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Admin warning: There are graphic scenes of propeller induced lacerations in this video

After many years experience working in the military and as a hobby it finally happened to me. While the drone was landing a few inches from the ground I approached about 2 feet from it. Well, it did not like the spot it was landing on and it moved towards me cutting in to my leg. This was my mistake, instead I should have waited for it to land and disarm. 

This makes me think of the many people flying their drones in public places. Many videos have been posted in social media were something goes wrong and the craft goes out of control and down it goes toward the ground and even worst people or property. 

A 10 inch plastic "slow flyer" prop was able to cut in to my leg all the way down to were muscle and bone was exposed. In this instance it was a clean cut with no major damage. In the vid you can see the muscle moving inside when I moved my foot. (Yes very gnarly)

Imagine this being a child or anyone for that matter when an aircraft "looses control". For the longest time, RC enthusiasts have had to follow established rules by the FAA and AMA. The sudden influx of this technology hitting the world markets have created a different type of costumer, an ignorant one. Many flying fields would not allow you to fly if you do not posses an AMA membership which comes with insurance. At that, it is my understanding insurance will not cover irresponsible usage. 

My point is, do not do this hobby or work a disservice by your irresponsible usage. Flying higher than the mandated ceiling, flying on the mandated areas, and never over unsuspecting public. Look at what it can do! and that was only at lower RPM's and a few inches from the ground. Imagine a 3 lb drone hitting a child after falling from over a 100 ft. Don't be selfish, your stupid video is not worth killing or injuring an innocent life. 

Those of us who use this technology in the professional field please be an example to others and feel free to call out a moron that is giving us negative attention. I am looking forward to heavy regulation over the professional and hobby industry to minimize incidents. 

Thank you every one, and safe dronening :-)

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