How Do You Check to See If It Is Safe to Fly Your Drone?

This article was updated on November 4th, 2020

Tool – UAV Forecast

UAV Forecast is one of the best weather apps for beginners and experienced drone pilots. It is available as a webpage, Android app or iOS app.

  1. You can try it without downloading it by going to UAV Forecast at: uavforecast.com
    or download the app and install it on your device: iOS OR Android.
  2. Enter the location of your flight and click Search, or click “Use my location” if you are intending to fly where you are standing.
  3. You will quickly find information for your location, such as below:

At 33 Feet (10 Meters)

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The default settings for UAV Forecast is 20mph max for wind at 33 feet from the ground.

At 400 Feet (121.92 Meters)

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We now are looking at the data at 400 feet.

It is safe to fly on this occasion at 33-400 feet (10-121.92 meters).

I wouldn't be too concerned about the Est. Sats Locked (warning) as I haven't found that to be very accurate and had no trouble locking on many satellites once I'm all set to fly my drone.

Guide of Terms

Time: Current or future time.

Gusts at xft: Wind speed at target altitude, maximum speed including gusts.

Temp: Air temperature.

Precip Prob: Probability of precipitation.

Cloud Cover: Cloud cover refers to the fraction of the sky obscured by clouds when observed from a particular location.

Visibility: Visibility is a measure of the distance at which an object or light can be clearly discerned.

Visible Sats: GPS satellites that are visible in this place and at this time.

Kp: Geomagnetic storm index, 0-9, above 3 means disturbance of GPS reception.

Est. Sats Locked: Estimated GPS satellites locked at this location, given the Kp, location and time of day.

Good To Fly?: No or Yes.