Flight Safety

For those piloting multi-rotor helicopters, this a short flight safety guide to protecting yourself, others and your aircraft. Improper use of your helicopter can result in serious injury and damage to property. Use the helicopter at your own risk and make sure to not fly over people. Before your first flight, make sure to have an appropriate insurance.

 

The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) recently released some preliminary rules for piloting UAS’s (Unmanned Aircraft Systems). Make sure to read through this carefully before piloting a drone.

See the rules here.

Pre-Flight Safety Check

  • Secure battery, screws and frame until they are tight.
  • Fully charge your battery and check the battery voltage, as well as your spares.
  • Make sure there are no damages to the transmitter antenna.
  • Check the outside of your craft and be sure to not have any unusual or misplaced objects surrounding the helicopter.
  • Properly position the antennas of your helicopter.
  • Make sure the weather condition, wind direction and speed, are suitable for flying your craft.
  • Position your helicopter in a place with enough space for launch and flight
  • Make sure the GPS module has GPS fix. When you switch to GPS mode, there should be an audible beep.
  • If you are manually starting your craft, GPS and altitude controls should be turned off.
  • Make sure the right settings are loaded and the sensors are adjusted.
  • Check the trim of the remote control and make sure it is in a neutral position.
  • Open the body and check to see if all the components are safe and secure and not loose.
  • Check to see if any wires have come off.
  • Check that the batteries are securely on.
  • Check the battery voltage, and check your spares if you have more than one battery too.
  • Check the propellers for marks and nicks.
  • Make sure the┬ápropeller nuts or bolts are tight, along with the engine mounts, bolts and nuts.
  • Check the Transmitter battery voltage; never fly the craft with a low voltage reading on your transmitter (check with the manufacturer of your equipment for minimum and maximum voltage readings).
  • Make sure┬áthat the transmitter antenna is not damaged.
  • Check that the craft receiver module is connected and that the antennas are properly positioned.
  • Take a good look over the craft from all sides to make sure that nothing appears unusual or out of place.
  • Check your flight perimeter.
  • Check for power lines and overhead obstacles.
  • Assess the weather conditions, wind direction and speed. An anemometer (hand held wind speed meter) is a good tool to have otherwise use some dry grass or a tissue, throwing in the air to gauge the wind direction. Do not fly in gusty and turbulent conditions.
  • Set your transmitter timer to 80% of the known battery duration.

During the Flight

  • Maintain a safe distance from people, animals and objects.
  • Set your transmitter timer to about 80% of the known flight duration.
  • Maintain sight of your helicopter at all times.
  • Never let friends operate the craft, unless they know how to fly the copter.
  • Make sure there are no under-voltage warnings.
  • Do not operate while under the influence of any substance or alcohol.
  • Never operate your helicopter when there is a malfunction that has not been fixed.
  • Never turn off your transmitter while in flight.
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After the Flight

  • Before turning off the transmitter, turn off the multi-rotor helicopter and then disconnect the flight battery.
  • Check your helicopter and make sure there are no damages to the body or propellers.
  • Before the next flight of a damage helicopter, make sure everything has been repaired.
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