DJI Mavic Air is a great member of the DJI Mavic series. It has become so popular among the drone community because of its features and capabilities. Even though the DJI Mavic Air is an impressive drone there are some common DJI Mavic Air problems users are struggling with.
So in this article, we would talk about common DJI Mavic Air problems and how you can fix those problems step-by-step.
Common DJI Mavic Air Problems.
These are the seven common DJI Mavic Air problems, users often face. Click on your Mavic Air problem on the below list to jump to that part of the article.
Problem 1: DJI Mavic Air not connecting to the controller.
Usually, DJI Mavic Air not connecting to the controller because of different versions of firmware installed in the aircraft and the controller. If your Mavic air aircraft is blinking yellow and the controller is not connecting to the aircraft, you should link them before.
Solution 1: Update Mavic Air aircraft and controller firmware to the same version.
Because the DJI Mavic Air aircraft and the controller don’t connect together, you have to use DJI Assistant 2 to update the Mavic Air controller’s and aircraft’s firmware separately.
Then connect the DJI Mavic Air aircraft to the PC using the USB cable and power it on.
Then click on the DJI Mavic Air box that popped on the screen.
Enter your DJI account connected to the DJI Mavic Air information and log in to the account.
Then in the “Firmware Update” panel
Click on the “Upgrade” or “Refresh” button in front of the latest firmware. Or if you decide to downgrade to a recent firmware click on the “Downgrade” button in front of the recent firmware
Then click “Start Update”.
Wait until the firmware is completely downloaded and installed.
Once the aircraft is updated, unplug from the PC and restart the aircraft.
Next power on the remote controller and connect it to the PC.
Select “RC for Mavic Air”.
Then click on the update/downgrade button in front of the firmware that the aircraft updated to.
Then click “Start Update”.
Wait until the firmware is completely downloaded and installed.
Once the remote controller is updated, unplug it from the PC and restart it.
Solution 2: Link the Mavic Air controller to the aircraft.
If the remote controller status indicator is solid red and the aircraft status indicator blinks yellow, the remote controller needs to be linked to the aircraft.
Launch DJI GO 4 app and tap on “Enter device”.
Then tap “Enter camera view”.
Tap on the three dots at the right top corner and open the menu.
Click on the RC icon and scroll down and tap “Linking Remote Controller”.
Then hit “OK. The remote controller would start beeping.
Press and hold the Mavic Air function button for about three seconds and release it once you heard the beep.
Once the beeping stop and the status indicators blink green, the linking process is done and the Mavic air aircraft would connect to the controller.
Problem 2: DJI Mavic Air not hovering in place.
In most cases, DJI Mavic Air is not stable because of the lack of GPS signals, propeller issues, and when the IMU and compass is not calibrated well. Users usually experience unstable flight after taking off the aircraft before a sufficient number of satellites are connected to the drone.
Solution 1: Inspect Mavic Air’s propellers.
Run Mavic Air propellers through your fingers and feel whether you feel cracks and bents. If you found cracks and bents on the propellers, replace the propeller set with a new one. When replacing the propeller set make sure to install each to the corresponding motor.
Solution 2: Calibrate DJI Mavic Air IMU.
Calibrate DJI Mavic Air IMU.
Place the DJI Mavic Air on a flat surface.
Open the DJI GO app and connect to the aircraft.
Then click on the three dots at the top right corner. Then click on the drone icon go to Main Controller Settings > Advanced Settings > Sensors > IMU and hit the “Calibrate IMU” button.
Then you should place the drone in different poses to calibrate IMU.
Start with the Mavic Air on its belly and wait until the IMU is calibrated in that pose.
Next, move the aircraft onto its left side and wait until the IMU is calibrated in that position.
Then flip the Mavic Air to the right side and wait until the IMU is calibrated in that position.
Then stand the Mavic Air facing downward and wait until the IMU is calibrated in that position.
Then place the drone camera is pointing upwards and wait until the calibration process goes to 100%.
Then turn the drone upside down and wait until the calibration process goes to 100%.
Solution 3: Wait for sufficient satellites to be connected.
After turning on the Mavic Air, wait for at least 8 satellites to connect to the drone. If you take off the drone before a sufficient amount of satellites connect to the drone, it’s normal to expect unstable flight from your Mavic Air. So make sure to wait until 8 satellites connect to the drone.
Problem 3: DJI Mavic Air not turning on and charging.
Most of the time, the DJI Mavic Air not turning on and charging because of battery management system shuts down. Usually, the battery management system shuts down after raising the PF flag once the battery charge drained to a certain level.
Take the CP2112 interface adapter and inspect its pins. You would see seven input pins named VCC, GND, SDA, SCL, WAK, INT, and RST. From them, we just need to use three pins which are GND, SDA, and SCL.
