ALTURA DRONE - STORM FLIGHT - 5.12.2013 from Aerialtronics on Vimeo.


Pretty impressive flight by Aerialtronics Altura multirotor in some heavy winds. Intuitively, the design does not look optimised for flying in heavy wind, as its frontal area looks rather large.

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Comment by Joseph Wong on December 7, 2013 at 1:39am

That is impressive!!

Comment by robert bouwens on December 7, 2013 at 3:25am

scheveningen is a nice place - even when it is windy.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on December 7, 2013 at 5:36am

Yeah, I saw that video yesterday.  Wind speeds are the same as they were when I flew my quad in the high winds last month.  But I was in a bowl with lots of turbulence vs. the unobstructed wind they had.

Yeah, that quad has a lot of surface area!  That was a tricky landing for sure.

Comment by Oliver on December 7, 2013 at 8:55am

Meh. Once the stated wind speed is converted from m/sec geek-talk to one of the real-world units that everyone else uses (knots, k/hr, mph), what looks like a serious blow turns out to be only 56 mph. Why wouldn't a decent mid-sized quad handle that, aside from possible tipping on takeoff/landing? At least fly some fast circuits with it, the downwind legs should be pretty impressive-looking from the ground. 

Comment by Gary Mortimer on December 7, 2013 at 9:08am

Yes the m/sec thing bugs me as well ;-) 

Comment by John Hestness on December 7, 2013 at 9:16am

56 MPH.  I am impressed.  I wouldn't try it.  Am I correct in thinking that to loiter in that wind also means that on a calm day that copter could fly at least 56 MPH?  Would a commercial jet take off in that?

Comment by Cosha on December 7, 2013 at 10:25am
I don't know who has the biggest pair of balls...

The pilot or the nutcase in the background playing with a huge power kite in them winds!
Comment by Oliver on December 7, 2013 at 11:30am


That's right, and 56 mph is not so fast. The copter would need additionally the ability to stabilize and otherwise maneuver, of course. In the air, the wind is no big deal, unless it's so strong that you can't get your aircraft back from downwind at more than a couple of mph, or if you let your aircraft get away out of sight flying a 100+ mph groundspeed downwind. The difficult part, as always, has to do with takeoff and landing.


Comment by Joshua Ott on December 7, 2013 at 2:05pm

OK, for everyone complaining about the units, I've done the conversion:

0.124274238 furlongs/second, I hope that helps!


I noticed the crazy kite pilot, as well. Move over Lady Gaga!

Comment by Gary Mortimer on December 7, 2013 at 2:18pm

How fast in rods? 


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