Drones and Multirotor UAV Information and Community

Safety is something you need to consider when you are operating any RPA including a drone. The lower prices have made drones easily available for consumers but there are safety issues and we will give you a guide to responsible and safe drone ownership.

DRONE SAFETY TIPS

 

PROXIMITY TO PEOPLE

Be aware of the environment around you and who else is in the area. Do not fly close to crowds of people because if your quad could come down and

collide with somebody causing injury. In many parts of the world it is illegal to fly a drone over a public crowd without permission from authorities and a license and breaking these laws can incur a fine or even small jail time. Be mindful of other people and be aware that they don't all know what is in the sky above them so have fun with your drone and stay away from them. This will help to prevent injury to people and reduce the risk of damage to your quad.

CHECK YOUR SCREWS AND CLIPS

An important thing is to make sure everything attached to the drone is secured. Make sure the propellers are correctly fastened to the motors because they can do damage to eyes and other parts of the body if they fly off. Ensure that your gimbal or camera is attached correctly so they don't come off in flight and land on somebody or get damaged.

KEEP THE DRONE IN SIGHT AT ALL TIMES

Always make sure you can see your drone at all times because if you lose sight of it there is a possibility it could do damage. Many GPS equipped drones have a return to home option to avoid losing them but you can not be sure it won't present any danger to people or animals if you can not see it.

DON'T OVERHEAT THE LiPo BATTERY WHEN CHARGING

Yes you have to charge the LiPo battery for your drone but don't leave it connected to the charger for extended periods of time. Make sure you will be around while it charges. LiPo batteries are usually charged using a balanced charger so make sure you are using the correct charger for safe discharging and charging of your batteries to avoid fire hazards. Always charge your battery in an area that that is not surrounded in flammable materials.

BE AWARE OF YOUR LEGAL OBLIGATION AND OPERATE WITHIN THE LAW

Setting to the air with your new drone is an exciting thing and the adventures you can have are fantastic but it is important to be aware of the laws and regulations established for the location of your flight. Many countries have introduces laws regarding UAV flight that dictate how you can use your drone and flying within these laws can help you avoid heavy fines and even jail time.

OFFICIAL RPA AND UAV GUIDELINES BY COUNTRY

Here is a list of official government approved documents and websites related to drone and UAV flight in different countries.

- Australia Guidelines
- UK Guidelines
- USA Guidelines
- The Philippines (PDF file download) (more - search for UAV on this page)

Please contact us if you know of others because we are happy to share any government sanctioned websites containing UAV and RPA guidelines and laws around the world.

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