DJI Mavic Air Dummy Teardown

So what do you get if you pick up a dummy DJI Mavic Air ?

Picture of size of Mavic Air compared to Wingsland S6 and DJI Spark


These are the units normally on display.

First thing to notice is it comes with just non working dummy motors, just the bell housing.

The dummy battery case is glued in and it a bit of a pig to get apart and have to use some heat from hair dryier to get it apart.

And inside battery is a lump of metal to give the shell weight

Others pics

Photo above, just seeing if a stm32 type board would fit.

So to sum it up, the Mavic Air is 100% all dummy, no electronics or motors.

So just a shell and nothing else.

The gimbal camera housing is also a shell only and no gimbal motors etc.

Did hope it might at least have real motors , as one could always fit a different flight controller and gps etc.

But the motors are not avaviable on there own yet and only as a complete arm and motor and therefore the cost is not worth it.

The DJI Spark motors will prob fit but they are not as tall and are 1504S 2100kv motors and Spark weighs around 300 grams and the Air around 400 grams. The motors in the Air are 2300kv. Cant as yet find a motor thats close in spec.

So if you see these come along, its probably not worth it unless you just want it for your collection or having it as a spare shell for a real working unit.

The shell without the lead weight weighs 163 grams and that is with the empty battery case and the dummy bell end motors and dummy empty gimbal

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Wingsland M5 Flight with telemetry

Test flight logged and Flytrex core V2 overlay put on the Wingsland M5 video with dashware software



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Wingsland M5 with Flytrex logger mod

As I have one of these Flytrex Core V2 GPS flight logger modules lying about, thought it woudl be a idea to installed it into the M5.

On the board above the sonar inside M5 where camera is plugged in are nicely labelled GPS pads.

All you need to connect the skytrex core 2 is to solder 4 wires onto the pins , gnd , 5v , gps tx and gps rx and you are set to go.

I think from memory I might have got the gps tx and rx wires (green and white) around the wrong way the first time, so if you follow this and it dont work then swap those 2 wires, the others wires are correct.

The module then fits inside area where battery wires come out and is enough room to leave it in there and pull it out when you need to read the logs from the sd card.

Video with overlay in next post.

Works fine and might also end up trying the Flytrex on the S6.

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Wingsland M5 at beach

My first real test flight of the Wingsland M5.

Went pretty well, and I got about 9 mins flight time in 50F temps.

So a long way off the advertised 17Mins flight time its specs say, but you will never get the advertised times anyways. But only 9 hopefully is due to the cold.

We shall see once weather gets a lot milder.

The M5 is fun to fly and it flys upto about 30mph, but a drawback to this is because the camera is angled so much down that all you see on screen in the ground.

Also with no EIS or gimbal the video is really jerky and resoltion is only 720p.

Why they put such a bad camera and its downward position in this is a big drawback.

I have seen others have problems with video dropping out at really short range , but have to say I got out as far as I could see it and video stayed solid and that is with the EU CE tx/rx power setiings, so I would expect much better out of the EU zone and in other parts of the world.

Below is a little clip of it flying.



In my next post I will have video of this flight with telemetry on it as I have soldered in a flytrex core 2 logger to the gps on the M5.

All in all a fun quad to fly, but its not really any good for taking video.

Could possibly fit something like a Runcam split to it to get better video.

So to wrap up a fun quad to fly, poor video and camera angle and at around £236 ($308) There are better value for money quads out there thesedays.

But if you already have a Wingsland S6 , then the R6 that comes with the M5 can also be used with the S6 and also the X1 if you have one.

Although there are differences between the M5 R6 controller with metal thumscrews and the one you buy separately which has plastic sticks.

Which I will do a post on as there are some important hardware differences between both versions of the R6.




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Wingsland M5 Test

First test flight of the Wingsland S6 after the repair (which I will go into in another post)

As you can see in video below, it has a lot of trouble holding height.

In fact I had to constantly raise the throttle up to get it back up and then after a while it

would start to drop again, hitting the floor once or twice.

On reviewing video from phone app recording I can see it was displaying correct height, so the baro was working fine, just software was not keeping its height.

The bottom sensors on this work much the same as the Wingsland S6 and that is they are not used when flying outdoors with gps lock, so kind of pointless having these sensors fitted as they are only used indoors and Wingsland advises against flying this and S6 indoors. Outside its flying purely with gps lock and trying to hold height with the barometer.

Winds were about 5-7mph and as always testing in back yard, a lot of turbulence.

Intresting to see if it holds height better higher up and away from all this turbulence.

Run time was about 10 mins 30 seconds, so pretty off the 17 mins they claim. (Although the cold weather certainly knocking it down a bit)

Video quality is only 720p on this and video is cut up into 5mins sections on sd card.

Once weather gets better , will head off and see how it performs at the beach.

One big pain with this is the motors DO NOT shut off if it hits anything like most quads.

This is really the second flight I made as the first one it landed and flipped over and carried on spnning its props and rocking about upside down and 2 of the props broke on concrete floor, and so had to wait for some props to come from china for this.








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