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Taking off from truck bed

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Bull94, Jul 3, 2016.

  1. Bull94

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    Is it safe to take off from the bed of a truck or will that mess with the signals and compass?


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  2. msinger

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    It's not a good idea to take off near any large magnetic metal objects.

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  3. Bull94

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    Same thing with the new aluminum f150?


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  4. msinger

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    If the truck is 100% aluminum (which I highly doubt), then it should be fine.
     
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    This will give you compass error that will cause the phantom to fly erratically.
     
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    It still has a steel frame.;)
     
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    Great, lol my plan was to be able to use a bed cover to take off and land from which would help when there's nowhere flat to take off and land from. I was thinking it would especially be great for the inspire since I read it needs to be on a flat surface before take off to calibrate?


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  8. lonjsnyder

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    With an iOS device, you can use the TeslaMeter on this free app to check for magnetic interference: Multi Measures 2 - The all-in-1 measuring toolkit on the App Store
    If you must take off from an area giving you a compass error and can't change your take off point, then you can try raising you take off point using a tall plastic bin. A last resort could be a risky standing hand release take off.


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  9. Bull94

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    Awesome thank you for sharing that.Are there any specific ranges of interference I should be on the lookout for?


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    Should be only a few feet ....My take off points are often from a concrete parking structure with highly concentrated sections rebar in it. Moving my take off point just a few feet will eliminate the compass error.


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