UAV’s (especially Multicopters) are not toys and can be very dangerous, they can cause serious injury to people or property. The blades of a multicopter can spin in excess of 4000RPM. They are basically a flying lawn mower!!
Important Safety Notes to consider before you Fly your UAV
- NEVER allow children to play with your UAV unattended.
- Always fly your UAV in a large open area/field, well away from other people and property. Don’t be temped to test fly your UAV in your bedroom!
- If you are configuring or testing your UAV, ensure you remove the propellers from your motors just in case they unexpectedly turn on and cause damage/injury. THIS IS PROBABLY THE SINGLE BIGGEST CAUSE OF INJURY WITH UAV’s.
- Before you connect the battery to your UAV, ensure that your transmitter is turned on & the throttle is set to zero. If you have throttle lock on your transmitter ensure that you have enabled this function.
- Don’t connect the battery to your UAV until you are ready to fly, and once the battery is connected ALWAYS assume that the throttle is armed.
- Don’t fly your UAV above 400ft or beyond visual line of sight.
- Take the time to study your flying environment before you take off & always watch out for Power Lines!
- Do not fly your UAV when you are extremely tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Don’t fly your UAV in the rain as this can cause electrical device failure.
- Use extreme caution when flying your UAV in windy conditions or at night.
- If you are flying in windy conditions, always be aware that your UAV may suddenly “catch” the wind if you elevate above the surrounding tree level.
- Avoid high altitude or high speed flying until you are confident in your UAV flying ability.
- Fly your UAV near to you to avoid losing forward orientation. If you do loose orientation of your UAV, it’s better to try to land immediately rather than risk the possibility of a “fly away”.
- Do not fly alone during your preliminary flights. When training, ensure you enlist the help of an experienced UAV pilot.
- Do pre-flight tests! Ensure that all your UAV components are operating correctly & there is no transmitter/receiver interference before take off.
- Do not touch any moving parts of your UAV while its running. DO NOT try to “catch” your UAV in mid air.
- Avoid flying at high altitudes when you know that your battery is getting low.
- Ensure that you keep all loose clothing away from the moving parts of your UAV as they may get caught and cause you physical harm.
- Lipo Batteries can be potential bombs if you don’t follow proper charging procedures. Check them regularly and store them safely.
- After your flight, leave the transmitter on, set the throttle to zero or set your throttle lock. Turn off your transmitter AFTER the battery has been disconnected.
- Check the condition of all the parts of your UAV as they will get worn with age.
- Ensure you check the assembly of your UAV’s frame. Make sure that all the bolts and screws are securely fastened.
- Make sure that your UAV’s propellers are secured tightly, as you don’t want them falling off during a flight. This will lead to a crash.
- Ensure that your UAV’s radio receiver is securely mounted and that its receiving a strong signal from your transmitter.
- Check that your UAV’s battery is secured tightly so it won’t slip out during your flight.
- Ensure that all the motors and ESC’s are secured onto your UAV frame. Make sure that all props/motors spin freely before you take off.
Always THINK SAFETY!!
Practice these good habits from the start of your UAV hobby, don’t be tempted to cut corners or get lazy. Follow this safety advice and you can avoid the severe consequences suffered by others that are pictured on this page!!