NEVER DO THIS with your drone

NEVER DO THIS with your drone

NEVER DO THIS with your drone

I took my DJI spark for a flight above the clouds at high altitude…. erm, no I didn’t! There was a thick but shallow fog blanket over Edinburgh. I thought I’d sneak above for a look, but the drone downward facing sensors stopped the descent once it hit the fog blanket, and i almost ran out of battery. Still, DJI makes incredible drones and this is by far and away my favourite piece of technology i’ve ever bought.

50 Comments

  1. David G on July 15, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    I wish I had seen this before I tried to fly my days-old DJI Mini 2 up through the fog as the same thing happened to me. The fog wasn’t that dense and I had the drone in sight (just) all the time but when I realised that I wasn’t going to get above it without losing line of sight I started to descend. It immediately announce it was going into ‘landing mode’ even though it was around 25m altitude. I kept the drone descending, albeit very slowly for a couple of minutes or so as it gradually became more visible. I hoped that it would then cancel landing mode automatically and come down at a faster rate. It didn’t! I moved the controls to see if that put it into normal mode. The drone responded to directional and orientation commands but kept in landing mode. It was still at about 20m. I desperation I tried gaining height a little. Only then did it (apparently) cancel landing mode and allow it to descend normally. I am guessing that the fog had thinned just enough by then for the ground sensors not to think the fog was ground. It landed without further issue. Phew! I wont be doing that again. Thanks for sharing. It confirmed my suspicions.

  2. wayne shepherd on July 15, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    lol

  3. Partilha MusiCósmica on July 15, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    I tested it some times with DJI Spark, going down trough the clouds in Sport mode and I had no problems do do it.
    The only thing is that the infrared sensors gave me some failure allars while I was in the clouds and after they were like disabled…
    y neglish is not the best, hope you understand!
    Thanks for the video!
    Hugs from Brazil!

  4. jayvee capati on July 15, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    I did it many times lol I flew my drone above the clouds when this happened I just normally turn off my censor to my drone

  5. PortEL Gate 9 on July 15, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    make sure to always check flight paths online. Every flight is visible so make sure nothing is in the sky around you before you go up there

  6. RamiGold on July 15, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    i think the drone has a emergency battery iside wich gives the drone 30 more seconds of flight when the main battery dies

  7. 0 0 on July 15, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Dislike for no footage.

  8. Irvin Deleon on July 15, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    I got my first drone today, and the rth feature was set up to 100 M and I honestly panicked cause I couldn’t see the damn drone 😂 I ended up changing it to 60M

  9. NOVA Drone On-Site Aeriel Photos on July 15, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    Thank you so much for the video and the report. I had a similar near.los that made me become more professional.

  10. 파멜라 민병대 케이티 멜로디 on July 15, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Also you will loose signal if you fly it too high

  11. DEAD POLES on July 15, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    Tape the bottom sensor

  12. Narcissistectomy on July 15, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    “100 meters in the air…”

    riiiiiiiggggghhh….. t.

  13. Tr1gg3rman on July 15, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Nice footage. I am gonna keep an eye out for some low fog and try to get some of that sweet rolling fog footage.

  14. I fly drones on July 15, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Where did you buy your Drone

  15. IrKeeg on July 15, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Now they have infrared.

  16. Eec2021 on July 15, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Your drone was saved by your educated decision to bring it down early. Excellent piloting instincts id say. Saved your drone and amazing video. 👍

  17. Scott Cozart on July 15, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Glad I watched this. I have been dying to fly my dji mavic mini through the clouds. Thanks for posting this. Hello from U.S.A.

  18. RVA LYFE on July 15, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    20 years from now there will be drones in space🤔

  19. Frank Makes various things on July 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    I would say you just saved my drone, but you didn’t. In a sense, DJI did by making a really robust piece of gear. But I think I just learned what happened recently to my DJI Spark. On February 14th, I was flying it around my house showing it off to a friend, and I went up about 100 meters and realized that I had just flown it into a cloud – it was a heavy overcast day and had been raining recently. I didn’t like that very much so I hit the RTH button and the thing shot unlike a rocket inexplicably, and wouldn’t return to me. I could tell it was pretty much straight overhead but wouldn’t descend, except super slowly, just like you described. I didn’t see it for a month, until about three days ago when my next door neighbor brought it over. He had found it in his bushes. The only damage I could find was a bent propeller, which, after replacing, the drone seemed to perform perfectly. I don’t know if it fell into the bushes when the battery died, or if it actually landed there – my battery was low when I hit the RTH button already and I know it ran completely out – the drone must have thought the clouds were ground and the RTH feature made it go to a higher altitude over the clouds and then the descent took the life completely out of the battery. Nice story.

  20. Juan Alanis on July 16, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Love the shirt

  21. Dhodx TV on July 16, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Wow its amazing ..very nice..watchinq from philippines

  22. Shawn H on July 16, 2021 at 12:04 am

    You could invert the drone and basically fly upside down and lower quickly thru the fog. I’ve done this a few times

  23. David And Clair on July 16, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Hi Shuan love this video and , I currently run and own a Facebook drone group called Scottish Drone Pilots and am looking for someone to do live talks about drones and your experience, and in return I can advertise your channel on my group SDP, if interested join my group and I can private message, thanks .

  24. Cyrus Sprouse on July 16, 2021 at 12:07 am

    My Mavic air 2 should be coming into the mail

  25. Cipher on July 16, 2021 at 12:08 am

    P Mode = Prayer Mode.

