I take safety quite seriously. As safe as drones are themselves, there are certainly some inherent risks. Identifying and mitigating those risks is a core responsibility of any aerial operator.
Technology continually propels the drone industry – and rapid developments make aerial systems evermore reliable, precise, and safe. Nonetheless, there is no substitution for the countless hours that I continually invest in researching, studying, training, consulting, and field testing.
GPS is employed for precise positioning and guidance of the drone. Prior to take-off, the home position is locked. This provides a fail-safe mechanism whereby the drone will automatically return to the home position -- and even land itself -- should the control link be broken. Generally, this measure can also be engaged manually and/or overridden if the need arises.
Weather (especially rain or high wind), people, dogs (sometimes they like to go after drones), obstacles (impeding line of sight), hazards (such as power lines), traffic… These are just a few examples of things I carefully consider in my site evaluation prior to each flight. Whenever necessary, a spotter is employed to help ensure safe clearances.
Needless-to-say, full-scale aircraft always have the right-of-way and I will promptly yield the airspace if one enters the vicinity.
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