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Flying around buildings...adjust RTH Height.

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by delirious, May 27, 2015.

  1. delirious

    May 4, 2015
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    OK, I want to post this to save someone some hurt. I was flying around my church this morning and decided to fly around a building next to it. Well guess what. I lost signal and realized that the height of my return home may of not been set right. So I quickly ran around to the other side of the building and cancelled the return home right before it smacked into the building.

    Lesson learned. Make sure that if you are flying in a city where there are lots of tall buildings, Don't let one in between you and the bird. LOS rule. I know, my fault. What may happen is a return to home and smack! I googled the tallest building in my city to see the height and from now on will set a return to home height taller than the tallest building. Could of been a painful lesson and I don't even have my extra batteries yet!

    I know, noob.
  2. danjordrone

    May 26, 2015
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    Yeah i have given this a lot of thought and to me it should be very high up on the pre flight checking list for the sake of safety and saving our investments
    Ariel@Hivemapper likes this.
  3. F6Rider

    Feb 5, 2014
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    Foothills Of The Sierra's, California
    Mine is set for 120' as the tallest structure or light tower in the park where I fly is 90', I want to be sure to clear them. It is a huge park, 2 miles side to side so I am FPV a lot.
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  4. Ariel@Hivemapper

    Nov 5, 2015
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    I know I am interjecting a bit late, but back in May we didn't have Hivemapper ready yet; now we do so thought I would share some useful data to solve this problem.

    Hivemapper has over 10 million building heights throughout the US, so you can quickly see what the tallest building in the area you are flying. Here is an example...

    Hivemapper | 3D map for drone fliers

    If we don't have your area let us know and we will prioritize it.
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