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Ruggy

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So today I had my first crash. Flew for maybe 5 minutes and lost RC connection. RTH kicked in and it came back but was landing maybe 10 feet from where it took off and was by a tree so I canceled RTH. It was hovering maybe 12 feet off the ground and I could not get RC connection still. My RC was completely dead no matter what I did. Even tried to reboot the RC. The only thing I could do was wait till the battery died. When it did it hit some leaves in the tree and came crashing down. I caught it with my hands but it slipped out and crashed. One of the rear feet came off but I was able to snap it back in. The only visible permanent damage was a few scratches on the bottom skids by the bottom sensors. I did a test flight and seems to work ok although I did not do a thorough flight. My question is what should I do in a case like this. How do you regain RC connection. Was totally locked up. Even the camera has no signal.
 
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I did a test flight and seems to work ok although I did not do a thorough flight. My question is what should I do in a case like this. How do you regain RC connection. Was totally locked up. Even the camera has no signal.
You say that you did a test flight and it seems to work ok. Can you explain what you meant? Were you connected to a device to monitor video or flying just by the controller?
 

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Next time it sounds like you should grab a blanket or a big net to catch mavic in the way down!

This is unusual. I have not read many stories of the rc disconnecting mid flight without the ability to reconnect.

You sure the rc was disconnected and not just your smart device?
 

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You say that you did a test flight and it seems to work ok. Can you explain what you meant? Were you connected to a device to monitor video or flying just by the controller?
I am using a iphone 6s plus with the controller. I flew it again after the crash to make sure it still worked.
 

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Next time it sounds like you should grab a blanket or a big net to catch mavic in the way down!

This is unusual. I have not read many stories of the rc disconnecting mid flight without the ability to reconnect.

You sure the rc was disconnected and not just your smart device?
Yes a blanket would have been helpful. The top left corner of the screen was red during the problem. The red X was shown to cancel RTH. When I hit it, it asked am I sure I want to cancel RTH. When canceled the controls were still dead. Why didn't it continue to land? It just stopped 12 feet off the ground.
The only thing I can think of is the plug that goes into the smartphone. Although a clean design, It's hard to tell if it is completely plugged in. You have to listen for the signal tone when turning on the RC and plugging in the phone. I was flying in sport mode at first then switched to satellite when this all happened. I have flown about 30 times without a problem. I really think it was the plug not in all the way. Not a great design. I am always paranoid with the way the factory has that plug. I think I am going to switch to a phone mount with external cord.
 

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Yes a blanket would have been helpful. The top left corner of the screen was red during the problem. The red X was shown to cancel RTH. When I hit it, it asked am I sure I want to cancel RTH. When canceled the controls were still dead. Why didn't it continue to land? It just stopped 12 feet off the ground.
The only thing I can think of is the plug that goes into the smartphone. Although a clean design, It's hard to tell if it is completely plugged in. You have to listen for the signal tone when turning on the RC and plugging in the phone. I was flying in sport mode at first then switched to satellite when this all happened. I have flown about 30 times without a problem. I really think it was the plug not in all the way. Not a great design. I am always paranoid with the way the factory has that plug. I think I am going to switch to a phone mount with external cord.
I got a phone mount at best buy for I think like 20 bucks. Works great and I use the long usb c cable that came with the mavic to connect to it.
 

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My first crash today too.

Came low to get a cool video approaching a large tree lit by the sun. Backed up to get a slow run in and passed behind a tree. Turned out to be larger than I thought and I backed into the tip of the tree is was passing. My new Mavic Pro got trapped in the leaves 4m off the ground. The tree was down a steep grassy bank. And I was on crutches with a leg in plaster. I scrambled down the bank, but could not climb.
A passer by came down the bank, climbed the tree and shook the branch for me. The Mavic fell into soft grass on a steep bank.
No damage apart from chips in a prop. Flies like a charm with a new prop. Phew! lesson learned. Fly forwards into a set up position!!