What would You, as a professional photographer, think if your Pro Nikon camera told you ”you can’t shoot here”. Probably you’d be very surprised.
Unfortunately, this is what my Pro equipment from @dji is telling me many times. This particuar time I got the great trust to film SAS brand new Airbus A350 in a hangar at Copenhagen airport. The plane would only be in the hangar for 6 hours before it would go into service. This was a one time opportunity with no options to re-shoot later.
Well in advance I sent my application in to DJI together with mandatory letters of approval from the airport. To ensure I would not get into trouble I unlocked three drones and brought 4 transmitters with me.
As I and the equipment arrived in the hangar I started the setup and test the drones. I got some unexpected behaviors.
Inside the hangar no drone would allow me to go higher than 6 meters. I got frustrated. The plane stands 17 meters tall. I tried to find workarounds. With the company of a security guard I tried to ”walk” the drones outside of the hangar first. This treatment unlocked everything and I would have been able to fly. But, as I took the drones back in to the hangar (and by then losing the GPS signal), the drones would not let me take off at all. I contacted DJI support that felt sorry for me and sent me some standard text.
However, one drone deviated and allowed me to fly manually inside the hangar after ”walking” it outside. I had by then ditched my fanciest transmitters and ran on the basic transmitter with an iPad. Since it was my last drone I did not experiment more but accepted that me and a guard had to walk it outside before every takeoff. It did matter which door we chosed. Going through one door messed up the compass and the only resolution was re-booting and walking out the other door. All the issues combined gave me a very slim chance to really accomplish my mission. This time I was lucky to be able to do it. But it feels so bad to have my professional fate in the hands of weird and buggy algorithms from @djipro #dji #djiglobal #djiinspire2 #airbus350