Flying drones is a perfectly safe hobby but it is important to adhere to a few rules to ensure that you not only stay safe, but you also stay legal.
In recent times, there has been a significant amount of bad press surrounding drone usage and these cases always come down to pilots doing things that they shouldn’t. At Airgineers, we are advocates of safe and legal drone usage. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are operating your drone in a safe and legal manner so take the time to familiarise yourself with the basic rules.
We have produced a number of documents to help teams taking part in the Airgineers competition to understand the safe use of drones.
3S Class Safety Documents
Selecting a Flying Site
Choosing a safe place to fly is vital. This document will help you to choose a suitable flying site for your 3S drone.
Flying the 3S Class Drone
Once you have a suitable site for flying, this document has advice for staying safe and legal.
Micro Class Safety Documents
Selecting a Flying Space
Micro Class drones can be flown in almost any indoor space. Following the steps in this guide will help you choose a safe area.
LiPo batteries are used on racing drones because they are light and for their size and weight, they can store a large amount of energy. They can also be discharged very quickly which is important when powering lots of electric motors. This document has information on how LiPo battery terminology and how to use them safely.
- When charging or storing your LiPo batteries, make sure the battery pack is in a fireproof LiPo safety bag
- Only charge your batteries with a proper LiPo battery charger with a “balanced charging” facility
- Never leave batteries unattended whilst charging
- Set the low battery warning alarm on your drone as detailed in our instructional videos. Do not continue to fly longer than necessary once the alarm is sounding
If you require any advice on any aspect of Health and Safety, contact CLEAPSS www.cleapss.org.uk
CLEAPSS has been working with schools for over 50 years to help facilitate the safe use of practical activities. If you require any advice on the safe use of any aspect of the Airgineers competition including 3D printing, soldering, use of hand tools or for advice on creating risk assessments, contact CLEAPSS.