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Chris - UK
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  • OK so I took my Mavic Pro out today and I had a fly away - Totally lost. Is there anyway that DJI have a GPS reading on it. If so can they pin point it and tell me the where about it has flown to.Even if it's to cross check my GPS. If you could help that would be great.

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you can use the "find my drone" in the dji go app to see the last position of your drone

I would suggest uploading your Flight Record logs to the following site http://www.phantomhelp.com/LogViewer/Upload/
That will allow users here to help you out trying to find your drone and potentially identify what happened.
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To access "Find my drone" you need to open the app. When the app gets to the page with the black on white image of the mavic air, at the top right of that page are 3 liines - click on that. Once opened near the bottom of the list is Find my drone - click on that. Once opened you will see a red airplane icon on a map - click on the red airplane icon and the gps co ords will appear in a pop up on that page. Thats your quckest accessable discovery option. you can zoom in on the map and hopefully some landmark features (like a path or rock outcrop or something) can help with location. also take a bit of time to remember how the wind was blowing - if it was a flyaway then there was wind - if the drone is not at the spot of the gps then you may expand your search down wind a bit.
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Bekaru Tree Posted at 2018-2-28 11:58
To access "Find my drone" you need to open the app. When the app gets to the page with the black on white image of the mavic air, at the top right of that page are 3 liines - click on that. Once opened near the bottom of the list is Find my drone - click on that. Once opened you will see a red airplane icon on a map - click on the red airplane icon and the gps co ords will appear in a pop up on that page. Thats your quckest accessable discovery option. you can zoom in on the map and hopefully some landmark features (like a path or rock outcrop or something) can help with location. also take a bit of time to remember how the wind was blowing - if it was a flyaway then there was wind - if the drone is not at the spot of the gps then you may expand your search down wind a bit.

Great stuff guys...Thanks for your help. It was windy to so I'll take that in to consideration.
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Hi Chris, I'm sorry to read the flyaway. As discussed above, please try to use the feature of Find My Drone to see whether it helps. If still no luck, I'd suggest to contact our support to report if the drone is still in warranty period. You can start from here: https://www.dji.com/support Feel free to contact us if there are any further questions.
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Hi Susan, Yep thanks for the info. Ok the update is I used find my drone and went to scout the field it was meant to be located in. But not found it. It's a wide area of open space so I will go up today and have another look. Thanks

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Chris - UK Posted at 2018-2-28 23:13
Hi Susan, Yep thanks for the info. Ok the update is I used find my drone and went to scout the field it was meant to be located in. But not found it. It's a wide area of open space so I will go up today and have another look. Thanks
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Good luck. Very curious what the flight logs say.
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Montfrooij Posted at 2018-2-28 23:15
Good luck. Very curious what the flight logs say.

Thanks. Yep if I can some way upload the flight log on here I will show you.
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Chris - UK Posted at 2018-2-28 23:27
Thanks. Yep if I can some way upload the flight log on here I will show you.

You know how right?
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It was so gusty yesterday, I wanted to fly and get some photos of the snow so I took my mavic pro up 50ft and brought it straight back down its not worth the risk.

hope you find it
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Sucks hope u get it resolved flyaways are very very uncommon usually pilot error. I already see one clue....wind
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Steeevo Posted at 2018-3-1 00:58
It was so gusty yesterday, I wanted to fly and get some photos of the snow so I took my mavic pro up 50ft and brought it straight back down its not worth the risk.

hope you find it

Cheers Steve - Yep a little gusty...However there was a lull so I took it up. We are in the middle of demolishing our hose so I wanted to get a few shots in the snow. It was no more than 50ft. You local? if so it few off towards the a field in Steeple Lane!
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By flyaway do you mean the Air went mental and flew off of its own accord?

Mine did this yesterday too (I'm in the UK - coincidence?) and it ended up in a tree - fortunately I managed to retrieve it.

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TimK1 Posted at 2018-3-1 02:18
By flyaway do you mean the Air went mental and flew off of its own accord?

Mine did this yesterday too (I'm in the UK - coincidence?) and it ended up in a tree - fortunately I managed to retrieve it.

Yep a right MARE! Nice to hear that you got yours back - In correspondence with DJI at the mo... Flight log and info sent off.
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Chris - UK Posted at 2018-3-1 02:54
Yep a right MARE! Nice to hear that you got yours back - In correspondence with DJI at the mo... Flight log and info sent off.

Are you going to upload the logs here, so we can see and offer feedback?
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Wyke Posted at 2018-3-1 02:56
Are you going to upload the logs here, so we can see and offer feedback?

