- Sep 26, 2018
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I was flying at around 400 feet the other day in some gusty winds in the 18-20 mph range I'd guess, filming a ancient oceanic volcano. I took off with about 6 minutes of battery left is all so I got the low battery warning so I did a Vietnam helicopter descent and stopped short of a hard landing into a hover, then dropped in the last couple of feet fast to avoid excessive dust. I notice the control of the drone was difficult aside of my intentional rapid descent but attributed that to the wind gusts.... Nope, I look and i have a propeller gone missing. Not broken off, unscrewed and gone. I was bummed loosing a five dollar propeller that I snugged up when I put them on. I didn't just whirl it on and leave it at that. Aside of the missing prop no damage what so ever. So we took off in the pickup and then I seen something that looked like my missing propeller in the middle of the road. Sure enough, it was my undamaged missing propeller. From now on I'm going to check every time and do a pre flight check list of everything before taking off! Never trust that after a few flight the things are still good to go. All I can figure is it came un snugged during 6 previous flights and at some point of hovering the motor temporarily auto rotated and the wind detaching the prop.... Best guess I have..... This is known as Boars Tusk in SW wyoming, USA my home sweet home!