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Bad mistake, Dont Rush!

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Ken R, May 30, 2016.

  1. Ken R

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    Well I had my first crash, Killed the camera, But bird is OK. So I was flying a mission on Litchi that I have used many times. But I wanted to go out even farther. So I dragged the waypoint out to the target. It took off on the mission. I knew I was going to lose contact so I set the controller down. The guy a couple of houses down came up and we started talking. It was about a 7 minute mission. So we both heard the buzzing sound and controller reconnected. Then all the sudden the buzzing stopped. Behind my house is a park with tall trees and a stream. I thought it was a bird strike! So I jumped in my car and ran over to the park with the controller in hand. I thought if this thing is in a tree top..... Its gone. But the frozen picture on the screen looked like it was on the ground. I used to controller to find the signal strength and follow it. GPS doesn't help under a tree canopy. So after about 30 minutes of looking...... I started to think it was gone.. So I drove home and looking at the flight path and its last known location. I went back into the woods over the stream behind my house. After 5 minutes of going through the thick brush. There she was! I seen the blinking lights as she was on her side. After looking at the video I knew just what happened. I had that waypoint set to 250 feet. The last waypoint was 50 feet. Before I drug that waypoint out. She would come over the trees and hover at 50 feet in front of my house. But when I drug it out. It started descending to far out and hit the trees. Had I picked up the controller I might had seen it was too low and saved it. Double check everything and don't get over confident or it will bite you! Lesson learned.

    Ken
     
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  2. flyNfrank

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    I went through similar situations as you mentioned a couple of times. Biggest difference is I had to drop another $1300-$1450 each time to get back in the game. It might not seem right, but at least you get to come back into things at a real decent price. Plus you'll have a nice supply of spare parts.
     
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    I recently had a very similar (and embarrassing) incident with screwing up the elevation on a Litchi waypoint.

     
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    True, I feel like I got off easy just loosing the camera!
     
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    Oh darn! That sucked. My problem was because the take off point and last way point overlapped in Litchi. I didn't see the 50 footer!
     
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    The funny thing is that I thought mine was a bird strike, too. I was sure of it, lol

    Bird/bat strike
     
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    Sounds like this Litchi waypoint takes away all of what flying a UAV is all about. Maybe I'm just old school but I love the thrill of physically flying my UAV's. LOL
     
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    I still remember that thread. I was secretly hoping it hit a UFO or a bat
     
  9. Ken R

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    Na, Litchi is a great app. I just made a bonehead mistake! Where I sent it I couldn't fly it that far. The filming just looks more professional when filmed with a flight plan instead of your hand.

    Now flying without a camera is a new thrill! Must keep Line Of Site! LOL
     
  10. mnewxcv

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    if you are serious about flying, of course litchi takes the fun out of it since you are not in control the same way, but if you are serious about photography/video, it is priceless.
     
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    This has happened to me not once, but twice! The first time, I set one of my elevations to negative 100 feet instead of 100 feet and hit a tree! I had to swap out the phantom's body because it was warped badly. The second time, I didn't adjust my elevation for the terrain, and hit the tip of a large 100ft pine tree. I was waiting for it to come back, but it was way past the flight time, so i followed the flight path and my controller connected! It was flipped over in the woods in the live feed. I turned my head right and it was about 15 feet in the woods flashing red! Now every time I set a waypoint, I make sure that it isn't a negative altitude and look at the elevation of the terrain I am flying in! I will have to post those 2 videos!


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    Welcome to the club, hudster. It's good to know that there are others that have done this.
     
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    Thanks mikesmile
     
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