What You Need To Know About Flying In The Cold
SkySkopes is a professional drone service provider who executes UAS and manned helicopter services primarily in the energy sector, providing data collection and solutions. CEO & Chairman of the Board, Matt Dunlevy founded the company in 2014 as a spinoff of one of the classes he teaches at the University of North Dakota and secured the first FAA permission to fly UAS for business in North Dakota.
When asked about the vision for SkySkopes Dunlevy stated “Our vision is to become the single most trusted and advanced aerial data collection firm, and we constantly drive towards the optimal end-to-end value stream for clients”. NCAT approached SkySkopes with a list of the top questions they are approached with on UAS Cold Weather Operations. Dunlevy and his team gracefully shared their expertise on topics of weather conditions, battery life/storage, pilot protection and basic planning for flying in cold weather.
How does ice affect flying in cold weather?
We know the colder weather can shorten battery life on drones, what are some tips to practice good battery health in cold-weather flights?
What are the best ways to store batteries in the winter?
What tools do you use to warm your batteries?
Is there an absolute low temperature where it is not recommended to fly?
What happens if there is unexpected rain or snowfall during my flight?
Any advice for flying in windy conditions?
How do you keep warm while keeping finger dexterity?
Does cold affect your other equipment? How do you deal with that?
Basic Planning Guide for Flying in Cold Weather