Night Flying and RTH

Discussion in 'Mavic Pro Discussions' started by Snow Bird 1, Nov 20, 2016.

  1. Snow Bird 1

    Snow Bird 1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2016
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    Hi all you now "experienced" pilots! (I am grreeeeenn with envy, you.....). Got a question re: the topic - if the Home Point is well lit and GPS is solid, the RTH should perform as it does in daytime - Yes???

    i.e. Given that forward and downward sensors won't work in the dark, am hoping that downward vision system sensors are still OK for take-off and landing if well lit, including an RTH landing???
  2. msinger

    msinger Well-Known Member
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    Oct 12, 2016
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    Yes -- the Mavic only needs GPS data to make its way back to the home point. Just make sure you have the RTH altitude set to the correct altitude since you won't be able to rely on the front sensors for obstacle avoidance.
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  3. Petomaster

    Petomaster Member

    Nov 23, 2016
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    I just tried a RTH after sunset and while it returned correctly over head, it refused to come down and just hovered. I canceled the RTH and tried again. It engaged but still would come down. The home point was my driveway and did have light on it, but not much.
    It was only my second flight as I finally got Mavic only last night. Not sure if it was user settings error be RTH seems pretty dummy proof.
    Not sure... but I'd like to try both night and day tests to see if that was the problem.
    #3 Petomaster, Nov 30, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2016
  4. JakeO

    JakeO Active Member

    Oct 26, 2016
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    The behavior you have experienced with RTH at night is the same as me now on multiple occasions. I also saw a post where another pilot had the same situation. At times at night over a driveway the mavic won't land via RTH (descend).

    It's some glitch
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