Welcome to PhantomPilots.com

Sign up for a weekly email of the latest drone news & information

First flight over water

Discussion in 'Photos and Video' started by pete76uk, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. pete76uk

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2016
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Durham United kingdom
    Bit the bullet and took my p3a a mile over the North Sea to a small island and I'm so pleased I did as the water looked so clean and blue around the island .

    Heart was in my mouth the whole way and had sweaty hands lol





    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    Guillaume Tremblay likes this.
  2. Great_Lakes

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2016
    Messages:
    269
    Likes Received:
    70
    Location:
    South Eastern Michigan
  3. royster

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2016
    Messages:
    229
    Likes Received:
    74
    Location:
    Mt.Albert, Ontario, Canada
    Nice flight,
    You using DJI go, Litchi or manual for flight?
     
    pete76uk likes this.
  4. Johnny Bellew

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2016
    Messages:
    248
    Likes Received:
    95
    Very nice! Wish I had nice places like that to fly!
     
    pete76uk likes this.
  5. pete76uk

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2016
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Durham United kingdom
  6. pete76uk

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2016
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Durham United kingdom
    Used litchi for some shots but flying manually over the sea


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  7. pete76uk

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2016
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Durham United kingdom
    The Northumberland coast is beautiful,still can't believe 1 mile out and the sea is clear blue


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    Johnny Bellew likes this.
  8. Kdogman

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2016
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    1
    Great job, excellent video....very brave. I've heard flying over water can play havoc, is this true?
     
  9. kennedye

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2015
    Messages:
    221
    Likes Received:
    60
    Location:
    Seattle/Everett area
    If you're flying relatively low over water, it's generally recommended to turn off the Visual Positioning System since the uniform surface can be very confusing to it. Otherwise, it's pretty much the same as flying over land; if something happens, you're probably screwed either way. :p

    If you can get on top of something like a hill or even a platform, you should be able to get pretty good range over the water given the lack of things to obstruct the signal. Just remember: when a jetski comes at you, duck!
     
  10. Mikepoo

    Joined:
    May 26, 2016
    Messages:
    63
    Likes Received:
    43
    Lol, Try and do a 40,000ft over water my yesterday's flight.
     
    pete76uk and Kdogman like this.
  11. Kdogman

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2016
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    1
    You lost me in the first sentence.
     
  12. kennedye

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2015
    Messages:
    221
    Likes Received:
    60
    Location:
    Seattle/Everett area
    Sorry about that - basically, the VPS likes to see things underneath it that are distinct, like a rug or a tile floor. On surfaces like water where everything looks the same*, it can get confused and could lead to an unforseen accident. There's a section on it in the VPS page in the manual.


    * granted, water can look different when there are whitecaps, but at that point the wind is already 10-12 miles per hour and you should think about whether you really want to be flying in that kind of wind...
     
    Kdogman likes this.
  13. Clipper707

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2014
    Messages:
    887
    Likes Received:
    327
    Location:
    SF Bay Area
    Your drone doesn't know if it's flying over friendly, fluffy marshmallows or saltwater infested with sharks with frickin lasers attached to their heads; it just knows it's flying.

    Some of the best views in the world involve water, plus I always seem to get way more range over San Francisco Bay than I do over San Francisco. (I'm sure there's a technical reason for that.)

    I love flying "feet-wet."

    I still get the shakes sometimes, too.
     
    pete76uk likes this.
  14. Kdogman

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2016
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    1
    Thanks mate,I really need to study up a bit....some much to learn on the technical side of things.