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TUTORIAL: How NOT to lose your drone
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Kloo Gee
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Hi All,

I try not to spam the forum with my videos too often, but I humbly think some of the ideas in this video have the potential to help prevent some lost drones.   



Thanks in advance for watching if you choose to do so.  Have a great day!
2018-1-4
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DJI Grace
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it is soooo helpful!!!
Thank you for your tips here!!!
an excellent tuto!!!
2018-1-4
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MikB
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Unusual presentation but good advice. I have one tip to add at the end and the clue is in your original shots. Think outside the box. If you DO lose your drone and despite checking flight logs and Google Earth etc you still can't find it, make sure you have trained your dog to hunt it out. I have a Border Collie and he can already pick out Spark from his other named toys. He has not quite got the hang of looking for it in a field but we are enrolled for dog training next month!
2018-1-5
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nixuspix
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Extremely useful. Thank You
2018-1-5
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Wachtberger
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Very good summary and in particular that you have emphasized the pilot's responsibility at all times. Thank you!
2018-1-5
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Kloo Gee
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MikB Posted at 2018-1-5 00:58
Unusual presentation but good advice. I have one tip to add at the end and the clue is in your original shots. Think outside the box. If you DO lose your drone and despite checking flight logs and Google Earth etc you still can't find it, make sure you have trained your dog to hunt it out. I have a Border Collie and he can already pick out Spark from his other named toys. He has not quite got the hang of looking for it in a field but we are enrolled for dog training next month!

Haha, that is awesome!  I need to get Turbo trained up ASAP!
2018-1-5
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小仙女的星巴克
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Good video ...well explained and also do not attached unnecessary accessories on your Spark.
2018-1-5
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Jos A
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euh what about to avoid yaw errors, compas faillures???
2018-1-5
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Vulcan-XH558
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Great video, thank you for sharing.

I mentioned on another thread the possibility of DJI incorporating an alarm into the Spark.  My thinking is that if the Spark drops down in a hedgerow, or gets tangled in the undergrowth etc, you could activate the alarm via the remote/phone/tablet.  You can take a photo if the drone is grounded, so why not an audible alert?

Obviously there are circumstances which wouldn't benefit from an alarm,  however by adding this function, it may help recover drones which would otherwise have be lost forever.

The Spark already has a speaker, so there's no extra weight involved.  It shouldn't take more than a few lines of code for DJI to do this



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Kloo Gee
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Vulcan-XH558 Posted at 2018-1-5 09:08
Great video, thank you for sharing.

I mentioned on another thread the possibility of DJI incorporating an alarm into the Spark.  My thinking is that if the Spark drops down in a hedgerow, or gets tangled in the undergrowth etc, you could activate the alarm via the remote/phone/tablet.  You can take a photo if the drone is grounded, so why not an audible alert?

I agree!  I like it.  If you are in range of it and have a connection to it, that would certainly make it much easier to locate.  It is so small, you can easily walk right past it without seeing it in some weeks or brushes.
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Great video, especially liked the dog playing in the snow scenes, then again, I'm a dog person so anything with a dog in it is awesome.
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Kloo Gee
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FatherXmas Posted at 2018-1-5 09:22
Great video, especially liked the dog playing in the snow scenes, then again, I'm a dog person so anything with a dog in it is awesome.

Turbo is my buddy!  He loves playing in the snow!  Glad you enjoyed!  He's made several impromptu appearances on the channel over time.
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MikB Posted at 2018-1-5 00:58
Unusual presentation but good advice. I have one tip to add at the end and the clue is in your original shots. Think outside the box. If you DO lose your drone and despite checking flight logs and Google Earth etc you still can't find it, make sure you have trained your dog to hunt it out. I have a Border Collie and he can already pick out Spark from his other named toys. He has not quite got the hang of looking for it in a field but we are enrolled for dog training next month!

I love this idea
2018-1-5
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Excellent video, Kloo Gee. I've been subscribed for a couple of months now, and have learned a lot from you. One thing this video did for me, it cured me from watching you in Full Screen!
2018-1-7
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No such thing as spam when the videos are good! Thanks for sharing.
2018-1-7
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thanks for sharing
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Vulcan-XH558 Posted at 2018-1-5 09:08
Great video, thank you for sharing.

I mentioned on another thread the possibility of DJI incorporating an alarm into the Spark.  My thinking is that if the Spark drops down in a hedgerow, or gets tangled in the undergrowth etc, you could activate the alarm via the remote/phone/tablet.  You can take a photo if the drone is grounded, so why not an audible alert?

FWIW, Parrot just released an update to their FreeFlight Pro App for it's BeBop2 and similar drones.  It's "Find MyDrone" now has the option of turning on an "audible alarm."  It's too cold and windy today to check it out, but will try it out when I get a chance.  The BB2 doesn't have a speaker so it'll be interesting to hear what is meant by "alarm."
2018-1-7
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Pretty nice tips! Thanks for posting! Keep learning and sharing!
2018-1-7
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Thank you for the tips. I've learned from this, A flyaway drone is what I think usually happens that lead to losing it.
2018-1-7
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Todd in Chicago
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Nice vid Kloo Gee!

