Element Track:Flight recording

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Detecting take-off

The Element is programmed to automatically detect your take-off. Launch detection is enabled as soon as GPS 3D has appeared. Your Element will know the moment you begin flying. Give your Element at least 2 minutes with an unobstructed view of the sky to acquire a GPS signal. GPS 3D will appear at the top of the display screen when the device receives sufficient satellite reception. The Element will automatically calibrate its clock and GPS altimeter. Battery charge state is also indicated.

Note: Your radio and mobile phone will interfere with GPS reception, so keep them away from your Element.

Recording

The symbol REC will appear at the top of the display screen when your Element is recording flight data. It saves all the data from your flight, and it will only stop recording when it detects your landing or if you switch off your Element. Find out how to get your flight data off your Element via USB and how you can evaluate it.

  • GPS fix and flight recording

Recording interval (scan rate)

While the Element updates its position every second using GPS, its default setting is to record every 10 seconds in order to manage tracklog file size. The record interval, called scan rate, is adjustable from between 1 to 30 seconds. At 1 second scan rate, your Element can record a single flight of up to 5.4 hours. Complete flights are then stored in the Element's general memory, which can hold 10,000 hours of flight time.

Press and hold MENU, then use the arrow keys to select Flight memory. Press OK.
Select Scan rate. Press OK.
Enter your desired value. Press OK.
Press ESC to return to the Main Setup Menu.

We recommend you keep the scan rate between 5-10 seconds and manage the memory capacity by deleting flights from your Element once you have transferred the data to your computer. This scan rate range is especially important if you will be uploading your flights to an online contest site.

Record mode

The Element will default to automatic flight recording mode. You can disable automatic flight recording and choose manual recording mode. This could be useful if you wanted to record a hike-and-fly adventure, for instance, including your track while walking.

Press and hold MENU, then use the arrow keys to select Flight memory. Press OK.
Select Record mode. Press OK.
Select Man. Press OK.
Press ESC to return to the Main Setup Menu

In manual mode, your Element will begin recording as soon as it acquires a GPS fix, indicated by the symbol GPS 3D. It will stop recording when you switch it off.

Landing

Note that upon landing, your Element will need a few seconds to determine for sure that you've stopped moving. Once it has, it will display a summary of your flight. While the flight summary is displayed, press the on/off button to switch off your Element. The flight summary page displays the following information:

  • Maximum value of ALT1
  • Maximum climb rate of the flight
  • Maximum sink rate of the flight
  • Total flight time
  • Position in Element's memory (most recent flight is always #1)
  • Date
  • Time of take-off
  • Flight summary page