Take three Dupont line cables and connect their female sides to GND, SDA, and SCL.
Then connect their Male ports to the correct pins of the battery. DJI Mavic Air battery GND, SDA, and SCL pins are shown below.
Then connect the CP2112 adapter to the PC using a USB cable.
After that click on “Clear PF” and “Clear PF2”. Now the PF flags would be clear and the battery would start blinking and the issue is fixed.
Click “Exit” and close the application. Unplug the battery and charge it fully and enjoy it.
Problem 4: DJI Mavic Air not taking off.
Most of the time, DJI Mavic Air won’t take off because of installing the propellers to the aircraft in an arbitrary way. You have to follow a pattern when installing propellers on Mavic Air aircraft. If you install them arbitrarily the drone be able to won’t take off or would flip to the side.
Solution: Install propellers in the proper pattern.
There are two types of propellers in the propeller set.One propeller pair has marks on it and others don’t.
Install the propellers with marks on the bases with marks. And rotate clockwise to lock them.
Install other propellers that don’t have marks to bases that have no marks. And rotate anti-clockwise to lock them.
Problem 5: DJI Mavic Air remote controller keeps beeping.
In most cases, DJI Mavic Air remote controller keeps beeping when the remote controller is miscalibrated and needs to be calibrated.
Solution: Calibrate DJI Mavic Air remote controller.
Connect the remote controller to the mobile device and turn on the remote controller. Open the DJI GO 4 app and enter the camera view.
Then click on the three dots at the top left corner. Click on the remote controller icon and tap remote calibration.
Push each remote controller’s sticks to each direction 100% one by one and calibrate joysticks.
First push left stick left 100%.
Push the left stick up 100%.
Push left stick right 100%.
Push the left stick down 100%.
Push the right stick left 100%.
Push the right stick up 100%.
Push the right stick right 100%.
Push the right stick down 100%.
Then turn the gimbal wheel to both sides.
Then tap “Finish”.
Problem 6: DJI Mavic Air keeps losing signals.
Usually, DJI Mavic Air keeps disconnecting and losing signals because of low battery power and interferences to the frequency channel. Other than that, flying the aircraft near powerlines, and communication towers also could affect receiving signals.
Solution 1: Charge the Mavic Air aircraft and remote controller battery before the flight.
Low battery power is a key ingredient for losing the connection between the RC and the aircraft. So make sure to charge them fully or to a sufficient level before the flight.
Solution 2: Set up Wifi settings for a steady connection.
Connect the remote controller to the phone.
Power on the aircraft and controller.
Then open the DJI Go 4 app and enter the camera view.
Tap on the three dots at the right top corner and tap on the wifi icon on the list.
Now you will see the frequency spectrum on the screen. You’ll see stable channels in green, current channels in blue and unstable channels in red. All the channels below 100 are 2.4Ghz and above 100 are 5Ghz.
Choose the “custom” option in the selection.
Then scroll horizontally and choose a channel index with stable quality.
Then tap Ok.
Problem 7: DJI Mavic Air won’t calibrate.
If your Mavic Air won’t calibrate or refuses IMU calibration, chances are your IMU is faulty and needs to be replaced. Also if you are the Mavic Air battery level is lower than 50%, the system would refuse the IMU calibration process.
Solution 1: Satisfy requirements for IMU Calibration.
In order for to Mavic Air IMU to be calibrated, the Mavic Air needs to satisfy the requirements for IMU calibration.
Charge the aircraft battery above 50%.
Perform the IMU calibration on a flat surface.
Calibrate the IMU in an open place away from metal, electronics, or other ferromagnetic devices.
Then use a credit card or plastic card and bring it under the Mavic Air top front cover and pry off clips.
Then remove the top front cover.
Next, we should take off the back cover. As you removed the front cover run the card under the back cover. The back cover is taped to the drone, so you would have to use double-sided tape later to tape it back to the drone.
Then unscrew the frame body and remove it.
The IMU is located behind the bottom of the circuit. So disconnect the ribbons connected to the circuit and unscrew the circuit from the drone.
Once you turned the circuit back, you find the black box at the bottom of the circuit, which is the IMU module.
Then unscrew the IMU from the board and disconnect its ribbon from the circuit.
Then connect the new IMU module’s ribbon cable to the board and screw it to the place where the old IMU was.
Install the circuit board back to the drone and connect disconnected ribbons.
Now the main controller error should be fixed. Power on the drone and connect the DJI Go app to the aircraft. Then check whether the error is gone.
Then, install the back and front covers back to the Mavic Air.
After installing a new IMU module, you should calibrate it. So follow step 2 and calibrate the IMU.