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Cold weather flying

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Steve J Miller, Jan 10, 2016.

  1. Steve J Miller

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    I just received my P3A a couple weeks ago and living in WNY the weather hasnt been cooperating to be able to fly.

    I was finally able to get it out yesterday but as it was my 1st flight I kept it brief and did not fly it far at all. It was 45f and overcast.

    The weather for the next couple weeks looks cold (btwn 20 & 32 degrees Fahrenheit) I see in the manual not to fly below 32 but I know the recent firmware update addressed some of the issues. I was wondering if it is ok to fly above 20F/-7C ?

    Thanks!
     
  2. KAOS Imagery

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    I'm near Albany, maybe a tad milder here overall. I've flown in 25-20* clear weather without issue. Keep batteries warm before using them. Monitor your battery temp and voltage during the flight. I let it warm up a minute or two on the ground, then another minute or two hovering just a few feet up. I don't fly as far as I would in warmer weather.

    I have seem many videos posted where they flew while it was snowing, chasing sleds, etc, but I don't want to risk potential moisture on mine. I'm pretty conservative compared to some, but I don't want any mishaps.
     
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  3. Recce2

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    In Duluth, MN, I will fly down to 20F. Not much difference in performance, but flights aren't much longer than 10 min, because of cold fingers. Make sure you start off with warm batteries.
     
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  4. Ken Hanks

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    Flown mine at 18F, ungloved hand almost received frostbite. No issues with drone
     
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  5. Ken Hanks

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    Also consider calibrating your IMU with the drone cold. Set the drone outside for 15-30 minutes to allow the drone to cool to ambient temp. Find a level surface (really, must be level!) and calibrate IMU. The colder IMU calibration will help when flying in the cold.
     
  6. msinger

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    Steve J Miller, you can fly in cold weather if you take a few extra precautions. DJI talks about those items here and here.
     
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  7. Squiddley

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    I live in Sask Canada cold here right now Ive flown mine in -10 degrees celcius no problems, I just make sure my battery is kept warm till I slide it in.....and away we go....
     
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  8. codygrkman

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    It's about 20 here, 2 with the windchill... Flying happily (with the old Phantom 2) [​IMG]


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