Longer days and warmer temperatures can only mean one thing. Summer is around the corner. Drone owners are rejoicing all over the country. Summer is the most popular time for drone pilots to head outdoors. While it is tempting to charge those batteries and head outside, there are some safety standards to keep in mind when it comes to flying your drone in the hot summer months. Be sure to ask yourself these three questions before you head out.
Is it too hot to fly my drone today?
The ideal temperature to fly a drone is 75° Fahrenheit. With that said your drone will still perform above 75°. All electronics with moving parts including drones are going to generate heat, so, the higher quality drone will do better in the hot summer sun. Avoid those hot days where the mercury levels are high, this will cause unnecessary wear and tear on the computer and battery systems. Don’t forget to store your drone in a place that doesn’t get extremely hot, as that can cause long-term damage to your drone.
How humid is it?
Not only does summer bring high temperatures, it may also bring a lot of humidity. Some U.S. cities have average relative humidity levels over 72 percent. This means that in the summer, there can be more moisture in the air than you might realize.
When it comes to humidity, you should worry more about where you store your drone. Flying a drone in a humid weather shouldn’t feel all that different from flying in a dry area. The key is to store it in a dry area, as humid air can condense on electronic parts and cause major problems. If you don’t have a dry place to store your drone, consider running a dehumidifier to prevent damaging moisture build-up.
Are there too many people to fly in this area?
Drone pilots aren't the only ones who will be outdoors when the weather is nice. Just about everyone under the sun is outside enjoying the sun during the summer months. For drone pilots, it’s important to keep these crowds in mind when flying. The last thing you want to do is to accidentally crash into someone at a busy park. It is best to fly your drone in less-crowded places, this way you won’t accidentally cause harm this summer.
The summer months should be all about fun times and sunshine. By following these key points, you can be sure that your drone makes it through the summer unscathed.
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