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 Jared Reabow on October 4, 2013 at 5:16pm

and taking a 5 question test for the sake of the hobby is something i would do

Comment by Crashpilot1000 on October 4, 2013 at 11:28pm

"Smoking kills"

Comment by Chuck on October 5, 2013 at 7:10am

Seems like a good idea to me. I have always been a big fan of the "Fallout Perk" cards for tooltips like this. Basically a joke/jest as part of the tooltip to encourage people to read them. ie (

It seems like the wording of the tips you made would fall in line with this style. On one hand you don't want to joke about safety but lets face it the people who are not heeding these warning aren't going to read a popup box unless it catches their attention.

Comment by Ben Carson on October 10, 2013 at 1:23pm

The thing is, often cheap unsafe equipment is to blame - and considering hobbyking products are everywhere the attention should be focused towards awareness and education of equipment faults and redundancy (Ie. don't run only one cheap BEC, range test etc. The guys who we need to focus on are the newbies seeing an ultra cheap, ultra cool autonomous quad/heli and diving in without fully investigating the kind of equipment he is buying. my 2c. I have had a perfectly working gasser heli sitting on the shelf for over a year now because of a lack of confidence in my current tx and rx. I'm not bagging hobbyking, as I have limited finances I appreciate the market they have created, but realize and accept my percentage of duds and faults goes up - which changes my attitude towards where and when to fly etc.  Having a hobby that is now so cheap and easily available means you can have the good but be aware of and educate against the bad.

Comment by Ben Carson on October 10, 2013 at 1:29pm

Maybe try intimidating newbies (Im picking on newbs cuz they are an established stereotype of the guys most vulnerable to screw up) to respect the equipment more by showing them how powerful these systems are in some way that doesn't reference the "making more rubble out of rubble" campaign in pak etc. HAd a point at the start but lost it somewhere I guess..


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