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    Request for determination from log

    That's a good point. I have a lot of hours on this AC. In fact, there are some cracks (remember when these were showing up on older models?) that I've super-glued to keep from growing. I think the P4 had a new shell partly to fix that issue. The batteries can only be charged so many times as...
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    Request for determination from log

    Thanks. I didn't even get that mad, just sort of a "well, it's been a few years and the law of averages finally caught up to me." It really only hurt because I've learned to take such care, but down it goes anyways. Part of me thought "maybe it's finally time to move on to the P4", but I have...
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    Request for determination from log

    That sounds reasonable, thanks. Chris
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    Request for determination from log

    Cool. Well, the RTH was probably automatically started from the lost-signal time-out, which could have happened after the craft was below the surface of the water. The prop possibility: as I said, this was the 3rd flight (changing batteries) without touching the props. To me, it sound unlikely...
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    Request for determination from log

    Hey all, I lost my P3P in the sound (salt water) and am now trying to determine what the cause was for insurance purposes. Here is the link to the log file. Please let me know if you need it in another form. (The text file from my tablet FlightRecords folder is also attached.) Here's the...
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    Part 107 test- recurrent or the whole thing

    Thanks for the reply. That sounds reasonable -- I just wasn't aware of it. Chris
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    Part 107 test- recurrent or the whole thing

    What does this mean, re: recurrence? If I get a 107 and start to do business, after 2 years, can I still advertise "with 107 licence", or will I have to say "with 107 licence, kept current"? to legally fly as a 107 pilot? I know manned aircraft requires a pilot to stay current, but I didn't...
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    POLL: Have you powered on your Phantom with the gimbal lock attached?

    So far: 40+ for "Yes, no damage" and 0 for "Yes, with damage". I was going to post a +1 for "did DJI engineer logic to keep damage from happening?" question, but the poll indicates strongly that they did. Chris
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    Tonight's light painting with a drone

    Hey Maddy, get thin gloves, especially helpful in cold wind. You can get some that are touch-screen sensitive, but most of the touch-screen stuff can be done before take off. Then it's just stick and shutter control while flying. Also, hand warmers. The hand warmers can go in the gloves, or...
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    High altitude photo shoot

    The 500m limit is locked into the hardware, is what I remember reading, not firmware or software. It's also specified in my P3P manual, although 'locked into the hardware' is not mentioned.
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    High altitude photo shoot

    Yes, but we shouldn't have to even get to that point when someone simply asks "how does the craft operate at 9600ft" (without giving the altitude of ground level / home point). My P3P owners manual has the following in it's specification table: "Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level: 6000m...
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    High altitude photo shoot

    Pilots flying at high altitudes aren't taking off at sea level. They're obviously already at a high altitude. 400' AGL means Above Ground Level (take off point), not sea level. In case this isn't yet clear: an operator climbing to 9,600' can be taking off from 9,200'. Phantoms aren't going to...
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    Why would it be wrong to have taken this photo?

    This my main question, more so than what might be wrong with taking the image: Why did he run? I've been confronted by security guards several times and each time, they asked me to go away. They didn't take the drone, didn't take the SD card or even look at the footage, did not call the police...
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    NEVER, NEVER, NEVER again over water!!! UPDATE!!!

    Sorry to hear about your experience, especially the helplessness. I've felt that as well. Also, glad to hear that you recovered the craft and that it may fly again -- many aren't so lucky. However, and this is mostly for other readers that become alarmed at the title of this thread, there's...
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    Where is the doggone zoom?

    Yeah, you can get drones with a big-camera platform, but you're talking about a lot more money. For recreational drones at these prices, the camera package is designed for the primary purpose of wide-angle landscape photography, and FPV flying (where telescopic vision would not be welcome)...