Needed to get some B-Roll in for a Wedding above a well known Essex landmark early one morning - bit tricky getting permission but was granted it.
The wind speed was 17mph for the time which felt blustery at ground level. I figured this was close to touch and go - but had not had experience of higher wind, still learning. I couldn’t get the Mavic Pro to fly over a path and up to tower in straight line, which I guessed would be tricky.
At one point I went downwind to start a journey back over the tower, but at 100m, the Mavic Pro was stationery despite full stick. As I was over half battery gone on drone I was getting worried as it was out of sight (Mature Oak treeline was close to me) and the sun was on the controller making reading difficult despite sun screen. I had to head into shade and fly by screen. I have to drop to 15m to get control against wind once more. I did feel a panic coming on. Phew. I knew if i hit return to home or battery got critical, it would have risen to come home and blew away.
I guess the precaution is its always windier than ground level. And (depending on shot) Favour flying into wind on first half of battery, and back with wind on second half. (Does the Mavic’s computers allocate extra force needed to combat wind on home journeys?
Anyway the first shots are the windy day and last to shots are an evening a couple of days later with less wind.
Look at the trees in wind in some shots!: