Keep your drone in view at all times?

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  1. Alastair

    Alastair Member

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    At the risk of wearing out my welcome, I have yet another question.
    Is it realistic to follow the "rule" of always keeping visual contact with your drone? A glance down at the screen would cause one to lose visual track of the drone even when flying well within comfortable distance and altitude limits. What good is a 4 mile capability when we can only see a drone at a fraction of that distance? Am I being too literal? Does the on-screen view of the drone's camera constitute "visual contact"? Or do we all just ignore this rule because, **** it, I want to see what this baby can do!?
     
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    Aerial-Pixel Well-Known Member

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    Technically VLOS according to the FAA means you can see it un-aided with your own eyeballs, but yes, many tend to ignore it and go for distance.
     
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    I myself find it poor form to skirt the rules that are there to protect everyone in this argument.
    I have never flown out of VLOS in the 160Klms i have flown this mavic and expect due to fools in this hobby we WILL be copping more and more restrictive rules.
    Simply becasue idiots cant even keep or maintain the most basic of rules.
     
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    bowens44 Well-Known Member

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    I have never flown out of VLOS.
     
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    There are obvious risks involved with flying off into the distance and out over the horizon, but the Mavic has good equipment making the VLOS rule less dramatic as it once was. It is still the law though and we can see the irresponsible flying by some that use that tech to push the limits.
    Might as well join the club before they ban drones altogether :D
     
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    butterflyslicer Well-Known Member

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    I brought mine specifically for the miles it can do. If I wanted to fly within VLOS I would have brought a Spark.
    btw. It will return to home right on 4kms even though maximum is set to 8kms.
     
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  7. Alastair

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    Thank you. Are you saying it is your experience that it won't return to home between 4 & 8 kms? Sorry, just not sure what that means.
     
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    dbyantis Well-Known Member

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    I don't trust the DJI software with my investment, I keep it in sight.
     
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    EU applied restriction compared to the full 7Klm for US ?
     
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    In the US for hobby flight it's the law. Do most people abide by it? I'd say not even close. Does this mean it should be ignored? No.
     
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    It will return home at 4 kilometres. Likewise my Phantom 4 "Reaches maximum distance" at 3km even though set for 5km.

    ( The Mavic will not travel further than 4km. )
     
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    butterflyslicer Well-Known Member

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    Sorry but I don't know what a EU restriction is, nevertheless is seems like some sort of restriction is placed on it even though I live in a rural area.
     
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    I think in Australia we are under the EU label that uses CE
     
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    Thanks mate
    I'll google those compliancy capital letters.
     
  15. Brunovic

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    Lol....my mavic go 5.5 km out and 5.5 back...at 120 meters high .. stock....no mods..
     
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    Where do you live?
     
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  17. Brunovic

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    UK.. ..and only have hoods and open fields.....
     
  18. Brunovic

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    Well from my backyard i can see about 10km distance....but mavic don't go that fare...wich boost my staff but no money for spend on that...
     
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    Since i ended up in the water, I never loose it out of sight.
     
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  20. Johnmcl7

    Johnmcl7 Well-Known Member

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    Same here, aside from it being legal to do so I'd keep the Mavic in view anyway so I've a better chance of recovering it if things go wrong. I'm generally out a walk or cycle anyway so it's easy to chuck the Mavic back in its bag and fly it up further along if needed.

    John
     
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