Flying at Night

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  1. Chris_Toronto

    Chris_Toronto Well-Known Member

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    The other evening I took out my Mavic and simply took it off and then went to about 8 feet above the ground. It was quite dark, not pitch black, and there was some wind. I had about 12 satellites reported but I am quite sure that it was too dark for the VPS to be of any help. The Mavic could not hold a steady hover - it was drifting about 4 or 5 feet from the intended hover point and the elevation was fluctuating from about 2 feet to about 10 feet above the ground.

    Would you consider this to be expected behavior due to a combination of low light and the presence of wind?

    Thanks.
     
  2. ThreeGs

    ThreeGs Well-Known Member

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    Were you flying near any LARGE metal structures or electrical fields that could have been messing with the GPS signal?
     
  3. Chris_Toronto

    Chris_Toronto Well-Known Member

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    No, definitely not.
     
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    Now, that I think about it, it asked me to calibrate the compass before that flight, which I did without incident. Not sure if that had anything to do with it. I haven't flown it since.
     
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    Haven't got mine yet but night flying looks great from the videos I've seen on YouTube. Take off from a well lit area then it has a good home point reference. GPS flying should be just the same as daytime I guess. Keep flying though!


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  6. kmaluo

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    Look for the compass calibration guide posted by Msinger. You should only have to calibrate your Mavic once. Once you have a good calibration, even if it prompts you, just move to a different spot instead of getting a bad calibration. If I can't move, I'll sometimes still take off and once I clear whatever is creating the interference on the ground, the erroroneous reading goes away.
     
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    Having this happen to me too, flying at night i have drifting like you are reporting. Have you found out anything further regarding it?
     
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