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DJI Phantom Crash Video

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Friday, June 13th, 2014
Categories: DJIGoProVideo

A couple of posts ago in Bird Down I described my terrible carelessness and pilot error, resulting in the horrific crash and damage to my DJI Phantom 1.2 quadcopter.

Many have requested video of the crash and I finally dumped it from the GoPro.  Here it is.

I’m now waiting for parts.

37 Cent DJI Phantom Landing Gear Extensions at Home Depot

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Sunday, June 8th, 2014
Categories: DJI

One of the casualties of my recent crash was my set of 3D printed clip on feet for the DJI Phantom.  I needed them because my Arris CM3000 gimbal was too big and didn’t want it touching the ground.


Now that my Phantom landing gear extensions are broken I’m trying to decide how to replace them with something light, easy to carry , and easy to put on and take off.  I may have found the solution at Home Depot.  The clips you see in the photo are 37 cents each.  That brings the whole landing gear cost to $1.48.

These clips extend the height of the Phantom a little bit more than one inch, more than enough for my needs.  My only concern is if the metal in the clips with affect the compass.  I won’t know that until I get a replacement compass (another casualty from the crash).

I hope these work.  They’re quite solid, more so than the 3D printed clip-ons.

Bird Down

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Saturday, June 7th, 2014
Categories: DJIRandom

I’ve said previously that the biggest growth market of the next five years will be drone repair…

Today while at a golf course doing some video/photos with my DJI Phantom (my small bird), I got careless and will now pay the price for not paying close attention to what I was doing.  On my 3rd flight of the day I had taken off on the 18th tee box and wanted to get the dramatic video of flying over the tee with the tall pines lining each side.  I took my eye off the Phantom for a second and realized I was headed for a tall pine tree.  The front of the bird was pointing the opposite direction than I thought so my move to get away from the tree sent me right into it.

Yard Sale...

Yard Sale…

The Phantom hit the tree, then dropped about 30 feet right onto a cart path.  A bit unlucky, because three feet in either direction was grass and perhaps a little less damage.

It landed on the corner of the back left landing gear where the compass is.  It broke three of the four 3D printed landing feet I bought for $40, and broke my $400 gimbal.  Other casualties include the landing gear, compass, and one prop.

Broken DJI Phantom compass

Broken DJI Phantom compass

I’m not that mad because the body of the craft seems to be fine.  The 3D landing gear and landing legs (and gimbal I guess) took the brunt of the collision and may have actually prevented total destruction.

Broken Arris CM3000 Gimbal

Broken Arris CM3000 Gimbal

I need to order a new Phantom compass (see photo above).  I already have an extra pair of landing gear though they are for a Phantom 2 or Vision.  The broken parts on the gimbal appear to only be plastic spacers which the front and back panel of the control board attach to.  Just a few cents there.  The GoPro lens has some road rash on the rubber side, but the lens itself seems fine.

The lesson?  Pay close attention to what you are doing around trees.

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