November 06th, 2016
The wind almost ate my DJI Inspire
It was very windy and there was a pretty big swell in the water. Some of my friends asked if I would chase them around while they tried to kite surf some 15 foot waves. I went to Baldwin beach, launched and made it about half a mile out to sea and the Inspire just started going haywire. Or at least the gimbal did. I have only barely glimpsed the props before but today I got a full view. Then the gimbal just started spinning around. Half a mile out to sea with a malfunctioning drone in 25+mph winds.. I caught myself thinking today might be the day I lose my first copter.
For reasons I still don't understand, my camera decided to orient itself incorrectly. This made my video downlink worthless. Luckily the DJI go app is amazing. I just pulled up the map and flew her home.
That sounds easy enough, but it was full stick into the wind and it was barely making headway. It said I was going 30+mph but I was barely moving. I remember thinking that was odd. I finally made it back to the beach in one piece. There was this burned out car sitting by the beach and I was glad my drone did not look anything like that!