How To Use AeroPoints To Establish Permanent Ground Control Points Across Your Site

If you have limited AeroPoints, flying larger sites can be challenging without a base and rover system to mark additional ground control. AeroPoints can obtain survey-grade positional data as smart ground control, simultaneously serving as a base station and control target and utilizing Propeller’s PPK solution to correct data after it’s been collected. 

Find a suitable location 

First, you must find suitable locations on your site with a clear view of the sky. These positions should be in locations that will not be easily disturbed or disrupted by future site activities. 

The “15 Degree Rule” should be considered when assessing a location’s suitability as a ground control point. 

These locations should also be at least 50 feet away from buildings, vehicles, metallic interference, or surrounding terrain. 

Mark the ground

Once these control point locations are identified, mark the ground using the stencil included with your AeroPoints with bright contrasting paint in the middle.  You may also use another permanent marker that will be easily visible from the sky when flying your site.

Collect location information

Place an AeroPoint precisely over the marked location and turn it on to collect data. 


Leave the AeroPoint in place and undisturbed for:

  • AeroPoint 2s: at least 10 minutes
  • AeroPoint 1s: at least 45 minutes
  • Mixed fleet comprised of both AeroPoint 1s and 2s: at least 45 minutes 

The longer this is left out to collect data, the better the point will be for future surveys. 

AeroPoints will enter sleep mode after a certain amount of time and will no longer be collecting data.

Maximum capture time

AeroPoint 1s:  5 hours
AeroPoint 2s: 8 hours

Upload data

Once the AeroPoint data is collected, upload your data to the Propeller Platform. 

Log in to the platform and navigate to your AEROPOINTS Dashboard.

Click the PROCESS NOW button. 


Select Propeller Corrections Network.


Once processing is complete, download the CSV (simple) file for future use during full site surveys.

Data collection using established ground control points

When you're ready to fly a survey with your new supplemental control points, lay out your AeroPoints and ensure that your permanent ground control points are clear and visible and adequate spacing between your AeroPoints and the permanent controls across your site. You are now ready to conduct your survey.

Data upload

Upload your new flight data to the portal and select AeroPoints + CSV when choosing your ground control method. 


Select the appropriate AeroPoint capture and upload the CSV file you created for your site. 


To help our team quickly identify the permanent markers during processing, add a note in the comments section that includes a brief description of the target, such as color and shape, if different from the AeroPoint stencil.


You can complete the dataset upload process as normal.

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

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