How cold of weather can you fly your drone? 2021 Winter Projects

Published: February 20, 2021
Author/Pilot: Dallas Fischer

How cold of weather can you fly your drone? Manufacturers put in there specifications that 32 degrees F (0 degrees C) are the limitations for the UAVs. Other recommendations you'll find are down to 0 degrees F (-18 degrees C) for a cold weather flight. First off we have to say to always fly at your own risk and capability. Follow your manufacturer recommendations and fly as safe as possible. However, Montana Drone Company continues to perform flights for all kinds of projects throughout the winter and the actual temperature will more be determined by the type of project being performed and where. Photographs and easier than collecting video footage and flying in rural areas is more safe than in congested city environments.

#PilotFischer highlights the past couple of weeks where he went from 60 degrees to -6 and back to 32 for a range of video projects. The coldest flight he has performed to date is -20 degrees F when a realtor really wanted to have their property pictures complete and the day was very calm. Taking aerial photos only requires pressing the shutter button and is easy to capture versus trying to collect good video footage.

Battery Flight Time is Reduced

Very important to understand during any cold weather flights is how your battery flight time is going to be reduced. You will normally encounter a 50 to 60% reduction in flight time during cold weather.

Routinely Checking Weather Forecasts

Inspecting the weather forecast is a pretty common occurrence for a drone pilot to try and find the best days to fly, but some projects need to be completed on a deadline versus waiting for optimum days. Try to plan ahead as much as possible and always fly to your comfort level.

Hire Montana Drone Pilots

Montana Drone Company delivers unparalleled drone service with easy to work with employees and the latest technologies. We work hard to make your next project or idea a reality! We offer drone photography, drone videography, commercial drone services and much more. We are certified drone pilots who have passed the part 107 drone certification test to be able to offer our services to individuals and businesses. Technically we are UAV pilots and UAV certified, but everyone in the public mainly refers to our equipment as drones. We fly with the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced drone model for most our real estate videos and recreational drone projects. Our most experienced drone pilots have over 10,000 hours of flight time. No project is too large as we can deploy several drone pilots to cover your project at the same time.

How cold of weather can you fly your drone? 2021 Winter Projects