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When should you Calibrate the Compass?
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stenk
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Hi guys,

Just a question on when I should calibrate the compass. Should I do this every new area I fly or only when it tells me?

There have been a few videos on youtube saying that you should calibrate every new area you fly.

Just want to know what you guys do. I can't afford to have this thing crash or flyaway so want to make sure I do everything in preflight that I can to avoid any issues.
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hallmark007
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You don’t need to calibrate your compass unless prompted whether you travel 5 miles or a thousand miles, you will read this in your manual, and if it looks like it’s telling you to calibrate don’t move from the area your in and this should sort your compass.
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What type of aircraft are you flying? Mostly you should calibrate the compass when prompted to do so. However, it can be a point of conjecture. Therefore consider calibrating if you are getting unusual readings or getting a magnetic interference.  
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DJI-Mark Posted at 2017-10-9 12:23
What type of aircraft are you flying? Mostly you should calibrate the compass when prompted to do so. However, it can be a point of conjecture. Therefore consider calibrating if you are getting unusual readings or getting a magnetic interference.

If you getting magnetic interference you should move your AC, it tells you this in your telemetry and also tells you this in your manual.
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stenk
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DJI-Mark Posted at 2017-10-9 12:23
What type of aircraft are you flying? Mostly you should calibrate the compass when prompted to do so. However, it can be a point of conjecture. Therefore consider calibrating if you are getting unusual readings or getting a magnetic interference.

Thanks for the reply. I have a DJI Spark.

Absolutely love this thing but I have not built up enough courage to let the Spark out of my sight.

Preflight I make sure I have GOOD GPS signal and check WIFI channels and sensors IMU and compass. Make sure they are in the GREEN. This only takes a minute so not a big deal, but if it's better to calibrate every new area then I can do that as well.  
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stenk
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hallmark007 Posted at 2017-10-9 12:23
You don’t need to calibrate your compass unless prompted whether you travel 5 miles or a thousand miles, you will read this in your manual, and if it looks like it’s telling you to calibrate don’t move from the area your in and this should sort your compass.

Thanks hallmark007. So many differing views online. Will do what the manual states.
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stenk Posted at 2017-10-9 12:29
Thanks for the reply. I have a DJI Spark.

Absolutely love this thing but I have not built up enough courage to let the Spark out of my sight.

In spite how others may fly, it is not a good idea flying the aircraft out of site. In fact, that is usually the first statement in the manuals.
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hallmark007 Posted at 2017-10-9 12:26
If you getting magnetic interference you should move your AC, it tells you this in your telemetry and also tells you this in your manual.

This link might help.

https://forum.dji.com/forum.php? ... &fromuid=260008
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hallmark007 Posted at 2017-10-9 13:27
This link might help.

https://forum.dji.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=104222&fromuid=260008

Thank you very much! Will do this today!
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