Flying Drones in Hot Weather? Here’s What You Need to Know

With the summer in full swing, some states are experiencing temperatures well above 100 degrees. Our caller, Todd, a drone pilot from the hot state of Ohio, has a question about flying drones in this hot weather. How do popular drones like Phantom and Inspire handle the summer heat? What precautions can drone pilots take so that they can safely fly in this summer heat?

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8 Comments

  1. AbleDelta on November 13, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    Ipad will probably drop from heat before a Phantom would.

  2. Scott Anderson on November 13, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    I would guess the reason the FAA relies on the manufacturer’s manuals is because that is SOP for manned aircraft. Manned aircraft flight manuals are required by governments around the world to be tested, proved, and precise. It’s a hold over from all other aircraft operations.

  3. Jeremy Williams - Williams Aerial on November 13, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    My p4p+ obsidian would get hot in the sun fast. And the plus controller would overheat. So short flights and keep inside until last minute.

  4. Krom1hell on November 13, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    I have an aunt in Arizona…..we don’t go there :))…….She comes to visit.
    If I would go there , I would turn into a raisin :)).

  5. Eagle Eye View Images on November 13, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Great stuff 👍

  6. Steve J on November 13, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    The 4th of July? Now that’s planning, being its only March 1st. LOL Still a lot of good info, thanks.

  7. Siamect on November 13, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Overheating remote? I always thought DJI remotes looks like toys, but overheat? I have flown 3-4 days per week for the last 4 years in Thailand and it’s hot like crazy and except for some incorrectly configured ESCs causing hot motors, I have never had any overheating of any drone related equipment. The GoPro session cameras gets pretty warm if they are left recording in your pocket but when you fly even in 40C there’s so much airflow around and they come down cool. Batteries… can sometimes be a little warm after some intense flying but you don’t do that kind of flying with a gimbal camera drone.
    But I would not recommend taking your equipment out from an air conditioned area out into tropical humidity and fly immediately because of condensation. Wait for a while until the condensation goes away. Condensation is a bigger problem than the heat itself.

  8. Peter James on November 13, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    This a re run?

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