Understanding Drone Wind Resistance Levels (Explained)

It’s
chilly
outdoors,
and
it’s
started
to
be
a
bit
windy.
You’ve
looked
into
your
drone
manual,
and
you
know
it
can
withstand
some
moderate
winds.

You
will
often
see
wind
resistance
levels,
such
as
Level
5
or
Level
7,
in
the
product
description
categories. 

What
are
those,
and
why
does
it
matter
to
have
a
bit
of
knowledge
about
them? 

Well,
let’s
explore
this
topic
together,
and
I
promise
that
by
the
end
of
it,
you’ll
have
a
much
better
understanding
of
drone
wind
resistance
levels
and
how
these
impact
our
drones.

What
are
drone
wind
resistance
levels?

Drones
have
become
more
intelligent
nowadays.
From
the
moment
we
had
the
first
prototypes
to
the
present
moment,
each
drone
should
have
a
classification
for
wind
resistance.

This
classification
lets
you
know
how
well
the
drone
can
technically

fly
in
winds

up
to
that
speed
without
affecting
its
performance,

hovering
stability
,
and
filming
capabilities.

At
least,
not
by
much,
anyway.

The
idea
of
wind
resistance
level
for
drones
is
merely
a
guideline,
and
most
drones
are
able
to
fly
in
much
stronger
winds
than
advertised.
But
the
number
is
there
for
safety
only.

However,
this
means
you
shouldn’t
take
your
drone
out
and
fly
it
in
intense
hurricane
weather
or
any
other
storm.

It’s
simply
too
dangerous,
and
we
have
to
take
a
conscious
approach
to
deciding
when
to
fly
our
drones,
especially
if
it’s
windy
outside.

On
the
Beaufort
Wind
Scale,
wind
levels
range
between
0
and
12,
with
zero
being
the
calmest
winds
and
12
reaching
hurricane-level
winds. 

Now,
drones
use
this
classification
to
show
you
where
they
land
on
a
scale
in
terms
of
their
limit
in
wind
resistance.

This
information
is
provided
by
drone
manufacturers.

As
we
mentioned,
these
drone
wind
resistance
levels
are
merely
guidelines
to
follow
and
not
hard
and
fast
rules.


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Drone
wind
resistance
scale,
in
detail

To
better
understand
the
drone
wind
resistance
levels,
we
must
comprehend
the
Beaufort
Wind
Scale
and
see
how
powerful
winds
can
get
and
how
drone
flights
can
be
affected.

Force Speed
(in
mph)
Speed
(in
m/s)
Description

Level
0
0-1
mph
0

0.45
m/s
Very
Calm

Level
1
1-3
mph
0.45

1.34
m/s
Light
Air

Level
2
4-7
mph
1.79

3.13
m/s
Light
Breeze

Level
3
8-12
mph
3.58

5.36
m/s
Gentle
Breeze

Level
4
13-18
mph
5.81

8.05
m/s
Moderate
Breeze

Level
5
19-24
mph
8.49

10.73
m/s
Fresh
Breeze

Level
6
25-31
mph
11.18

13.86
m/s
Strong
Breeze

Level
7
32-38
mph
14.31

16.99
m/s
Near
Gale

Level
8
39-46
mph
17.43

20.56
m/s
Gale

Level
9
47-54
mph
21.01

24.14
m/s
Severe
Gale

Level
10
55-63
mph
24.59

28.16
m/s
Storm

Level
11
64-72
mph
28.61

32.19
m/s
Violent
Storm

Level
12
73-83
mph
32.63

37.10
m/s
Hurricane
(Cat.
1)
Beaufort
Wind
Scale


Note:
The
below
graphic
elements
were
licensed
from
Canva
Pro,
and
the
images
were
created
in
Canva
by
Gabriel
Mihalcea.

Wind
speed
scale
explained
(in
detail)

With
level
0
winds,
the
wind
speed
can
basically
be
between
0
and
1
mile
per
hour.
In
this
instance,
the
lakes
look
like
mirrors,
and
during
heat,
no
wind
is
stirring
to
cool
you
off,
and
it
can
be
irritating.

As
for
drones,
this
is
the
perfect
environment
to
obtain
perfect
hovering
stability
and
fly
without
being
affected.

The
level
1
winds
are
also
called
“light
air”
because
they
can
barely
be
felt
as
the
lightest
breeze
and
are
barely
strong
enough
to
move
a
few
leaves
in
a
tree.

