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svencool
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Just wanted to let everyone be aware of it.... Might not be a good day to push it.....
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blackbox
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Which app / website is it?
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svencool
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The two main indicators are Kp index and Solar X-Ray Flux. Kp index seems to be the key indicator of solar interference with our GPS units, normal "good" is under 3 and we start to worry when it's 5 or more as you can lose GPS lock because the weak satellite signals are being blocked/blasted with sun spot noise. If both numbers are showing high, GPS and compass can be affected I believe so I'd think twice about flying and perhaps not fly over scary places like water should the model lose GPS lock.

That's about all you need to know!

It's an IOS app called Solar Monitor
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dennis
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Sweet.... this is good stuff man, thanks for sharing
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BInspireD
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I always check in the iOS app Magnetology, it sends push massages when solar activity is high.

Every drone flyer should know about this stuff, don't you think?
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Clem2099
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Thanks for sharing.  Good info to know.  
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CrabHawk
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great info!
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Clem2099
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Found this site from NOAA, you could save this as a bookmark on your home screen if you don't want to pay for an app.
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/ace-real-time-solar-wind
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svencool
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BInspireD Posted at 2015-3-2 23:01
I always check in the iOS app Magnetology, it sends push massages when solar activity is high.

Eve ...

Yes I think its another tool in our tool box. Its those days where I wouldn't wanna try finding the limits on how far the inspire might go or fly somewhere over water ect ect ect... Those are days that I will be LOS for sure and not to far off.... Those guys that depend on GPS mode to fly might get into trouble on these days if they loose GPS......

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lethbrp
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Sven,

What app is this?

Thanks
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Dave E
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Thanks for the info guys.
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Joeyend1968
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So to be completely clear, this is for the times that you rely soley of the gps signal to control your bird. For those of us that fly in Atti mode this information is helpful but not a deterant from flying. Am I on the right track here?
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svencool
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lethbrp Posted at 2015-3-3 00:06
Sven,

What app is this?

It's an IOS app called Solar Monitor. It's $10 but I spent $3k on my Inspire its worth every penny of $10..

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