DJI Avata is a compact and lightweight drone that is very nimble in tight spaces. It also comes with a built-in propeller guard which means that if it comes in contact with an object, it can bounce back, and stay in the air.

It also delivers high-grade imaging performance as it comes equipped with a 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor and supports 4K ultra-wide-angle recording.

DJI Avata crashing in manual mode

However, many DJI Avata users are reporting an issue where the drone is crashing after taking a quick spin or turn when in manual mode (1,2,3).

DJI Avata crashing in Manual mode
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The affected users are reporting that when they take flight, there are no issues. The drone keeps flying normally, but the issue creeps in whenever they have to change its direction in manual mode.

The drone automatically tilts down and starts ascending in that direction and crashes on the surface. However, in some cases, it recovers itself just when it’s about to hit the surface without any input from the pilot.

This has resulted in serious damages to the DJI Avata drone for some users. A few of those who were flying above water bodies even completely lost their devices.

Lots of videos out there about pilots using this controller and then flipping to/using manual mode to have the drone act irradically and nose dive into the ground and flip crashes. Seems to be a bug perhaps in the ESC power programming? Hard to explain but seems like the controls are over sensitive perhaps or taking “phantom” input.
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That is crazy! DJI you should address this misbehaving issues. This is supposedly a more safe drone because it has prop guard but this sudden misbehaving issues something is really wrong. You should listen to your consumers who have encountered this because most of them are already experienced pilot. Please fix this as soon as possible.
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For now, someone has recommended that you avoid using manual mode and instead fly the drone in any other mode until a fix is released for this issue.

Fortunately, DJI has offered up an explanation as to why this issue keeps happening:

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They also say that they will send out a firmware update to improve the optimization of the Avata drone. However, the issue will not be entirely fixed due to hardware limitations.

We are sorry for any inconvenience. We will optimize this through a firmware update. As we explained above, we’re unable to completely avoid this because of the built-in propeller guard. Hope you can understand, thanks.
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Rest assured that we will keep track of the situation and update this article as and when we discover more information, so stay connected.

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