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The ready-to-fly RTF DJI Phantom v1.1.1 with a NAZA v2 MC/GPS auto-pilot at its HEART Naza (pronounced na-zer in AU like your mate gazza - or naaaarrrza in the USA) wrapped in a white plastic shell to appeal to the toy experience consumer (it's not a toy it is a RPA). The Perfect "first Quad" to see if you like RC flying (and crashing) - due to its budget USD20 RC radio and budget USD20 charger - these 2 bundled items represent a risk due to their extreme low price, bundled in-the-kit, so we caution in regard to this risk for jamming and charging. The hot little plastic Quads target people who want a Hobby Quad for self-hovering & pilot training & hobby Photos (with certain extras Home movies) - Requires a PC - MUST first connect it to your PC Win7 - Update firmware , review all your settings, engage IOC & manual mode before your first flight (both disabled by default) and check failsafe and modes are all working as you think they are - Phantom v1 has leds under the booms to help with orientation in low light daytime conditions. Night flying is not legal in AU unless indoors or other complex rules are applied at approved (expensive) model clubs etc.
Is this a V2 Phantom? Is it a Phantom Vision?
No. This is the latest v1.1.1 dji rtf Phantom for USD499 - The new 2014 line-up will consist of 3 levels and 3 price points -> Phantom v1.1.1 @USD499 /Phantom-Vision USD1200/Phantom-v2 @USD1750 - The Vision comes with no brushless gimbal, using a basic servo tilt HD Camera made by dji (NOT GoPro) for iphone-gadget extension experience ; Later the Phantom v2 , due for release in Dec2013, will have the H32D brushless gimbal for GoPro naked and likely the same iPhone/iPad experience (this means its linked via Gyro/Acc sensors in the iPhone so moving the phone tilts the camera and yaws the aircraft) - Becuase these new aircraft create a private Wireless network interface on 2.4Ghz which the phone hooks into, the white RC radio must then run RC at 5.8Ghz to avoid conflicting (Not yet certified for AU/NZ use). So USD499 this is the baseline budget Phantom version 1.1.1 - the other Phantoms are MUCH more up-market. The v1 will NOT be replaced by v2 or vision - the other models are at a totally different price point. Overall the v1.1.1 will be the hero cheapie product into the future.
What's in the Phantom box?
Can a v1.1.1 phantom do FPV?
No - not as supplied - it will require DIY modification for FPV at your own risk - attach 1. a video Tx 2. A video feed wire from the GoPro 3. Connect 12v to the Video Tx 4. A Video Ground Station - Such equipment being DIY attached to the outside is risky and complex and not recommended until you have complete 20 hours in the air - the round dot on the body that looks like an FPV camera is actually an LED (the back) its important to see this LED at all times as it signals important NAZA flight status conditions and signals to the pilot on the ground even when doing FPV !! . Make sure to frequently check the LED while flying or have your assistant check the LED. I you don't understand the colours/blinks - don't fly - learn them - above.
Can I shoot HDVideo out of the box?
No - you will get bad video-gello. You will need to use an 8-Balls video mount HERE.
Can it shoot still shots?
Yes - If you purchase a GoProHeroHD 3 (not included) it can be attached without the full protective housing (Your risk) but in a crash you may damage your camera (outside its protective case) its then your loss and your fault - GoProHD2 or HD3 -> set to intervalometer GoPro will take consecutive shots every 5 secs for the duration of the flight ; press start on goPro before takeoff - - Phantom is ideal for hobby photography Its well suited to smooth hovering ops.
