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Having problems setting up my new Spark
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graywoulf
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Greetings to all,

I got my new Spark yesterday and honestly, I am so confused at what to do first. All of my attempts to register my Spark and download the first updates has failed. Is there a step by step tutorial that would lead me through the process that I can view? I have tried all of the suggestions and watched many videos on YouTube but I am apparently missing something about the process. I mainly need to know what to turn on first and the following steps as well as what needs to be connected via WiFi or internet and so forth. Please throw an old dog a bone here. I would be most appreciative.
2018-3-3
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SkyBug
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Everyone is different but I start with turning on the rc then the ac then go to WiFi and find your spark
2018-3-3
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BeastMaster_101
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SkyBug Posted at 2018-3-3 13:51
Everyone is different but I start with turning on the rc then the ac then go to WiFi and find your spark

This is all after you register the AC. What I do is turn on my Wi-FI first then when I turn on RC, it connects automatically, then the craft then it all syncs up and is ready.
2018-3-3
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Ram-UK
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Please check this link. There are lots of video tutorials from DJI and others. I struggled a bit and followed their tutorials. Hope it helps!

2018-3-4
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graywoulf
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Thanks guy for the suggestions and comments. I did finally get everything going. I was overlooking turning on the WiFi in the Spark itself. I will say though that the process of setting up needs to be more defined in the DJI tutorial series. The video above is a good general overview but is lacking in the details such as what I just mentioned. I never would have thought that of all the videos I have watched would there not be a tutorial that was a definitive step by step tutorial either printed or by video offered. Thanks again.
2018-3-4
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Nancy SEO
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Agreed, it took me a solid week of frustration to get the initial set up going. My biggest problem was all my spare batteries weren't updated, and it was six days after I bought them that they FINALLY worked with the app and updated. I was about to tear my hair out, and I seriously questioned why I wanted one of these things. Now everything is running great and I'm practicing getting comfortable with the machine. I so wish these things could fly safely over water because I live on the Chesapeake Bay and would love to shoot videos of cow nose ray schools, fish, my friends out kayaking, etc. But at the same time, I don't want to lose the damned thing by being stupid.
2018-3-4
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graywoulf
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I don't know when I will actually get this thing in the air as I keep running into issues. All the confusion on what needs to be connected to what and when is a pain. I guess that I have both batteries updated now that you mention it but I am not sure. Right now, I cannot get the IMU to calibrate. I figure I have a lot more to learn first. Prior experience flying non GPS quads did not prepare me for this adventure though.
2018-3-4
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Mullheliflier
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Can you find someone near you who could give you a hand? It makes the learning curve a lot easier. It is also good to share the hobby and experiences with someone.
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Nancy SEO Posted at 2018-3-4 11:45
Agreed, it took me a solid week of frustration to get the initial set up going. My biggest problem was all my spare batteries weren't updated, and it was six days after I bought them that they FINALLY worked with the app and updated. I was about to tear my hair out, and I seriously questioned why I wanted one of these things. Now everything is running great and I'm practicing getting comfortable with the machine. I so wish these things could fly safely over water because I live on the Chesapeake Bay and would love to shoot videos of cow nose ray schools, fish, my friends out kayaking, etc. But at the same time, I don't want to lose the damned thing by being stupid.

I have thought that if I was going to do some over water flying I would make some floats that would not hinder the props but would keep the gimbal  out of the water in case of a water landing.
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graywoulf
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Mullheliflier Posted at 2018-3-4 14:46
Can you find someone near you who could give you a hand? It makes the learning curve a lot easier. It is also good to share the hobby and experiences with someone.

That is a great suggestion and I did think of that but where I live, there is hardly a chance of finding someone else. I am certainly going to try though.
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graywoulf
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midwest Mike Posted at 2018-3-4 16:18
I have thought that if I was going to do some over water flying I would make some floats that would not hinder the props but would keep the gimbal  out of the water in case of a water landing.

If you are serious about making water landings then take a look at the landing gear I found on eBay.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/DJI-SPA ... 738.m4383.l4275.c10
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graywoulf
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I am happy and proud to say that I did a maiden flight this evening. A very short flight as is was already dark. I just flew at about six feet and did a few rotations then I flew out about twelve feet or so and back to a safe and soft landing. There was a slight breeze but my Spark performed beautifully. I am looking forward to giving it a good trial run tomorrow. Thanks to all for the help.
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Mullheliflier
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Well done! You are going to have a lot of fun!
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graywoulf
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Mullheliflier Posted at 2018-3-4 23:09
Well done! You are going to have a lot of fun!

Thank you! And I can guarantee that you are right about the fun.
2018-3-4
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graywoulf Posted at 2018-3-4 17:48
I am happy and proud to say that I did a maiden flight this evening. A very short flight as is was already dark. I just flew at about six feet and did a few rotations then I flew out about twelve feet or so and back to a safe and soft landing. There was a slight breeze but my Spark performed beautifully. I am looking forward to giving it a good trial run tomorrow. Thanks to all for the help.

Have a nice flight! Please read our user manual carefully before flight, I would recommend you do a pre-flight check before flight.
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2018-3-5
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graywoulf
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DJI Elektra Posted at 2018-3-5 02:07
Have a nice flight! Please read our user manual carefully before flight, I would recommend you do a pre-flight check before flight.

Thank you for that checklist. I did do all of that before I flew my Spark. I am not taking any chances with my investment and I was just a bit anxious to see it fly. The whole flight lasted less than 3 minutes. But, I do appreciate that you took the time to give me the list.
2018-3-5
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graywoulf Posted at 2018-3-5 09:20
Thank you for that checklist. I did do all of that before I flew my Spark. I am not taking any chances with my investment and I was just a bit anxious to see it fly. The whole flight lasted less than 3 minutes. But, I do appreciate that you took the time to give me the list.


I would recommend staying out of sport mode over water. Almost all fly-away's and crashes are in sport mode. the spark doesn't like it for some reason. I feel safe flying PGPS but NOT in sport mode. I'm not saying that EVERY crash/fly-away is in that mode but, a lot are.
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graywoulf
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chorn1966 Posted at 2018-3-5 10:31
I would recommend staying out of sport mode over water. Almost all fly-away's and crashes are in sport mode. the spark doesn't like it for some reason. I feel safe flying PGPS but NOT in sport mode. I'm not saying that EVERY crash/fly-away is in that mode but, a lot are.

Good advice. Even though I have flown toy grade drones for nearly three years, I have no intentions to try sport mode any time soon. And the thought of flying over water scares the crap out of me. At least until I get really used to my Spark. I love your avatar by the way.
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graywoulf Posted at 2018-3-5 10:53
Good advice. Even though I have flown toy grade drones for nearly three years, I have no intentions to try sport mode any time soon. And the thought of flying over water scares the crap out of me. At least until I get really used to my Spark. I love your avatar by the way.

Thanks, I was afraid I would offend someone. but, NADDA. lol
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graywoulf Posted at 2018-3-5 09:20
Thank you for that checklist. I did do all of that before I flew my Spark. I am not taking any chances with my investment and I was just a bit anxious to see it fly. The whole flight lasted less than 3 minutes. But, I do appreciate that you took the time to give me the list.

You are welcome. I believe that you will become a good pilot. Thanks for your support.
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