I've been wanting to check wind handling capability with my old quadcopter which I use for testing purposes. The problem is that it's been very calm for wind speeds here for the past month. But today was a great opportunity. I checked the weather this morning it said 16mph with gusts up to 24mph. So I grabbed the quad, radio and anemometer and headed out to a nearby field.
First I verified wind speed with my anemometer. At times the wind would be as gentle as 7mph but then it would gust up to 23mph. Average seemed to be around 16mph.
Next I took the copter up and set it into loiter. That is where the video begins below. I let it fight the wind in loiter for a little bit and then set it on it's way on a 5 point mission in auto mode. You will see the little copter getting tossed around by the wind but yet it still is able to maintain the path. I was impressed! Please excuse the low quality cell phone video...
I wonder how much more wind the copter could handle with even better tuning??