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Excesstext

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I’ve had a couple of roughing landings where the Spark has fallen off the landing target (table/mailbox etc) as the motors have been shutting down so no damage to the Prop blades.

However today after a couple of flights over the ocean I was doing a quick prop check and realised I’d broken a mounting tab.

Yes I’ve probably put about 5km off distance over ocean like this, and to say I’m feeling lucky...

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It’s probably worth taking the props off every few flights and checking the robustness of the mounts just to be sure!
 

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Lucky it was still able to come back to you could have been in the middle of the ocean if it gave up ;)
 

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Tell me about it. I was thinking when it started on the last couple of flights it was a bit wobbly!

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I was flying out of the 4th floor balcony of my hotel at the time and there was epic turbulence from the wind around the building.
 

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Good thread. After reading this, I retired my original 150+ flight props today.
 

Excesstext

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Good thread. After reading this, I retired my original 150+ flight props today.
That might be a good idea? I’ve done about 35 flights covering about 30km so I wouldn’t expect any stress damage except for bumping in the bag (the FlyMore bag) and the couple of rough landings.

I guess I had assumed like my other quads the prop blades were the weak point but I think in this case it’s the locking tabs.
 

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I’ve had a couple of roughing landings where the Spark has fallen off the landing target (table/mailbox etc) as the motors have been shutting down so no damage to the Prop blades.

However today after a couple of flights over the ocean I was doing a quick prop check and realised I’d broken a mounting tab.

Yes I’ve probably put about 5km off distance over ocean like this, and to say I’m feeling lucky...

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It’s probably worth taking the props off every few flights and checking the robustness of the mounts just to be sure!
Treat your drone as if it's a real aircraft and do a pre flight check every time before a flight.
 

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