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  1. Pedals2Paddles

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    LOL! That reminds me, I was meaning to take this yesterday.

    Photo taken from the deck in my backyard 5 minutes ago. The swan's name is Harvey. He's from Canada. He's lived here for almost 3 years now, and has socialized himself among the geese for some reason.

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  2. MPRamsey

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    Are you implying that the drone has a barometer? I don't think it does. If I am correct, how does it report its altitude back to the controller? Has to be GPS...correct?
     
  3. BigTulsa

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    No. It has a Pixhawk FC in it. I have a DIY Pixhawk build and know the 2.0 does have a barometer in it. As has been alluded to, GPS altitude is just not reliable enough to use as altitude reference for landing procedures.

    Even DJI flight controllers have barometers.
     
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  4. Pedals2Paddles

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    No I am not implying the Solo has a barometer. I am telling you for an absolute fact that it has a barometer. In fact, it has two. No drone, in fact no aircraft at all, uses GPS for altitude control. They use barometers and/or barometric pressure. Pressure altitude is very precise and consistent. This is nothing new or earth shattering. GPS altitude is tracked in the solo's dataflash log, but is not used or reported for any purpose at all. The altitude tracking and reporting for all functions, including the altitude reported to the controller and solo app, is the altitude as calculated by the barometric pressure. Remember, the app is not showing you the altitude above sea level. It is telling you the altitude above ground relative to the takeoff location.
     
  5. Pedals2Paddles

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    In case you still don't believe me, here is a dataflash log from my Solo, graphing the data from the two redundant barometers. If you look inside the yellow barometer bar, which is Barometer #1, there is a line. That line is the GPS relative altitude, which again is logged but not actually used.

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  6. Ralph E. Johnson

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    Hi Paddles. Have you ever had a problem getting your battery off the Solo? Mine seems to be stuck when I push down the release it slides back just a little and then won't go far enough to release.
     
  7. Ralph E. Johnson

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    Don't want to force it but might have to. Crazy
     
  8. BigTulsa

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    This happened to me with every battery I had. I solved it once off by taking a Dremel with a smooth stone and taking just a little off the lip that was binding it. Doesn't need to be a lot.
     
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  9. Ralph E. Johnson

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    Thanks I didn't realize it was the lip on the back of the Solo. I pushed down firmly and the battery popped right out. thanks my friend.
     
  10. Bloodlover

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    Wow what have I been missing? I'm going to put to rest the giant swan thing! Swans can't just get up and fly. They need a really long running start. Anyway it wasn't like the nightmare on the Hudson!
     
  11. Bloodlover

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    Well I still haven't heard anything yet. I'll keep updating.
     
  12. Pedals2Paddles

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    Lol yep. Harvey takes a long ways to get airborne. And that's on the rare occasion he cares to depart. Usually he's content just to paddle on over to where he heard about some food.
     
  13. Bloodlover

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    Lol you are so right......
     
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    You are fortunate to live in such a beautiful place, my friend!
     
  15. Pedals2Paddles

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    It is definitely nice to wake up to in the morning! The only downside is April and May is mating season for the honkers. There's usually 50-100 out there, and they do not shut the F up for two months.
     
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    Funny you mention that- we have a couple small flocks of honkers that fly over our house right now at about 4;00 PM every day. They are really loud but they aren't around long. They are flying back and forth between lakes at 2 nearby golf courses.
     
  17. Pedals2Paddles

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    This was over the weekend. Not even spring yet.

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  18. Bloodlover

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    Well p2p you get the Dorris prize! It was indeed a motor that went bad.
     
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  19. Bloodlover

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    I meant door prize!
     
  20. Pedals2Paddles

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    Another lie. The perpetrator has been identified.

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