The
wind
speed
of
1-3
miles
an
hour
does
not
affect
drones
flying
at
all,
and
should
not
cause
any
drone
to
drift.

The
leaves
in
the
trees
rustle,
and
you
can
feel
the
breeze
on
your
face.
You
can
see
the
direction
of
the
breeze
in
the
smoke
and
also
feel
it
on
your
skin.

The
wind
speed
is
about
4
to
7
miles
per
hour
and
should
not
affect
drone
flights,
except
maybe
slightly
micro
drones’
ability
to
hover.

A
wind
speed
of
around
8
to
12
miles
per
hour
is
now
enough
to
extend
light
flags.
Leaves
and
branches
are
moving
in
the
trees.

Drones
start
to
detect
the
wind
speed
but
self-stabilize
without
an
issue.
Microdrones
will
struggle
to
fly
in
a
gentle
breeze,
but
a
skilled
pilot
can
manage
it.

A
moderate
breeze
now
creates
waves
that
start
to
become
larger.
The
wind
speed
is
13-18
miles
per
hour,
which
will
start
to
affect
drone
flights.

Some
drones
have
only
level
4
max
wind
resistance,
but
the
majority
of
drones
are
able
to
fly
just
fine
and
can
self-stabilize
when
hovering.
However,
flying
long-range
is
contraindicated.

The
level
5
wind
resistance,
also
called
a
“fresh
breeze,”
is
strong
enough
to
limit
some
drone
flights.
Wind
speed
is
between
19
and
24
mph.

Most
drones
on
the
market
have
a
max
level
5
wind
resistance,
and
you’ll
definitely
see
the
drone
starting
to
struggle
to
hover
stably.

But
drones
with
a
3-axis
mechanical
gimbal
should
still
offer
smooth
footage,
despite
this
being
a
limitation
on
most
drones.

A
strong
breeze
is
powerful
enough
to
form
large
waves
and
is
between
25
and
31
miles
an
hour.
Drones
can
still
fly
at
this
level,
but
it
is
beyond
the
recommended
value
set
by
manufacturers.

If
you
fly
a
drone
in
level
6
winds,
you
do
it
at
your
own
risk.
Be
aware
that
smaller
drones
are
unable
to
fly
now.

The
near-gale
wind
now
brings
speeds
between
32
and
38
miles
per
hour.
It’s
a
strong
wind,
and
most
drones
cannot
fly.
A
few
can,
such
as
some
Autel
drones,
which
have
max
level
7
wind
resistance.

Most
drones
will
fly
erratically
and
come
with
a
risk
of
crashing.
Heavy
drones
can
still
fly
at
this
wind
speed,
but
it
is
not
recommended.

The
“gale”
will
bring
powerful
winds
between
39
to
46
miles
per
hour.
Moderately
high
waves
are
formed
and
are
strong
enough
to
break
twigs
and
dead
branches
off
trees.

Drones
cannot
fly
in
this
wind,
and
most
will
crash.
Heavy
FPV
drones
can
still
fly
but
are
difficult
to
control.
Some
very
heavy
drones
can
face
gale
winds
but
are
still
not
recommended
to
fly.

The
severe
gale
winds
that
are
between
47
and
54
miles
an
hour
are
too
strong
to
fly
nearly
any
drone.
Very
few
drones
exist
that
are
able
to
fly
at
such
gales.

With
these
wind
speeds,
high
waves
are
formed
and
even
have
the
strength
for
slight
structural
damage.

With
stormy
winds
between
55
and
63
miles
an
hour,
no
drones
are
able
to
fly
without
the
severe
risk
of
crashing.

The
waves
formed
are
very
high,
and
the
wind
is
strong
enough
to
produce
considerable
structural
damage.

Weaker
trees
can
be
uprooted.

With
winds
between
64
and
72
miles
an
hour,
the
level
11
wind,
classified
as
a
violent
storm,
is
strong
enough
to
disrupt
navigation
with
small
and
medium-sized
ships.

Airplanes
face
difficulties
flying
through
and
landing.
No
drone
can
fly
during
a
violent
storm
and
will
face
an
imminent
crash.

The
level
12
winds,
which
are
between
72
and
83
miles
an
hour,
are
classified
at
this
point
as
Cat.
1
Hurricane
and
are
extremely
strong,
enough
to
do
considerable
structural
damage
and
uproot
trees.

