DJI Phantom 2 – How-To AVOID FLYAWAYS, UPDATE



oh that's good that's good coffee and drones in the morning you can't go wrong so again hi I'm Justin Davis from drone camps RC we're an official DJI dealer in the US and so this morning we're going to do a quick video on how to avoid the dreaded DJI fly way and/or the crash we're going to go through a few things now that are going to help you as a new pilot avoid some of your your most basic crashes some of the things that we forget to check when we get in a hurry and we just set it down and load up quickly and fly sometimes we forget some of these variables so to help you become more familiar with that we're going to share that with you now so tip number one probably one of the most important things that you need to do as a new pilot and as a more experienced pilot is to calibrate your compass so each time you go out and fly make it a habit to go ahead and calibrate your compass before you fly at a new location even if you're out going out to the same field every day we know we've talked about this before we have a actually a compass calibration video you can watch that I'll walk you through that just look in the list of videos that we have on our Channel and you'll see how to calibrate your compass but very important to calibrate your compass each time when you go to fly and that'll save you a lot of headaches okay guys now we're on to tip number two tip number two would be to avoid high voltage areas you want to make sure that you're not flying around any power lines cell phone towers possibly radio towers anything that you see that's that's going to be a huge metal structure with lots of satellite dishes on it make sure that you don't fly in near any large power stations as well as larger satellite dishes as well some of those direct satellite feeds out into the air if this flies in front of it it can it can scramble what's going on inside for your for your compass or your main flight controller so you want to be really careful when you're flying in urban areas heavily densely populated urban areas as well as any municipal utility companies so keep in mind that that can cause some issues okay we're moving on to tip number three GoPros if you have a GoPro on your phantom and you don't have a proper fpv setup that's not going to scramble your flight controller or your mess with your compass you want to avoid using the Wi-Fi on your GoPro so if you're trying to view your video through an app on your phone and you're using the local Wi-Fi from your GoPro it has been known to cause some issues with the flight controller or the compass so this is some people will say it does some people will say it doesn't so if you do use that you are taking somewhat of a chance just want you to be aware of that that it can happen so definitely want to avoid using Wi-Fi with the GoPro tip number four stay in tune with the latest solar activity you want to know what's going on if there's any geomagnetic appearance out there occurring in the atmosphere or there's any solar storms happening you want to know what the latest weather for or the forecast is before you go fly so if you download an app to your phone or tablet look up something in an Android store called s a.m. or solar activity monitor if you click on that it'll give you the latest update on x-rays as well as the latest geomagnetic field if it's looking unsettled that means it's somewhere in the middle class M flare or if it's updated and this looks red it'll say extreme and if it's green you're pretty much good to go if it's in the orange mode you're probably somewhere in the middle so you know that there's some solar activity happening out there so be in tune with solar activity because it does affect how these things fly a very a very good idea to get into habit of looking at this every once in a while tip number five upgrade your DJI transmitter to another more robust system such as the DX nine by spectrum or the futaba 14sg you can also upgrade the antenna on your DJI transmitter to a more robust one which will give you longer range and a better connection to your phantom so that you don't lose signal they have these antennas that are great called a helical antenna you can get these in kits and install them yourself or do it with a little help from a friend but that's definitely a good tip for for guys out there that want a better connection and a more robust transmitter you can do an upgrade because it is compatible with the phantom tip number six fly within range you want to stay within line of sight with your phantom if you go out of the line of sight you're kind of taking a risk to have a flyaway or an experience where you lose signal if you lose signal and you have no way of seeing where it's at it's really hard to go and find your phantom so if you have no idea where it went down or what direction it took off in it's a good idea to keep a line of sight on your phantom when you're flying so very important try not to fly around the other side of large structures such as buildings or radio towers if you fly in between you and something else it can cause some issues where interference or loss of signals so be very conscious and try to fly within line of sight tip number seven try not to over fly your battery if you fly past the 30% level make sure you come back and land as soon as possible if you get down to 15% level the critical battery level you're probably starting to stress out some of the cells in the battery and that's going to happen to shorten your life time your lifetime expectancy of your battery so if you fly it a lot and you stress the battery the cells and the battery packs get a little bit upset and what happens is the battery will start to swell and that'll mean that the battery life is your is is greatly shortened so make sure that you don't over fly your battery bring it back at 30% and you're going to have a much better longer flying battery you're going to get a lot more charges out of your battery tip number eight learn to fly in NASA m-mode if you learn to fly in as an M mode if you have an issue where you lose orientation or you need to come back to the home plate look over to the s2 switch switch down and home lock and pull back on the stick and bring that baby back to the home point try not to use the return to home function by turning off the radio the transmitter as your first option to get it back to you at the home plate very important that you learn how to fly now as an M mode so home lock is a very very useful mode for the Phantom so if you're out doing some video and you're out a couple hundred yards and you can just barely see your phantom it's a great idea to flip back into home lock and bring it back to home tip number nine guys have some patience let the home point load when you set your phantom down give it a solid 30 to 45 seconds to load the satellites you want to have at least seven satellites to go fly so have a little bit of patience when you're loading up let the home point load don't just set it down and fly it off within five to ten seconds I've seen people do that really not a good idea so if you don't have seven satellites you want to be very cautious if you go to fly and realize that you can't fly in GPS mode if you're under six satellites or less so very important that you let the home point load okay tip number 10 when you're calibrating your compass do not have your cell phone near it or on and in close proximity to the compass because this will mess up your compass calibration procedure so very important when you're phantom loads up as well when you're loading up the home point keep your phone back away from it a little bit and then once you have a good satellite connection go ahead and set up your phone with your DJI app clip it to your radio and you should be good to go but during any loading procedures make sure that you have your cell phone well away from it may be back sitting by your car or the the park bench so definitely a good idea to keep this away from the Phantom during the loading procedure moving on to tip number 11 this is going to be about fpv mode try not to rely on first-person view of your copter and its orientation to you learn to fly just around the field without looking at the monitor don't use your monitor as a reference learn how to fly your phantom from any different given orientation that way if you lose signal on your fpv monitor you're going to have a much better chance of bringing it back to the home plate by knowing how to fly without the assistance of fpv so very important for each pilot to learn flying without your monitor and looking at your monitor to locate your orientation of the helicopter tip number 12 don't load up your phantom next to any large metal objects structures parking decks cars huge chain-link fences near baseball fields or anything that might have some sort of electromagnetic offense interference that could cause your flight controller to go batty so very important to stay away from large metal objects with your phantom tip number 13 avoid flying your phantom and high winds if you fly in high winds and you have a situation where return to home mode activates if you're 100 feet up in the air or more it might not make it back to the home point in time before the battery runs out if you're way out there and there's a high wind it might not make any any bit of progress to get back to home because it might actually not not fly correctly so remember when you show up at an airfield and it looks like it's pretty calm on the ground remember that 100 feet in the air it might be double the wind speed of what you get on the ground so if you have a wind meter and you check the wind and you see that it's 10 to 12 on the ground it could be 24 up top so just keep in mind that this can occur you don't want to have a situation where you're way out there return-to-home activates and then you can't make it back to home in time before the battery runs out and it just falls out of the air so keep in mind distance to battery ratio and and your wind and weather is very very important to flying last but not least is pre-flight checklist go over your phantom every once in a while look at it make sure that the compass is on correctly make sure that it hasn't shifted or become loose that your cables are seated properly check out your gimbal every once in a while feel your motors to make sure that they're nice and loose and not obstructed with sand or other debris check your propellers before taking off if you look up on YouTube there are some great videos out there on preflight checklist for the phantom go over your phantom each time before you fly and it might save you a headache or a crash in the near future for sure so do those pre-flight checklist before you fly so that's it that's a pretty good list to get you started with – avoiding the Phantom flyaway if your new pilot or your experienced if you have some information you'd like to share with us or share with our viewers please click below and make a comment and add to our list of flyaway tips and tricks for for avoiding this so very helpful that we have the community all involved with this and we can share with each other our own ideas to avoid the flyaway so thanks again for watching i'm justin davis a drone camps RC please subscribe

