Yesterday afternoon while I was recording an aerial video from my DJI Phantom drone. I accidentally flew it out of range and it never came back. Usually when a drone looses contact with a transmitter it stops adds some altitude for clearance then returns home to its takeoff spot. I liked this feature because I could fly the drone in one direction including straight up and when it lost contact it would return back to its launch pad. I think my error was that I flew the drone down a canyon about 700ft so when it lost contact with the receiver it just added about 100ft of altitude before returning home and as a result crashed into the tree tops below. It was a pretty sad sight to see it disappear – yelling UP!! UP!!! UP!!!… a moment of silence… ####!
Before writing off this expensive lesson I did try to locate the drone by hiking down the canyon. Once I got down there, I realized the chances of finding it were going to be slim. So now I need another drone to help find this drone. A drone search and rescue drone. Drone, I know you are out there, can you please find a way to text me your GPS coordinates so I can come rescue you.