U are absolutely right about the compass error. I should have landed right then, but it seemed to fix itself and I thought it had been corrected, so I continued. Since I took off from the sidewalk in front of my house, I also assumed that was the reason for the compass error & that once I got up a little bit in height, the interference would b gone.
There really isn’t much else to say about the flight. As u can tell, it wasn’t a very long flight at all. Once I got up a few hundred feet, I did head out away from where I was cuz I wanted to get closer to something further down the street. As it went forward, I did get connection lost alerts a couple times. I honestly cant remember what my stick response was. I think at one point, this was when it was still close, the RTH alert initiated after one of the RC lost alerts, but the RC re-connected immediately, so I think I cancelled the RTH. Then I resumed the forward motion w/ a solid RC connection, and again a connection lost, then re-connect, then lost…and that’s all she wrote. By this time, it was definitely traveling at a too fast speed of 18mph so I let go of the sticks in an attempt to just “press pause” on the flight, but I think at that point the connection was gone once again…I couldn’t really see or hear the drone a couple seconds later & so I just waited in front of my house & crossed my fingers that it would be back in a couple mins.
When it was clear it wasnt coming back, I took off on foot to canvass the neighborhood, but by then it was too dark to see anything. The next day it was a total downpour, but I trudged through the wooded area where the last log point was & couldn’t find anything. My next thought was to do a recon mission w/ my Mavic Air, but the rain that day never stopped, and then the wind was howling yesterday, so I never got out to search by air until today. I thought it might be easier to locate in a bunch of trees from above than it was while trying to look up through the trees, but it was just as hard to see anything.
There’s one part of the map surrounding the wooded area I have yet to survey, but only because it’s at the end of a dirt road w/ only a couple houses and, w/out trying to sound too insensitive, I don’t think the folks who live down that street are the type that welcome any strangers on their property. They’re also the type that would likely be only too happy to shoot a drone down if they thought it was in any way infringing on their privacy, if ya get my drift.
Which could also be my next guess on what may have happened to it. If someone has already found it, what’s the likelihood they’ll try to hunt down the owner? I did have my FAA REG # labeled on the inside, and I ‘think’ it also had my phone or e-mail, but possibly only just the FAA #. I guess I dont know how easy it would be for someone to find an owner using that FAA number alone. But they could just as easily get another RC & keep the drone for themselves, I’m guessing, so I don’t have high hopes for its return. Thankful I have my Air, but it was nice having the P3 too!
Thanks for the feedback, Fly_Dawg!