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flyingbosnian
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so I went flying today and stopped next to some power cables to take off...I was super concetrated on not hitting them that I didn't pay attention to anything else...after I avoided those cables, I took the drown down (I was on top of the hill) to take some footage of the river...almost had a heart attack since I didn't notice there was a second set of power cables only 200m away and I missed them by centimetres...who the hell builds two sets of power cables next to each other...i got so close I actually saw the cable on my phone screen.
I definitely have more luck then brains


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slimharry
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lol. they came up so quickly my heart skipped a beat for you!

Lesson learned, have to be extra careful!

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Kotsev
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Pheuuuuuu.... that was a close one!!! Very very lucky!!!
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Bob Brown
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I didn't happen so luck is on your side. Made a nice reveal shot. haha
Also the camera makes objects appear closer than what they are... so you were most likely further away than visualized.
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AG0N-Gary
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No!  The camera makes things look further away than they actually are.  It is a wide angle lens.  And for what it's worth, high voltage power lines usually come in sets of THREE (3-phase).
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AG0N-Gary
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No!  The camera makes things look further away than they actually are.  It is a wide angle lens.  And for what it's worth, high voltage power lines usually come in sets of THREE (3-phase).
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slimharry
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AG0N-Gary Posted at 2018-4-9 10:37
No!  The camera makes things look further away than they actually are.  It is a wide angle lens.  And for what it's worth, high voltage power lines usually come in sets of THREE (3-phase).

Yup What it also looks to be like a 230-315 kV powerline !

Would've cut the power for sure in some places hehe
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axevalentine
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WOW! What a luck!   Nice footage
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sky6105
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If you would of hit them and the drone got caught by the prop it would of hung there to remind you
watch out for the powerlines.
That could of been a bad outcome.
Glad nothing happened.
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Yikes! I'm surprised they done have the large red aircraft balls on them. Maybe they aren't high enough.
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A CW
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OMG - that was close!
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GoldenSun
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LOL missed it by that much! It was your lucky day for sure!
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integer
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You are not idiot, just lucky
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SparksBird
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Holy crap that was close haha.  OMG just glad the outcome was positive.  Could of been very bad.
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Celsus
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There is always a risk that an unfortunate collision will occur, I'm surprised the cables didn't interfere with the drone given how close.  Knowing my luck I would of hit the cables and ended up in the water for good measure.
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M2Wair
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Damn, that was too close for comfort, almost a splat moment. Thankfully survived to fly another day.
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Wachtberger
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Thank you very much for sharing this good and important lesson with everyone! And your honesty merits extra credit!
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MWitarsa
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wow... this was pretty close!
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OldFaflyers
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Is reception ok with high power lines around???  I dont feel comfortable flying distance away standing near one
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B1houdini
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WOW, I actually jerked back from the screen when the cables popped up.
Glad to see you missed them and made it back safety.
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Landbo
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   We call it a close shave in Danish. Good your drone survived.

Fly safe for posterity, Leif
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Bekaru MP UAV
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like a 'get out of jail free card' - i have used up a few of mine
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flyingbosnian
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OldFaflyers Posted at 2018-4-9 13:20
Is reception ok with high power lines around???  I dont feel comfortable flying distance away standing near one

Reception was perfect all the time, no problem there
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flyingbosnian
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Thanks all, glad i'll still be flying
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That's what we'd call "threading the needle!"
Further supports my recommendation that DJI should package at least 3 pair of clean underwear with every aircraft (wink).
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that first cable made me gasp! WTG and not panicking!
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Two items I hate the most, long skinny things and water underneath them !! Glad you reacted quickly to fly another day!
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AG0N-Gary
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slimharry Posted at 2018-4-9 10:39
Yup  What it also looks to be like a 230-315 kV powerline !

Would've cut the power for sure in some places hehe

Not really.  That electric line is dual steel (possibly aluminum) cable and wouldn't even notice the drone running into it.
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Yeah, an epic near miss - really emphasises that you can't be too careful, that you must always check your surroundings thoroughly. Flying safe, it's no accident!
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Scared by the cable.

You are so lucky. Take care and fly safely.
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WOW really really close.
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4WDaus
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Wow that was so close, get you lived to fly another day!
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slimharry
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AG0N-Gary Posted at 2018-4-9 16:47
Not really.  That electric line is dual steel (possibly aluminum) cable and wouldn't even notice the drone running into it.

The line transmission has what we call a safety switch on and off, if any bizarre activity happens (such as a drone hitting a powerline) it will automatically turn off. It has to be triggered back on manually with a switch.

in french it's called a "sectionneur" lol, i work in the powerline field.
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astrofly
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A very heart ...crash ! In italian this is mooore than lucky ...is side B. Normally if i have one idea for video control the place before for look  electrical lines and radio repeaters. Good. flights.
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AG0N-Gary
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slimharry Posted at 2018-4-10 03:39
The line transmission has what we call a safety switch on and off, if any bizarre activity happens (such as a drone hitting a powerline) it will automatically turn off. It has to be triggered back on manually with a switch.

in french it's called a "sectionneur" lol, i work in the powerline field.

The line transmission has what we call a safety switch on and off, if any bizarre activity happens (such as a drone hitting a powerline) it will automatically turn off. It has to be triggered back on manually with a switch.

But you're not telling me what is going to trigger that switch.  There's no electrical (or even mechanical) disturbance on the line, so where it the trigger.  That line isn't going to even know it was hit, nor the equipment hooked to it.  Unless you can figure out a way to bridge the gap of many feet between conductors with your drone, there's nothing happening.
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rolling56
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I've seen a few people post similar here before and i doubt i could control my Mavic's through wiring like that if i wanted to lol You are very lucky
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Rol
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That was a close one!
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Wow, did you buy a lotteryticket afterwards? You'd have won for sure!
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That was really pretty close and scary.
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very lucky....
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