What is a dji Phantom (Quad) "Fly away" - Why does it happen to Noobs? Myth Busting the drone Fly-Away myth - facts
These so called events are really split into a) radio-jamming "fly away" events and b) loss of GPS lock from occlusion called "blow-away" incidents where the aircraft travels downwind in atti mode. Radio Receiver (phantom) Rx antenna receive very weak signals becuase the transmitters power (only 100mw) is radiated in all directions at once, dispersed and the Rx is only capturing a <0.1mw . The Receiver antenna ideally would be side ways to the Rx and the Tx antenna must be sideways to the Phantom. No energy is received by the pointy end, nor sent out the pointy end of the Tx antenna (its not a gun - never point a Radio Tx antenna at an aircraft becuase no signals goes out that direction). The new 1.1.1 phantom has 2 * Rx antenna now ! - its vital to tape these two tip - 90° apart - away from the LiPo. So in situation a) "Fly-away" the ambient airways contain competing 2.4Ghz traffic signals for cell phones, GoPro radiation (make sure GoPro Wifi is OFF!), Home Wifi etc all operating on 2.4Ghz not to mention sidebands from FPV gear or gimbals poorly situated on the craft. Its possible for the included budget USD20 white radio (high risk) to be electronically jammed in some locations (or by your own diy gimbal or your cell phone or your GoPro). Alway use your PC Assistant to check failsafe is active and working - turn off the radio and observe the "mode-> failsafe" on the bottom left side of the PC screen - in situation a)When jammed, The Rx never sends the FAILSAFE command to NAZA, so it wont come home (also worsened if you dont have enough Sats or you damaged your GPS antenna etc). The only way to guard against this is to use a much more expensive LOW RISK HiTech Radio RC Tx such as Futaba or LOW RISK Taranis ; and be extremely carefully about previously mentioned on-board jamming and where you choose to fly. Another potential fly away issue is where the Radio Tx throttle is not fully calibrated in the PC assistant and checked regularly - this leads to jerky or failed power commands in rare cases (so regularly use MANUAL mode and see if the engines are responding smoothly/proportionally) - The 2nd situation of phantom "Blow away" , loss of NAV sensors, which is what's happening most of the time - occurs when you loose GPS military Satellite lock or suffer MAG/Compass loss. GPS Sats are owned by the US Army and are moving/speeding across the sky rapidly all the time to avoid being shot down in war - so at any moment you can gain or loose sats in view. Once the NAZA autopilot in your plastic quads looses too many Sats it will DROP OUT OF GPS mode and blow away. Both the GPS and the Compass are CRITICAL to navigation - Any disruption to either means end of NAV and your phantom will go downwind. This can me made worse by factors such as 1. you crashed and cracked your GPS antenna internally 2. You are standing under something for shade like a tree blocking Sats 3. You are standing next to a building blocking Sats or a car/railway line or powerlines cuasing magnetic issues 4. You pulled the Compass wires out of the compass on the landing gear or you fitted DIY battery next to the compass. 5. You are taking off and blasting into the distance before the 2nd wave of Green pulses signals HOME POSITION RECORDED. So basically the home position was never logged (Just wait patiently for Home LOC signal - then fly) 6. You dont even know what mode you are in? (read the manual and learn the LED colour codes , and watch the LED carefully while flying). Any Flash RED LED is a serious problem!! . 7. The big Mac-Combo-noob You dont know what mode your in; or just guessing because you never connected it to the PC to check modes and failsafe is working ; you crashed and cracked your GPS antenna internally ; you loose sats or blocked out sats with trees and buildings ; you never recorded home point or mistook it for something else; you have your GoPro Wifi on ; then you fly too far away pointing your antenna at each other and loose signal; you dont monitor your flight time; you DIY fitted some other bling stuff you found/saw on a forum ; then oooops = blow away. 8. You get dis-orientated and mistakenly fly away pushing the sticks toward you but the nose is now facing you - you mistakenly thinking you are commanding home, but actually sending it away combined with wind blow away (learn to orientate to the front and practice flying nose in and sideways too)
For both these reasons (above) - You CANNOT DEPEND ON GPS assist or GPS NAV as a phantom noob - GPS/NAV/MAG is there as an AID to FLYING - a Pilot must FIRST gain sufficient skill to fly the aircraft manually manually(in MANUAL MODE) in the event of loss of Sats -> loss of Assisted functions from the auto-pilot. If your not flying in FULL MANUAL you are NOT a pilot anyway - the autopilot flies in GPS and ATTi modes - not you - but only when that is possible as above.
