Sign Up

Go to http://sky-drones.com/dload to download the all new SmartAP GCS.

This software will allow you to configure the autopilot for your specific requirements and prepare your UAV for flight. The software will run on all popular platforms such as:

  • Desktops

  • Laptops

  • Tablets

  • Smartphones

And is available for the major operating systems:

  • Windows

  • MacOS

  • Android

  • iOS

  • Linux

This quick video tutorial will help you to download SmartAP GCS, create your user profile, log in and start using the app:

Follow the steps below to install the application:

First run

Run the application after installation. If you're able to see the authorization window like the one below, this means that the application was installed successfully and you may proceed to the next steps.

Create account

If you don't have an account yet you'll need to create one. Click SIGN UP and follow the simple form: provide your name, email, create a password, and you're done. You need an account to sync data across your platforms and operating systems, and exchange UTM information.

We recommend choosing a strong password containing at least 8 symbols with at least one number and special character.

World pane

Once you fill in the details click SIGN UP. If you're registered successfully you'll be taken straight into the app and will see the main pane which is called World, just like the image below:

World pane provides all the necessary information about your flight and allows you to control the flight modes and plan your missions.

Toolbar gives the following general information and control:

App menu

If you pull out the menu from the left hand side, or click the three bars button, you'll see the app menu. You can go into your account settings, log out or switch between the application panes.

UAV settings

Clicking the gear icon will open the UAV settings menu. The main tab shows information concerning hardware, installed firmware and your unique ID. Tabs to the left provide the navigation between various settings of the flight controller which will be described later on.

Links Management

In the top right-hand corner we can see the Links icon. Clicking this icon shows the connections management menu. There are a few communication types available:

  • Serial

  • UDP

  • TCP / IP

You can create and store a new Serial / UDP / TCP/IP connection by choosing COM Port and Baud Rate or providing IP & Port details. Connection can be established via USB or wireless telemetry.

Usually, baud rate for wireless telemetry connection is 57600.

If you are about to configure a new flight controller unit it is recommended to use USB connection instead of wireless telemetry.

First connection

Select the desired connection, click ADD and then CONNECT.

If you have successfully created a proper connection, you will see the icons changing their state and hear confirmation that the UAV has been connected and parameters are being loaded. The toolbar will show the current time, total flight time, radio connection status, GNSS satellites count and status, link health, battery information, and so on.

Sometimes you might get a message that you're using a partially incompatible version. This means that the functionality introduced recently might not be supported by your currently installed firmware and it's highly recommended that you update it.

Therefore, if you see the message above, please, proceed to "Firmware Upgrade" procedure described in the next chapter.