Aircraft,
ships,
and
transportation
are
severely
disrupted.
Lives
can
be
put
at
risk
if
walking
through
hurricane-level
winds.
No
drone
is
able
to
fly
during
this
time,
and
visibility
is
seriously
affected.


Note:
We
have
created
a
simple
tool
you
can
use
to
convert
wind
speed
from
m/s
to
mph
and
vice-versa.


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Speed
Conversion




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Can
drones
fly
in
high
wind?

Most
drones

are
smart
enough

to
fly
in
moderately
high
winds
that
can
even
affect
other
environmental
elements.

If
we’re
looking
at
most
drones’
wind
resistance,
we
would
think
that
they
are
recommended
to
fly
at
up
to
Level
5
wind
resistance. 

I
have
personally
flown
in
winds
higher
than
this,
around
level
7,
with
drones
categorized
as
level
5,
and
still
had
no
issues
even
in
smooth
filming.

But
the
drones
were
observably
balancing
and
over-forcing
their
motors
to
stabilize
and
hover
without
drifting. 

Poorly
made
drones
(a.k.a.
cheap
ones)
cannot
handle
these
winds
as
they
will
start
drifting
from
much
lower-level
winds.
The
technology
behind
those
drones
is
simply
not
good
enough.

But
if
you’re
flying

an
FPV
drone
,
that’s
another
story.


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How
to
know
the
wind
level
before
flying
a
drone

One
of
the
best
ways
to
predict
the
wind
speed
level
is
to
use
dedicated
weather
apps,
but
even
these
can
be
relatively
limited.

What
I
personally
love
to
do
is
use
drone
weather
apps
like
UAV
Forecast,
which
are
a
bit
more
than
weather
apps,
giving
you
enough
information
to
plan
your
drone
flight.

One
of
the
pieces
of
information
included
is
a
complex
wind
pattern
with
graphics,
wind
speed,
gusts,
and
direction.
Moreover,
the
app
offers
information
about
wind
speed
at
higher
altitudes
above
ground,
as
well
as
how
strong
the
wind
is
at
400ft
above
ground
level
if
you’re
looking
to
fly
your
drone
at
the

maximum
legal
height
.

But
this
is
only
a
way
to
know
the
wind
level
and
calculate
the
wind
on
the
Beaufort
wind
scale.

I
would
recommend
using
the
above
tool
to
translate
from
miles
per
hour
to
meters
per
second
and
compare
with
your
drone
wind
resistance
(see
tool
and
table
below)

Now,
for
the
most
accurate
data
for
observing
the
wind
speed
on
location
before
you
take
off
your
drone,
use
an
anemometer.
This
is
a
simple
device
that
will
calculate
and
give
the
exact
wind
speed
level
with
accurate
measurements
to
know
if
it’s
safe
to
fly
the
drone
or
not.


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Wind
Speed
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Wind
resistance
levels
in
drones

If
you’re
looking
to
buy
a
specific
drone
and
you’re
wondering
if
it’ll
fly
well
in
windy
conditions,
here
is
an
extended
list
with
many
drones’
wind
resistance
levels
as
specified
by
their
manufacturers.

Drone Wind
Resistance
Level
Wind
Speed
in
m/s

DJI
Mini
2
Level
5
8.5

10.5
m/s

DJI
Mini
2
SE
Level
5
10.7
m/s

DJI
Mini
3
Level
5
10.7
m/s

DJI
Mini
3
Pro
Level
5
10.7
m/s

DJI
Mini
4
Pro
Level
5
10.7
m/s

DJI
Air
2S
Level
5
10.7
m/s

DJI
Air
3
Level
6
12
m/s

DJI
Mavic
2
Level
4
to
5
8.05

10.55
m/s

DJI
Mavic
3
(line)
Level
6
12
m/s

DJI
Avata
Level
5
10.7
m/s

DJI
FPV
Level
6
11.18

13.86
m/s

DJI
Inspire
2
Level
5
10
m/s

DJI
Inspire
3
Level
6
14
m/s
(in
flight)

Autel
EVO
Nano+
Level
5
8.5

10.5
m/s

Autel
EVO
Lite+
Level
7
14

16.5m/s

Autel
EVO
2
Pro
(V3)
Level
6
(takeoff/land)
Level
8
in
flight
12
m/s
No
additional
data


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