Upgrades? Is the Zenmuse H3.2D gimbal plug n Play? Whats the point of adding the gimbal?
Not realy no.. it is not a plug-n-play upgrade but more like a soldering internal upgrade DIY. To get full function with the Zenmuse H3.2D gimbal you need to install a data connection via Canbus. There are 2 choices - requires either a NAZAv2 PMU or a special H32d patch board inside your phantom - These mods for Zenmuse H3.2D gimbal will require a complete internal strip down of your phantom so its not plug-n-play nor RTF - so please consider this and review the videos on this two pages for v2-PMU upgrade or H32D upgrade board. if you cannot solder, dji recommends you get the v2 later for USD1750(estimated) - we recommend learn to solder, its easy. Gimbals are only really needed on windy days - on a calm day the Phantom can shoot smooth video if the vibration can be removed -> The most popular upgrade is the plug-n-play 8-Balls Video gello killer - replaces the dji mount and strips away the vibration in video footage.
I have a new business idea to do real estate video & still photos with phantom - is that cool?
Hobby flying (Phantom) and commercial aerial work are considered different activities under AU laws and also USA laws - no - You cannot operate a Phantom in AU,NZ or USA for commercial photography or any aerial work without CASA approval, an OC and your CC (see bottom of wiki page HERE) If you intend to take photos or video for sale DO NOT BUY THIS AIRCRAFT, until you have contacted CASA.or FAA in USA Further reading for AU customers is HERE. Please be aware that we (and you) see the advantages of technology and robotic unmanned aircraft - some Pollies, some Journos (falsely claiming it to be military tech) and society at large is whipped up by said "journos" to see a Quad as fearsome thing to be severely restricted in your hands- its scary to these nay-sayers and big business wanting to lock out small single man business from the skies - If your planning commercial Ops be sure to follow all legal limits and set a good example - Most importantly help us lobby the Senate to provide better laws to remove restrictions to small business, real estate photography, Agriculture or mining getting access to UAV and using them without over zealous law making. Its possible that Small AUV under 2kg might be class exempt thanks to pressure from our petition members - so please sign it HERE
Can it be flown at AU MAAA aero clubs?
Not sure why people ask this - you don't need to pay expensive club fees and have some really old guys tell you that you cant do this or that - to fly a phantom for fun go to a park - its 2013! - OK - serious answer -> At present this radio is not "accepted" by MAAA and cannot be used at a model aero club run under MAAA mops. This would require you to pay to join maaa and then change the radio Rx over for a Futaba Rx (or other radios on the MAAA accepted list). We recommend flying on your own property or at a public park - cheaper and more fun.
Where can I fly Phantom and use this Radio?
Don't worry - its 2013 - Phantom is about having fun in the open, best used in rural park zones as the supplied radio is a budget radio (yes it complies with ACMA rules and carries our C-Tick, but its still a bottom end Radio) and not going to give you the same protection as a USD300-USD600 Futaba or FrSky radio does against jamming! - the auto-pilot modes will act as a de-facto instructor - for the first flight, fly at a park well away from others and well away from radio interference (for congested urban radio environments we recommend the AIRSIDE version of phantom HERE with a Pro-RCRadio and charger)- take off in Atti or GPS mode - then gradually learn to fly for real in MANUAL mode - flick back to auto modes if you get scared or dis-orientated - Its quite OK to use this radio away from congested 2.4Ghz zones - We recommend you self insure - call your insurer to check your 3rd party liability insurance - many home and contents policies (Suncorp) include liability cover for small aircraft below 1.5m automatically in your home cover - check - fly at a rural open sports field - there is no need to join any model clubs - follow the basics - stay more than 6km from any airfield - 30m from persons and below 400' by day
So it's RTF in China - what does that mean in AU skies?
