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Blood and props

One of the first rules we're taught in drone (quad copter/multi-rotor) flying, especially racers, is to remove your props whenever you work on your drone.
This applies to whenever you have your drone on your workbench and doing any kind of maintenance or repairs on them.
However, one scenario not often discussed is disarming your machine BEFORE YOU PICK IT UP in the field.
I found this out the hard way. surprise

This past Sunday I decided to try my first FPV flight in my backyard. It was a sunny day, nice and warm, but the wind was up over 10mph. I've flown in 10mph+ winds before, so not a big deal right? So there's no confusion, the wind wasn't the problem.
My exhuberance to fly was though.
I really wanted to be in the air with my face box over my head experiencing the thril of FPV. That lasted all of about 10 seconds.
To get an idea of what I'm saying here, check out my flight video.
https://youtu.be/D1QjKl6Kq6w

A major lesson learned by me.
The caviat to rule #1: DISARM YOUR QUAD before picking it up!!!

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Good call! Rule #2 - have

Good call! Rule #2 - have first aid on hand in case you forget rule #1!

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Blackstar wrote:

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Good call! Rule #2 - have first aid on hand in case you forget rule #1!

I was lucky that I was in my backyard, so not a big deal.
But yeah, a 1st aid kit of some kind would be a good thing to have in your flight bag for sure.
Guess I'll transfer the one I have in my B.O.B. to my flight bag. (Which is not complete yet since all I have done so far is fly around close to my house.)

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PopPopFPV wrote:

PopPopFPV wrote:
One of the first rules we're taught in drone (quad copter/multi-rotor) flying, especially racers, is to remove your props whenever you work on your drone.
This applies to whenever you have your drone on your workbench and doing any kind of maintenance or repairs on them.
However, one scenario not often discussed is disarming your machine BEFORE YOU PICK IT UP in the field.
I found this out the hard way. surprise
This past Sunday I decided to try my first FPV flight in my backyard. It was a sunny day, nice and warm, but the wind was up over 10mph. I've flown in 10mph+ winds before, so not a big deal right? So there's no confusion, the wind wasn't the problem.
My exhuberance to fly was though.
I really wanted to be in the air with my face box over my head experiencing the thril of FPV. That lasted all of about 10 seconds.
To get an idea of what I'm saying here, check out my flight video.
https://youtu.be/D1QjKl6Kq6w
A major lesson learned by me.
The caviat to rule #1: DISARM YOUR QUAD before picking it up!!!

I'm guilty of it too. Especially if you've started off with "toy" quads like nano qx where there's no major repercussion from touching those tiny props. Beginners have to be aware that once you move up in size, they're really not toys anymore and need to be treated like any kitchen blender. Really good point! And congrats on the maiden flight, however short! I'm sure the next chapter of your adventures will be longer wink

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Yeah those toys like Air Hogs

Yeah those toys like Air Hogs with the foam guards get kids used to being able to grab the quad in flight. It's dangerous for them to get accustomed to that. Then they'll try it with a 180 or 250 size and oops! Pinky finger gone! It used to be firecrackers at Halloween causing this sort of thing. Quads could become the next firecrackers if we don't instill that fear in kids.

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Airwolf wrote:

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PopPopFPV wrote:
One of the first rules we're taught in drone (quad copter/multi-rotor) flying, especially racers, is to remove your props whenever you work on your drone.
This applies to whenever you have your drone on your workbench and doing any kind of maintenance or repairs on them.
However, one scenario not often discussed is disarming your machine BEFORE YOU PICK IT UP in the field.
I found this out the hard way. surprise
This past Sunday I decided to try my first FPV flight in my backyard. It was a sunny day, nice and warm, but the wind was up over 10mph. I've flown in 10mph+ winds before, so not a big deal right? So there's no confusion, the wind wasn't the problem.
My exhuberance to fly was though.
I really wanted to be in the air with my face box over my head experiencing the thril of FPV. That lasted all of about 10 seconds.
To get an idea of what I'm saying here, check out my flight video.
https://youtu.be/D1QjKl6Kq6w
A major lesson learned by me.
The caviat to rule #1: DISARM YOUR QUAD before picking it up!!!

I'm guilty of it too. Especially if you've started off with "toy" quads like nano qx where there's no major repercussion from touching those tiny props. Beginners have to be aware that once you move up in size, they're really not toys anymore and need to be treated like any kitchen blender. Really good point! And congrats on the maiden flight, however short! I'm sure the next chapter of your adventures will be longer wink

Yep. I started out with a Syma X5C-1. Can't tell you how many times the props spun up in my hand. A tickle and a nick and move on.
Once I got my Z250 it was another story all together. And that was the one that bit me on Sunday. 
Thanks Airwolf. I hope they get longer and longer :)
 

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Blackstar wrote:

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Yeah those toys like Air Hogs with the foam guards get kids used to being able to grab the quad in flight. It's dangerous for them to get accustomed to that. Then they'll try it with a 180 or 250 size and oops! Pinky finger gone! It used to be firecrackers at Halloween causing this sort of thing. Quads could become the next firecrackers if we don't instill that fear in kids.

There have been a couple of YouTube videos of the kind of damage a "real" quad can cause. But showing how a prop can slice and dice a hotdog doesn't get across to some people.
They think it's a hotdog. My fingers are tougher than that! Until the first time they see bits of flesh and blood fying off the props. 
I was lucky. Very lucky. Both hands were on the beast when it spun up.
 

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I still remember the news a

I still remember the news a while back about that toddler who lost any eye to a quad. The guy who flew it felt so bad he vowed never to fly one again. Apparently, he "felt sick" at the thought of trying to fly one again. It doesn't have to be that way for everyone, hopefully. Of course, like you said, many still won't get the message, so to those I say - just more entertainment for the rest of us, as long as it's not too gruesome.
Hope to see more of your videos!

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Blackstar wrote:

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I still remember the news a while back about that toddler who lost any eye to a quad. The guy who flew it felt so bad he vowed never to fly one again. Apparently, he "felt sick" at the thought of trying to fly one again. It doesn't have to be that way for everyone, hopefully. Of course, like you said, many still won't get the message, so to those I say - just more entertainment for the rest of us, as long as it's not too gruesome.
Hope to see more of your videos!

I hope to have many more vids :)

I ran across a story on TMZ today about an aspiring model getting struck by a drone so I had to read it.
The model doesn't blame the pilot. She was lucky as well and walked away with a black eye and a few scratches.
But they claim a "gust of wind" caused it and not pilot error.
I watched that video about 10 times. It was obvious that it was indeed pilot error. There was no gust of wind that caused it.
I came to that conclusion because the models hair, which was below her shoulders, NEVER moved from said gust of wind.

Here's the story: http://www.tmz.com/2016/05/10/model-hit-by-drone-face/

And if you watch real close, she winces when she sees it moving, yet doesn't try to get out of the way. Could be her model training. But still.

Darwin calling?

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Yeouch! Drone to the face!

Yeouch! Drone to the face! That is fortunate indeed that it was just small cuts and bruising. Could have been much worse - the props on the Inspire are huge...it's literally getting lift from 4 blenders. 

Here's the youtube version

I think it was pilot error too. No way wind can cause it to pick up like that. She probably thought the photographer was going in for a close up, and I'm sure she wanted to get out of the way, but at the same time trusts that the pilot knows what he's doing. On the bright side...I guess she's no longer an aspiring mode, now that she's famous. Fame has its price!
 

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Looks to me like she was

Looks to me like she was actually looking in a different direction and didn't see it coming at all! On top of that, I think she got a bit of a haircut too!
Definitely famous now though yes

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