Happy Holidays to all!!!
Current issue: Updated DD app to latest version in iOS (iPad Pro). Inspire 1 FW version 1.8.xxx, updated RC FW. At the conclusion of mapping flight, everything going as usual. As the Inspire descended, I switched from F mode to P mode to take manual control as the launch area was covered with dirt and sand and I wished to hand catch the Inspire to limit dirt and dust collection on and in the bird. At the point where I changed to P mode, the Inspire stopped for a quick moment and then continued downward. I added power, the Inspire slowed its decent but continued to descend. Attempted to raise the landing gear (still in P mode) but gear would not rise. (i raise the gear when I want to hand catch the Inspire which keeps the blades in a safer position for the hand catch). Toggled the mode switch from P to F 3 or 4 times, still no manual control. Was able to get only a little control to keep the Inspire from crashing into some tall weeds but still ended up on a dusty, dirty landing area with a hard thump. Checked the bird over very good, cleaned out the motors and interior autopilot installation area with a can of Nitrogen and prepared for the next flight. Found a larger, more open area, did my flight without issues until it was time to come back to the landing area. Same thing occurred upon this landing procedure however, since the landing area was larger, I was not in danger of crashing and the auto landing finished with another hard thump.
Chase, I know you guys are working on it but wanted to report the latest (from two days ago) issue of this kind. I did have something that did work to relieve the issue and wanted to pass that along to everyone with this problem and to you to see if DJI can assist with helping you find the issue.
I did a large map of 500+ acres a few days ago and found that if I use the return to home (lower right hand “house” icon) just prior to finishing a flight, I could always gain manual control by toggling the mode switch to GPS (manual) P mode. This large area required 7 separate flights as the DD app would not allow me to design a full map of the 500+ acres and then use the battery change option, so I broke up everything into 7 separate flights. On the final flight, I allowed the Inspire to finish the entire flight to allow the automatic procedure that ensues upon finishing a flight. At the point of switching to P mode to manually land, there was no manual control; the Inspire continued to come down for a landing. Switching from P to F several times did not help and the Inspire came down with another thud. Bird OK. But from here on out, I will be touching the “home” icon just prior to the flight being complete as it, so far, has allowed me to gain manual control upon landing.
Hope someone gets the chance to test this for themselves and it helps eliminate this similar issue for you until DJI can allow DD some insight as to what the F*** they have done to the latest FW updates that would keep DD from solving this issue.