RTF = Ready to Fly - this means the aircraft is ready for pilots who understand it - It does NOT mean you (as a noob-person) are ready; in AU - Phantom is sold to 18+ only - Piloting a 1kg RC aircraft in AU skies up to 400' has risks determined by the user - make sure your insured for 3rd party public liability or loss - Aviation is about risk management planning - ALWAYS fly at least 30m Laterally) from other people - never over any person within 30m - for beginners we recommend 200m from other people at least. Keep 3nm (6km) away from airports and below 400 ft at all times. Do not fly at night in AU as its not legal. RTF in AU means your still legally/financially responsible for your actions - if you crash it or injure yourself or somebody else it is your fault - We recommend you first fly a simulator and get an experienced RC friend to help you learn RC first. Relying on GPS in AU for beginners is wrong as your legally bound by duty of care in AU to raise your real manual stick skill level to match your ambition - Don't be fooled by YouTube video showing it RTH - if this system fails during automatic modes - you are still 100% responsible - GPS is an assist device - We strongly recommend you consider learning to fly first with an RC instructor. If you don't understand zero-redundancy don't fly until you do (i.e. if a prop is damaged and then fails the aircraft will fall down immediately with associated risk of injury - if there is nobody for 200m then the risk is removed) If you don't understand GPS lock and how GPS sats orbit the sky rapidly and can be blocked by houses, trees or drop below the horizon by their orbit -> then don't buy this - This aircraft can potentially hit a person during autonomous flight unless YOU maintain LOS (line-of-sight) and immediately regain manual control and prevent the collision - Phantom does NOT have collision avoidance. Phantom requires that all power and control systems are 100% for safe ops - so your flight plan must allow for sudden and complete loss. For AU duty-of-Care responsibility We strongly recommend you set the option for MANUAL CONTROL reversion in the PC Software interface (see download below - advanced Guide Page 3 Section A2 item 5). Only in Manual Control can you take over and avoid the phantom hitting somebody during automatic modes.
What's it best suited for?
Its perfect for people/noobs who don't have any helicopter Model building skills - traditionally helicopters and multicopters come as kits to ensure the owner develops a full understanding of the aircraft by assembling it and setting it up - Pilots don't just jump in and fly aircraft - they first study the aircraft systems and emergency procedures - same here, OK yes its a hobby level plastic quad - but its still an aircraft in AU skies - bear in mind if you crash it and break something you will immediately require building skills/soldering skills or hire somebody to repair it who has rebuilding skills - PARTS are HERE - props and batteries HERE. PROPS NOTE - never fly with props which have been in a crash or impact with solid objects - replace the props as they maybe weaken in the first crash - then fail (come apart) if not replaced.
Can it be Flown Mode 1 ?
Mode 2 is the proper way to fly RC Multicopters & Phantom comes as mode 2 (with toy-style spring loaded 50% throttle effective May 2013) - If this is your first Multicopter - NEVER choose mode 1 (or be tricked to think you need it). Mode 1 is a legacy WWII RC Club standard still being kept alive by old instructors who never crossed over to the modern mode 2 and keep teaching in this ridiculous stick combination. It's akin to forcing people to learn DOS instead of Windows 8 - just because the instructors never learnt the new stuff. It is possible to switch over/fly a phantom in other modes - yes - it involves opening up the Tx and doing lots of stuff to it yourself - see Advanced user guide Pg 5->Pg6. We recommend you open the Tx and remove the throttle spring/cam arm - only takes a few minutes.
Can I install a larger LiPo battery into my Phantom?
No, the door is too small. One of the worst ideas ever is to fly 2 external 3S LiPos which interfere with the MAG/compass and create TBE RTH issues/situations - as the battery door is a fixed size, the 3S CarbonBird LiPo HERE offers superior in specs and fits perfectly. ..... but - yes.....OK, we modified our phantoms - one one we fly 4S internal LiPo - see bottom of this page. on the other we drastically modified the bottom half to take 2 internal 3S and added cooloing as well.
Does it float?
