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Mississippi River boating with Spark and Mavic Air. Tough landing...
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Bing Err
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Hey guys,
Took the Mavic Air and Spark on the Mississippi for some boating today. Good thing I brought both because I forgot to charge the Mavic Air controller and only got one flight out of it. It was VERY tough landing the Mavic Air on a small boat while it was drifting at about 5mph down the Mississippi River. I was quite worried that it would either tear up my hands or just bounce right off the boat into the water. Any tips on landing on a moving boat??? In the end I just grabbed it out of the air and flipped it upside down to turn it off.
I felt more comfortable flying the Spark, but maybe just because I'm a little more nervous of dropping $800 of drone in the river.

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Montfrooij
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Nice video.
No tips from my side.
I am not too fond of hand catching my MP.
(I have to do that sometimes because of the surface)
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A CW
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Great vid      
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dj_dread
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Nice video mate!
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Bing Err
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Montfrooij Posted at 2018-7-1 00:21
Nice video.
No tips from my side.
I am not too fond of hand catching my MP.

I almost always catch and launch from my hand but the drifting boat brought a whole new level of panic as I tried to land it (NOT IN THE WATER). The Mississippi was really moving so therefore the boat was really moving. In retrospect I should have had Dave (boat driver) just go agaist the river at 3-4 miles per hour and see if it was easier. Last year I was thinking of putting velcro on the bottom of the spark then wear a glove that can stick to it. But then again the velcro might not hold and it could just bounce off my hand anyway.
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Thanks A CW! I always appreciate your feedback.
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Thanks DJ Dread!
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Bing Err Posted at 2018-7-1 02:10
Thanks A CW! I always appreciate your feedback.

You're very welcome mate. Your vids are always on point
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Great Video.  That looks like fun!
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Bing Err Posted at 2018-7-1 02:09
I almost always catch and launch from my hand but the drifting boat brought a whole new level of panic as I tried to land it (NOT IN THE WATER). The Mississippi was really moving so therefore the boat was really moving. In retrospect I should have had Dave (boat driver) just go agaist the river at 3-4 miles per hour and see if it was easier. Last year I was thinking of putting velcro on the bottom of the spark then wear a glove that can stick to it. But then again the velcro might not hold and it could just bounce off my hand anyway.

There is some guy here on the forum that made his own catch device.
Too DIY for me, but it works.
He also had this boat landing experience.
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Better man than me.  My Spark hasnt been near the water yet!
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