Thanks Ian, a helpful video for many. I’ve been slowing gaining more confidence in the wind applying common sense like positioning myself downwind from what I’d like to film.
Though yesterdays winds proved to be too much for the Mini. Generally speaking it handled very well indeed and I got some pics I’m very pleased with.
It was my return leg coming across the wind and at a too higher altitude that caught me out. Briefly losing visual did not help the situation with the Mini being so small and, well, camouflaged.
Having read countless fly away stories, it was simply a matter of regaining visual with help of the map, orientation indicator and camera reference point, popping it into sport mode and applying just enough descent to make continual progress. Good pre flight environmental scans pay off here. Where’s the powerlines, what structures are around, where are areas that look more sheltered etc.
I did have a few moments where the mini was actually forced backwards but again increasing descent rate and using the landscape prevailed. Great fun albeit a little heart racing being my first drone.
I can’t stress this enough. If you find yourself with a backwards drifting Mini, do not engage RTH! A cool calm manual return is going to be the best option, and if it looks like there’s no hope then as you say, just get the thing down on the ground in one piece and talk a walk to find it.
Here’s my inflight wind overview