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Quadcopters Flyaway Solutions Explained

Quadcopters Flyaway Solutions Explained

The “Flyaways” happen when the quadcopter gets the mind of its own and leaves the pilot forever. This would be more terrifying when you invested in an expensive drone. Usually the suppliers blame users for their mistakes, which I believe is not always the case. However there are rules of thumb you want to follow to prevent disaster.

1. Don’t fly the quad too far

Quads have a limited flying range. The small quads – with less than 100 $ price tag – usually have the maximum flying range between 100 to 300 feet. The problem is when you fly these little things out of their range, they lose contact with your transmitter. Here are three scenarios happen to your drone next.

1. The quad just keep flying higher and higher until the battery is dead. If you are lucky, you’ll find your drone somewhere around you on the ground but in 100 pieces.

 

2. Another scenario, is your quad descends when losing contact, however it does not reconnect to your transmitter, it just free falls to the ground, this time maybe in 80 pieces!

 

3. Not to be always negative, in the third case, the quad descends and re-connection to your controller.

Lastly, these quads do not always stay visible in the air, meaning, as you fly them higher it is possible to lose sight of your drone due to its size or the color that is not eye-catching. In that case you lose the orientation of it and consequently you can’t navigate it back home. 

2. Don’t fly it around to the quad’s max range

These quads are small-weighted and they are hardly controllable at more than 10 mph wind. As you fly your drone in the altitude it is possible that the wind pick it up and take it to the point where you lose connection of it.

3. Do your homework before the flight

Read the instructions provided by suppliers carefully.  Calibrate your transmitter, accelerometer, gyroscope and any other setting that is applicable specific to your drone. Make sure to calibrate on a flat and level surface, do not do this while holding it in your hand! Trimming also is necessary before each flight. There have been a couple of cases where the quad took off and continued throttling up without any control like it was lunched to reach the moon due to lack of proper pre-flight settings.

4. Avoid flying around high density wireless network area

Nowadays, it is not that easy to find a place around with a low wireless signal interference. Quads mostly communicate with the transmitter on a 2.4 GHz frequency channel. This is the frequency used in many other wireless networks. So, with no doubt it is possible that your quad gets confused and loses connection with your transmitter.

5. Do not always trust the “return safe” feature

A couple of expensive drones have “return safe” feature. If you lose connection, your drone will eventually fly back to the landing point automatically with help of GPS. However there are a few cases where the button didn’t work and the drone simply flew away. Some of the suppliers seem like they are more busy with selling their products rather than listening to your exciting flyaway stories, and they don’t simply hold responsible for the bug in their product if there is any. So always play safe!

With all that said, it is advised to write your name and your number on a label and stick it on your drone for flyaway cases, maybe one of the neighbors becomes your hero.

Image by Vicki Burton

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