How to Fly DJI Mavic Pro Drone in STRONG Wind.

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Not checked the wind? Flown away, now can’t get back? Here’s a few tips that could get you out of trouble. What do you do when the head winds too strong? et us know in the comments below. …

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  1. Dear Dylan, thankyou for your great work, much like diving if there is acurrent, you start the dive towards the current, the same goes for drones, if possible, start the flight against the wind, that way you will have a tailwind when returning, The point you have with dropping altitude is very important, that will, unless you are over water, give an immense advantage, but be carefull about the 'up/down' winds created by trees and hills.

  2. Hey Ikopta I watch nearly every video you post I had this expirience last week the wind was blowing more than 80 kph and I was drifting back 6.5 kph. I'm lucky because I was capturing sphere panorama and I don't even noticed the drone was drifting away from me. But I modifyed parameters so now I can fly over 90 kph and drop with 8 meters per second speed so I made it. My current speed record is 95.6 kph. What is your speed record???

  3. I'm pretty sure the "tacking" idea will actually make matters worse.  Going straight into the wind is your best bet.  Sailboats tack only because they can't sail directly upwind.  Think of it this way…..if your speed is 20 mph and the wind is 20 mph, your GS (groundspeed) is 0 when trying to fly into the wind.  The second you turn away from the wind (tack), your effective forward speed is less than 20mph…so you'll be getting further away.  The steeper away from home the tack is, the worse off you are.   Lower altitude is typically better…less wind.  Obviously sport mode helps a lot.  Great video by the way.

  4. This is a great video. Was with my friend the other day whilst he was flying his magic for the second time. The wind changed and was gusting up to 30 mph. I took over and with the techniques described above made steady progress back. One technique I also use is stepping. Especially on finals… fly, drop reaccess.

  5. Really solid and well presented ideas. Here's another if you must fly in windy conditions: Start downwind from where you want to be operating. If you get into trouble not being able to hold steady, it is more likely that the craft will drift towards you and not away. You will also get an immediate feel if the wind is at or near the limits of the craft when you start. I have on more than one occasion gone to altitude and taken off not noticing the wind adding an extra 20mph to my ground speed. But you sure notice if you can't make progress into a headwind.

  6. No ATTI mode on Mavic unfortunately, which would be very useful for checking wind speed,turn on ATTI, let it drift in wind and see speed and direction, then back to GPS. ATTI would also be very good for newbies to learn how to fly, it is too late to learn when you suddenly lose GPS.
    Nice video, think you covered all the bases, but always set off upwind if you can, and check performance.

  7. Had a bad experience with a Phantom Advance last year. Took her up around 30ft and all seemed good. Went up to around 100ft and away she went, no sport button on the Phantom Advance and at the time I only had her 3 weeks @ £700 My pants went brown and panic set in. As above tho, I dropped her in height full throttle forward and finally she came back to me with very little battery. I love my Mavic even with the Sport mode I very rarely fly in wind.

  8. Yeah, I don't fly anyway when my wind is bad. Must have eaten beans or something…

    Seriously: the problem is even greater with the Spark. That featherweight gets blown all over the place with windspeeds greater than 20 km/h. This is no fun and the footage is a bit shaky if you hit gusts…

  9. I put mine up on fireworks night to see what was going on around me. Thought it was stable, looked back up and it was gone! Had to use Sport mode and a heading on GO4 to get it back. Was actually really quiet, wind-wise on the ground. I think the 'High Wind velocity – fly with caution' warning is a little too sensitive (because most times I've seen this, she flies just fine). I would certainly like a 'OK, you better do something because I'm not able to hold my position' warning.

  10. I check UAV Forecast EVERY time before I fly – it has saved me a lot of angst. It not only gives you wind speed on the ground but also at 10m, 50m, and 100m+ – very useful information.

  11. For checking the wind, the following shows wind currents, speed, etc.
    I got these from MavicPolits.comhttps://mavicpilots.com/

    EarthWindMap – earth.nullschool.net
    shows wind currents, speed, etc. for your current location

    https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-94.82,35.69,1105/loc=-92.043,30.654

    VentuSky – shows wind currents, speed, etc. for your current location

    https://www.ventusky.com/?p=31.24;-92.29;6&l=temperature&t=20171126/03

  12. Great tips…especially tacking. Here in Central Texas wind is ALWAYS a factor. I have encountered a situation where the Mavic Pro could not make headway against the wind. At 85 feet the wind was bad…at 150 it was unsafe. Better to land and fly another day. I've used a tree line to shield me from the wind by dropping down and using the trees as a wind break.
    My limit is 20mph. And conditions have to be very favorable to fly then.
    Thanks for great tips on a check list…like the commercial says, "don't leave home without it"!!

  13. hi out a couple of days ago when it was very windy, the mavic was 400 feet away in the open did some speed test wind assist got to 44MPH coming home was ok in sport out of sport just sat there wouldn't move, (thank god for sports mode,)

  14. Hey Dylan, good points for sure. But as a sailor myself I do miss a jib and a main sail on the Mavic Pro, let alone a keel, so tacking with a drone against the wind is not going to help much, although some say it does work, against all the 'principles of flight'. Sports mode is really the best option to get it back, if one heads out with a strong tail wind (look honey how fast my MP goes….). Bringing it to a lower altitude or going for plan B (as you say, always have a plan B) and land it on a safe spot, is good advice as a last option. However, that safe spot should be known and inspected upfront and guarded by an observer. You should have a view on that spot from where you stand, as the pilot. It is stupid to fly beyond VLOS anyhow (not saying you do by all means!), and totally sick if you do so with strong winds. Great channel, love the tongue in cheek humor. Keep it up!

  15. I reckon you nailed that Dylan. If it can't get back at the lowest safe height and in Sport mode, it ain't coming back! Plan B (alternate landing area) will be very difficult at range as depth perception (or "what is it overhead?") at more than ~150m is so hard. Flipping the camera vertical down will at least show what the craft is going to crash into/land on when a landing is attempted.

  16. Hi Dylan! My experience after several months now: I usually fly in wind in the Patagonia region (La Pampa province, Argentina). Actually, the MAVIC behaves really well with heavy winds! Of course, to bring it back home, Sport mode is absolutely necessary. Top speed can drop to 50 per cent or less, but at least the wonderful MAVIC can head back safely. Cheers and thanks for another useful video!

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