Did you know that when you fly a drone in strong winds, there is a tendency that it will crash or, worse, might not be able to come back? Well, it is true, and in fact, pilots need to know how strong the wind is and whether they’re capable of controlling the drone or not, and this is where the drone wind resistance levels come into play. Perhaps you’re wondering what these wind resistance levels are. Continue reading for more information.
Drone Wind Resistance Levels: What Exactly It Is?
Drone wind resistance levels are numbers ranging from 0 to 12. These numbers describe the highest speed of wind a drone can endure. Keep in mind that a drone with a higher number has better stability, especially in high wind conditions. With that in mind, drones with level 6 wind resistance are better compared to a level 4 drone when it comes to handling and controlling itself in a windy situation.
To give you an idea here’s an indicator to determine the resistance level of a drone in wind
- Level 0 – complete calmness.
- Level 1 – capable of moving smoke in the direction of the wind.
- Level 2 – you will feel the wind on your face, and it can move leaves.
- Level 3 – it can move twigs and leaves
- Level 4 – moves dust from the ground
- Level 5 – move a small tree
- Level 6 – capable of swaying bigger branches of trees
- Level 7 – can resist walking against winds
- Level 8 – breaks small branches and twigs
- Level 9 – blowing slate from a rooftop
- Level 10 – break a tree which is a very rare occurrence
- Level 11 – it can cause widespread damages, which is also a rare occurrence
- Level 12 – damage structures, a rare occurrence too
Most of the time, drone wind resistance levels are utilized by drone enthusiasts and pilots in order to classify the wind’s intensity.
What are the Factors Affecting Drone Wind Resistance Levels?
The wind resistance level being offered by a drone of any model like DroneX will depend on various software and physical features of the device, and here are some of the major factors:
1. Thrust or Power
In terms of resisting as well as flying against a strong wind, the engine power is so important. If the motors can give off adequate speed in order to counter the wind and at the same time fly against it, you will be able to control the drone in the air better. Usually, your drone should produce 50 percent more speed compared to the wind speed to resist it.
Unlike a lighter drone, a heavier one is better at flying during windy conditions. It is because the additional weight can offer greater inertia against a strong gust, and your drone will remain more stable while in the air. And compared to this, lighter drones will be carried away by strong winds easily.
On the other hand, size affects how your drone will respond to stronger winds. A bigger drone comes with a higher surface area and is influenced more by winds. But a smaller drone is less affected. Along with weight, size comes with counterbalancing overall effects. A big drone features a larger surface area but has a higher weight, depending on the size to weight ratio.
Drones that come with a more sensitive IMU, as well as a GPS chip that is capable of detecting an adjustment in lateral positions because of wind more rapidly and transferring it to control units to compensate in time, are more stable when flying. A higher-end drone with the newest state-of-the-heart sensor comes with a higher wind resistance than toy or mid-range category drones with the same size and weight.
The software of your drone also plays a crucial part when it comes to stabilizing a drone against the pushing wind. Remember, the more fine-tuned the software makes countermeasures to a lateral movement because of winds, the better the drone will be during a windy flight.
Keep in mind that flying in strong winds may affect a drone in many different ways. Having said that, you must know the different wind resistance levels of a drone to prepare not only yourself but also your drone for unexpected happenings.