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Old Dec 24, 2012, 04:58 AM
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Do you ever fly while it's raining?

Here some results of flying in the rain
Quadcopter flying in the rain tests (3 min 36 sec)



Conclusion don't do it, but I guess we already knew that
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Old Dec 24, 2012, 07:14 AM
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Beautiful. Always wondered what would happen (I kinda knew though)
Thanks for the entertainment but how did you retreive the last one, looks like you had to swim.
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Old Dec 24, 2012, 08:41 AM
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It depends what you call swimming .....it was some high and wet grass, but the TBS was not mine so I stayed in the tent during the recovery, but the Iconic-X recovery from wet and high grass made my pants stay wet the whole day
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Old Dec 24, 2012, 10:22 AM
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As I mentioned in another thread, with all due respect, weatherproofing a copter for rain, fog, or snow flying is certainly an interesting idea. But as one can clearly see from this video, getting a clear image from a camera in the rain is the bigger challenge, assuming that this is the goal. Protecting the camera's not a big deal, but getting clear, usable footage is difficult.

Of course, if one just wants to buzz around and annoy the frogs, by all means knock yourself out.
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Old Dec 24, 2012, 11:37 AM
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Its easy to get good footage in the rain, it asll depends on where your camera is located with respect to the props. If its in the right place the prop wash keeps the camera lens dry.
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Old Dec 24, 2012, 11:58 AM
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I am not sure about that what you are saying.....it might also be totally opposite. The props are not only blowing air, but also water. Anyway where do you want to put camera in the propwash on the most common frames nowadays?
I think with this weather nobody should fly actually. Even if it works you get wet anyway.

We desparetely need a nice indoor location in this time of year.
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Old Dec 24, 2012, 12:01 PM
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I have my gopro underneath my aquaquad frame and the prop wash keeps the rain off nicely. Flying fpv in the rain from a covered position is fun.
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Old Dec 24, 2012, 12:28 PM
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Yeah but you know that you have to make that walk through the rain when things go wrong
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Old Dec 24, 2012, 12:48 PM
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Yeah but you know that you have to make that walk through the rain when things go wrong
Ha, very true!
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Old Dec 24, 2012, 12:53 PM
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I fly in the rain/snow, no ill effects yet with my stock DJI F550 ARF.

The only thing that sucks is getting water on the camera lens :P
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Old Dec 24, 2012, 03:44 PM
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You need to instal one of these , they can be servo operated

"Mini Wipers": the spectacular invention for glasses wearers (1 min 29 sec)
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