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Survival story and what could i have done better?

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by t2adze, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. t2adze

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    Hey all

    Was flying around today, when decided to go far for around 2km. When the battery was close to Go Home point i pressed return home.

    Question 1.
    RTH kicked in and in couple of seconds i lost signal (due to a mountain, not very straight signal).
    When signal renewed, reconnected, it was asking me that in 10 seconds AC will RTH. I pressed Ok. But i noticed that before that it wasnt moving. how could this happen as i have already pressed RTH? ( maybe i had switched to atti here, could that be the case?)

    While coming back it was a headwind and i understood i got in a slight trouble. Battery wont be enough.
    I switched to ATTI, but forgot to turn off the video recording.

    In the end the critical battery landing made it to the parking space close to me, when it was landing i somehow made it avoid landing in the tree. So all went fine.

    Question 2.
    What could have i done better? Meaning, switching to atti was a good idea or there was something else i could have done? (Of course besides NOT flying so far in a wind)

    ill be uploading flight log soon

    Thx
    Enjoy flying
    Stay safe

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  2. Mark The Droner

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    Hmm. Almost two hours. A thread like this - normally I'd expect about a dozen posts by now... several conflicting opinions - and at least one outright argument.

    ...

    If the AC was in RTH, it would stay in RTH. Could it be it wasn't in RTH like you thought? Yes if you switched to ATTI, it will come out of RTH.

    Good job getting it home. With a headwind like that, best thing is to fly as low as you can without losing signal because the winds are reduced at low altitude. Someone once told me that ATTI is risky with a low battery because it promotes the danger of a cell dropping into the critical zone. Best to use ATTI on the way out, but not on the way back in, they said. Makes sense to me.

    MHO
     
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  3. Wibble

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    Why RTH in ATTI?
    Did you know you can over ride the throttle setting in GPS RTH mode and increase your speed back?
    You got it back safe that is the main thing!
     
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  4. Digdat0

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    Sounds like you switched to atti and cancelled Rth. The 10 second warning is a low power Rth warning. I prefer to use gps on the way back and not atti so I don't fight wind drift. Glad ya got it back okay. I've had a few similar, it gets the heart racing for sure.
     
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  5. Numone

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    I'm really happy for you getting your AC back mate; it's such a sickening feeling when you loose connection and that screen goes black. I'd never think of moving to ATTI in that situation - I think that'll add more complication to getting the AC back.
     
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  6. t2adze

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    Thanks guys.

    But the video of the landscape was worth it)))



    P.s. i am by that little lake/pond


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  7. jgb0607

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    Pretty vista there! Where is this?
     
  8. t2adze

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    Turtle lake
    Tbilisi, Georgia.

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