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How to land the Mavic Air in your hand?
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Beau
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I've been on the old phantom P3P platform for awhile, played a little with the Spark, but now have the Air and it's my first DJI with all the avoidance tech.

Up here in AK where I live the ground is pretty uneven most of the time, so yesterday on my first flight when it came to land I was like "Hmm, how am I going to do this?"

While going my old school catch by hand manuouver, the drone of course tried to avoid my hand.

I turned off all the avoidance tech. BUT, it still tired to avoid my hand, or the ground, or something, and contined to gain elevation everytime I tried to descend to my outstretched arm. Finally I just grabbed it as it was runninh lower on battery. Got a few errors on screen like "motor problem" or whatever. I did not hit the props.

There doesn't seem to be anything on youtube yet about this subject,

SO, what are the best steps to land a Mavic Air in yuor hand?

Thanks,
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AIister
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i just grabbed it and turned it on it's side and it shut down.  didnt want to land in the snow.
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Sploodge
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Grab it from the front with thumb and forefinger o the battery latch..
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jh8
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Just keep the left control down, the Air will fly up a bit and then descend slowly on your hand.
In fact this works better for MA than with the Spark for me, which I always had to grab firmly to prevent it from flying up again..

You could also turn off landing protection.
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LoSBoL
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AIister Posted at 2018-2-8 09:24
i just grabbed it and turned it on it's side and it shut down.  didnt want to land in the snow.

I've seen a video where they were doing that (turning on the side), so I've tried, but it just kept spinning up, even after keeping it on its side for a second or 2. So then I'd just stop the engines by throrling it down.
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A CW
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Best to turn off the downward vision sensors too to stop it flying up from your palm.
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Sploodge Posted at 2018-2-8 09:24
Grab it from the front with thumb and forefinger o the battery latch..

That's how I do it also, just mind where you stick your hand to avoid the sensors.


It's not my prefered way of landing though, I've practiced grabbing it from the air so when it is needed, I have had the experience before.  I'd probably use it when I'm launching from small boats and such.
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AIister
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yah i dont like to do it unless i have to , the drone kinds freaks out  so gotta be quick
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A CW Posted at 2018-2-8 09:30
Best to turn off the downward vision sensors too to stop it flying up from your palm.

So I did that right, and it still gains elevation when I reach for it.
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jh8 Posted at 2018-2-8 09:26
Just keep the left control down, the Air will fly up a bit and then descend slowly on your hand.
In fact this works better for MA than with the Spark for me, which I always had to grab firmly to prevent it from flying up again..

I’ve done this a few times and always works!
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Beau Posted at 2018-2-8 11:34
So I did that right, and it still gains elevation when I reach for it.

Try turning off the whole OA system.
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I don't care for the idea of turning it on its side.  That will increase the torque as you turn it (centrifugal force), putting more wear on motor bearings/bushings.  Just my thoughts.
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Beau
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So yeah guys I've been turning off the sensors and it still won't land in my hand. It still elevates each time I try.
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Gunship9
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Bring a bat and swing when the drone gets close.  It will promptly shut down and you can safely catch the pop fly.  

Since it is designed to land on ground, have you looked into one of those unfolding drone landing rings/pads.  Use your feet to brush away obstacles and let the drone precision land on the flat part of the pad.
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AG0N-Gary Posted at 2018-2-8 11:46
I don't care for the idea of turning it on its side.  That will increase the torque as you turn it (centrifugal force), putting more wear on motor bearings/bushings.  Just my thoughts.

well, it does this when you fly the drone
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DJI Paladin
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Hi there.
Actually, the Mavic Air doesn‘t support to land on palm like Spark does. And for your personal safety, we don't advise you to do so.
If the current situation doesn't allow the drone to land, we do recommend you to pick another place to operate the drone.
Please fly safely and care for your own safety. Thanks for your understanding and support.
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jagr19
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is there a plan to allow for palm landing like the Spark does? its a really cool feature and a waste that its not implemented on a new product
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Tadango
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Grabbing it from the air has been working just fine. It might not be the safest thing but it works. Just grab underneath from the front it and flip it over.
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