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There always seems to be an audience just as a start the compass cal...

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by n6vmo, Jul 15, 2015.

  1. n6vmo

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    I normally fly in uncrowded areas, most of the time there is not a soul around....right up until I start the chicken dance (compass calibration).

    It must seem strange for the unfamiliar to witness that event.
     
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    I always feel like a Backyardigan. Sorry I have kids...
     
  4. cleaner1369

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    I get dizzy...
     
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    I find the quadcopter is a magnet for dogs, dog walkers, children and stupid questions.
    Doesn't matter where I am or how remote the location is, someone always turns up and feels obliged to make a direct beeline to me and then to start a conversation with me even though I am obviously deeply focused on not crashing and then they get all upset when I try to remain focused on flying.
    1:Whats that?
    2:How high does it go?
    3:Can you drop bombs?
    Sheesh... Give me a break, I am happy to chat about my favorite hobby once I am on the ground but the lovely people usually get all aggressive at my non-compliance to their demands of my immediate attention regardless of how polite I have been to their invasion of my personal space.
    What gives?

    BTW - Chicken dance is such a great description.
     
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    Tell them the truth. I'm busy concentrating but will answer ur questions when I land! Or just wear a TShirT that says "Let me tell you all about MY religion!" They will be repulsed as if u had gassed them after White Castle!


    Sent from my PT beating heart
     
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  7. skyhighdiver

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    You need this
    http://www.cafepress.com/mf/92998639/back-white-shirt_tshirt?productId=1391456171
     
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    i don't actually turn... i just spin it in with my hands while holding the arms of the phantom ... is that bad?
     
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    That is right, you do not need to turn yourself (just a quad)
    I am tired of all that stupid question. I hate kids trying to look in my screen while I am flying.

    Most stupid questions are:

    How much?
    Did you make it yourself?
    Where did you buy it?
    How high does it go?
    How do you control it?
    May I try please? (What?????)
    Can you attach some drugs and drop it in jail (I am serious I had that question from a client)

    I have to order t-shirt saying something strange, like "I am not an info booth"
     
  11. izzydrone

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    yea the questions do get annoying... i just look really busy, don't respond and don't look over... they usually walk away.
     
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    I just make one of my kids do the chicken dance. Better they look foolish than me. Also, I don't want to have to empty all of my pockets of everything metallic. I haven't had very many flights yet, but nobody has ever talked to me. I would love to answer some questions. Had a dirty look once from a grumpy dog walker.
     
  13. Meta4

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    Just another reason not to calibrate every flight.
    It doesn't make your flying safer to calibrate every time.
    It really is unnecessary and introduces the potential to get a bad calibration.
     
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  14. passive jay

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    Whenever I catch someone watching me while I do the calibration dance i just look over at them while I am doing it and say "YES, it feels just as silly as it looks"
     
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    I had a neighbor approach me this weekend but he kept a respectful distance until I landed.
     
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    Either way works because you do not need to spin on the axis of the sensor, just in/on the proper planes.

    The Earth's mag. field is obviously huge so there's no difference between the two methods or the direction of rotation or starting at any particular heading.
     
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    If you fly within 100 miles of your compass cal location there is no need to do a compass cal. I haven't done one in a long while.
     
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    Adding 'change shirt' to my pre-flight checklist.
     
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    I have a solution for the problem of anouying people with stupid questions. I have a t-shirt with "I have Ebola" printed on it then if they still come closer to talk and distract me I just start coughing in there general direction!!