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26 comments on “DJI Phantom 2 – How-To AVOID FLYAWAYS, UPDATE

  1. Chasingwaves

    Dude that’s awesome great video !! Now I’ve been flying helicopters for a long time and I own a handful from electric to Nitro heli’s I own a spectrum Dx6 and right from the start I’ve never liked the DJI Radio felt cheap .. I would love to know more about the Bind setup with the DJI is this something I have to buy or can I install one of my 8ch receivers in the phantom .. I’ve never took the thing apart before ..

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  2. Don Cook

    Have the Phantom II Vision. After my first flight and battery charge, I went to it fly again. This time when it connected I had no video on the DJI Vision app. I tried resetting the range extender RE500 and then did a rebind. After I scanned the bar code, I pressed the blue arrow button. When I did that it went right to the main screen. Watching other videos on binding, it was brought up that if it did a successful bind that you would get a message that it was successful. I didn't. Any ideas what to do next? Thanks.

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  3. Brian Marcou

    Amusing your channel for homework cuz I'm a new flyer but I want to get really seriously into it and as I mentioned before I want to get a Airfield going on here in Massachusetts.

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  4. Chris Sutley

    As a new pilot I’m a bit confused about the tip of moving your cell phone away during calibration? I used the info on the app to let me know that the calibration was successful, what am I missing here?.

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  5. brianminkc

    Is a block away from a cell tower okay? How many feet or yards do you recommend to absolutely not go close to a cell tower. I have two towers by me both are about two and a half blocks away. Wondering if I can fly.

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  6. Paul Leingang

    How far away from a radio tower is recommended? I'm going to be doing research on a small island that's about 1 square kilometer and has a radio tower basically right in the middle of it.

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