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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by jofus, Sep 16, 2016.

  1. jofus

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    I was practicing some real estate video shots of my house today and almost taught myself an expensive lesson. I was flying a "reversing upward reveal" --as I call it-- and took my eyes off the bird for a moment to see the shot on my ipad. During this moment I grossly misjudged my trajectory, and looked up to see my P3P just before the propellers made contact with some leaves from a tree about 30ft up across the street from my house.

    Fortunately I kept my cool --though my heart was in my throat-- and made a small correction to move away from the tree, luckily not hitting any large branches. My bird stayed afloat, seeimngly unharmed, but the sound of practically turning my Phantom into a flying weed-whacker scared the pants off me. I immediately landed and checked for damage. Luckily, there was none. Had to clean off the green, chlorophyll marks of shame from the leaves though.

    Lessons learned:
    • Use a visual observer if you can, especially in an area full of obstacles
    • VLOS rules exist for a reason
    • Something we always said in the Marines, "complacency kills."
     
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  2. Lifted Chevy

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    I've learned the same lesson flying orbit and watched the landing gear almost catch the tree top. Thank you for sharing and serving sir.
     
  3. Clipper707

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    This made me laugh out loud.

    Semper fi, Devildog.
     
  4. jofus

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    Always good to have a sense of humor about things! Semper fi.
     
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    There will be worse to come :p
    When you lose a motor use yaw to wrestle/steer it back in your general direction and let it crash nearby ;)
     
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  6. tml4191

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    Same....This guy's choice of words gave me a great visual when it was being read.