My big DJI Mini 3 Pro mistake reminded me of my limits.


What I wanted was the last flight. I knew my time with the DJI Mini 3 Pro was limited, and I wanted to experience the easy controls, smooth flight, and great camera once more. And I almost lost it in a blast.

In my defense, the weather looked perfect for drone flight. A clear blue sky dotted with high, fluffy clouds. The incredible ease of use of the DJI Mini 3 Pro and the new DJI RC Remote makes it even more inspiring to run and try it out on the go.

After unfolding the drone and gently placing it on a small glass table in the backyard, I turned on the remote control and the drone (auto pairing) and pressed the run button on the screen.

The drone will automatically lift it to a height of about 3 m from the ground. While pressing the right joystick forward, he soared straight into the sky until he reached 300 feet.

Awesome photo I took with my DJI Mini 3 pro before everything went wrong. (Image credit: Future/Lance Ulanov)

Slide the right joystick to the left and everything went smoothly and the DJI Mini 3 Pro swish south.

The wind hit the ground first. It was really a blast. But I thought for a moment. “Oh, maybe the wind is stronger there?” Now the drone was just a point on the horizon and I was relying on the camera and navigating with the remote.

As the gusts passed, I felt at ease as a stronger, more consistent wind blew through the yard. All of a sudden, the camera, which had been fixed on three axes, was noisily tilted to the side. A wind warning went off on the remote and I realized I couldn’t control the Mini 3 Pro.

To my surprise, I could see the wind started to fly the 249-gram drone. It turned with a squint and was heading to a place of no return.

DJI Mini 3 Pro Drone Turbulence Video

Small pieces of real DJI Mini 3 Pro drone turbulence footage (Image credit: Future/Lance Ulanov)

don’t panic

If I had to guess, the gusts that turned into fast sustained winds were about 20 miles per hour. But it could have been more powerful at that altitude.

I remember blowing a DJI Spark. It was another small (300 grams) drone, but it could barely handle the wind. In previous DJI Mini 3 Pro flights, I thought it was very stable and could withstand the slightest wind. Of course, this could be more than a “little” wind.

I watched helplessly as my little dot of my drone floated in the dazzling blue sky. Then I looked down at the DJI RC screen showing the drone camera’s video feed. The image was shaking to and fro as if a drone had been stabbed into the fist of an over-excited child. I tried not to panic, but found it impossible to bring the DJI Mini 3 Pro back using the controls. I couldn’t resist the wind.

Not sure what to do, I decided to let the drone’s own robotic intelligence take over.

You pressed the “Home” button on the remote control.

This action seemed to instantly stabilize the drone. It flew up to 400 feet and was soon fighting to break through the wind and return to me.

As the drone returned home, I knew that obstacle detection would prevent a collision, but I was still worried that another gust of wind would blow the drone into a neighbourhood. When I was able to see the drone almost flying over her head, I took over her remote controller and started guiding it back to me. This time the drone responded.

Soon the DJI Mini 3 Pro was right over my head and I guided it straight through. I extended my other hand and continued pulling the right joystick back. The drone’s sensors looked at my palm and executed the perfect landing sequence on my palm.

Averted the crisis.

Let my mistakes be a lesson for you. The DJI Mini 3 Pro is a fantastic prosumer drone capable of super-fast flight and can stay in the sky for more than 30 minutes. It captures amazing photos and videos (even vertical ones), but it’s still a tiny drone and strong winds aren’t just friends. If the weather calls for a gust of wind or just after a powerful storm has passed, put the flight on hold.

For me, it was my last flight with the DJI Mini 3 Pro. You can now safely return to DJI.

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