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Discussion in 'Spark Discussions' started by guest992, Apr 7, 2018.
Today I made it to 7041 feet before disconnecting and auto returning to home.
If you're in the US, that's either illegal or irresponsible. I wouldn't brag about your record or encourage others to publicly admit theirs either.
I’m not 12... I use my Spark as a tool - responsibly.
Are you addressing me?
No, apologies for not reading correctly
No worries. I should have quoted the OP to be clearer.
Lol is he Referring to horizontal distance or vertical ?
i guess it’s a good test in a field or over water. But I haven’t flown our spark further than a few hundred feet away where I could still see it.
I think it depends on where you are flying, if I am on private property and fly 6000 feet away it is not irresponsible, as far as against the law…FAA is not going to chase you down on your or a friends property, I have flown over 6000 feet away on my property in NC before I have to turn around, I start at 100 ft. up (2300' above sea level) and then follow terrain features on the screen. At 6000 ft. I am not off our property, I do have an aftermarket antenna.
Flying responsibly is the key, VLOS is a rule the FAA enacted, if you hit someone or something then they can say you were in violation of the rule.
There are other places you can legally fly and be responsible beyond VLOS, flying a warehouse or a house and turn a corner you are out of VLOS, to my knowledge in the US the FAA has not started VLOS fines, I lose track of the little Spark at a few hundred feet.
Next time I go to NC I plan to push the limit on the distance, there is just no place in FL to do it safely and responsibly.
I live in a very rural area far from airports. You might think this would be an excellent place to fly very high. HOWEVER, EVEN HERE I've seen planes, small ones, flying low. They are probably doing surveys or some type of agricultural observation. So there is a reason for our restriction. As more and more drones get into the air, that risk will increase. I assume more regulation and punishments for breaking the rules will ensue as time goes by, especially if people brag online about "how high I went." It may be that drones will have height restrictions built in to them. This can be complicated at a canyon site or high cliff where height is not as it appears. However, if ON the cliff or highest point, that would be where height calculation begins. Regulators are already freaking out when there is a close call. I suspect a "hit" will cause an instant law change. With those ever recurring "updates" it would be easy to change the way the drones fly.
I think he is referring to horizontal distance, not vertical. As to vertical, the 400 ft rule is relative to the take off point. I have a spark for personal fun, but I am in Law Enforcement and run my departments drone program. We fall under a blanket COA, which still has the height restrictions, so we just find the highest point in range of our target and launch from there. The second operator uses binoculars to keep VLOS if we’re flying long distances. That is a rarity though. With our platform we can keep VLOS up to around 3,500 ft.
Fly at night! You can see the Spark a long way off!
Yesterday I went 3 km (9950 feet)... FCC, OTG and 2.4 ghz.
Battery was the limit.
I haven't buy the Spark to make World record in distance or height. For me Spark has totally different roll.
I enjoy in the features that he has built for and I like it very much.
It never hurts to "know" the limits,of the Spark! Knowing the distance, and "real world, true flight time" of the Spark, can make all the difference, in decisions of, do I have enough battery/flight time to reach that point to shoot video/pictures,and enough battery to make it back?