Ask not what your hobby can do for you but what you can do for your hobby! A Simple idea for a big problem

A Simple idea for a big problem

Rc model safety, Is everyone doing

 what they can do to protect out hobby and the public.

(summary: I would like a splash 

screen to be implemented on all software that gives safety tips each start up)

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Please don't take the following as me bossing around, this is a suggestion I feel very strongly about and so should everyone as it will effect everyone.

So recently (very recently) Multirotor and other RC model safety has been brought into the spotlight.
there have been deaths, injuries, cuts, bruises and damaged Egos, btu most importantly bad impressions and opinions.
With all this negative attention I foresee this blowing up very soon and being the central gaze of media.

And even though we have all sorts of blog posts with advice in hindsight, nothing has been done, so action needs to be taken, Because the sooner we do something about Rc model safety, the leaner the consequences will the long run.

I would like a splash screen to be implemented that gives safety tips each start up

on all RC related software, not only on Droidplanner, which Arthur supports (the creator or droidplanner) but on software like Missionplaner, Andropilot, open9X etc
anything that is an aid or enabler of RC flight (remember that boats, cars and subs are also classed as drones in the laws

The main message ontop followed by the sub message (they could be comical or upbeat )

eg: (main message)
(example of message below)

Return to launch (RTL) only flies in a straight line,
it wont watch out for that tree

Return to launch (RTL) Do

esn't know when it is going to hit something,
make sure the path is clear!

Return to launch (RTL) Don't fly if you plan on using it.
It Doesn't give you wings!

Return to launch (RTL) Is n

ot capable of flying through objects,
so don't make it try!

Prison or Freedom, only one accident away
are you willing to risk your own life?

Life or Death, Only one crash away!
Is life in prison worth it?

Your life and spectators, Would you let someone new fly close to you?
Don't let the inexperienced fly dangerously

Medical,court and insurance costs, Are you rich enough?
Don't endanger others or their property

Damage, how much is their car worth?
I don't think you want to find out

Good luck to all who recognize the benefits
Another idea from me :) hope you like
Regards Jared Reabow

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on October 4, 2013 at 11:26am

Once upon a time when I worked for the Queen, before anyone went flying you had to recite the emergency of the day actions as you signed the aircraft out. The emergency would be failure of this or that chosen at random and the response was on the flight reference cards. Made you think about whatever it was.

In our case it might be...

Have you briefed spectators

Where is your designated emergency landing area.

Can't think of anymore right now.

Its an interesting idea Jared.

Comment by Overwatch on October 4, 2013 at 12:37pm

Unobtrusive tips (embedded into the splash screen) are a great idea - they've been used in all of the later Call of Duty games and worked fine.

90s style tips in individual pop-up windows are a waste of time - everybody turns them off on the first run, because they're annoying.

Comment by Rob Burrows on October 4, 2013 at 1:28pm

Thanks for doing this Jared!  To carry on Gary's list from above:

-Is your failsafe set up and tested?

-Is your battery fully charged?

@ Jared, while attention grabbing I'm one to shy away from the more extreme statements regarding prison or death, although possible it seems like they could be discounted by someone flying a small aircraft that they don't believe could kill anybody.  That is my opinion at the moment but if a majority of others think that message would work then I'd change my opinion.

Here is a suggestion for a slightly more wordy general warning:

Even small aircraft can injure people and animals and damage property, don't let it be yours!  Do you understand your failsafe?  Do you have an emergency plan?

Comment by Gary Mortimer on October 4, 2013 at 1:32pm

I would be very pleased to see this discussion carry on in the flight standards group it is just the ticket. 

Comment by Thorsten on October 4, 2013 at 2:15pm

Gary, good idea to move this discussion to flight standards:

I've just posted the following in reply to Jareds other post here

Hi Jared, good idea! However, I am scared that it will be annoying for experienced users and especially during field work. Instead I suggest to provide a list/screen/whatever of pre-arm checks (RX powered?, Batteries loaded?, Camera powered?, etc.*). And for sure place and highlight safety tips in the manuals. 
Regards Thorsten

*For documentation purposes some log with operator name, flight time, UAV, location, etc. continuously stored for all flights might also be an interesting feature!?

Comment by Gary Mortimer on October 4, 2013 at 2:19pm

Well if you think about it every airline pilot regardless of hours goes through his checklist.

I have long argued that we should have a logbook function that would satisfy aviation authorities in MP and now the tablet based GCS.

Comment by Stephen Gloor on October 4, 2013 at 4:36pm

How about "Is your canopy screwed down - stupid!!"

(Penguin crashed when the canopy flew off containing the APM, RX etc - yes it was me)

Comment by Jared Reabow on October 4, 2013 at 4:37pm

i see  no issues with experienced users, i am sure they can put up with a small warning considering it could well be the savior of our hobby, its non obtrusive nd appears where something pops up anyway

Comment by Marcus Wright on October 4, 2013 at 4:50pm

personally i love the geofence.  we have tested it and will not fly without.  you also have to have your failsafes setup and understood.  would be nice to run a safety 'wizard' to help you cover your bases.  

Comment by Jared Reabow on October 4, 2013 at 5:15pm

People may be skeptical of my idea, and even if they are, let them continue to be, because this should not be stopped over skepticism or worry or annoying the few that are not forward thinking enough to put half a second of screen tapping over the entire future of the hobby.

To me this is a means to the solution, it is not the full solution i have in mind, but i want to take this in steps and ease people into the idea of self practiced safety.

As was mentioned above, i have had the idea of a safety wizard but though that when taken it would remove the warning for 1 month then they would re appear, ` this will calm those who complain about warnings and force "noobs" to complete a safety set before being handed the controls to something hazardous.

you don't let someone learn to drive by simply giving them a car and setting them on a road, nor do you let  someone fly a airliner after not being in an aircraft for months.

And people should not learn to fly by simply setting up for the first time and throwing a plane or taking off in a urbanized area with no idea of the real safety precautions they should take or if the aircraft will even fly.


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