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Lesson learned from crash by RTH because flying with a low battery

Discussion in 'Standard/4k Discussion' started by jeganx, Sep 12, 2016.

  1. jeganx

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    IMG-20160912-WA0023.jpg Indoor flying, flying under a tree or structure. Never ever fly with low battery... Yep, as you have guessed. It will kick in RTH and climb. Mine hit a tree and this time, there is no saving it. I think I just cracked a shell, but I send it to a repair shop just to be sure nothing else was damaged.
     
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  2. sinxa

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    This is what i ever had in my mind. . . RTH while flying under trees, buildings, or bridges.
    Off course we might avoid RTH on critical battery. But i am not sure how can we avoid signal lost, specially inside the obstructed area with full of trees or buildings.

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  3. jeganx

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    I had a clear VLOS and it wasn't too far, just about 50m away. I completely forgot the RTH will kick in when battery is low.
     
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    Experienced the same thing, the lessons is don't ignore the sounds of phantom :)
     
  5. msinger

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    For next time -- if you're within 20 meters of the home point, your Phantom will land at its current location instead of trying to return home.
     
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  6. jeganx

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    Meaning I shouldn't fly it nearby any water if its on low battery and within 20m radius...
     
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  7. msinger

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    Right. Beware the water any time the battery is low ;)
     
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    You can also set RTH to hover when the RC loses signal, if you know you're going to fly under things. But that doesn't apply to critically low battery.

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    Where is that setting located?
     
  10. WilliamM

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    Yes had a typo there, I fixed the post so no one was confused. Here's the correction: "You can also set RTH to hover when the RC loses signal, if you know you're going to fly under things. But that doesn't apply to critically low battery."
     
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    Here was another Low Battery hit a tree, and a lot of other chat about RTH's
    DISABLE "Smart go home."

    Rod
     
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    I think critical low battery will not trigger RTH. I will trigger landing.


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  14. WilliamM

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    Pretty much what I said, "But that doesn't apply to critically low battery."
     
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    Well same thing here. I had my P3A 25 feet from me. The low battery kicked in. I tried to stop it but no good. It went up about 15 feet right in to the tree. Then right down to the street. Estimated repair bill $480. Really Im pissed. I could do nothing to stop it.. But of course DJI would do nothing about it and I couldn't get their care package to get it fixed.

    They need a kill switch for the RTH. Next time I bypass DJI and go to say Chroma or Autel.
     
  16. WilliamM

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    There is a kill switch, it's the S1 switch. Move it from P to A. And it can be put right back in P again if wanted.
     
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    Now you tell me!! LOL
     
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    I noticed that also, & it really made me upset! It just landed right then and there. A disaster waiting to happen.

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    Did same thing! Left it hovering and was kidding my friend about almost running his into side of his barn. It was dusk and I didn't see it when I turned around so RTH right? Wrong, under pecan tree. Bent pylon had to change out body and one LED! My second time flying. Live and learn right!
     
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    The fail safe that makes you fail, best I could do so far.:rolleyes:

    Rod
     
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