Fly Your Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Safely and Responsibly
Our hobby is under attack from the Government, the FAA, the Media and the Public.
Our actions will determine our future.
- Keep your UAV in your direct Line Of Sight (LOS).
- If you can't see your UAV, you don't know what it is is doing and can't respond properly.
- You can easily lose your perception of the UAVs orientation if you fly behind a building or a tree.
- Any obstacle between yourself and your UAV can cut off your Radio Control connection.
- Do not depend on built in "Fail Safes" to compensate for loss of control.
- Keep your UAV at least 30 feet away from People, Buildings and Vehicles.
- Even a brief loss of control can cause your UAV to crash on someones head.
- Stay even further away from people as your altitude increases (Maintain at least a 45 degree angle).
- Do Not Ever fly over crowds, gatherings, or any group of people, it is inviting disaster.
- Close proximity to buildings can interfere with GPS position through multipath and cause loss of control.
- Do not fly over 400 feet above the ground and avoid manned aircraft.
- Manned aircraft are generally required to fly above 500 feet so 400 feet provides a safe separation.
- It is very hard to maintain visual orientation of your UAV at even 400 feet and loss of control is likely.
- Do not operate in the vicinity of manned aircraft regardless of altitude. (Land immediately if necessary).
- Do Not Fly your UAV within 5 miles of an Airport
- You must not operate close to an airport or near the flight path of airplanes landing or taking off.
- Interfering with airport operations or airplanes is taken extremely seriously by the FAA.
- Learn how to fly your UAV well in manual or stabilize mode.
- Practice flying in manual or stabilize mode as well switching back to it from other modes.
- The best way to avoid crashes and fly aways is to learn to switch back to manual and reassume control.
- Don't do anything that might cause people to think you are intruding on their privacy.
- The public is very concerned that "drones" represent a major threat to individual privacy.
- We are the ambassadors for drones, make it clear you have no interest in violating anybodies privacy.
- A small, light UAV is intrinsically safer than a big heavy one.
- A small foam airplane is a small physical risk, but even a TechPod or Skywalker can cause serious injury.
- A big fiberglass UAV with a carbon fiber prop has considerable potential for major trauma.
- Stick with small foam planes with plastic props until you are a proficient pilot.