I’ve lost a few drones since starting this hobby a year ago. In every case the reason for the lost drone was pilot error. The most recent example occured a few weeks ago, right before Christmas. There is a YouTube post about it here, “Lost and Found“.
Honestly, I never expected to see the drone again. It was literally at a full throttle climb for more than two minutes after I lost contact. Much to my surprise though, someone did find it!
A gentleman, R.J., from the Fort Mill School District called me yesterday and said he found the drone. One of their school bus mechanics saw it in the back of his truck after the Christmas break. I am grateful to both of these guys for its safe return.
The image to the left is from the flyaway drone as it reached its maximum altitude, whatever that may have been, although it certainly looks as if it exceeded the legal limit. I was very fortunate it didn’t come down in the middle of traffic or worse. Bad drone!
That image is from a mostly corrupted video file from the Foxeer Box (cheap GoPro). The majority of the video is the drone falling from the sky, and believe it or not, that’s about two and a half minutes of torture watching a spiral of death. I may do an update video and post the footage, but it’s hard to watch without getting dizzy.
I put a new battery on it and it fired right up. The video display on the FatShark goggles was blank, other than the RunCam logo, so I’m not sure what’s going on there yet, but I was able to fly it line of sight without issues.
As for the lost and found drones, the total now stands at five lost, two found. Not a winning record, but I’ll take it!