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FlightData Manager 4.1.8 problem with Google Earth?


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Aug 13, 2018
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Kumamoto, Japan
When I move a flight over to Google Earth via FlightData Manager the path of the flight is showing up high above the actual altitude of the flight. Maybe it is easier to say that if, for example, the path is at 10 metres above the surface, it shows up in Google Earth around 30 metres or so. A few months ago it was working correctly.
At first I thought I had changed the settings in Google Earth so that the vertical scale was too great, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
Has Google Earth changed or has FlightData Manager a known problem? Or, and probably most likely, am I doing something wrong?
Have you tried emailing the creator of FlightData Manager? I had a problem once with flights not appearing and he was very helpful and responded within a day.
I finally got round to contacting the creator about a week ago - No reply (so far)

PS. What other suggestions do you have for an application to show the flights on Google Earth/Maps?
I just read your starting post again.
about 3 times higher: could it be a measure ("feet - meter") problem?
Thank you for the suggestion Dirk. I will take another look at the problem later. I have one flight where I was 1 to 2 metres over the surface of the sea. I seem to remember it showed up looking like it was 10-15 metres. I also thought that the vertical scale for Google Earth might be set to too high a number. I will check that out again. I'll post my observations after I have a chance to check these points.
Here I am back again Dirk.
I checked 3 different flights at random. The earliest one shows correctly in GoogleEarth. The other 2 (most recent about 2 weeks ago) show up with the problem I have noticed. By the way, I do not use the Google Earth function so often, so this is not ba show stopper for me.
I will attach the 3 screen shots with some notes.


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I took a flight from yesterday that I had a RTH flight path. RTH was set at 150 feet ALT. Flightdata Manager confirmed it to be 150.9 feet. When open in Google Earth it shows as 209 feet ALT.
I now wonder why the difference also. 1849
Yesterday I was out flying and FDM showed the altitudes of the flight correctly in Google Map.
I have a wild theory.
I do not always remember to calibrate the drone before a flight.
I did calibrate it yesterday before flying. I was pretty close to sea level then.
If had not calibrated it yesterday, and my previous calibration had been done on a mountainside would that affect the altitude of yesterday's Anafi flight on GoogleMaps?
Would Anafi be remembering the last calibrated flight's altitude as being the zero altitude point?
If this is possible then the solution would be to always calibrate the Anafi before flights starting from different heights above sea level.
Just a wild theory!

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