Hey gang, as some of you know after drone-gate my current flying style in public(ish) places is to setup, turn on drone and immediately take off and climb to 100m to avoid any unwanted attention. Basically, stealth flying!
Tonight, while down on Southsea front near Portstmouth, I did this on the beach for some night flying over the sea. I turned on controller, setup phone and at last minute turned on drone and almost immediately it had booted up, I took off and flew up and out over the sea trying to climb.
However, the drone got to about 10m height and wouldn’t climb any further, by which point it was about 30m out to sea. I noticed it didnt have front LED’s flashing either, so I couldnt easily see which way it was facing after I turned to come back, and I shit myself thinking I’d lost control. It then started to climb and descend a few meters and my heart sunk thinking it was going to ditch in the sea!!! After a while of hovering I regained composure and it climbed up normally under full control.
So… what did I do wrong? Did I not wait long enough to get a proper GPS lock? Thats my theory!
Scared me, I can tell you! I’ve been flying a good while, but seems I’m still capable of making some noob mistakes now and then!