# Does object mass have a significant bearing on wind interference?

I'm learning to fly RC quadcopters, and before I go outside with an expensive, possibly dangerous (if it were out of control and hit something) large unit, I've decided to practice flying for a while on a smaller entry level "palm" drone (if I lose/break it, I won't be out more than \$30).

While trying out the palm drone outside, I've noticed that a very tiny gust of wind will knock this thing out of the sky, or at least into a very different direction then intended. Intuitively I want to assume the larger drone will do better against fair-weather Kansas winds; however I've also learned not to assume that my ground based experience translates well into aviation experience. So

TL;DR

Will a larger, heavier drone be less impacted by wind gusts than a smaller palm drone?

• To the exact question "Will a larger, heavier drone be less impacted by wind gusts than a smaller palm drone?", the answer is yes. That's a matter of inertia (resistance to motion), which is linked to mass. But this simple answer may not help a lot for your choice. See rather this: Stable flying and hovering drone – mins Feb 10 '17 at 9:46
• In general yes, however if the larger drone has a larger surface area incident to the wind, then it may be just as, or more affected by the wind. The tiny drones are almost impossible to fly outdoors, the larger ones are meant to be outside but usually in very light wind. – Ron Beyer Feb 10 '17 at 15:02
• I've flown my 250mm size quadcopter in quite high, gusty winds without a problem. The flight controller should keep things pretty steady, but the quad will be "tipped into the wind" to counteract it. – Steve Feb 10 '17 at 17:03
• @RonBeyer: The key thing is the surface-to-mass ratio of the drone, which (for drones of a given shape) is more or less a function of its overall density. – Sean Oct 11 at 5:42