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Using wifi only iPad Air 2

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by P3P Mike, Aug 23, 2016.

  1. P3P Mike

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    Hi everyone,

    I have been using the site for a month or so, first time posting.
    I'm interested in using my iPad Air 2 with my phantom 3 pro, but it's wifi only. Can I use this? Are there any drawbacks without having a cellular signal when flying?
    Appreciate your thoughts and comments!


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  2. msinger

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    It's okay to fly with a Wi-Fi only device. Here are the most common drawbacks:

    1) If you want to be able to see the maps while flying, you'll need to cache them beforehand in a place where you have an Internet connection.
    2) You will not be able to use the Follow Me feature.
    3) You will not be able to reset the home point to your current location after takeoff.

    The last two items aren't as commonly used, but they are the only reason you need GPS on your mobile device. If you find you need to add GPS to a Wi-Fi only device later, you could do so by using a Bluetooth GPS receiver (like one of these).
     
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  3. P3P Mike

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    Appreciate the info msinger, Thanks!


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  4. Vertigo

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    His ipad doesnt have 3G, but Im sure it has a GPS, so why wouldnt the above 2 things work?
     
  5. msinger

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    Wi-Fi only Apple devices do not contain GPS receivers.
     
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    ok, didnt know that. Shame on you apple.
     
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    Airplane Mode is suggested to block any interruption while flying, therefor no 2 & 3 above?
    So it's just a choice you have to make at the time I guess.
     
  8. msinger

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    On an Apple device, enabling airplane mode does not disable GPS.
     
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    Ah ha! Thanks.