We believe in keeping you safe!
First and foremost we must understand that that a drone / multi-rotor / unmanned system is not a toy. Improper operations can cause serious injury and property damage. Under current FAA ruling, small-unmanned aircraft better know to the mass media as “drones” or to enthusiast as multi-rotors may be operated for hobby and recreational purposes under specific guidelines. These safety instructions are intended not only for the protection of the aircraft, but also yourself and others.
• Operate below 400ft
• Do not operate Multi-Rotor/UAS within 5 miles of any airport
• Fly within line of sight
• Do not fly over crowds or high traffic areas
• Avoid flying during evening hours
• Do not fly over any stadiums or racetracks
• Remain clear of all manned aircraft
• Do not fly in poor weather conditions such as reduced visibility or high winds
• Do not fly under the influence of any alcohol or drugs
• Do not fly over sensitive infrastructures such as water treatment facility’s, correctional facilities, power plants, high traffic roadways, government facilities.
Hardware/ Equipment Inspection
*Visually Inspect Airframe
• Inspect for Cracks
• Loose or damaged screws/fasteners / bands/ straps / ties
• Loose or damaged wiring
• Loose or damaged connections ( solder points, plugs, etc)
• Inspect prop mounts & screws
• For FPV ensure that camera is secured on mount
• For FPV clean camera lens
• Battery/batteries fully charged and properly secured to aircraft
• remove props and test fail safe if applicable
• props are free and smooth of damage/defect, check blade surface & hub
• tighten props adapters (careful not to over tighten which may cause damage to the props.
• Ensure voltage alarm is connected if applicable
• Check weather the correct model is selected on the transmitter
• Ensure all RC transmitter stick positions show correct range and centering
* Follow this simple checklist to ensure safe operation
• Batteries charged & secured
• Position quad in level, safe location for takeoff
• For FPV, power ground station, video receiver, goggles, etc
• If using onboard video recorder (i.e., Gopro), Make sure you turn
camera on, memory card is inserted and press record. Its sounds so simple but many people forget to push record!
• Check all transmitter controls to assure they move freely
• Adjust all transmitters trims to neutral positions
• Adjust all transmitter switches correct positions (typically away)
• Transmitter throttle to zero
• Radio transmitter on
• Connect/power on battery to airframe
• Ensure LED indicators & audible tones are all correct
• Timer on ( if applicable) Many operators used timers as a redundant systems to monitor battery life
• Do a secondary check of video goggles or FPV monitor
• Scan nearby area for people, cars, animals
• If you have others near by the take off area make sure you make it loud and clear that you are about to take off and they will need to stand clear.