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Hand Launch

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Wibble, Sep 20, 2015.

  1. Wibble

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    Well after having it happen to me and just reading another thread about a P3 flipping on takeoff when it is windy what about hand launching?

    I always hand catch for landing - how safe is hand launch?

    I think flipping over in your face would be rather dodgy but maybe hand launching is just as safe as hand landing? Does anyone do this???
     
  2. 4wd

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    Yes from time to time, usually because there's too much vegetation or a steep slope.
    It needs to sit on the ground turned on to get home etc then you can pick it up and launch at arms length.
    You absolutely need a neck strap - or perhaps have controller on a table or something.
    It's considerably more risky than hand catching to land, and best avoided unless you really need to.
     
  3. Donezil

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    I did it some times.. I made a job some weeks ago and the place was very magnetic.. P3 could launch from the ground and hand launch was the solution!
     
  4. Donezil

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    Actualy i asked somebody to hold the p3, raise it up above his head, and then i turned it on and launch...
     
  5. DJi Newbie

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    How will the man holding it know when to let go?
     
  6. TonG

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    When the P3 lifts the man from the ground!
     
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  7. Wibble

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    CLASSIC!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  8. DJi Newbie

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    Probably less classic when he let go before you tell and give himself a new hair cut/
     
  9. TonG

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    [QUOTE=" before you tell[/QUOTE]

    No... only the phantom can tell.
     
  10. AHill

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    I tried single-handed hand launching a few times. It is much more risky than hand catching which I am fully comfortable doing. I hold transmitter in left hand with thumb on throttle (with neck lanyard) and Phantom firmly in right hand at arms length held as high as possible. I hold it firmly in case it tries to tip toward me. I give it some throttle and when I feel it pulling up and not trying to go toward me, I release it. I am not comfortable with this method because my right hand is not on control if bird starts to go sideways but I have done it successfully several times. I would like to find a better method than this because I want to be able to hand launch from a sailboat and if bird went sideways it would hit rigging with disastrous results. If one person was holding bird and another person operating the transmitter I think the risk would be more acceptable. If anyone has a better method for single-handed hand launching I would love to hear it.
     
  11. happydays

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    It's not really hard to do.