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    Almost Blown Away

    Took my Mavic up even though the winds were gusting 10-15 mph. I tried to be safe by flyong first into the wind to ensure I could make headway, and I could...but just barely (GPS mode).

    So I was toodling around, and ended up going downwind for quite a ways. Then the wind picked up to about 25-30 mph. I hit the RTH button with about 50% battery left.

    At full forward power the bird could only do about 2mph average, sometimes 3, sometimes 0. At this point I started to get worried, as the battery was dropping and she was still 1/2 mile out. I realized I didnít have a plan for this situation. First, I switched into Sport mode. Then I decided to drop as low as possible as the wind was probably stronger higher up. Then I started tacking left and then right into the wind, and in this way got the bird back with 6% battery left.

    That was too close for comfort, so if there are any other high wind tricks/tips anyone knows about Iíd be happy to hear them. Oh, by the way, this wasvwith the Sports+ mods ó I donít think Iíd have made it back without them.

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    Congratulation recovering from that situation and bringing your bird home. I think reducing altitude and switching to sports mode are the two most important things that you did. One of the other things I do routinely is take a quick look at the UAV Forecast app on my phone before flying, especially if it seems breezy. I don't always follow its advice, but if the dashboard says "Not Good to Fly" because of wind conditions, I check out the details of wind/gust speed at various altitudes and fly accordingly.

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    So folks find that UAV Forecast app is accurate? I’ve used other weather apps before and they may be accurate whereever their sensor data recorders are located, but not necessarily where I am.

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