Fly your drone in fog - what you should know

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When we talk about flying a drone, most of the time we think about the technical specifications of the flight. Altitude, range of flight, points to view, home point, taking off, and landing. We also prepare our needed technical documentation such as approval and waiver. But in addition to all these requirements, we should also always check the weather forecast.

What can happen if you fly your drone in fog?

The perfect drone flight

The perfect drone flight is this one realized in sun and calm weather conditions. No wind, no rain, no snowfall, no frozen temperatures, no fog. All these weather conditions may cause severe damage to your drone. And the worst thing that may happen to you is to lose your drone or damage it unrepairable. The KP index is also very important, so if you want to read more about it – you can read this article on it.

The Fog – what can cause to your drone?

Well, the fog is in fact water. Small molecules of water can cause damage to the electronics of your drone. The water has no place inside your drone, never. That’s why if you fly your drone in fog, you risk getting wet electronics and this can lead to unwanted worries. The sensors can stop working properly and the navigation may become unstable.

 

Flying your drone in fog – this action reduces the VLOS

As we know the rules and the regulations – we always should keep the VLOS (Visual Line Of Sight) during the entire drone flight. This condition is obligatory no matter if we are a hobby drone pilot or a professional one. This visual contact with the drone is helping us to navigate the flight in case the remote connection is interrupted. When we are able to see the drone we can take it home safely. That’s why the fog is risky. The reduced visibility leads to difficulties and risky situations.

The fog can turn into ice

If our drone flight is performed at a high altitude with fog in, then we risk our drone getting frozen. As high we go, that low are temperatures of the air. If our drone has fog penetrated in the body, that fog will turn into ice. And in this situation we are in very big trouble. Sensors and electronics may refuse to work properly or even stop. Worst thing is to start sending wrong information and to stop accepting your commands. 

Avoid fog and fly only in good weather conditions

We always advise all drone pilots to be serious when prepare their flights. Checking the forecast is extremely necessary as well as the drone itself. When the flight is prepared and scheduled correctly, the risk of accidents is low. Avid to fly your drone in fog. Be a responsible drone pilot and you will have many happy drone flight hours. 

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