Topic: Lost connection only 20 feet away!
I recently purchased an AR.Drone and love it. Except...
During my last two flights it has "lost connection" while flying around with 20 feet of me. Both times it would display "lost connection" and just hold a steady hover until I grabbed it out of the sky and flipped it over causing it to shut off. The 1st time it was only 3 feet high and not drifting so I was able to attempt to re-connect the wifi and re-start the app. After it lost connection I checked the wifi connection and the AR.Drone was just not there. During the 2nd flight and it "lost connection" it decided to hold a hover at 10 feet or so and I was only just barely able to retrieve it. This is truly scary as I was flying much higher and further away during these flights and I think I am extremely lucky that it decided to lose connection so close to me. Had it been higher or further I'm sure I would have lost it.
I should add that this drone has maybe a dozen flights and has never displayed this behavior before. It has never been crashed or even landed hard. I always fly in "airport mode" with just the wifi enabled, and ALL other apps closed. After the 2nd instance, I left it powered up and power cycled my iphone, but the Drone was still not visible on the wifi. In both instances after a full power-cycle it acted normally. I think it's quite safe to say it's a drone issue.
A couple of things. You guys need to fix this. At the very least the Drone needs to land if it is not receiving commands. 2nd, should I ever lose this thing due to a blatant malfunction I would expect a replacement. I could understand if I flew it out of range or lost control, but when I am fully in-control within 20 feet of myself this should never happen. Again, if the drone would just land if it stops receiving commands that would help tremendously.