Welcome to PhantomPilots.com

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

Having some fun at Ft. Armistead Park

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Vision + Discussion' started by Dirty Bird, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. Dirty Bird

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2014
    Messages:
    0
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Glen Burnie, MD - USA
    Vision+, totally stock, current firmware. Got out to around 4000'. Never lost video the entire flight, but control became spotty when I got near Ft. Carrol (the island fortress) and near the Key Bridge superstructure ( a lot of steel there). Wanted to fly back under the bridge, but didn't want to risk losing contact and a failsafe return where she might hit the bridge. Safer to stay high. The landing was a manual RTH switch command. Note to self: In the future make the home point a little further back from the water! :shock:

    http://youtu.be/-5LnGjjQMY0
     
  2. Flyboy

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2013
    Messages:
    266
    Likes Received:
    21
    Location:
    Michigan
    Nice Video.

    I thought the same thing if you needed to use RTH, hopefully it cleared the water. Nice Job!
     
  3. depro

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2014
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    love your vids, keep 'em coming! :)
     
  4. Dirty Bird

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2014
    Messages:
    0
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Glen Burnie, MD - USA
  5. Jeremyconk

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2014
    Messages:
    116
    Likes Received:
    1
    The Range is Crazy on this thing.... I had a P2V and even with the antenna mods, I never achieved those type of distances.
    I'm super excited to get my new Plus in..... Video looked great !
     
  6. BlackTracer

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2014
    Messages:
    980
    Likes Received:
    22
    Location:
    Winter Park, FL USA
    That video is nothing short of AWESOME. First time I was on the edge of my seat for ANY Phantom video. Flying over the water and that bridge at the same time showed some HUGE kahunas. I need to know if you were nervous at all during any of that, cause I was nervous watching it.
     
  7. Dirty Bird

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2014
    Messages:
    0
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Glen Burnie, MD - USA
    Thank you BlackTracer. Though I have flown RC for many years, the Vision+ is the most expensive aircraft I own. The first time I flew it my hands were shaking like crazy. In the back of my head I was thinking "$1300 flyaway!" or "3-axis stabilizer failure." I have 12 flights on her so far. I wasn't too nervous when I launched for the bridge flyover, but when the control dropped out just as I approached the superstructure I did think quietly, "Uh oh..." :shock: That's why I stayed high so I knew it would clear on a RTH or Failsafe.

    There is a little saying in the RC community: "Every aircraft has an expiration date!" Though I know this is true, I am becoming very confident in the Phantom's flight system. RTH has worked each and every time I've tested it. I wrote DJI's software team this morning and requested they allow us to set an RTH altitude, as this would be a great safety feature. They have already acknowledged & responded that they would look into my request. This thing is truly awesome!
     
  8. race3

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2013
    Messages:
    107
    Likes Received:
    0
    Great video. I have both a V2 and V2plus. I have a hundred flights on the V2... but one day randomly while flying in open air... it lost all power into a 5 minute flight (full battery) and crashed to the ground. Thankfully no one was hurt. I am only mentioning this because, I too had MUCH confidence in the machine... but now I am very nervous when flying over cars and people as I know there is some bug in the machine that caused it to lose all power out of no where and DJI has yet to address it. So I'm just writing to let you know... don't ever get TOO confident and be extra careful above people and cars (especially those driving on a bridge!).
     
  9. Dirty Bird

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2014
    Messages:
    0
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Glen Burnie, MD - USA
    That's solid advice Race. All part of that "expiration date" thing...lol! ;)