DJI Inspire 1 Errors
Nothing is perfect.
I know, I know. The DJI Inspire 1 seems pretty close to perfect. But with so many features and operations, everyone once in a while, you are going to get an error.
You might have an error with the mechanics (maybe a propeller isn’t attached correctly), the GPS signal and compass, the controller itself, or any number of other things. Luckily, the Inspire is an advanced drone with few possibilities for error, and DJI is constantly updating the new firmware to weed out any bugs that are likely to occur. If you do run into errors though, there are ways to troubleshoot so that you can get your drone safely back into the air.
I’ve found that there are some common problems that people seem to have with the Inspire 1. One problem is with the compass. During some flights, the drone would lose connection with GPS because of a compass error. In these cases, the drone will shift into ATTI flight mode and once GPS is available again, the drone will switch back. The drone will keep flying just fine so you really don’t need to worry about a crash in this case. But if you continue to have problems with your compass, you may want to land it and recalibrate.
With most other problems like this, you will be notified of an error. Depending on where the error is coming from, you will be notified through your mobile device, the controller itself, or the body of the drone. And there’s usually a safety feature for every flight aspect to prevent damage.
Another issue that has happened with a few people is that a propeller has come loose or come flying off. This is an unlikely problem. But the few times people have had issues with this were probably because the propeller wasn’t on tight enough. To solve this problem, just make sure to tighten your propellers completely. Also, DJI has prop-clips that ensure the propellers won’t come loose.
I’ve seen some errors that occurred from the very first flight—like problems with the camera or gimbal—that really can only be resolved by sending the Inspire 1back. This is rare, but it can happen.
Some crashes have simply been from pilot error. The only way to avoid this is to know how to fly your drone and be aware of your surroundings. If you ram into a tree, you’re drone is coming down! And not gracefully either.
If you’re having issues but cannot troubleshoot the drone yourself or you can’t seem to fix a problem, you can always call DJI or even a number of drone retailers. They will guide you through each step to figure out what the problem is and how to best fix it. It may be that a part is damaged or that an error caused the drone to crash (yikes!), making it un-flyable. Don’t worry—there is a team of experts ready to fix your drone whatever the damage.
Just know that even though these issues do occur, they are unlikely and virtually any error can be resolved.
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