User Guide

Skyward Battery Management

Overview

The Skyward Batteries screen enables a director of operations, system maintainer, or other crew member to track records, manage inventory, and manage maintenance for batteries using Skyward. Batteries are a significant investment for any drone operation. Organizing and managing them well will help to extend their lives and keep you flying safely.

To get started, navigate to the Batteries screen by clicking Manage in the top menu.

You will need to name the battery – see the battery naming guide.

Battery List View

The Batteries screen provides an overview of available batteries. This screen serves as an index to the available batteries, as well as providing a quick overview of battery status.

Features and Functions

  • ADD: You can add a battery from this screen by clicking Add Battery.
  • DUPLICATE: You can also duplicate a battery by choosing the three-dot (ellipses) menu and clicking “Duplicate this Battery.” All the information about the battery will be duplicated, including all the custom fields, and the word “copy” will be appended to the title.

Battery Detail View

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The battery screen provides default and custom fields for tracking battery information, as well as a service ticket system for tracking service events.

Features and Functions

The Battery detail view supports:

  • Service Events and status
  • Edit and Duplicate
  • Document Upload
  • Hours (calculated from logged flights)

In addition, the detail view provides the ability to track information in the information panel, service history, notes field, custom fields, and documents. Documents may be uploaded from your desktop or attached to an equipment using the document library.

Service Events

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Service tickets are critical to a maintenance program. Tickets track who did what to the equipment at what time. Skyward provides a basic ticketing system to help you maintain your equipment. In order to record a service event:

  1. Click Service Event above the information panel.
  2. Change status to:
    1. Active – Attaches time-stamped note to current ticket. Changes status to active.
    2. Grounded – Creates new ticket and attaches time-stamped note. Changes status to grounded
    3. Retired – Asks for confirmation. Changes equipment text color to gray. Changes status to retired

Editing and Duplication

The Edit and Duplicate buttons are in the upper right hand corner of the battery detail screen.
The only required field for equipment is the name. All other default fields are recommended as a best practices means of keeping your equipment records.

Note, currently, the Compatible Drone field does not automatically associate a battery with a compatible drone. The field is intended for reference.

As described above, duplicating a battery will duplicate all the information in the battery record and then append ” – copy” to the name.

Document Upload

You can drag-and-drop documents, to the field to attach new documents. You can also choose to upload documents from a finder window. And finally, you can attach documents directly from your general document library.

Information Dashboard – Critical Feature

A critical feature of the information dashboard is the battery hours. Battery hours are calculated from the logged flight hours where the battery is added to a flight. At this time, Skyward provides automated hour calculations. Battery cycle counts can be tracked in the default Historical Cycle Count field in the information panel.

Recommended Custom Fields

You should carefully consider what information that you need to track for each battery. Common fields are found in the information side panel. However, Skyward provides the flexibility to allow you to track additional information that is specific to your workflow and operations.

Start by clicking the Edit button to enter the Edit mode and then adding a custom field label and value in the custom field section. Be sure to add the custom field value, even it is only a placeholder suggestion, in order to save your new custom field.

Here are some suggested custom fields.

Label Example Value
Model Name TB48
Purchase Date 01/01/2016
Storage Location Kit 01 Container

Naming Propulsion Batteries

Before naming a battery, think about how you want organize your systems. Battery names and aircraft names should follow similar patterns. Keep it simple. You can change the name later. Because some batteries are only compatible with a specific type of aircraft, it’s useful to include that information in the name. Skyward recommends naming propulsion batteries like this:

  • Propulsion batteries used with a specific aircraft type: Owner Name or Kit Number: Compatible Aircraft: Serial Number: Battery Number
  • General use propulsion batteries: Owner Name or Kit-Number: Voltage-Capacity(mAh): Connector Type: Battery Number

Examples for batteries compatible with a single aircraft type:

  • Battery belongs to a different organization: Bluetail:senseFly-eXom:SN-2411
  • Battery assigned to a specific kit: Kit-01 senseFly-eXom SN-2411 Aeryon-Skyranger:SN-2411

Examples for general use propulsion batteries:

  • Battery belongs to a different organization: Bluetail:14.4V-5500mAh:T-plug:Batt-01
  • Battery assigned to a specific kit: Kit-01:14.4V-5500mAh:XT60:Batt-01 14.4V-5500mAh:XT60:Battery-01

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