Yep... when I get a chance I will.
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Google flight log.
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        00m 00s        0.0 ft        0 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Motors_Started
00m 00s        0.0 ft        0 ft        Tip        Setting new Return-To-Home altitude to 30m (98 ft). Setting new Maximum Flight Altitude to 5m (16 ft)
00m 01s        0.0 ft        0 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Assisted_Takeoff
00m 15s        0.0 ft        0 ft        Mode        Mode changed to GPS_Atti
00m 18s        1.3 ft        0 ft        Tip        Setting new Maximum Flight Altitude to 30m (98 ft)
A        00m 18s        1.3 ft        0 ft        Mode        Mode changed to GPS_Atti
B        00m 22s        1.6 ft        6 ft        Tip        Setting new Maximum Flight Altitude to 120m (394 ft)
C        00m 22s        1.6 ft        6 ft        Tip        Home Point Recorded. RTH Altitude:  30m.
D        01m 17s        86.0 ft        20 ft        Tip        High Wind Velocity:Fly with caution and ensure the aircraft remains within your line of sight.
E        01m 44s        76.4 ft        14 ft        Tip        High Wind Velocity:Fly with caution and ensure the aircraft remains within your line of sight.
        01m 47s        49.9 ft        35 ft       

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F        02m 01s        125.7 ft        247 ft        Tip        High Wind Velocity:Fly with caution and ensure the aircraft remains within your line of sight.
G        02m 08s        173.2 ft        422 ft        Tip        Obstacle Avoided. Revise Flight Route
H        02m 17s        263.4 ft        544 ft        Warning        Attitude is too large., Forwardobstacle sensing is unavailable.
I        02m 26s        359.6 ft        741 ft        Warning        Attitude is too large., Forwardobstacle sensing is unavailable.
J        02m 29s        360.9 ft        781 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
K        02m 29s        360.9 ft        781 ft        Tip        Tips__Aircraft is returning to the Home Point. Minimum RTH Altitude is30m. You can reset the RTH Altitude in Remote Controller Settings after cancelling RTH.
L        02m 30s        360.9 ft        787 ft        Tip        High Wind Velocity:Fly with caution and ensure the aircraft remains within your line of sight.
M        02m 43s        375.3 ft        957 ft        Tip        High Wind Velocity:Fly with caution and ensure the aircraft remains within your line of sight.
N        03m 07s        329.4 ft        1,399 ft        Tip        High Wind Velocity:Fly with caution and ensure the aircraft remains within your line of sight.
        03m 18s        330.0 ft        1,532 ft       

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O        04m 06s        297.6 ft        2,357 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
P        04m 06s        296.9 ft        2,359 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
Q        04m 07s        294.6 ft        2,369 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
R        04m 08s        294.0 ft        2,372 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
S        04m 09s        294.0 ft        2,384 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
T        04m 09s        294.0 ft        2,394 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
U        04m 19s        293.6 ft        2,470 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
V        04m 19s        293.6 ft        2,472 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
W        04m 20s        293.6 ft        2,482 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
X        04m 21s        293.6 ft        2,484 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
Y        04m 24s        292.6 ft        2,509 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
Z        04m 25s        292.3 ft        2,516 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
a        04m 29s        292.3 ft        2,534 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
b        04m 30s        292.3 ft        2,538 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
c        04m 31s        292.6 ft        2,544 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
d        04m 32s        292.6 ft        2,548 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
e        04m 35s        292.6 ft        2,559 ft        Data Loss        Downlink data connection lost for 1 seconds
f        04m 35s        292.6 ft        2,559 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
g        04m 36s        292.6 ft        2,560 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
h        04m 37s        288.4 ft        2,566 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
i        04m 39s        288.4 ft        2,569 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
j        04m 42s        287.7 ft        2,566 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
k        04m 43s        288.1 ft        2,565 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
l        04m 43s        287.4 ft        2,563 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
m        04m 44s        287.7 ft        2,563 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
n        04m 46s        288.1 ft        2,565 ft        Tip        High Wind Velocity:Fly with caution and ensure the aircraft remains within your line of sight.
o        04m 48s        288.1 ft        2,560 ft        Data Loss        Downlink data connection lost for 1.4 seconds
p        04m 49s        288.1 ft        2,554 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
q        04m 49s        288.1 ft        2,545 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
r        04m 50s        287.7 ft        2,542 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
s        04m 50s        288.4 ft        2,535 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
t        04m 52s        288.1 ft        2,523 ft        Data Loss        Downlink data connection lost for 1.1 seconds
u        04m 52s        288.1 ft        2,523 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
v        04m 52s        288.1 ft        2,522 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
w        04m 56s        288.4 ft        2,471 ft        Warning        Warning:Command Timeout
x        05m 00s        287.7 ft        2,447 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
y        05m 00s        287.7 ft        2,444 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
z        05m 03s        287.7 ft        2,421 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
A        05m 04s        287.7 ft        2,417 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
B        05m 04s        287.7 ft        2,413 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
C        05m 05s        288.1 ft        2,411 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
        05m 08s        288.1 ft        2,410 ft       

