Stuff I've "borrowed" from folks smarter than me

Charging the FC40 Camera

GPS MODE DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY . . . . . . . LIKE IN THE HOVER TEST VIDEO

This is how I fixed my problem.

Be patient and wait until you have nothing but a slowly blinking green LED before taking off.

You should also see two sets of rapidly blinking greens,
                                             one telling you it has compass lock and
                                                                  the other telling you it has set the home location.

Turn on IOC by checking the box within the IOC tab of the advanced section when working with NAZA through your PC.

Do an Advanced IMU Calibration and make sure when you are doing the IMU calibration that the unit is as far away as possible from any magnets, power sources, underground power lines, etc.

        I had to take my laptop out into the yard, well away from power lines and interference.         Unknowingly, I had been performing the task right over an electrical junction box
        located in the basement.  That couldn't have helped matters.

Perform the Compass Dance with enthusiasm and vigor (music is permitted) while making sure your Phantom stays directly over your chosen point and precisely at the recommended height.

        Again I needed to relocate.  My "Compass Dance" had always been performed in the
        middle of the front yard.  I was right between the power pole, where the power goes
        underground, and the house, which is always sucking tons of electricity.  I'm pretty sure
        there was some left over electrical wire and they rolled it up into a ball.  Now we have 
        an electro-magnet in the yard.  Whoppee


GOOD LUCK

Just use a phone charger.

and some other stuff.

AKA: How to make sense of it all

BEGINNINGERS ADVICE  &  THE PHANTOM FC40

WHAT  YOU  DID  NOT  WANT  TO  KNOW

So, you want to buy a Radio Controlled Quadcopter?

You may have seen YouTube video clips and thought, I think I will buy one (that's what I did).  They look okay and everyone says they are easy and safe to fly with GPS.

                                                                                                      Well - NO! - Its not true.

The GREATEST mistake beginners make is to assume that they can unpack an aircraft, charge the battery and then fly it before reading the instructions and learning about the aircraft characteristics.  Trust me, that is the scenario for a crash situation.  That's why I tied mine to a shipping pallet.  It wasn't going anywhere and couldn't even flip over.

Any type of radio controlled aircraft in a beginners hands is likely to crash and cause damage to property or persons, so it is STRONGLY advised to have help in flying at the start - such as a flying club.  The other option is to fly in the middle of nowhere and be able to afford the parts to keep it flying.

Here's something for most of you to think of.  While mine can't fly far enough to find another person or their property, your's probably will.  So. while you are having fun with your new aircraft and you accidentally hit and cause damage to a person or to property, are you in a position to pay for the medical expenses and any other damages that your aircraft has caused?  Can you meet all the necessary legal fees incurred? 
Or is it a case of Oooops.  Sorry your Honor - I was not aware that insurance would be needed.  People have lost their homes and businesses to pay compensation to injured parties.  That fact alone should show you how serious this can get, so don't be stupid and fly it near people - not even the mother-in-law.  Ignorance is NO defence.

So, to protect yourself, you may want to buy insurance.

US laws and FAA regulations governing the use of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) is constantly being updated so you should check on the internet for the latest information

Here is some further advice.

It is possible to cause SEVERE injury by catching a Quadcopter while hovering it. Don't do it. The propellers are whirling knives and will slice anything they touch.  Imagine the propeller hitting your head !!!

No matter what you see me or others do, it is not advisible to grab one of these machines while it is flying.


I have no financial interest in Prop Guards.  I just like them, almost as much as a cold beer on a hot day.

There's a great video on prop guards here.

END OF RANT

Someday soon I will post more  ON TO HOW FREAKING FUN THIS FLYING MACHINE CAN BE.



 Thanks go to Pete for this article.  I took a few liberties too.
Cheers

Been there - done that

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