Flying while sitting in my car

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  1. SteveCA

    SteveCA Well-Known Member

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    My buddy and I were out flying yesterday in cold and very windy conditions. He got too cold so I suggested that we fly from inside our car. We kept a very close eye on the controller and Video signal strength. It worked just fine and we stayed warm. We were careful to keep the Mavic in front of us and never had less than full bars of signal strength. This is going to be very helpful for those kind of days!


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    This is good info, especially in winter. I was afraid the interference might be too much.
     
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    Yes. That's what I did while testing my skills in flying POI manually while sitting comfortably in the back seat of my tahoe with the a/c on full blast (it was on a warm day). :)
     
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    Nice to know as we're due some cold weather soon here in the UK
     
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    This is with Mavic yesterday


    Phantom 3 about 5000 feet


    Both sat in truck.
    Through windscreen there is precious little difference and you can see the screen much better too.
     
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    I wouldn't expect the range to be the same as essentially you're inside a Faraday cage with lots of shielding from radio signals. But just like a mobile phone working inside your car, it will still work. Driving and flying simultaneously though is not recommended ;-)
     
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    Thats what i figured too but whatabout the tracking features? I mean having it track u while ur riding with controller mounted on the bars is the way u do it so...

    How does it deal with your home point not being set on gps? Like if it tried to return to home where would it go


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    It would return to wherever you had your home point set...unless you change the home point to your new location.
     
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    Can u change ur homepoint on the fly like that when the drone is out in the air
     
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    A Faraday cage with a hole ANYWHERE on it will not stop any wavelength that is smaller than the hole.* A 2GHz signal needs a hole that is 13cm. At 5GHz you need an even smaller hole. Luckily a car has quite a lot of holes bigger than that.

    * Physical analogy: a concrete barrier around a portion of a pond. If no holes, water inside barrier doesn't wave like the water outside. Small holes allow small ripples. Big holes allow big waves. Almost entirely independent of direction of waves.
     
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    Thanks for the lesson, but I did electrical and electronic engineering to degree level ;-)

    What you say is entirely correct, which is why I agreed it would work. If the car didn't have windows however....


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    Excellent Information
     
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    I flew from inside my garage the other day because it was so cold. :eek:
     
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    sounds like I could fly from my sun room??!!
     
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    Then it'd be a tank...
     
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  17. SteveCA

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    Ive flown from inside a house looking out a big picture window. Just keep a close eye on the signal strength meters and keep in in line of sight


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    If the car didn't have windows? It wouldn't be a car.
     
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    It should work so ling as the tinting doesnt block signal


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    Not strictly true...
     

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