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D        05m 23s        287.7 ft        2,389 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
E        05m 24s        288.1 ft        2,389 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
F        05m 32s        288.4 ft        2,450 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
G        05m 32s        288.4 ft        2,451 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
H        05m 33s        288.1 ft        2,459 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
I        05m 34s        288.1 ft        2,462 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
J        05m 40s        289.0 ft        2,501 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
K        05m 40s        289.4 ft        2,506 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
L        05m 50s        287.4 ft        2,623 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
M        05m 50s        287.4 ft        2,624 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
N        05m 54s        288.1 ft        2,687 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
O        05m 55s        287.7 ft        2,691 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
P        06m 09s        288.1 ft        2,920 ft        Data Loss        Downlink data connection lost for 1.9 seconds
Q        06m 09s        288.1 ft        2,920 ft        Mode        Mode changed to WiFi_Reconnect
R        06m 09s        288.1 ft        2,933 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Go_Home
S        06m 12s        288.1 ft        2,973 ft        Data Loss        Downlink data connection lost for 2.6 seconds
        06m 13s        288.1 ft        2,992 ft       

54% Battery at maximum distance
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Chris - UK Posted at 2018-3-1 03:36
00m 00s        0.0 ft        0 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Motors_Started
00m 00s        0.0 ft        0 ft        Tip        Setting new Return-To-Home altitude to 30m (98 ft). Setting new Maximum Flight Altitude to 5m (16 ft)
00m 01s        0.0 ft        0 ft        Mode        Mode changed to Assisted_Takeoff

Sorry it's  rendered so so well.
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Chris - UK Posted at 2018-3-1 03:37
Sorry it's  rendered so so well.

Try posting your logs here http://www.phantomhelp.com/logviewer/upload/
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Your mavic successfully enggaged RTH and was on RTH.
But Mavic Pro's gps speed is limited to 22mph and the wind you showed was 25 mph excluding gusts. Once it drifted further away, it disconnected.

You should not use or rely on gps mode on a windy day with long distance.. nexttime stick with sportsmode, if radio disconnects then it will switch to gps and RTH on its own and try to come back.


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The max wind velocity did warn you and it says on the log to keep it in line of sight. The reason for this is because if you get a disconnect, gps rth speed is only 22mph.
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It is a combination of faults but the drone did warn you aso.

Dji's gps speed is way too low and this causes drones to drift with the wind on disconnect gps rth.

But at the same time it warned you on high winds so you needed to keep signal on with line if sight. If you returned home manually with sportsmode then it would break through that 25mph easily with 40mph speed.


Anyway Chris lesson learnt

If it's a public area west of the last signal point, drone prolly landed there and since it's public then many people.



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You've got to be more aware of the conditions you're flying in. This is no flyaway, this is operator error not taking the conditions into account while flying. I hope you find it, but this could cause serious issues if it were to wonder into unwanted territory. Fly safe!
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Also if you want to fly a mavic pro on high winds, it is better to hack its gps mode speed to go fast. Even faster than stock sports mode for both modes. Gps RTH against the wind will always try to RTH up to the max speed of the mode.
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djiuser_fiQgdFqHaUQg Posted at 2018-3-1 07:14
Your mavic successfully enggaged RTH and was on RTH.
But Mavic Pro's gps speed is limited to 22mph and the wind you showed was 25 mph excluding gusts. Once it drifted further away, it disconnected.

Great info - What I didn't realise that the wind gusts were far to strong for it to come back on RTH.  - What I do know is when I launched to take shots of the house (40-55 feet) it was in a sheltered area and I didn't take into consideration the wind at the slightly higher altitude. I'll certainly put this down to experiance and know next time. I guess the snow was to much of a temptation! Thanks
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OK Guys...... Stop Press!! So I went out this morning to have another search for the Mavic with Harry,( Partners nephew ) I looked in the last GPS signal location but it wasn't there. Taking in wind speed and direction we decided to go further a-field. After about 1 and a half hours and 422 meters away on top of a hill I found it. It was just sitting there as if it landed under control - No damage as yet...Just thawing it out.
Got to put it out there and put my hands up - I guess I was just to tempted by getting that perfect aerial snow shot - I'll think twice next time - We can all live on the edge but this time it was a bit to close for me....Anyways....I'm a Happy Chappy - Thanks for all your input guys.... Very much appreciated.  Safe and happy flying.

