has to be on and undisturbed for the whole survey, which has a five-hour time limit (eight-hour limit for AeroPoint 2s). 

The others can be turned off, moved, and turned back on to continue the survey. Your AeroPoints should be placed every 50 acres (20 hectares). 

Please contact your customer success representative for assistance with leapfrogging on a very large site. 

I still can't do it! 

We wrote these articles to equip you with everything you need to get the job done on your own, but we understand that sometimes this isn't sufficient.

If you're stuck, the Propeller hardware support team may be able to help. You can contact our support team by emailing