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08-28-2013 01:32 AM  5 years agoPost 41
Flys4Fun

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funny how the rc heli community embraced quads as great and they are turning out to be a menace like i knew they would be ,
it was a good thing rc helis were hard to build and fly back in the day, kept the darwin award winners on the ground.

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08-28-2013 01:42 AM  5 years agoPost 42
McKrackin

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The really bad part is that no one was hurt...let me finish.lol...

I can see someone renting a 700 size heli for filming now and they will feel safe since that hexa crashed into the crowd with no injuries and it has SIX "propellers".

I literally never use the word literally right.

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08-28-2013 01:47 AM  5 years agoPost 43
TMoore

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Has it been confirmed that the battery was dead or is this just the report? I would like to see what a quad or a hex does on a low battery. I've never let mine get down that far. From the video it is hard to tell what happened because it sure seem to have plenty of lift.

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08-28-2013 03:03 AM  5 years agoPost 44
qraptor

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Yeah, looking at the video, it seems that it lost stability/level. Low battery would be expected to cause all the motors to slow down.

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08-28-2013 03:10 AM  5 years agoPost 45
McKrackin

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If it had GPS...which it looks like it does...it would keep adding throttle to maintain altitude without you even knowing it was doing it.

It would keep that up til there was nothing left and then the strain of a low battery and wide open throttle would dip too deep into the lipos and it would reset and fall.

Looks like that could be the case.

I literally never use the word literally right.

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08-28-2013 03:25 AM  5 years agoPost 46
TMoore

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Not sure if that machine used a Wookong or not but the Naza uses a two level battery warning system which starts out as an LED warning. I don't see an LED warning on this machine.

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08-28-2013 02:07 PM  5 years agoPost 47
Chris Bergen

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You may not be able to see it, due to orientation or even lighting, and it is possible to turn this feature off.

I myself typically turn off the battery warning system, using the timer in my radio to ensure I don't run them down.

It appeared to me that one motor quit, causing the tilt and crash, but a low battery condition would certainly do the same.

Very unfortunate and stupid to be that close to the crowd...

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08-28-2013 09:12 PM  5 years agoPost 48
qraptor

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I hope the owner of the quad does not get into trouble for this, but if there are any lawyers getting involved, I am sure they will go for all the pockets they can.

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08-28-2013 10:38 PM  5 years agoPost 49
csc

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Of course they'll go after Scott, even though "he just rented it". It is his responsibility to make sure the person renting it is "qualified" to fly it. Not to mention that he may have rented it in a defective condition? Was the battery bad? What other malfunction may have caused it?

Too bad for all involved. It is just this kind of stupidity that will bring all kinds of regulation upon us.

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08-28-2013 10:53 PM  5 years agoPost 50
Stephen Born

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I am quite confident Scott had the (pilot) sign a contract waiver releasing all liable damages of property and individuals.

This isn't his first...rodeo.

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08-28-2013 11:14 PM  5 years agoPost 51
McKrackin

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Those waivers aren't a legal defense...Not always.

I literally never use the word literally right.

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08-28-2013 11:37 PM  5 years agoPost 52
JuanRodriguez

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^^^^^^

I agree.... you can take those legal "waivers" and wipe your butt with them.... that's about all they are worth....

Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....

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08-30-2013 12:23 PM  5 years agoPost 53
dialarotor

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Stby, NBC TODAY SHOW 07:25 now
about to do a piece on DRONE NATION and public concerns and so on.

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08-30-2013 01:35 PM  5 years agoPost 54
mrloudly

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I've had 3 DJI units fail in exactly the same manner on fully charged batteries. They're bl..dy useless IMHO. Too many critical fail possibilities.

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08-30-2013 01:52 PM  5 years agoPost 55
Stephen Born

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If it indeed is a manufactures error in technology, there needs to be a recall.

However, this does not excuse a pilots judgement flying over crowds.

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08-30-2013 03:34 PM  5 years agoPost 56
Eco8gator

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Based on what I saw in that video that was not crashing due to low power...

I have seen DJI equipped multirotors do exactily the same thing when the vibes are too high...I have also seen the DJI system fly very nice.

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08-30-2013 05:11 PM  5 years agoPost 57
TMoore

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Agreed.

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08-30-2013 10:30 PM  5 years agoPost 58
Stephen Born

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This just in:

Batteries Died
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WTVR) — The owner of an unmanned aircraft crashed into the stands during last weekend’s Great Bull Run in Dinwiddie County said he knows what caused the drone to fall.
Scott Hansen, a Virginia Beach filmmaker, said the batteries died in the unmanned aircraft, which caused the machine to drop violently from the sky.
“I think it was just pilot error in this particular situation,” said Hansen. “I’ve seen them crash before. We`ve been pretty good about not crashing it — and I just think he had it too high.”
Hansen said he leased the unmanned aircraft to the organizers of the Great Bull Run. He said no training is required to fly them, but he only loans the device out to pilots with at least a few weeks training.
The FAA is still investigating the crash, which injured five people.
Hansen also said he will compensate the victims who were hurt.
http://wtvr.com/2013/08/29/owner-kn...ds-at-bull-run/

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08-31-2013 01:45 AM  5 years agoPost 59
qraptor

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So, it appears the guy flying it had a few weeks of training.

Time to include "Do NOT Fly Over People" in the instructions. Repeat every pre-flight check.

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08-31-2013 02:08 AM  5 years agoPost 60
steve 01

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Thats what I was gonna state , when it gies in like that the battery cut off has been reached and down it goes, right before the final dive he was going up and then the battery cut off

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