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Altitude GPS flying tip for Newbies like me

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by johnj, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. johnj

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    This forum has been very helpful to me, so I'd thought I'd contribute a little something back that I've learned.
    TIP:
    If you are a newbie like me, pick an altitude and stay with it.
    ANY maneuver can cause the phantom to fall or rise in Altitude AT FIRST (generally fall, particularly if it is a fast maneuver)
    HOWEVER, once you finish a maneuver the phantom will try to correct for any loss or gain in altitude.

    I had been fighting this myself. I'd would move forward fast or turn, and see the phantom drop, and I would try to correct for it myself. I've learned this makes things worse because I spend most of my time correcting for altitude, instead of getting it where I want it.

    So: Set your altitude high enough to allow for some drop as you maneuver, and leve it alone.
     
  2. Bart1

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    Thanks for the tip, John. I was doing the same thing - adjusting for altitude loss and then trying to get back to where I wanted to be after every move. This should make it way easier.

    On another note, I took mine up into the hills the other day and ended up running into a tree at about 60 or 80 feet up. Fortunately the branches slowed it's fall (and it didn't get stuck way up there!) and aside from a few smudges, everything was fine...or so I thought...

    I packed everything up and moved back down to a meadow with no trees. As I was flying it I noticed that the camera was swinging wildly around so I brought it home to find that one of the stock camera mount screws had fallen completely out and the other one was more than halfway loose. A few more minutes and I might have lost my Hero3!

    I'll be looking for a more solid camera mount (or at least applying some LockTite to the mount screws.) I have video of the "crash" if anyone is interested. (Just need to learn how to edit and reduce file sizes first...)
     
  3. johnj

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  4. TickTock

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    Note to self: Add safety tether to my Hero3.
     
  5. Bart1

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    Thanks - again - John. I didn't know that loctite would do that to plastic.
     
  6. pwright

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    The screws that come with the Phantom for fastening the camera mount have thread locking compound on them. Did you wipe it off?