The ideal weather to fly a drone is sunny, bright – somewhere around 75°F (23.9°C). When the weather is warm, it’s also well lit up, which helps capture some brilliant footage. During winter or snow, however, it’s not as bright, and the drop in temperature can hamper drone functionality. The operating temperature of evo nano series and evo lite series drones is -10°C ~ 40°C.
However, flying a drone in the snow is possible if you take care of a few things.
Avoid Moisture As Much As Possible
Moisture ruins the electronics of a drone. So as much as possible avoid all moisture, if it’s snowing out, make sure you have some sort of cover to be able to get the drone out and make sure that everything is ready to go before you put it out in the snow. Yes you can fly in the snow and we did with the Autel Robotics EVO Lite, but just keep in mind that any moisture will ruin the electronics and could cause a crash.
Warm Your Batteries Before Flight
One thing we usually do when flying in the wintertime is keeping the batteries warm for as long as we can. You can put the drone battery case near a radiator an hour or so before you head out, in order to get the batteries nice and warm. And you should then keep them in your vehicle until you load them into the drone to ensure they stay as warm as possible for as long as possible.
Sensors and gimbals within your drone can act weird in colder temperatures. You shouldn’t be surprised if the ESCs and gimbals calibration of your drone is off.
Ideally, you should do the calibration and flight adjustments outside, in cold weather in temperatures where you will be flying.
Doing this will ensure that your drone is ready to fly within that specific condition, rather than the temperature indoors where it would be typically heated up.
Make Sure You Have Visibility
In winter, everything is hazy. And this means less visibility and more difficulty in keeping your heads up while flying a drone in snow.
Even if you have an FPV camera, it is necessary to make sure you have visibility, in case of any connection loses! Flying out of your line of sight is not recommended during winter.
It is pretty easy to lose sight of your drone even if your flying skills are top notch and your eyes are as sharp as an eagle’s. Winter is unpredictable and it can get hazier and windier pretty quickly than when you just headed out.
Don’t Fly When It’s Snowing Heavily
If the snowfall is something like white dust descending from the sky, it’s okay to take your drone out. But if there’s a snowstorm-like situation, it’s strictly advised not to venture out with your drone. It doesn’t matter how strongly built your drone is. Even the most robust, high-end drones will call it quits when subjected to heavy snow.
Installing an LED light on your drone is the easiest way to improve visibility. Fly in the part of the sky where the sunlight is, for more visibility.
Although it is possible to fly your during snow and winter, it is recommended that you do so discreetly. Drones have plenty of electronic parts and even with the best measures, they are quite easily damageable. Also, you need to make sure your drone is good bulit like Autel Robotics drones.