Keep up the great work.

Cheers...

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MikB Posted at 2018-1-5 00:58
Unusual presentation but good advice. I have one tip to add at the end and the clue is in your original shots. Think outside the box. If you DO lose your drone and despite checking flight logs and Google Earth etc you still can't find it, make sure you have trained your dog to hunt it out. I have a Border Collie and he can already pick out Spark from his other named toys. He has not quite got the hang of looking for it in a field but we are enrolled for dog training next month!

Just an update on training dog to find lost drone. My dog now waits for drone to land and stands beside it and barking at it . The problem is, every time I play a YouTube video with a drone landing, he barks furiously at the computer

BTW Kloo Gee, I think your video on RTH is one of the most useful and clear presentations on Spark I have seen
2018-1-26
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Which DJI drone do you favor most?
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Todd in Chicago Posted at 2018-1-7 22:33
Nice vid Kloo Gee!

Keep up the great work.

Kloo Gee makes videos like how a DJI school teacher would make videos :-)
2018-2-25
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SkyBug
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Great video. Watching videos like this should be a prerequisite before the first flight.
2018-2-25
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I watched it and appreciate what your video. How about a video of how to handle fly aways, loss of control and other emergency situations.
2018-2-26
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Kloo Gee
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djiuser_byP15HYVLQSn Posted at 2018-2-26 09:31
I watched it and appreciate what your video. How about a video of how to handle fly aways, loss of control and other emergency situations.

I have something a bit more like you are asking for on my list to cover at some point.  Hopefully I'll get to it soon.  Thanks for passing along your thoughts!

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davidmartingraf Posted at 2018-2-25 08:39
Which DJI drone do you favor most?

I have the Spark and the Mavic Air.  I really love my Spark and will keep flying it, but quite honestly, the Mavic Air is better in pretty much all aspects from the small amount that I've got to play with it so far.  

The Spark is a fantastic device (especially for the price point), but the hardware in the Mavic Air is of course newer and a higher level (of course at a higher price).  I also like that with the Mavic Air, DJI has given the pilot more control over the settings.  I think with the Spark they have purposely kept the options lower for ease of use rather than ultimate control.

I have never flown a Mavic Pro or any of the Phantoms, so I can't compare with them.
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SkyBug Posted at 2018-2-25 08:50
Great video. Watching videos like this should be a prerequisite before the first flight.

I've seen way too many people in this forum who have had crashes or lost their aircraft due to putting the aircraft into a very difficult situation.  Hopefully this helps someone to slow down and think about what they are doing a little bit.

Thanks to everybody for watching and the kind comments!
2018-2-26
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Kloo Gee Posted at 2018-2-26 10:31
I have the Spark and the Mavic Air.  I really love my Spark and will keep flying it, but quite honestly, the Mavic Air is better in pretty much all aspects from the small amount that I've got to play with it so far.  

The Spark is a fantastic device (especially for the price point), but the hardware in the Mavic Air is of course newer and a higher level (of course at a higher price).  I also like that with the Mavic Air, DJI has given the pilot more control over the settings.  I think with the Spark they have purposely kept the options lower for ease of use rather than ultimate control.

I appreciate your feedback regarding the Mavic Air and Spark. I have the Mavic Pro and Spark and the Spark is fast becoming my favourite drone to fly.

The Mavic Pro I find has more features than the Mavic Air, especially Ocusync because remember Ocusync allows you to stream back 1080p to your phone and the clarity is truly much better than enhanced WiFi. The Mavic Pro flies superbly well and it can hover in position exactly where you leave it, once you fly the Mavic Pro you realize how DJI intended their drones to fly.

Just my two cents...
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Thank you, sir!
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Kloo Gee
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davidmartingraf Posted at 2018-2-26 11:15
I appreciate your feedback regarding the Mavic Air and Spark. I have the Mavic Pro and Spark and the Spark is fast becoming my favourite drone to fly.

The Mavic Pro I find has more features than the Mavic Air, especially Ocusync because remember Ocusync allows you to stream back 1080p to your phone and the clarity is truly much better than enhanced WiFi. The Mavic Pro flies superbly well and it can hover in position exactly where you leave it, once you fly the Mavic Pro you realize how DJI intended their drones to fly.

Yeah, I think Ocusync is the one tickbox that Mavic Air is missing.  With all the Pro 2 rumors swirling, can't wait to see what it can do!!!
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Kloo Gee Posted at 2018-2-26 19:42
Yeah, I think Ocusync is the one tickbox that Mavic Air is missing.  With all the Pro 2 rumors swirling, can't wait to see what it can do!!!

The initial bar for the Mavic Pro original were set really high, so everyone agrees that if the rumors come close to the actual, then we could have something really special coming soon with the Mavic Pro 2.
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Cool, thanks for sharing!
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