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Just wondering folks, as I seem to be flying over bodies of water lately, out of earshot of potential drone police, I am thinking of fitting attachable floats to my MA2.
Just wondering if anyone has had experience with these, would recommend any particular type and how do they affect flying characteristics and flying time etc.
I have no desire to actually land on the water, I am just looking to recover my bird intact should it go in the drink for some
unforeseen reason - bird strike etc
 

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I would recommend checking out phantomrain.org. There was a demonstration video of landing on a lake with one of their wet suits. Don't know what they were using for floats so you would have to check with them, but their wetsuit would be necessary to survive an unintentional water landing.
 

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I would recommend checking out phantomrain.org. There was a demonstration video of landing on a lake with one of their wet suits. Don't know what they were using for floats so you would have to check with them, but their wetsuit would be necessary to survive an unintentional water landing.
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Will do thanks for that
I've got the WetSuit and Rescue Jacket.

The WetSuit will allow you to fly in the rain, but the Rescue Jacket is made specifically for water landing and take off.

Super stoked with my purchase, and he's a super cool guy to deal with.

He is here on the forums and you can PM him by clicking this --> @Phantomrain.org

There is a form member discount too. Different colors to choose from, but here's mine.

Her name is Poison Ivy...

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would recommend any particular type and how do they affect flying characteristics and flying time etc.
I have no desire to actually land on the water, I am just looking to recover my bird intact should it go in the drink
Those floatie contraptions are very popular with timid new flyers.
It's very hard to find anyone willing to give data on on how much they affect flight performance.
But it's obvious just looking at them, that the effect must be significant, given the increased wind resistance and weight.
I fly over water almost all the time and there's no way I'd ever handicap my drone with one of those.
I'd much rather that my drone was able to use all its speed potential to deal with wind.
Floats are only going to assist in recovery of a downed drone if it's close to shore and you have a boat available.
I think it's likely that floats are more likely to contribute to the loss of a drone than enhance flight safety.
 

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Those floatie contraptions are very popular with timid new flyers.
It's very hard to find anyone willing to give data on on how much they affect flight performance.
But it's obvious just looking at them, that the effect must be significant, given the increased wind resistance and weight.
I fly over water almost all the time and there's no way I'd ever handicap my drone with one of those.
I'd much rather that my drone was able to use all its speed potential to deal with wind.
Floats are only going to assist in recovery of a downed drone if it's close to shore and you have a boat available.
I think it's likely that floats are more likely to contribute to the loss of a drone than enhance flight safety.
Long range flight that would be unrecoverable anyway, sure, no floats...

Flying over a river that's 200 feet wide with heavy boat traffic... I'll take a life preserver. DJI Care Refresh requires the hull, and State Farm will usually only replace it once.

Less flight time is okay, just don't be crazy with your maneuvers and all should be well... but fly with confidence knowing if the unthinkable happens, you're unsinkable.

Getterbacks work, but are known to fail.



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Those floatie contraptions are very popular with timid new flyers.
Rescue Jackets : Although not designed for Long Distance flights , provides a Visual Line of Sight up to 2800 ft in the day light.

Rescue Jackets : There used for Remote Landing on the Water to Conserve Battery until an event takes place

Rescue Jackets: Allows you to secure your Footage over the Water for important and expensive Jobs.

Rescue Jackets : Boaters have found Rescue Jackets invaluable when there out on the water trying to land as they Enhance Safety.

Its just a tool with a low center of gravity, that allows you to Minimize Risk and we have sold hundreds of them ,
No one has ever made note , that they have lost there drone do to the Rescue Jacket in the last 3 years we have been selling them.

When you look at other designs , ours stands out as one of the very best ,
and as reported the only other alternative to Floating is the Getterback which we can tell you first hand have failed not once but twice. in the same month.

Lost two Phantom 4 Pros in the lake it one of the Reasons why we designed the concept of the Rescue Jackets :)

Email me at [email protected]
for the Forum Discount Package if interested includes the Wet Suit.

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