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Phantom Wind almost took down my bird.....

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by digital290, Jul 26, 2016.

  1. digital290

    Apr 10, 2014
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    Colorado Springs
    I was in the process of testing several different parabolic antenna designs with surface wind at 5-7 mph. I had gotten out to 3000 ft and the video started to break up and I turned around to head back home. As I did, some incredible winds came in from a storm nearby and prevented my bird from making any noticeable headway. On full throttle it was only moving 5-6 feet per second. I was at 200 feet elevation and brought it down to 120 feet thinking there would be less wind....battery was at 46 % and I'm getting nervous. I decided to fly diagonal and zig zag rather than head on and hope the battery lasted. Several blocks to go and battery at 15% and the RC started get that alarm sound.. I managed to land it in the street nearby with no traffic. All's well that ends well! I might note that ground wind speed never increased over 5-7 MPH. Watch out for Phantom Wind trying to eat your Phantom.
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  2. Digdat0

    Feb 20, 2016
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    Oregon, USA
    I went to the coast and fought 30mph winds, at one point it got caught and
    Tried to head out to sea similar to your situation. I dropped altitude and cut diagonally, I made it back at like 5mph, landed and gtfo.

    Glad you were able to land safely and retrieve it. That sounds like it had your blood pressure up a bit.
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  3. Wyattroa

    May 31, 2016
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    Thats a big fear of mine with these smaller birds. When I went out over 3 miles at sea I knew there was chance I would hit wind further out at sea and at elevation. Luckily when I turned around I didn't hit anything. Still gets your blood pumping.
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  4. fastsmiles

    Apr 22, 2014
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    Fort Worth, Tx
    The winds can kick up fast here in Texas, I've had a few scares, but no wrecks.
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