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How do you descend?

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Jamsta, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. Jamsta

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    If you wanted to, can you descend with left stick all the way down? I don't think it's possible for the motors to shut off as long as it's still descending? I ask because I hand-catch a lot and use throttle down for 3 seconds to shut off motors. Is there literally NO WAY for this to happen in mid flight?
     
  2. Zee

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    It won't shut down
     
  3. msinger

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    When holding the left stick in the full down position, the motors will only shut down after your Phantom lands. Only a CSC will kill the motors mid-flight.
     
  4. jeremiah212

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    Left stick down to decend.
    Motors will shut down mid air if you toggle bother left and right stick down and inward or down and outward at the same time.


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  5. Jamsta

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    That's what I thought. Thought I'd ask (this again) before trying it!
     
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    Relax, its a pretty smart setup. During descent (left stick full down), the P3 will continue to descend all the way to the ground or your hand. Once its been at a stable altitude and at that altitude for 3.0 seconds, the motors will shut off. I use full down on left stick on my descents every time and I hand catch 50% of the time, depending on the landing surface. I've never had a worry for a second about this and neither should you. Just don't do a CSC. This will cut power to motors 100% of the time at ANY altitude. I'm sure you already knew that but there might be others reading this too, might save someone a crash. And a CSC (Combination stick command) is specifically both left and right stick to center full down.

    EDIT: CSC is a combination stick command and is not the same thing as descending with left stick.
     
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  8. Kestrel24

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    I agree, it won't shut down until vertical descent stops (on the ground) but there is a 'red zone' on the vertical speed gauge. I usually back off when in the red but then never really fly too high anyway. Perhaps too long in the red might result in the P3 rolling inverted??
     
  9. Meta4

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    A red zone? I haven't seen it or heard of it before.
    If you don't have prop guards, it's quite safe to descend at full speed from a great height.
    I've tested it a few times for more than 1.5 minutes in still air with no problems.
     
  10. RedHotPoker

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    Mostly, I will descnd at an angle of around 60*. Bringing her down, at 90* is rather boring. I often do a simple spiral corkscrew, or like a falling Hurricane.

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    If I have flown away I usually descend as I fly back. Gives a nice image on camera. Where of course I do have to be careful is when the camera is pointing backwards with the original view slowly disappearing from sight as I descend at the same time. Because of course its quite close to the CSC command. We don't want that to happen do we?
     
  12. Meta4

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    Close to a CSC stick position?
    Only if you are corkscrewing down at max speed while you're trying to fly back-sideways at full speed ... not a recommended technique for a video that anyone wants to watch - and nothing you're likely to get close to in normal flight unless you are this guy.
    [​IMG]
     
  13. GadgetGuy

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    Hey, that's my 333 Exemption licensed pilot! :p
     
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    I personally don't like the thought that the csc command is only a double stick instruction. While I appreciate this combination would be less than useful in any scenario, you do fly the machine with both thumbs on sticks and a momentary lapse of control (aka confusion) could literally send your investment plummeting to earth.
    More likely with a newbie perhaps but it's not an impossible scenario.
    Personally I would feel safer with a csc+button combination either by hitting RTH or maybe a rear trigger in conjunction.
    I wonder if this has happened by mistake in the past...?
    Just my opinion but the current setup is prone to cause one or two casualties (where casualties = catastrophies) .
     
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    I don't think they will ever change it
     
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    Yep this was what I was on about. Flying backward whilst descending at the same has both sticks back. As you say not too far from the CSC command. It only takes a small lapse in concentration.
     
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    It only shows when I use iPad, not iPhone. It's kinda like a 3/4circle that fills to indicate h.s. And v.s. And turns red when you go ascend or descend fast


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    Ahh ...it's an Apple thing ... we don't get that over on planet Android.
     
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    That's a distinct possibility. I thought it may be a screen size thing, as I also get an orientation level with horizon on iPad that I don't get on iPhone and I thought I saw this feature on many Android screen captured videos on the YouTube.

    I'm actually shocked that more threads don't devolve into an Apple v Android spat.

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    Interesting. Never seen it, and I often ascend and descend quickly. What version of the iPad DJI GO app are you using? Mine is a little older version. I also haven't seen the level with the horizon indicator, either.