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Professional Turn VPS Off Over Water?

Discussion in 'Phantom 3 Help' started by Blessed77, Sep 15, 2016.

  1. Blessed77

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    Good afternoon guys,

    I have been reading quite a few posts where they say it is a good idea to turn vps off when flying over bodies of water. Is this always the best case? I have flown my p3p over a small lake in my backyard a couple times and haven't had any issues (with vps on). Nothing really low yet though. And seeing how i was planning a trip down to the Keys and will be doing a bunch of over-water flying, i would like to prepare myself as best as possible. So should i always turn vps off for water flight?

    And what about if i will be transfering from over water then over land on an island during the same shot? Any issues?

    Any over water pointers or tips you would like to share with a new pilot would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. msinger

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    VPS is only effective when the Phantom is at an altitude between 0.3 to 3 meters. Unless you're planning to fly above the water at that low of an altitude (I don't recommend it), then there is no benefit to turning off VPS.
     
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    So if flying 10 feet or higher nothing to worry about.

    But what if i was feeling daring and wanted to fly 3 feet over the water on a calm lake? Would the vps then get a little funky? Or should it stay smooth and controllable?
     
  4. msinger

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    Yes.

    It depends on how the VPS detects that surface. I don't recommend you tempt fate though. If you must get that shot for some reason, then play it safe and turn off VPS.
     
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    Appreciate the feedback. Not tempting fate anytime soon. Just curious to the limits.