What is the highest wind speed to safety fly a Mavic2?

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  1. captain lou Airman

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    I was wondering max wind speed to fly a Mavic2 ... I had a idea that drones would have a place along the Florida coast or any costal area to help lifeguards see sharks in the water. There is always wind at the shores and that would be the only factor I can see as being a problem...
    A drone pilot and drone for every lifeguard station ... ... great job !
     
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  2. Admin Administrator Staff Member

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    It really depends on what the situation is. If a drone is just being used for coastal patrol, then a Mavic 2 can handle 15 mph winds pretty well in sport mode. Any higher than that, and it starts to lose stability. Larger drones, such as the Inpsire can handle much higher winds.

    Maybe have one dedicated lifeguard inside of a station with a constant roving drone to watch for problems. One drone can cover alot of beach in a 20 minute flight. It could alert swimmers to get back to shore, or alert boaters that they are too close. I have strapped external battery packs on to a Mavic to get 30 minute flight times.
     
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  3. captain lou Airman

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    If you get 20 minute flights on a battery , how many flights can a drone do ? Will the motors overheat or something like that? Maybe wait a few minutes before taking off with fresh battery ? Could you possibly go all day with enough batteries on hand ?
     
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  4. hactick NCO

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    I'd love to see a mavic 2 tethered to a ground based power supply. Could be good for all kinds of security purposes. I also wonder how long it would go for until some component gave out. Would make a great you-tube video.
     
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  5. Camino Ken SNCO

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    Out of curiosity I checked the manual and found it is a bit inconsistent. In the specifications it says the maximum wind speed resistance is 18 to 23 mph. It doesn’t explain why there is a range rather than just one number. Elsewhere in the text it says do not use in wind speeds exceeding 22 mph. Overall it sounds like the 15 mph mentioned by admin above is a good guideline.
     
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  6. Flycaster NCO

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    Whatever my max speed is, I cut that in half.I use this "method" on both my Mavic, and Tarot heavy lift hex.
    Remember, you gotta get home.
    If you are in risky areas (beaches, cliffs, anything that presents "gusts") you have to be real wary.
    No shot is worth the risk.....
    Period.
     
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  7. Fatherxmas SNCO

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    I have eight batteries, after about 5 or 6, the motors are too hot to touch so I don't think I'd go beyond that.
     
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  8. Fatherxmas SNCO

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    I flew a SAR mission at the bottom of a water fall. The air currents were very unpredictable close to the falls, you have to keep on your toes.
     
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  9. Flycaster NCO

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    Yeah, Just wait 10/15 minutes, have a soda/water, and let the bird's motors cool down, then you good to go...
    again...
     
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  10. crystal-pete Moderator Staff Member

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    As you probably already know there are a few "tethered drone" products out there. See below for one such example:-

     
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  11. Don Keightley NCO

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    When the birds are walking, don't fly!!
     
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