5. Your first flight & safety

We recommend that for your first flight, you have an experienced pilot ready to take control of the quadcopter just incase if something goes wrong. An axis in the wrong direction can send your quadcopter flying into a wall.

The flight should be done indoors (with Otus tracker) if possible with

  • Safety netting &
  • Matrices

If you are testing outside (without Otus tracker). Ensure that

  • It’s not a windy day
  • It's not humid or very hot
  • There is no risk of rain
  • You are not near a body of water
  • You are not flying near an airport
  • You are not near pedestrians, highway or any road.

Note: If you are flying the drone without the otus tracker, it will be difficult to fly as the drone will not have a reference to, for example, hold its position. For improved outdoor flying, invest in a GPS for your quadcopter.

Find a grassy field or otherwise soft patch of land to reduce damage if the drone crashes. If you have a soft flat surface to take outside with you such as a piece of cardboard, that will help, as it provides a flat platform.

Most importantly, ensure that you have the kill switch active on the transmitter (4.1.3.2 Radio). The kill switch will allow you to shut off the quadcopters propellers in the event of a crash. The quadcopters propellers will not auto shut off in the event of a crash.

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