Welcome to PhantomPilots.com

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

Lesson learned (crash video): check GPS signal before waypoint flight

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by nparker13, Nov 8, 2015.

  1. nparker13

    Sep 22, 2015
    Likes Received:
    So i was out for my 2nd flight of the day, not too windy, great conditions, but under trees. I record several waypoints and overall didnt notice anything strange. Flew back to home waypoint to engage mission, hit go, and it turned and flew into a tree.

    Afterwards, you can see it had dangerous GPS signal which is probably why it turned to fly to what it thought was a waypoint, but was a tree.

    Could have gone a lot worse, and im lucky it was just a few blades that need replacement.

    Screenshot of logs: Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet
    Video of crash (cringe worthy):
    PhotoGuyAaron likes this.
  2. PhotoGuyAaron

    May 27, 2015
    Likes Received:
    From your log it seems like a lot of 6 satellites or below. I think you learned a good lesson to always make sure you at least have 10 satellites or more. Luckily the damage was not bad. I had a similar crash early on flying for a realitor in a place with tress and building blocking satellites. I too just lost props, very lucky. From then on I kept a close eye on the sat count.
    nparker13 likes this.