  26. Metrarr on July 16, 2021 at 12:11 am

    talk about drone torture depleting the battery

  27. choclate_ oxygen on July 16, 2021 at 12:12 am

    What if mavic mini 2 fly in the cloud, it is better or still same as spark?

  28. KeyFrame Combo on July 16, 2021 at 12:12 am

    Man that’s scary. Was flying my drone yesterday (noobie owner) and it was pretty windy. Flying backwards to line up a shot and then tried moving forward….drone kept going backwards because of the high winds 😂

    Thought it was going to fly away and crash somewhere

  29. David McDonald on July 16, 2021 at 12:13 am

    Ayy another fellow scotsman.

  30. Landscapes & Dronescapes on July 16, 2021 at 12:14 am

    My Mavic 2 Pro did the same thing earlier this year from around 150m. It took forever. It was also icy cold so the props had ice crystals on them when it eventually landed. Scary stuff but I had enough battery which saved the day

  31. Moonlight on July 16, 2021 at 12:17 am

    I have mavic air for 3 yrs and never gone more than 500 meter far or more than 120m altitude.

  32. Jimmy Lee Wolff on July 16, 2021 at 12:20 am

    where was the location? Amazing footage btw 😊

  33. Nielk Reklov on July 16, 2021 at 12:22 am

    A REALLY EXTREMELY IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION ! !

  34. Chris M on July 16, 2021 at 12:23 am

    You would think with todays technology… The battery would last longer than 45 minutes. Kinda weird.

  35. Marco Giovanni on July 16, 2021 at 12:23 am

    I had the same problem, however my drone stays operational for 2 minutes after the battery reaches zero. I have a mavic mini and you get 30 mins of battery on a full charge 👌🏼

  36. NotNipNeb on July 16, 2021 at 12:23 am

    My drone ones dropped from 50-100m, I was flying it at the park and then it got to its last bar of battery so I was about to land it so I could switch the battery to a full one. As I was about to fly it back to me I remembered it had a feature that automatically lands it for you so I clicked the button for then it goes up really high ( about 50-100 ). It does it so it doesn’t hit any power lines, as it was lined up for the decent it just cut the engines. I don’t think the battery was low to the point that it would do that because my drone could last a good 5-10 minutes on its last bar. After it dropped me and my family freaked out, fortunately it survived but it top right motor now spins a bit slowly so it does have a little drift to it but I hardly ever use my drone anymore

  37. Treks and Preps with Mike P on July 16, 2021 at 12:27 am

    I’m dying right now lololol. The FAA would strap your arms and legs out and then kick ya in the B4*#S. CLOUD/FOG/anything that is white and fluffy………. must fly under 500ft of cloud…..and 2000!!!! away from said fluffiness. meaning if cloud ceiling is 800ft you must fly at maximum of 300ft….which is 100ft under the 400ft FAA allowance.

  38. Pirate Smurf on July 16, 2021 at 12:28 am

    How much is this

  39. SevenMountains on July 16, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Take this advise serious guys! I lost my drone this way. Also all GPS was gone in the clouds so my drone drifted away. Hours of searching followed with now result. 😭

  40. Reynaldo Rivera on July 16, 2021 at 12:29 am

    I saw a vid say shut those sensors off

  41. Aldora Daroda on July 16, 2021 at 12:30 am

    You need to turn the sensors off when you fly into clouds or fog.

  42. Aron 123 on July 16, 2021 at 12:32 am

    I did this yesterday with sunset its amazing, my Instagram aron_f35_05

  43. Shaun on July 16, 2021 at 12:34 am

    🇺🇲 America Vs Scotland: watch my cultural exchanges >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OQu9snNUmM&list=PLvHMy_OWSWru5RF_PChwVRJsnNtuU5_Y4

  44. Rob P on July 16, 2021 at 12:35 am

    I enjoyed the video thanks 🙂

  45. ekifalen estrada on July 16, 2021 at 12:36 am

    Remember that earth speed is 1700kmh

  46. Welz Oliver on July 16, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Yo bro I’ve always wanted to get a shot like that but the clouds haven’t been long enough we’re not supposed to do that here in the states but my drone will go 1640 feet up but it always seems like they’re about 1800 feet up the clouds so but I’ve always look for one that had holes in the clouds a little bit. But it’s against the FAA rules here in America I guess they don’t have those Laws In Scotland I would love to come over there and for such a beautiful country so much history

  47. Adam Glenn on July 16, 2021 at 12:38 am

    How do you get your drone to go this far if i go 400 feet i loose signal?

  48. dimentbarg on July 16, 2021 at 12:39 am

    I have flown over clouds multiple times in the winter and summer without problems. Only once when I went through fog cloud one of the motors shorted and it came crashing down

  49. Kenneth Kaser on July 16, 2021 at 12:41 am

    At that height small drones can quickly get carried away. My mini 2 was recording so luckily I have the video for entire event, but the wind carried my drone miles and it happened so fast too. I lost signal and before I did it said it was emergency landing. I looked it up on dji app and followed GPS. I thought no way it came all this way. Gave up looking. 30 minutes went by and I was like no way I’m leaving$600 behind. I went back and with some critical thinking I went a bit further thinking it must have drifted whenever I lost signal and sure enough it was there. Watched the video and it came down and hovered for a minute or so before actually landing. This just happened to me too lol

  50. Rob on July 16, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Do you people really believe the sun is 93 million miles away. Even after watching this video??

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