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Is it fine to fly the Mavic pro in a desert?
669 8 2017-3-14 22:49:37
Yhadar
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In a few months, I will be flying to Namibia. Part of the trip will be in deserts, and I'm not sure if it is OK for the Mavic.
I've seen drone photos and videos from the Namibia but I am not sure if it's fine to fly there even though I don't believe that the sand will reach the heights of the Mavic (you can also search how many sand storms there are in Namibia).

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Yhadar
2017-3-14 22:49:37
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dirkjan82
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I'm not sure if what I post is correct. What I'd check if I were you is the maximum temperature in which to fly the drone safely. When a battery is kept in places that are too hot it can permanently damage it.
And the other thing, sand, has already been covered by you pretty well. I'd use a large enough landing pad to safely take off and land on a platform without sand. And of course don't fly when there's too much sand in the air because it might get into the drone, and might compromise image quality (not just by scratching the lens, but also by clouding the subject).
2017-3-14 23:01:00
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Nic
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For the most part Namibia is fairly still, they have storms like many other deserts but like anywhere else don't fly your mavic in one. Just take a little care when handling your drone above sand to ensure you don't get any in the cooling vents or motors. Don't take off or land on dry sand and it will be fine. If you aren't comfortable with hand launching or catching then grab a large piece of cardboard or something along the way and you'll be ready to go. Namibia gets insanely hot over November / February (well over 40deg Celcius or  100 farenheit) but if you are going in a few months then the heat won't be a problem. Just don't leave your batteries baking in the sun.

I don't know what the drone laws are like in Namibia but I am sure with the usual amount of flying discretion and common sense you won't get into any trouble.

I see you are from Israel - Namibia probably won't be too different if you aren't on the coast there.
2017-3-14 23:12:56
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Yhadar
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Nic Posted at 2017-3-14 23:12
For the most part Namibia is fairly still, they have storms like many other deserts but like anywhere else don't fly your mavic in one. Just take a little care when handling your drone above sand to ensure you don't get any in the cooling vents or motors. Don't take off or land on dry sand and it will be fine. If you aren't comfortable with hand launching or catching then grab a large piece of cardboard or something along the way and you'll be ready to go. Namibia gets insanely hot over November / February (well over 40deg Celcius or  100 farenheit) but if you are going in a few months then the heat won't be a problem. Just don't leave your batteries baking in the sun.

I don't know what the drone laws are like in Namibia but I am sure with the usual amount of flying discretion and common sense you won't get into any trouble.

Thanks and I think i will use the gimbal cover if it won't be too hot...
2017-3-15 03:50:21
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Yhadar
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Just in case there will be sand in the air....
2017-3-15 03:57:11
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fans28fb82ec
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Dont do it. I was just flying in a dessert in Peru, starting and landing from my hand. Now the rubber parts in the gimbal are full of sand, dont know how to get rid of it. Looks like those rubber parts are coated with a oil layer, thats where the sand sticks to. There is always sand in the air and you mavic tries to vacum clean the desert air...
2017-8-12 07:58:21
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dancopter
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Flew my P4P in Namibia with no issues.
2017-8-12 08:57:47
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Bekaru Tree
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i was born in Namibia. It is very easy to tell what days are good for flying and what days are not - i mean it will be that obvious.
Any wind brings sand to the air - no wind - no sand - no problem
Watch out for fog along the coast - it seems radio signal is affected by fog
watch out for humidity changes generally - it appears humidity changes affect radio signal and these instances seem to happen mostly at/around sunset.
No flying on days hotter than 39 degrees C
ensure batteries are stored safely.
If you find any diamonds - do not tell it on this forum
Have a great time
2017-8-13 06:07:37
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Bekaru Tree
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Sand will reach heights of mavic - easilly - but still it is safe to fly on NO WIND days which are many.
2017-8-13 06:06:41
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