No. Consider using the WaterBouy system or something similar if your planning to fly over fresh inland water - Phantom does not float at all (Also be sure to fly the GoPro3 inside its underwater housing) - a phantom landing or crashing into the ocean will be written-off within minutes due to salt water ingress to the motors and electronics ! flying over the sea is classed as "extreme high risk". we don't recommend it.
Does it come with Prop guards ?
No. Prop guards are an optional extra ; and can purchased here
LiPo batteries are dangerous if mistreated or abused or overcharged ! - read the section in the manual (downloaded below) fully - if you leave your LiPo connected to Phantom and the voltage drops below 3.0v per cell overnight - the LiPo Chemistry will be drastically or permanently effected in terms of capacity loss and PUFF - You must disconnect the battery after charging - Once a cell is drained below 3v chances are that battery must be disposed off - So - After flight - allow the battery to cool and then charge it as per the instructions - pay great attention to the connection and charging - never leave the room while a LiPo is charging - DO NOT charge a LiPo on a carpet or any flammable surface like a car seat or in a bedroom of a motel ! - we recommend concreted area outdoors - or 5m from any flammable items. The battery is fully charged at 4.2v per cell - at 4.3v it will catch FIRE if over-charged ! This warning of a charger set to the wrong charge mode(Nicad) and left un-attended.WARNING !
Warning : Videos presented overseas DO NOT REFLECT AUSTRALIAN AVIATION LAWS - if your not sure about something you saw on a video on youTube - STOP - don't fly - call us and ask first! Never assume anything in RC electric Aviation - In AU -> You are 100% responsible for everything you do with an aircraft. As a beginner over-confidence will take you out of your depth - slow down - read the manual in full for your own benefit - build your flying skills in manual mode - walk first, then run later. Nobody likes to read manuals but its better to read it before you loose your aircraft than afterward.
How does it work? You MUST Download and read the Phantom instruction manuals in full, below. These are .PDF readable on your PC, iPad or tablet.
Downloads are all here
Phantom Quickstart Guide 1.2
Phantom Advanced Users - Guide 1.1
Phantom PC/NAZA Wizard setup !
Windows XP, 7 USB Driver
Windows 8 USB Driver
Making modifications to make it soar like an eagle (Fly longer, carry more gear and come back every time)
OK so we don't fly Phantom the way it came from the Factory - We made 4 major mods. We did NOT CHANGE THE PROPS - thats not one of its problems ! factory white props are well suited.
These are the things we did to improve our own Phantom - Note these mods will void your warranty but will improve your fanton experience (we do fly 90% on manual, 10% atti and almost never in GPS mode) - Also note2 : You cannot use H3•2D upgrade board Part 25 with 4S - for this you need to modify the battery tray to hold 2*3S2250 instead
1. Removed the park flyer-jammable-Rx and installed a FrSky full range Rx with trusted failsafe - FrSky extended antenna - We fly Phantom from our Futaba 14SG Radio (Futaba have ben making RCRadios for over 30years)
2. Removed the narrow landing gear and installed wider carbon gear - the Antenna for the Rx hangs below the Carbon and the 2 antenna are taped at 90°
3. Installed an 8-Balls Gello Killer for super smooth video
4. Installed a CarbonBird 4S4250 LiPo for 30% improvement in payload and flight time - we also charge this LiPo at 10amps with an iCharger. This mod required careful dremelling of the opening on all sides and an extra notch on the left so we can tuck the XT60 connect down the left side.
USA multicopter Flyers be aware - FAA D.O.T USA published an AC 91-57 (Advisory Circular) on June 9 1981 to keep flyers of models away from populated areas (people) and minimise hazard to persons and property on the ground - the intention is conveyed by this AC - It is titled Model aircraft operating Standards - Para 3. a) to e).
Clearly stated are the 400ft height limit and not closer than 3nm from an airport and the avoidance of populated areas and parks.
Once used commercially a model in the USA becomes a U.A.S and pilots should read this document regarding the use of multicopters for Comm Ops
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