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  1. Ken Pelletier

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    I must be missing something, so I'm hoping someone can help me understand this.

    The P4 prop guards from DJI defeat the forward vision system, forcing off the obstacle avoidance system.

    I can always turn off obstacle avoidance myself (I don't use it much at all), but what might be the rationale for forcing it off when the prop guards are installed?!

    It seems to me, if anything, you're more likely to want the obstacle avoidance features on when you have prop guards installed; you're likely flying in a challenging environment where there's risk of clipping something like a tree.

    I often fly in jungle where I need to maneuver around trees and have to find a small hole in the canopy to get above. Sure, you do your best to use your eyes and FPV, but sometimes it's just not possible to avoid clipping a branch and prop guards can make the difference from a little bump and a crash. Sometimes it's a mangrove forest where a crash also means a dip in the water.

    I should say (to avoid the anticipated "you should fly in open spaces, always LOS..." replies), I am not flying this way in the US, nor in any country or territory where it is not allowed, and I always get required permits or permission.

    Thanks,

    Ken
     
  2. msinger

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    The obstacle avoidance system detects the props as obstacles, so it must be disabled.
     
  3. FCD

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    I don't use guards much. When I do, I have aftermarket guards that do not turn off the avoidance system, and it flys fine.


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  4. Ken Pelletier

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    It's a challenge to the imagination how this was considered an acceptable design compromise. Hmmm... I had a hunch that this might be the reason, but it seemed so unlikely I ruled it out.

    Anyone have a line on the aftermarket props mentioned that work well and don't shut down obstacle avoidance?

    Thanks,
    Ken
     
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    Someone in another post said he removed the painted black bands on the guards and that worked for him.
     
  7. FCD

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    Look on Amazon. They are 2 piece. The guard fits over/around the motor and has a clip that snaps on underneath. Around $20.00. Can get all white or 2 red and 2 white.


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  8. msinger

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    It sounds like you're referring to the SKYREAT prop guards.
     
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  10. Ken Pelletier

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    Thanks. I've ordered them and if my experience is different, I'll report back. Fingers crossed.

    Ken