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Sweet, good to see a safe manual return to home.
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Fabulous outcome, lucky man indeed. But lesson learnt and happy flying. (download UAV Forecast for the future, it is good)
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Congratulations!  What a great outcome! Bet you'll never make that same mistake twice.  Keep us posted once it thaws out if there was any other problem with it.
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good news
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Thanks guys. All comments very much appreciated. Gotta say it’s not very nice being on the wrong side of the heart pumping edge!
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Chris - UK Posted at 2018-3-1 10:00
OK Guys...... Stop Press!! So I went out this morning to have another search for the Mavic with Harry,( Partners nephew ) I looked in the last GPS signal location but it wasn't there. Taking in wind speed and direction we decided to go further a-field. After about 1 and a half hours and 422 meters away on top of a hill I found it. It was just sitting there as if it landed under control - No damage as yet...Just thawing it out.
Got to put it out there and put my hands up - I guess I was just to tempted by getting that perfect aerial snow shot - I'll think twice next time - We can all live on the edge but this time it was a bit to close for me....Anyways....I'm a Happy Chappy - Thanks for all your input guys.... Very much appreciated.  Safe and happy flying.

Was it recording video as it flew away? Would love to see it, if it was.
Congrats on finding it!
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No. Didn’t record anything I guess I was concentrating on getting it home. Took a couple of stills be nothing to write home about.
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Nice to read a happy ending. That was quite some drift.
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Chris - UK Posted at 2018-3-1 10:00
OK Guys...... Stop Press!! So I went out this morning to have another search for the Mavic with Harry,( Partners nephew ) I looked in the last GPS signal location but it wasn't there. Taking in wind speed and direction we decided to go further a-field. After about 1 and a half hours and 422 meters away on top of a hill I found it. It was just sitting there as if it landed under control - No damage as yet...Just thawing it out.
Got to put it out there and put my hands up - I guess I was just to tempted by getting that perfect aerial snow shot - I'll think twice next time - We can all live on the edge but this time it was a bit to close for me....Anyways....I'm a Happy Chappy - Thanks for all your input guys.... Very much appreciated.  Safe and happy flying.

Congrats! Indeed, we sometimes have to experience nerve wracking stuff to learn our lessons. But hey, you got it back. Be careful next time. Like what they always say, "Respect the wind'. And never underestimate them.
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Chris - UK Posted at 2018-3-1 10:00
OK Guys...... Stop Press!! So I went out this morning to have another search for the Mavic with Harry,( Partners nephew ) I looked in the last GPS signal location but it wasn't there. Taking in wind speed and direction we decided to go further a-field. After about 1 and a half hours and 422 meters away on top of a hill I found it. It was just sitting there as if it landed under control - No damage as yet...Just thawing it out.
Got to put it out there and put my hands up - I guess I was just to tempted by getting that perfect aerial snow shot - I'll think twice next time - We can all live on the edge but this time it was a bit to close for me....Anyways....I'm a Happy Chappy - Thanks for all your input guys.... Very much appreciated.  Safe and happy flying.

Thats great to hear - 422m wow thats a long way - appreciate you mentioning so we can put that data into our memory when considering future flyaways.
Now you have learned the same way most of us did - by experiance - very happy to hear you survived.

Do a search on this forum for threads about wind and flyaways - there are some valuable tips about flying in the wind and some what nots to do.
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Chris - UK Posted at 2018-3-1 08:06
Great info - What I didn't realise that the wind gusts were far to strong for it to come back on RTH.  - What I do know is when I launched to take shots of the house (40-55 feet) it was in a sheltered area and I didn't take into consideration the wind at the slightly higher altitude. I'll certainly put this down to experiance and know next time. I guess the snow was to much of a temptation! Thanks

You should fly against the wind rather than into the wind because if a problem occurs wind will bring it home naturally. Planes take-off againt the wind also (But avoid sport mode against the wind, except if there is a problem).
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Good you got it back. What is interesting is that the Mavic did an automated landing - presumably when the battery level went to critical - in other words a forced auto-landing. A good lesson also in wind-drift under power - basically the craft will travel much further than one would intuitively think!
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Bet you are a happy man. Im pleased for you
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