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fans2853bff1
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Hey there. I’ve got a spark coming in the mail and was wondering if there are any common issues that I should be aware of before I fly. I’ve got a P3A and have gotten used to being verrrrrry careful when I update my firmware.
2018-5-8
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Joller79 DK
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Watch out for good gps signal, calibrate gps and imu in large open field, and wait for home point updated message before takeoff...oh, and WHEN..not IF..when ATTI modes comes along, YOU pilot the spark, so better just land emidiatly(not RTH. Manualle stick down), and dont get confused while it drifts away
2018-5-8
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Sparky_17
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I support what Joller79 DK says.  Just educate yourself with the many youtube videos and tutorials and you should be fine.  Have fun while respecting your surroundings and local regulations.
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fans2853bff1
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As I said, I already have a Phantom 3 Advanced and I’ve been flying for years - so I’m well aware of how to fly, how to calibrate, regulations, etc...

I am more concerned about common bugs or issues with the Spark and if there is anything that I should do to avoid running into them.
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Antipaxi
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fans2853bff1 Posted at 2018-5-8 10:14
As I said, I already have a Phantom 3 Advanced and I’ve been flying for years - so I’m well aware of how to fly, how to calibrate, regulations, etc...

I am more concerned about common bugs or issues with the Spark and if there is anything that I should do to avoid running into them.

It seems it's pretty common for Sparks to pop their battery in mid flight, so you should double check the battery sits tight and regularly check the "fangs" from both battery and the AC for damage.
2018-5-8
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Joller79 DK
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fans2853bff1 Posted at 2018-5-8 10:14
As I said, I already have a Phantom 3 Advanced and I’ve been flying for years - so I’m well aware of how to fly, how to calibrate, regulations, etc...

I am more concerned about common bugs or issues with the Spark and if there is anything that I should do to avoid running into them.

Yeah, battery.. And the odd disconnections with gps.... I have both parrot bebop2. And the spark... I fell the dji is more sensitive to signal and sat. Signal..
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InTheReeds
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The biggest issue I think the Spark has, and guys here could clean this up for me, but it doesn't have a fallback compass should it encounter interference, which it seems highly susceptible to. In the event of interference, it'll drop GPS and go into ATTI mode and instantly lose any flight assistance.
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Greg Glasson
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Make sure you keep the antennas pointing at the aircraft. The signal won't be as strong as what you are used to with the phantom. It will struggle against strong winds. Keep VLOS. Run thru a standard flight checklist.
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ChrisJG
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fans2853bff1 Posted at 2018-5-8 10:14
As I said, I already have a Phantom 3 Advanced and I’ve been flying for years - so I’m well aware of how to fly, how to calibrate, regulations, etc...

I am more concerned about common bugs or issues with the Spark and if there is anything that I should do to avoid running into them.

New flyer here with a Spark, 31 flights in, and never experienced an issue.
I did watch all the Jeven Dovey videos about the Spark; more than once, and have a checklist (now in my head) before I fly. Twice, I've not had a good GPS signal and so despite the temptation to fly, have powered down and lived to fly another day, from a location just a few metres away on one occasion.
The initial activation is a pain for many, I would not bother trying to activate by scanning the QR code, life is too short, the longer way to activate is way way quicker.
Good luck and look forward to seeing your videos  / photos.Oh and despite what some folks have said on here, I've found that when I've opened a support ticket on the DJI site, they have responded quickly, efficiently and politley.
Chris

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Aurelian (Spark)
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ChrisJG Posted at 2018-5-8 23:32
New flyer here with a Spark, 31 flights in, and never experienced an issue.
I did watch all the Jeven Dovey videos about the Spark; more than once, and have a checklist (now in my head) before I fly. Twice, I've not had a good GPS signal and so despite the temptation to fly, have powered down and lived to fly another day, from a location just a few metres away on one occasion.
The initial activation is a pain for many, I would not bother trying to activate by scanning the QR code, life is too short, the longer way to activate is way way quicker.

Same here, new flyer, 54 flights in, 6 hours, and 0 issues.
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jamick
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ChrisJG Posted at 2018-5-8 23:32
New flyer here with a Spark, 31 flights in, and never experienced an issue.
I did watch all the Jeven Dovey videos about the Spark; more than once, and have a checklist (now in my head) before I fly. Twice, I've not had a good GPS signal and so despite the temptation to fly, have powered down and lived to fly another day, from a location just a few metres away on one occasion.
The initial activation is a pain for many, I would not bother trying to activate by scanning the QR code, life is too short, the longer way to activate is way way quicker.

What’s the long way to activate?
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ChrisJG
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jamick Posted at 2018-5-9 01:49
What’s the long way to activate?

Here's the link to the YouTube video https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=so1b6BSQTzE  Good luck
2018-5-9
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fans58190e9c
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All of my sparks flight data disapeared and i don't know why.
2018-10-20
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fans58190e9c
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In 4.3.2 in app You start a quiqshot app crashes.
2018-10-20
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Wolferl
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Greg Glasson Posted at 2018-5-8 23:20
Make sure you keep the antennas pointing at the aircraft. The signal won't be as strong as what you are used to with the phantom. It will struggle against strong winds. Keep VLOS. Run thru a standard flight checklist.

JFTR (I know thread is old):

Antennas should not point to the aircraft, they should be perpendicular to the aircraft.

Cheers,
Wolferl
2018-10-21
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