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flying in very windy conditions

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by vlper, Mar 13, 2016.

  1. vlper

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    Hi there

    Have had the P3P for a while now and where i'm from in western australia its very windy. The bird usually handles up to 25km/h winds fine. its usually only landing where i have to be careful about. On the weekend i was flying in about 25km/h wind with some gust up to 35km/h. The bird is fine but my camera gimbal seems to "twitch" and the landing skid comes into view halfway into the video. i have never seen it before. I also have some weights and filter attached to the camera.

    whats the worse that can happen in windy conditions? can the wind actually flip the bird?
     
  2. WetDog

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    The biggest problem in high winds is losing the bird due to a gust and an unfortunately placed hard object. The other problem is rapid depletion of the battery - you might not make it home on time.

    Yes, your photography can suffer. The gimbal is a pretty impressive device but it has limits.
     
  3. msinger

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    It's not likely to flip in mid-flight. You could tip and flip it when touching down though. Play it safe and don't fly when you think it's too windy. Or, pick up a heaver bird -- like an Inspire :)
     
  4. vlper

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    Yes I've been quite confident of my P3P in windy conditions being very careful not to go too far downwind.

    On the weekend i had an unfortunate series of events where I was using a new-ish battery, flying over water in windy conditions and at the exact moment the camera twitched to the side enough to show the landing skid, i lost video.

    obviously shat myself big time but video came back 2 mins later thr bird was hovering at the same position. phew!
     
  5. msinger

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    Right -- that'll happen. The Phantom is a pro at recovering though.
     
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