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Old 12-25-2016, 01:41 PM
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Drone tips

Just opened up a Phantom 3 for christmas. Was wondering if any drone owners had some general advice to a first time flyer- specifically maximum wind speed they can handle? Anything else is appreciated as well.
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Old 12-25-2016, 03:54 PM
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Old 12-25-2016, 06:25 PM
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Don't have one yet, but planning to get one soon (later this week?). What model Phantom 3 do you have? I've been reading about an app called Litchi and apparently it can give a P3 Standard similar abilities to a P3 Advanced or Pro- the ability to 'follow me', you can program a flight path on a map, it will follow that path, even if it runs beyond range of your controller. Speaking of, again related to the Standard, the antenna range booster is apparently another popular mod.
It's a little long, but this guy does a good job of discussing mods for the Standard to help it compare favorably to the Advanced.

As far as flying, just take it slow, find somewhere open and do a bunch of short flights to get the hang of it. Maybe put some 'targets' out to fly around, hover over, etc, so you become comfortable with how it handles, then advance to longer flights farther away.

Have fun, record video and post back!
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Old 12-25-2016, 06:46 PM
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Does this model float?
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Old 12-25-2016, 06:52 PM
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This was from the maiden flight at one of the local schools and the Catholic Church in the background. It was a lot of fun to fly, handled the 15-20mph winds today like it was nothing. Thing can haul *** too. I think I'm gonna find out what an insurance policy costs before its used over water.
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Old 12-25-2016, 07:23 PM
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Which Phantom 3?

Best advice....RTFM, then read it again. Understand return-to-home completely and be very mindful of how you set it. Smacking into something on an RTH is very likely the most common cause of crashing.

Sign up over at PhantomPilots.com. Wealth of information there.
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Old 12-25-2016, 07:37 PM
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Which Phantom 3?

Best advice....RTFM, then read it again. Understand return-to-home completely and be very mindful of how you set it. Smacking into something on an RTH is very likely the most common cause of crashing.

Sign up over at PhantomPilots.com. Wealth of information there.
I was reading an interesting article about the top 10 causes of crashes and I believe they had that one at the top
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Old 12-26-2016, 09:51 AM
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Return-to-home is tricky and you have to be prepared that if your drone loses connection with the transmitter, after 3 seconds it will immediately ascend or descend to the the RTH altitude that you set in the DJI GO app and book for home, briskly, as the crow flies. If there's a tree or a building in the way....

I fly using the Litchi app mostly. That allows me to design a "mission" and photography, upload it to the drone, then run the mission without any transmitter input. It's not uncommon for me to lose contact with the Phantom 4, but it will go ahead and complete the mission anyway then come back and land. I'm not sure if the Phantom 3 Standard will do that, but it is nice because it allows for really smooth gimbal panning.
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Old 12-26-2016, 12:26 PM
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Yeah, be careful with tall tree's. I was over water and lost the drone out of range. Did the RTH which it tried to do by ascending to 60', until it hit the trees that were about 75'. Luckily the water was low and there was a shore line it landed on. Strange one was the video turned off about 10' from tree impact, so we missed the impact and drop.

Here are a few I did. Some videos were done with a phantom 1 and gopro and the newer one is with a Phantom 3 Pro.

https://youtu.be/CrJVraz7n9A

https://youtu.be/3-Of9CUKypI

https://youtu.be/BG-Xn6NMBm4

https://youtu.be/7-jcefoElS4
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