Sometimes gear fails you! This was Cinecopter experience in Peru filming for animal planet!

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Comment by Hugues on January 26, 2015 at 12:12pm

How can you break a tx stick? Lesson learned: never fly without a gcs, that would have saved the day.

Comment by R. D. Starwalt on January 26, 2015 at 12:39pm

'Break' being a phrase everyone can understand.

Those of us in the techno-nati understand that either the pot in the stick went south or the channel failed, got reassigned, or something along those lines. Betcha that one gets some attention on the bench at Spektrum.

My DX6i had the dreaded 'bouncy pot' issue. I sent it in for replacing the pots. They changed both gimbal assemblies, updated the firmware, recalibrated the TX and sent it back... for free!

I simply paid shipping one way.


Comment by Darrell Burkey on January 27, 2015 at 3:11am

@Hughes - How would a GCS have saved the day?

Comment by Sergios Zafeiropoulos on January 27, 2015 at 7:53am

This is why you wait for good gps signal .... after all what's 1-2 minutes to 15k ?

Comment by Itay Guy on January 27, 2015 at 8:22am

what kind of autopilot are you using?

Comment by HyperGuy on January 27, 2015 at 7:00pm

Looks like DJI.

Comment by Hugues on January 28, 2015 at 4:53am


a GCS is an alternate communication channel to your drone to send control commands via mavlink. Obviously this applies to the Arducopter (APM, Pixhawk) world. I am not sure if DJI supports such funtions or not.

Best of all , it is free and uses nice point and click graphical interfaces. You do not even need a PC because you could use droidplanner (android app) to do just that (it gives you RC control via telemetry link).

Comment by Ryan O'Dwyer on January 28, 2015 at 6:16am

Taranis with the teensy telemetry mod if it were APM would have shown the GPS coords also, could have saved them many mossie bites :0 GCS could have RTL too. Some nice ways to recover in APM/Pixhawk world if something goes wrong, and it always does eventually.

If it were DJI couldn't he just turn off the remote and have it RTL?

Comment by Darrell Burkey on January 28, 2015 at 1:57pm

@Hughes - But he didn't have 'net connectivity or GPS. So that means no maps and no ability to RTH. I really don't  think a ground station would have helped. Most pro video set ups don't use them.

Comment by Hugues on January 29, 2015 at 5:47am

@Darell, yes it would have saved the day because your GCS (in APM world, once again I do not know if/how it is in the DJI world) serves also as a RC control stick replacement (no need for GPS, no need for net connectivity).

I encourage you to take a look at the gcs "droidplanner", for example.


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