Weather Proofing


#1

Is there any plan to weatherproof the electronics in anyway?

For those who fly in humid an/or dusty environments (Florida beaches for example), damage to delicate electronic systems could become a serious problem.

Might it be possible to provide some basic weatherproofing at the point of manufacture?


#2

There will definitely be some critical components where weatherproofing and conformal coating on the electronics will be really important - you definitely don’t want the throttle signal malfunctioning for example! DIY’ers can do that using off the shelf conformal spray. We can consider doing that in the kits. Good thought.


#3

This is a question that gets asked quite frequently and its a logical question. Most people don’t know that the motors are already fully waterproof and can actually run just fine underwater. Also, the speed controllers for the motors have a waterproof housing protection them. So you won’t have any problems with morning dew or flying in some rain.


#4

You would only have to be weather proof to the extent that your wing is weather proof. Paraglider wings generally don’t perform when wet as opposed to a bit damp. I speak from experience here. One afternoon I was flying from a peak in Slovenia when I was caught in a brief shower. I went into rapid decent mode and induced a horseshoe stall.


When I tried to recover the wet fabric surfaces had stuck together! I was pumping those brakes like I was trying to fly by arm flapping alone! After a while (which felt like hours) the surfaces reluctantly peeled apart and I landed, well short of the field. Strangely I’ve been more careful of the weather since :wink:

Paul in Oz